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Thorens unveils two budget plug-and-play turntables

Hoping to make more of a mark on the ever-determined vinyl revival, legendary turntable brand Thorens has revealed two new turntables, the TD 201 and TD 202 - which sit below the TD 203 we awarded four stars to last year.

Aimed at vinyl newcomers, both belt-driven decks have plug-and-play designs with preconfigured cartridges, as well as integrated switchable phono stages for direct connection to any amplifier, receiver or external phono stage.

The TD 201 and TD 202 use Thorens' new TP 71 tonearm, but while the TD 201 has an AT 3600 cartridge attached to its detachable headshell, the TD 202 uses an AT 95E cartridge. 

Its plinth is slightly larger, too, and it also falls under the USB turntable umbrella, featuring a USB output (and an analogue-to-digital converter) for recording vinyl albums as digital files to a computer

Both the Thorens TD 201 (€449) and TD 202 (€599) will be available in high-gloss black from the end of November 2018.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.