Thorens Prestige

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Impressive and huge and very impressive and really huge.
But beautiful, in a sort of "tanky" way.

Launched for Thorens' 101th anniversary, only 101 Prestige record players were planned to be made. However, the model was available on order at least until 1993 -at 15,000$- so there might have been a few more.
Because, like the later Referenz, the Prestige sold very well... especially in Japan !

According to independent reviewers, the Prestige is a far better turntable than the Referenz - I wouldn't know but I do know that of the two, the Prestige is the one I'd welcome in my home.

The images for this post come from the Big Sound section of Stereo Sound #70 published in the spring of 1984 ; the photos are © by the Komei Photo Office.

Full technical descriptions still awaiting translation...

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Thorens Prestige specifications
Title Value
Drive : 1-step belt drive
Motor : 2-phase 16-pole synchronous
Speeds : 33 1/3rpm
Motor speed control : quartz-controlled 2-phase electronic generator
Pitch control : ± 6%
Wow & flutter : ± 0,02% (DIN 45507)
Platter : Ø34cm / 7,9kg
S/N ratio : -54dB (DIN 45539, unwtd)
-70dB (Thorens Rumpelmesskoppler, unwtd)
-70dB (DIN 45539, wtd)
-80dB (Thorens Rumpelmesskoppler, wtd)
Dimensions : 61,2 x 51 x 28cm
Weight : 58kg.
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