Devon-based Timestep has garnered quite a reputation for its intelligent modifications of various iconic Technics turntables, and the resulting Timestep/Technics decks have earned themselves a canny mantelpiece of awards. The latest of these is the coveted ‘Best Turntable’ Award from Hi-Fi World – just presented to Timestep for an impressive third time.
In 2014 it was the Timestep RA Technics SL-1200 MK2 and Timestep T-01DD controller that took Hi-Fi World’s ‘Best Turntable’ gong. In 2016, the Timestep EVOke deck was the worthy winner. Now in 2017, the Timestep Technics EVO SL-1210 GR takes the prize, scoring a highly impressive hat-trick for the brand.
Every year Hi-Fi World reviews scores of audio products from the budget to the very high-end, and from DACs to amps, streamers to cables. From all of these, a mere 10 have been picked out as the best-heard hi-fi components of 2017.
Reviewed in the August 2017 issue of the magazine, Timestep’s EVO SL-1210 GR “takes Technics’ latest budget direct drive turntable and sprinkles magic on it… The result is a revelation.”
The magic in question includes a new arm (a Rega-sourced Michell tuned UK arm which can be fitted with any MM or MC cartridge1) and Timestep’s own high quality external linear power supply which replaces the original internal switch mode unit. There’s also the option of an Oyaide platter mat.
“What you get from this package is exceptional sound quality from LP at an affordable price,” said the magazine’s expert review team. “Outstanding – amongst the best.”
- Note: Timestep designer Dave Cawley has since added a further upgrade to the package while also lowering its cost. He now uses Timestep’s own Technocrat TE303 tonearm – a modified Rega RB303 with special weight and separate ground wire.
Find out more about the Timestep EVO GR at Sound Hi-Fi.
Check out the Awards in full in the January 2018 issue of Hi-Fi World