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Thorens TD 1500 Turntable

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Ex VAT: £1,665.83

The TD1500 turntable builds upon revolutionary turntable design, delivers a quiet and super stable driver system and sits just below the TD1600 within the Thorens turntable range.    

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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Thorens

Tech Specs

- Function: manual turntable with subchassis
- Drive system: Belt drive
- Motor: incremental encoder controlled and stabilized DC motor
- Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 rpm.
- Speed: select electronical
- Platter: 12“ / 1,4 kg Die-cast aluminum platter with 22 mm hight
- Tonearm: Thorens TP 150 with SME headshell
- Cartridge: Ortofon 2 M Bronze with nude fine line stylus
- Anti-Skating: anti-skating weight, which is adjusted on a nylon thread guided over a ruby bearing
- Shut off -
- Outputs: RCA / balanced XLR
- Power: supply external 12 V power supply
- Dimensions: 420 x 150 x 360 mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 7,9 kg
- Finish: black high gloss, walnut high gloss
- Scope of delivery Power Supply, dust cover RCA cable

Product Description

Thorens TD1500 Turntable takes inspiration from the revolutionary TD150, utilising a modernised sub-chassis design. You can also find features such as incrementally monitored RPM, XLR outputs and the newly developed TP 150 Tonearm.

Conical Spring Sub Chassis

Thorens TD1500 is the successor to a turntable that caused a technical revolution within hifi, the TD150. Like its famous predecessor the TD1500 features a sub-chassis of three conical springs that separate the tonearm shelf and turntable from the frame and motor. The TD 1500 has built upon the TD150 by making these springs adjustable from above which allows for easier access.

Electronically Monitored RPM

Thorens TD1500 speed of its DC motor is monitored electronically by an incremental encoder, ensuring that the TD1500 maintains a steady speed and accurate RPM. The accurate control of the turntable speed means the 1500 has excellent wow and flutter values.

XLR Outputs and Ortofon Cartridge

A real standout feature of Thorens TD1500 is its XLR outputs in addition to its pair of RCA jacks which enables a true balanced operation with a suitable MC cartridge. This is why the Ortofon 2M bronze cartridge is the perfect playing partner, which comes with the TD1500 as standard, due to this cartridge's naked diamond Fine Line stylus.

Newly Developed TP 150 Tonearm

Thorens TD1500 uses the newly developed TP 150 Tonearm, with an effective mass of 14 grams and is adjustable in azimuth and height which allows for improved channel separation and cross talk. The TP 150 Tonearm is also equipped with a standard SME connector, so headshells can easily be switched or other cartridges mounted.

Customer Reviews

  • Kit

    20 Nov 2023

    The other day I was taking apart a very old gramophone (1915) that had seen better days and as I took the motherboard off I was greeted with a lovely old Thorens motor, yes Thorens has been around a long time. The TD1500 is certainly a replica of the 1960s TD150 but it benefits from certain upgrades that bring it firmly into the modern world and bridge the gap between old and new. The addition of the Bronze 2M cartridge is an excellent choice and the fact that the table is a manual, belt-driven, and suspended design only adds to the nostalgia that surrounds the model. The re-designed tone arm is totally appropriate and the presence of an easy tracking setting, different weights for different cartridges, and VTA adjustment covers every base, that is what can be said about the turntable even before you try it. Setting up is very easy however I had a question regarding the suspension that I needed an answer to and I reached out to Thorens for the answer, the CEO of Thorens replied and put me straight, and I was impressed. So what is about the turntable that sets it apart from many others in this price range? Well, to be frank, it sounds great, the sound is well-centered, the base is deep, and the speed as controlled electronically is the most accurate that I have heard. It is at home with vintage rock and other styles and plays with a simplicity of operation that few turntables could boast of.

    Yes, Thorens have been around for a very long time and this turntable would suggest that they will be around long after others have had their day.
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