Thorens TD-320 MKIII TurnTables

4.57/5 (7 Reviews)


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Belt Drive Turntable


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Chen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Not as resolving as more expensive TD2001/3001 but richer and more dynamic than TD160S series. Heavy inert MDF chassis contributes to rich and visceral bass no matter what cartridge I tried. In my estimation works best with lively cartridges. My Sumiko Pearl has never sounded better. Ortofon, Audio Technica and most MCs should also be good matches. My Mk III version has noticeably low background noise compared to Mk II because of RDS/Widia bearing rumored to be in only a few of the best vintage Thorens (TD2001/3001/520, Ambiance). A few caveats: TP90 arm sounds great but cueing device difficult to adjust because of limited adjustment range. Set too high and arm hits bar when lowered and interferes tracing; set too low and insufficient clearance between needle and record. Flimsy armrest prone to breakage. Auto shutoff with plastic sensor plate fussy to adjust - older system on TD1XX tables way more reliable IMO. Electronic drive and component aging means speed adjustment necessary if bought used. In all, a great sounding table that needs lots of adjustment for best performance. Definitely not plug and play.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by winegasman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I'll admit up front that I'm no audiophile and that I think that most of the discussions that audiophiles have about their equipment are...well...so much voodoo and mumbo-jumbo. Like all other stereo equipment, the TD-320 is an electronic toy for grown (white) boys. What it does well for ME is provide a warm, engaging sound, especially now that I've added a new Ortofon Super OM20. Can it deliver 97.2% of a Linn Sondek or 98.4% of a Music Hall 5 or 7 -- who knows? This whole business is quite subjective, isn't it? But I do know that I listen closely to recorded music, and I do that a lot, and this turntable keeps me paying attention. It turns the records at a stable speed and keeps the needle in the groove and lets the Ortofon and the amp take over.

If your ego requires you to have the most compelling name or the largest price tag in audio equipment, go with your VPI, your Linn Sondek, or the other "audiophile" stuff. Invest your thousands of dollars. For me, and the other folks who are stuck living in the real world, on limited budgets, I recommend this turntable. Without hesitation. It is large and heavy and steady. It has the exact same 12-inch tonearm as its big brother, the TD-620, which often sells for 3 times what I paid for my 320. It has auto-lift and shut-off at the end of each lp, which is a good convenience and which presents no compromise to the sound of the table, since the mechanics of this feature appear to be effectively isolated from the spin and play of the platter and arm.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Manolas a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Very accurate and stable design, with very "quiet" floor noise. I use with a Dynavector MC-high cartdridge and the Rotel RC-995 preamplifier. I have modified the unit it on December 1999, just replacing the factory cartdridge cables with Van Den Hul MC-D502 halogen-free cables and WBT-type gold plated RCA jacks. After modification, I noticed very improved signal-to-noise ratio and extended frequency responce (yes- Mid-high frequencies improved, and became more crisp and clear!)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Floyd Freeman a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Paid $400.00 for an acrylic platter. This is a must item for
everyone. Apparently the pressure from the needle on the
record put noise down on the aluminum and ring occurs. The
acrylic patter does not ring and feed that noise back to the
needle. There is more dynamics. Much much more clarity.This
is a must buy!!!!!!!!!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Audio Consultants-Libertyvil



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Poul a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This turntable is very popular, and has certainly a lot going for it. But only if you tweek it. First of all the tonearm-cable and the interconnect-cable should most defenetly be subtituted with better quality. This gives A LOT. Next you should remove the bottom, and put spikes on the turntable. This will make the bass, much more vividely and powerfull.

With these changes this turntable will give you many hours of great listening. I had mine for 7 year before I replaced it with a truly highend turntable.

The Thorens gives great bass and clean midrange. However the top is a little thin, and not very detailed. (compared to highend products).

The Thorens 320 MK II/III is easy to match with cartridges, and I have used the following cartridges with success:
Ortofon MC20S-II, Audio Technica OC9, OC10 and OC30. Only when I got my self an Ortofon Rohmann (A truly High-end cartridge), the Thorens 320 could'nt give the Rohmann fully gratitute. But all the Audio Technica cartridges are fine macthes to the Thorens.

But giving the Thorens 5 stars is much to much. It is an average product. No more, no less. But do you want a turntable in the midprice area, this is a good choice.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00




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