Bergisch Gladbach. Not a lesser-known internal organ but the German home of Thorens since being acquired a year ago by ex-ELAC/Denon MD Gunter Kürten. To this year’s Munich High-End event in May, Kürten’s revitalised Thorens will bring four new products.
The TD 1600 (€TBC) and TD 1601 (€TBC) turntables are built around the same platform – belt driving motor unit, power supply, wooden plinth, height-adjustable TP 92 tonearm and a sub-chassis suspended via conical springs, any horizontal movement locked out by a steel pin – but the TD 1601 offers a few niceties over the TD 1600: an electrical arm lift, auto shut-off and true balanced (XLR) outputs.… Read the full article
I was complaining about several “me too” rooms and products on the Polish show, Closer Audio is definitely not a knock off. The room had single driver field coil speakers playing music through a 12″ EMS LB12 MK II (by Electro Magnet Speaker France) woofer! Colored me impressed, it takes cojones to show up with a 12″ acting the part of a mid and a tweeter.
The room had two of the best pieces of analog source ever to be produced, the Thorens 124mkII turntable with Schick tonearm and Denon 103 MC cartridge playing next to a stunning AEG Magnetophon 15A reel to reel tape recorder, a legend.… Read the full article
This CES was my first.
Thing is, it just might be my last.
Consensus among fellow journalists, hi-fi manufacturers, distributors, and bricks & mortar owners is that it’s no longer a good fit for home audio, and attendance by companies who pursue higher fidelity had dropped significantly from previous years according to long-time attendees.