Thorens TD 1601 Electric-Lift Auto Shut-Off Turntable with TAS 1600 MC Cartridge (Walnut)


  • Brand: Thorens
  • Product Code: TD 1601 with TAS 1600 Cartridge (Walnut)

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Thorens TD 1601 combines everything TD 1600 brings with some additional features regarding comfort and connection to amplifiers. Classical wooden plinth, two-part platter with inner belt and thick rubber mat, powerful motor control unit, arm board and acrylic dust cover are expanded by balanced outputs and functions for easier handling.

The conical springs for sub chassis are not mounted on top board any longer but standing on the bottom. Additionally, a small but strong tightened thread made of steel connects sub chassis with a steel pin on the bottom and so prevents sub chassis from staggering and allows only vertical movement.
An electrical lift is included, too and a contactless auto shut off. XLR jacks provide a real balanced connection to amplifiers.


  • Stabilized sub chassis on three conical springs
  • Polished precision belt
  • Two part platter
  • Adjustable belt tension
  • Electronical controlled motor
  • Electrical lift
  • Contactless auto shut off
  • Balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) output
  • Thorens precision tonearm TP 92 9“

Drive type   Belt, electronically controlled AC motor

Mains   115 V /230 V (AC)

Mains frequency   50 / 60 Hz

Power consumption   18 W

RPM   33,3 , 45 RPM

Wow & Flutter DIN/WRMS   <=0,05 %

Platter   Two parts, Aluminum, 3,2 kg

Effective length   TP 92 232,8 mm

Offset angle   23,66°

Overhang   17,8 mm

Effective mass   11 g

Capacitance   <=110pF

Dimensions (W x H x D) (mm)   440 x 180 x 370


The newly developed Thorens "TAS 1600" cartridge is a Japanese-made low output MC that was specially developed for the THORENS TD 1600 and TD 1601. With an output voltage of 0.4 millivolts at 5.5 cm / s, it delivers sufficient levels to harmonize with common phono preamplifiers.

With an internal resistance of 12 ohms, it feels in good hands at a terminating resistor of> 100 ohms. At the end of a massive boron cantilever sits a fine diamond with a line-contact cut, which elicits every musical fineness of the record groove.


Model TAS 1600

Mounting 1/2” centers / Threaded inserts

Frequency Response 20 - 50,000 Hz

Body Aluminium

Channel Separation 28 dB (1 kHz)

Output Channel Balance 0.5 dB (1 kHz)

Output Voltage 0.4 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)

Vertical Tracking Angle 20 degrees

Tracking force, recommended 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard 2.0 g)

Stylus Shape Special Line Contact

Stylus Size 1.5 x 0.28 mil

Stylus Construction Nude rectangular shank

Cantilever 0.28 mm Ø nude boron

Coil Impedance 12 Ohms (1 kHz)

Coil Inductance 25 μH (1 kHz)

DC Resistance 12 Ohms

Static Compliance 22 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne

Dynamic Compliance 18 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)

Terminal Pins Brass

Wire Used for Coil PCOCC (Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process)

Recommended Load Impedance min 100 Ohms

Cartridge Weight 8.2 g