Thorens - TD 2030 Turntable - Turntable
Yup, vinyl still sounds best. I know, I know....what about the snap, crackle and pop? You know what? After over two decades of living with the quiet background of CDs along with the flat, hard, cold sound, a little analog noise isn't so bad. Not when it comes with the emotion, dimension, big-T Tone of analog molded into plastic. Kids who grew up slipping peanut-butter-fingered silver discs in the CD player are discovering this, so how about you? CD sales are declining, downloads aren't making up for the loss, but vinyl and turntable sales are.....GROWING! Of course, 12 inches of vinyl won't fit in your CD player nor will its laser read them, so you're going to need a turntable. There are a lot of choices and many are quite good at multiple price levels. My turntables are vintage '70s battlewagons, but if I were buying today, this Thorens is one of the turntables I'd buy. It is a simple suspensionless design with emphasis on quality where it counts. The main bearing is ultra-quiet and maintenance-free. The plinth is anti-resonant, dual-slab acrylic sandwiching a thin poly membrane in transparent blue. The platter is 14 pounds of aluminum with anti-resonant backcoating, for good flywheel speed stability. Motive is belt-drive using a regulated AC-synchronous motor. You can buy the TD2030 with the versatile and industry-standard Rega RB300 tonearm or the SME M2. Order it with the Rega and add an aftermarket "Heavyweight" counterweight from Expressimo. Three compound cone feet limit energy transfer from surroundings and are adjustable for level. Altogether, the plinth materials and design, the main bearing, and the quiet drive provide the right tonal fidelity from a spinning vinyl disc. And analog fans know that turntables are design statements too. This one kills. The plinth is clear head on, but edge-of-space blue from above. Everything is finished to a high lustre and nothing superfluous is present. Here's a hint. Put a Denon DL103 moving coil phono cartridge on it and get an appropriate phono preamp. That's all you need to know about getting into the insanely-priced big leagues of vinyl playback for Tequila money. While you're at it, order some records, too.