from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan!
the Technics SL1200/SL1210 a DJ deck or an audiophile turntable? Wikipedia has this to say "The Technics SL-1200 is a series of
turntables manufactured since October 1972 by Matsushita under the
brand name of Technics. Originally released as a high fidelity
consumer record player.... " And indeed we now
bring you the bearing upgrade and power supply for the original
consumer audio SP-25.
is a common misconception that direct drive motors hunt, in fact the
servo mechanism is entirely analogue and does not hunt or jitter.
By contrast an AC motor belt drive deck can suffer from cogging as
the motor steps from magnet to magnet. DC motors can easily
suffer commutator noise and vibration too. Belt drives often suffer from
belt oscillation. However, all Hi Fi decks are designed to
minimise these problems, and so is the SL1200! The SL1210 is
the black version and the SL1200 is silver. There isn't any
significant difference in all the versions, the MK II is the
simplest and cheapest. All our mods will fit any version of
the SL-1200 or SL-1210.
modifications restore it to
it's original audiophile birth.
A close up of the
Funk F●X carbon
fibre modified arm with Denon DL-103 and Funk platter
A customers SL-1210
MKII with SME 309, rather tasty?
Dynavector DV507-II fitted by us to a SL-1210
The Timestep Evo
with SME309-TE ready to go out of the box!
click here for more details
nut" fixing allows arm
plates to be swapped without taking
the turntable apart.
The easy and
standard nut and bolt
method that requires a lot of work
if you ever need to change the arm or arm plate
Weight I looks cool and works well, just place it on the
spindle to hold down warped records and to get greater
contact with the audiophile mat
Finished in black chrome to match the Jelco 750D, this
weight can be used on all turntables, old and modern. It's a
bit smaller and lighter than the Weight I.
Arms & Cartridges:
The Standard Arm is
not that bad and a lot better than some cheaper audio turntables.
The easiest thing to do is to fit an Audio Technica AT120e, an
AT440MLa or if you can take moving coil a Denon DL-103.
The SME 309 is very
cool indeed. We suggest the Audio Technica
AT33EV, or Transfiguration Axia . You will sleep at night knowing you have a superb
The original arm plates have been replaced by new anodised plates
available in silver or black. The correct VTA will be obtainable whatever thickness of mat
is fitted. They are a composite sandwich design that also has
better energy dissipation. They have taken a long time to
design and represent the ultimate Technics arm plate, expensive,
yes! but you only get what you pay for!
Mat 1: The Standard mat is
quite hard, does not fully support a record and is designed for DJ use. Everything you don't want for your
audiophile use! BEWARE: The Technics platter has an
outside lip that will make any other mat tilt up at the
edges, this means your records will only be in full contact
at the very edge, and not with the main part of the record.
Our mat is slightly smaller in diameter to fit inside this
lip and give your records constant contact. This small
but absolutely necessary feature demonstrates our fanatical
attention to detail. Ours is made from
finely textured, open-cell silicone foam, this mat has unsurpassed
vibration-absorbing characteristics and no resonant qualities to
discolour the music. Records are thoroughly decoupled from unwanted
A black elastomer "donut" on top of the white full-size foam base
reduces vinyl/stylus feedback and eliminates lateral slippage, while
drawing static electricity away from the record. Unique qualities
allow the vinyl to "give" slightly, microscopically, to stylus
contact, allowing the record groove to be tracked smoothly and
accurately. Completely non-tacky, records lift right off the mat,
while the underlying foam sticks firmly to the platter. This 3.7mm
thick mat virtually eliminates the effect of the semi-hollow cast
platter that can be prone to ring.
Mat 2: No longer
Mat 3: The
original Oyaide turntable mat “MJ-12”, is designed to trace
the groove on the vinyl absolutely. The surface of MJ-12 is
curved 1.0 degree which makes the record surface closely fit
to MJ-12 by using a stabilizer (more than 300g is
recommended). This corrects the warpage of an analogue
record and makes the stylus moving stable. For more
Mat 4: Achromat
is the natural progression from the original acrylic
interface invented by Arthur Khoubesserian back in 1979.
Refining the theory he subsequently launched Achromat in
2005. Ongoing refinements in composition and application
means that Achromat is now more universal and better than
ever. Achromat is the ideal material to absorb energy from
the record. In 2009, first, Achromat came top in a mat
comparison in HiFi Choice. It then won the Gold Award for
Accessory against all comers. No other mat is like it and
simple A-B comparisons can demonstrate that, whilst longer
term listening allows subtle nuances as well as greater bass
intelligibility to be appreciated.
