Thorens is the oldest name in entertainment electronics, founded in 1883 by Hermann Thorens in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. An initial producer of musical boxes and clock movements, they started producing Edison-type phonographs in 1903.

In 1928, Thorens produced their first electric motor-drive record player, and went on to produce a range of audiophile record players in the 1950s and 1960s which are, even today, regarded as high-end audio equipment, and are much sought-after. During the 1960s the company moved to Lahr, Germany. Thorens continues to produce well-regarded turntables to this day.