Thorens TD 160 Mk II
Standard with TP-16 Mk II or Mk III Isotrack tonearm
AC 16pole synchronous motor, belt drive, 33 and 45 rpm, mechanically switched, platter weight 3.2 kg (with subplatter), platter and armbase suspended by three springs, manual operation
The picture shows my TD 160 Mk II with TP-16 Mk III Isotrack tonearm and Audio-Technica cartridge.
The TD 160 Mk II is in my opinion the most beautiful Thorens ever, especially in this gorgeous teak plinth.
No automatic features, just a manually operated turntable. If you think that you might need auto lift-off than you can try to get hold of a Q-Up, a spring-loaded device to raise the tonearm when the inner groove has been reached. The tonearm of course features a lift.
Yes, that famous Isotrack tonearm ...
So what’s the difference between Mk II and Mk III ?
The TP-16 II / III is quite similar to the TP-11 II / III (this arm features a threaded weight for antiskating, the TP-16 uses a more sophisticated technique with magnetic force), so please bear in mind that turntables with these ultralight Isotrack tonearms should not be partnered with low compliant cartridges like the famous Denon DL 103.
If you would like to use a top mc cartridge with the TD 160 Mk II you could search for a TMC 63. This is the “little brother” of the legendary EMT-Tondose, built in a matching armwand and with its specifications changed for the use with a VTF of just 1.7 grams.
As I mentioned before - the Isotrack is a very light tonearm with an eff. mass of just 7.5 grams.
You will find more interesting information regarding these Thorens tonearms at Steve Clarks website
System : Rogers E-20a integrated valve amplifier, Spendor BBC LS 3/5a, phonostages from Creek (OBH-8), Musical Fidelity (X-LP),