Thorens TD 166 MK II

Thorens TD 166 MK II

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TD 166 MK II, Other Hi-Fi Product from Thorens.

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Thorens TD 166 MK II tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Thorens
  • Model: TD 166 MK II
  • Category: Other Hi-Fi Products
  • Added in our database on: 08/25/2004

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Thorens TD 166 MK II user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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berl's review"Reliable quality"

Thorens TD 166 MK II
Bought in 1979 and still working: Great reliability and quality. We are talking about quality hardware here, its musical characteristics are excellent and still very good compared to a CD ;-)
I changed the belt twice, due to wear and tear.
I replaced the cartridge with a Shure M95EDM, which suits me better. The original cartridge wasn't anything special, anyway.
I had other turntables before this one, but once I got my Thorens I never changed it.
I must say that I started listening less to vinyls with the arrival of the CD, but I still have a good vinyl collection of albums that were never published in CD format and that I still listen to with pleasure.
The pros: Reliability, musicality, look (deliciously '80s), spare parts still available.
The cons: Very sensitive to movements, despite its suspended heavy platter.

Johnny's review

Thorens TD 166 MK II
15 days
The sound it provides is delightful.
Having to get up every time a side is over is a real chore.
Yes, I've tried others, 20 or more years, when there were only vinyls around, I had a turntable of an unknown brand, an Apollo 800 tl, this one was my third.
It's very well made for a turntable of that time, it's rock solid and easy to use: You only need to turn the left switch and it's on, you then place the LP, lower the right switch (arm raised) and the music starts.

Yes, I would buy it again, If I ever have the need.

vinyl80's review

Thorens TD 166 MK II
I bought it secondhand about 10 years ago, but it's almost 25 years old. It has a belt-driven system. The heavy platter provides good stability. The cartridge is a Shure M95ED and the stylus an SC35. Everything works fine and, after having recorded all my vinyls into my PC, I have rediscovered their audio quality. I don't know about modern turntables, but for people who don't want to play them like DJs, it's a very good turntable to get the best out of your 45 and 33 rpms.

Oliviercool's review

Thorens TD 166 MK II
I got this Thorens with the intention of improving the digitization of my 33 rpms. Before, I had an HTE HT-910Q with Ortofon Concorde cartridge and you could hear the noises of the belt. When I was recording, I couldn't even move because you could even hear the steps when played back with this turntable. Indeed, walking produces vibrations in the ground that are transmitted to the table, the turntable, the tone arm, and the cartridge or via the turntable's platter. So imagine if I put my cup of tea on the table... That's not really my cup of tea.

On this level, at least, this Thorens is revolutionary. Like all Thorens, it features a suspended platter system. The platter has a system that dampens vibrations and the fulcrum is mounted with the platter, so that both (platter - armboard) move together when the turntable receives vibrations from the outside. Phew, I can finally breathe when I'm recording! ^^

Regarding the sound quality, the sound is reproduced with more delicacy and warmth. I guess it's a matter of taste, but I think the sound lacks some punch in the upper and lower ranges. The sound is somewhat choked, lacking breadth. And the surface noise is always present (signal / noise ratio: between 30 and 40 dB... ). In some cases you can even hear some lisping in the high end and, what disappointed me most, is that you can hear two or three times as many crackles as before with the same album. Further, the output is weak, so I have to crank the preamp gain quite a bit.

Although I have to admit it has the original cartridge and tonearm. I'm thinking about which cartridge and tonearm I should get for my Thorens, in order to significantly reduce the crackles. If that also allows me to reduce the surface noise, it's more than welcome. Ideally, the signal-to-noise ratio should reach, at least, 50 or 60 dB. At my local store they have recommended me the Rowen MC 06 (which costs about $350). As for the tonearm, I am right now (October 2009) trying to determine whether it's worth changing or not. I hope it improves, otherwise I'll start missing my old turntable with the Ortofon cartridge, which I unfortunately couldn't recover for my Thorens.

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