Seen at High End Munich 2023: Thorens New Reference Turntable

We proceed ever onward with our prolonged seems to be at among the coolest gear seen and heard at High End Munich 2023. Next up is the Thorens New Reference turntable, a shocking piece that’s supposed to have a good time 140 years of the corporate’s design and efficiency prowess.

In addition to the beforehand introduced limited-edition Thorens TT 124 DD one hundred and fortieth Anniversary turntable — a superb ’desk in its personal proper additionally seen in Munich that’s capped at a producing run of 140 items, obtainable solely as full set that features the corporate’s vaunted SPU TD 124 phono cartridge, and sports activities an general SRP of €11,999 — the New Reference ’desk is certainly a sight to see in and of itself.


The stats are these. The Thorens New Reference turntable boasts a belt-drive design. The firm notes that it went the belt-drive route right here to be able to isolate the platter from the drive motor by the use of the elastic belt, which is alleged to be much less prone to motor fluctuations. Additionally, Thorens says that as a result of utilization of a pair of “ultra-high-precision quartzoscillators” (their phrases), the ’desk’s velocity will preserve a variety of 33.3332 to 33.3334 rotations per minute over a 20-year interval.

The New Reference turntable may also be geared up with as much as three tonearm bases which can be capable of accommodate 9in, 10in, and 12in tonearms. Two of these bases are mounted — 1) the 12in TP160 reducing bearing tonearm with steady silver cabling; and a couple of) the Thiele TA01 tonearm, which is alleged to supply the “exact steerage” of a pivoted tonearm with the “benefits” of a tangential tonearm.

One of probably the most essential design parts of the New Reference turntable has to do with vibration isolation. To that finish, Thorens’ design staff, together with Seismion — the German active-vibration isolators producer — have produced a totally energetic vibration isolation system “from scratch.” Thorens confirms this energetic system relies round high-sensitivity piezoelectric acceleration sensors and an all-linear digital management circuit based mostly on Seismion’s personal Reactio energetic vibration isolator. The New Reference turntable’s vibration system is alleged to isolate disturbances already under 1Hz and cut back them to lower than 1% (–40dB) at frequencies of 10Hz and above.


In addition to the vibration isolators having been mechanically based mostly on an elastic mount, an energetic management system is about as a traditional suggestions management. The New Reference turntable additionally sports activities a layered chassis manufactured from high-damped supplies, with the isolation system supposed for stabilizing all the subchassis on which the platter is positioned. An adaptive leveling method retains the participant levelled inside 20 micrometers.

We’re nonetheless awaiting direct phrase on pricing for and availability of the Thorens New Reference turntable, and each time that info is confirmed firsthand, we’ll add any/all of these updates on this house accordingly.

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