The revival of Thorens' unique subchassis concept is startling with their new TD 350. The TD 350 represents the perfect symbiosis of a mass drive and a subchassis turntable and unites the benefits of both technologies. Experience the rebirth of a unique technology with the most modern materials and the latest knowledge inside the TD 350. Thorens calls is "IDD" (Independent Double Damping) and speak of the way the subchassis is suspended inside the massive wooden plinth. This kind of suspension damps the vibrations and excursions in the horizontal and the vertical completely independent of each other. In combination with their nine-pound heavy platter and the new low-friction bearing, this drive has got such an incredible stable and calm rotation that results in high resolution and big dynamics. The built-in electronic unit controls and stabilizes the speed exactly.
Stereophile Review The 350 revives the brand's famous suspended-subchassis design…banging on the plinth or the platform – and I mean banging, not tapping – didn't faze the system. I couldn't hear the faintest thump through my speakers…The TD 350 produced a 1004Hz test track – about as good as it gets…There was weight and control on bottom…There wasn't a hint of midbass bloat: the mids were rich, full and nicely detailed. And the top was sweet, yet vibrant and extended…classic 'suspended-turntable sound' done to perfection, without the soft, bottom-end discontinuity and bloat often heard from such designs.
Tonearm Details The TP 92 is a nine-inch cardanic design that follows the Loefgren geometry. It was developed in parallel with the TD 309 turntable, which allowed our designers to achieve optimal compatibility. The horizontal bearing is a high-precision Japanese ball bearing that uses a specially developed oil. It is located underneath the tonearm tube at the same level as the stylus for enhanced stability. The counterweight, decoupled by two rubber rings, is also exactly level with the stylus.
The tonearm tube is manufactured from high-quality cold-forged aluminium. A laser vibrometer was used to analyse the tube’s resonances, enabling our designers to target specific frequencies.
The headshell is also made from aluminium and tightly coupled to the tube for increased stability. Overhang can be adjusted either by sliding the headshell into the desired position on the tube or by adjusting the entire tube in the bearing block. The tube can also be rotated on its axis in order to adjust azimuth. The shape of the headshell ensures that the pick-up cartridge’s centre of gravity is always directly underneath the tonearm tube, thus preventing torsional vibrations.
VTA can be easily adjusted by loosening the arm collar lock nut and raising or lowering the entire tonearm. The anti-skating force is provided by two ferrite magnets and can be increased or decreased with the help of an adjustment screw.