Earlier this year, Devon-based Timestep launched a new high-mass tonearm specifically designed to excel with high quality, low compliance moving coil phono cartridges. While its design draws on key elements of various legendary vintage Japanese models, the Timestep is in fact a very modern tonearm sporting a raft of smart technology. Roy Gregory gets the measure of its multiple abilities and reports at TheAudioBeat.com.
“You’re not talking wimpy thin wood here,” says Hi-Fi World of Devon-based Timestep’s T-01HS ebony headshell. Which “gives you confidence,” since “a typical cartridge reacts to the tiniest movements and any micro-flexing in a headshell will react negatively with it.”
Take one sculptural-looking turntable from Serbian company Soulines and pair it with a tonearm crafted by Dave Cawley of Soulines’ UK distributor, Timestep – and you get “a very stylish combination,” says Adam Smith in the July issue of Hi-Fi News. But as always the key question is: how does it sound?
From Serbia to the UK via Devon-based Timestep comes one very interesting turntable indeed. Mathematically inspired it may be, but the Kubrick DCX’s performance is full of heart and soul. Available individually or partnered with Timestep’s excellent T-09 high mass tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.
How many times have you read a glowing review of a high quality, low compliance phono cartridge, only to find yourself bumping up against a ‘but…’. The ‘but’ in question being the caveat that, in order to enjoy the cartridge’s full performance potential, you’ll need a high mass tonearm. Yet for some decades the majority of tonearms on the market have typically been of the low-to-medium mass variety. What to do? UK audio brand Timestep has the solution.
Glanz tonearms have just arrived in the UK thanks to an exclusive distribution agreement with Devon-based Timestep, and visitors to last weekend’s Sound & Vision: The Bristol Show were among the first to discover them. Meanwhile, Hi-Fi News reviewer Nick Tate has been getting a sneak preview and in the magazine’s March issue he puts the Glanz MH-124S through its paces.
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.
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Could this be the finest tonearm you’ve never heard of? Timestep’s Dave Cawley firmly believes so, which is why he has just signed an exclusive distribution agreement to import Glanz tonearms from their native Japan to the UK. What can we anticipate from these ‘masters of precision’?
Devon-based Timestep has garnered something of a reputation (and bagged a number of awards) for its shrewd modifications of several iconic Technics turntables. The latest of these is the EVO GR, an upgraded version of Technics’ budget SL-1210 GR deck. Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood takes it for a spin.
Devon-based Timestep has earned quite a reputation for its intelligent modifications of various iconic Technics turntables – not to mention winning a bunch of awards. Now, designer Dave Cawley turns his attention to a more affordable deck – the new Technics SL-1210 GR – to create the enhanced Timestep EVO GR.