Since Thorens' marketing base is belt drive turntables, a belt-driven
capstan is hardly surprising, given that this is an audiphool toy.
On 12/04/2019 03:52, Tim Gillett wrote:
> This appears to be an audiophile tape machine designed for listening
> to newly manufactured tape dubs of commercial releases. A US company
> called The Tape Project has been offering such tapes for some years.
> Revox offered a probably comparable playback only machine in 2017 and
> I think was planning to make pre recorded tapes to go with them. I've
> occasionally been asked to repair open reel tape machines for the
> purpose of listening to these very expensive pre recorded tapes. A
> tape I listened to seemed to have been competently dubbed. It would
> need to be for the price.
> The Thorens TM 1600 belt driven capstan motor suggests a design
> compromise. Good direct drive capstan motor machines (electronically
> controlled) have been around since the late 1950's when Nagra, then
> Studer and Revox, Teac/Tascam, Sony, Akai etc put out their own direct
> drive capstan models. Direct drive motors and their electronic
> controls were very expensive to make back then but these days are so
> much cheaper to manufacture. I notice one audiophile review of ther
> Thorens (StereoNET UK) curiously omitted the reference to the belt drive.
> Tim Gillett
> Western Australia.
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