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Thorens SPU 124


The THORENS/Ortofon SPU 124 is a special version of the legendary Ortofon SPU sound box, which is designed for optimal scanning behaviour in combination with the THORENS TD 124 DD drive and the newly developed TP 124 tonearm.

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The SPU 124 modernises the classic SPU design with several optimizations designed for optimum compatibility to the new Thorens TD 124 DD.

The SPU 124 generator, i.e. the “motor” of the pick-up, has been completely revised and the output voltage has been increased to 0.5mV (5cm/sec) relaxing the requirement for high gain transformer or active preamplification systems and reduces interference.

While still making use of a highly polished Nude Elliptical stylus, the stylus tip mass has been reduced significantly, resulting in reduced VTF and higher tracking ability.


SPU 124
Output voltage
at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 0.5 mV
Channel balance
at 1 kHz < 1.5 dB
Channel separation
at 1 kHz > 23 dB
Channel separation:
at 15 kHz > 15 dB
Frequency response:
20-20.000 Hz ± 2 dB
Tracking ability
at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) > 70 μm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral
8 μm/mN
Stylus type
nude, elliptical
Stylus tip radius
r/R 8/18 μm
Tracking force range
Tracking force, recommended
Tracking angle
Internal impedance, DC resistance
2 ohm
Recommended load impedance
10 - 50 ohm
Cartridge weight

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