Through the years I've had many pieces of fine stereo equipment. Thorens was unattainable to me in that era. I should have saved for it, instead of going through several Pioneer and Technics, with the total in the Thorens range. Finally settled on a Phillips (112, IIRC), very nicely engineered, with performance exceeding published specs.
LOL, my high fidelity purchases topped out at Pioneer components, as well. Way back in the late 1960's and early 1970's that;s what my wallet could handle at the time. By the time I could afford better, realizing my ears just didn't qualify me as much of an audiophile, I had learned to love the systems that were affordable and convenient to use. Today, for my listening pleasure, I depend on a series of Bose Wave Radios/CD players and a who house sound system that came with the nest we bought to reside in, consisting of 16 speakers set into the ceiling throughout the house, all run by a Novo control head and touch pad control panels located in each room of the house, plus one on the front porch and one on the Lanai (back porch, I guess?). Not the highest tech stuff available, but truth be known, my ears really can't tell the difference! LOL