The standard SL-1200
SL1210 feet are designed for a hostile DJ environment, and made to a
cost. Our feet make a huge difference in sound and we give you
Our best solution is to replace them with fixed and
compliant Sorbothane feet. The fitting is both simple and
very fiddly! They are slightly oversized and need
to go in, a couple of minutes and you are done. They
also stick to your furniture instead of staying in the deck.
Annoying although they are, they are truly the best
low cost solution. Hi Fi
Choice raved over them! You can't adjust the turntable
levelling as they are fixed, so your support must be level, in our
experience it usually is! The difference in sound is amazing!
Feet 2: No longer available.
Isonoe isolation Feet are equally effective at blocking the
ingress of vibration from the mechanical assemblies of both
turntables and CD players. Designed utilising cutting-edge
3D CAD modelling and simulation, the Isonoe Isolation System
is machined from raw magnesium alloy billets by multi-axis
CNC machinery to within a tolerance of 1 micron.
Stainless-steel bearings in the base of the outer body block
the transfer of energy by keeping the point of physical
contact area between surfaces to a minimum (akin to a more
contemporary version of spikes in hi-fi).
Sorbothane Boots are also available to seat the bearings and
maximise isolation. Instrument Glass pads are also
available for the perfectionist.
46mm diameter x 45mm high with a rubber section so that it
doesn't stick to your furniture! These are for big
turntables. They will fit straight into the SL-1200 and
sound better than anything we have ever heard.
The SL-1200 has
three problems with its power supply a) the transformer
mechanically hums and this is audible through the cartridge,
b) the transformer has an electromagnetic field also audible though
the cartridge, and c) the existing power supply dips on some motor
demands giving variable and poor dynamics to the feedback system.
This low noise power supply eliminates all these problems. If
you can solder, you can easily fit it yourself. We supply fully
colour illustrated step by step instructions, if you can solder one
joint, you can fit this easily yourself. For more much
details on how we designed this PSU
click here. Other
power supplies are not created equal,
click on the link to find
out why? 5 year guarantee. A lot of customers have asked
if ours is better than the KAB. Well they are nice guys, but
ours is a) a better power supply, and b) ours eliminates the
internal regulator ripple. So is it better? yes it is
significantly better, so much so that if you have a KAB, you really
ought to upgrade, you won't know what you are missing!!
to find out why? For high end applications we will always use
linier power supplies, just like this one! We will never use a
switched mode power supply (SMPS) to drive the SL-1200 series!
110/120 & 220/240V versions available. The HE II is only
available in in black is now.
And for the
ultimate we have the new Timestep T-01PSU Shunt PSU
to see it.
Strobe disable mod:
Some customers say
they can tell the difference if the strobe light is disabled.
With our External PSU this is very unlikely as it has proper
regulation and the strobe current pulses are not a problem.
However, we are always ready to help and if the External PSU is
fitted by us then we can make it so!
Motor dynamics mod:
Belt drives suffer
from 'belt flutter' whether they use AC or DC motors, there isn't
much you can do about it. However with a direct drive, you can
alter all the characteristics by simply changing the loop filter.
This modification reduces the phase comparator loop filter gain and
moves the turn-over point, thereby totally eliminating the low
frequency instability. To be honest, the effect isn't as dramatic as
our 'zoomed in' scope shows, but it is very worthwhile. This
modification gives über pure bass, if you thought the SL-1200
had a handle on bass, and it does, then this will blow your socks
off! No good for DJ's, but wonderful news for audiophiles!
modification showing the low frequency instability
the modification only the reference frequency is visible
The standard bearing on the left cannot
keep the oil in place. Instead a high viscosity "anti-fling"
oil must be used. The Timestep bearing has the spindle
as a solid single piece of polished 303 Stainless Steel with a much
larger base diameter and the bearing is polished PB102 Phosphor
Bronze. A silicon nitride ball and PTFE thrust pad are fitted. The whole
assembly is in a captive oil bath so that you can use more suitable
thin oil, or any oil of your choice.
The far right image
shows the Timestep bearing shaft on the left and the Technics on the
right. The Technics bearing shaft has a cut out just below the brass
part, resulting in a diameter of just 5.9 mm, the Timestep bearing
shaft at this point is 10.4mm. This gives the Technics a critical
bending moment around the reduced diameter.
The main part of the Technics shaft bearing surface is 7.1mm
diameter and the Timestep one is 11.1mm which results in a bearing
surface increase of nearly 2.5 times more (actually 2.445). And
that's a lot! The other image is looking down into the captive
shaft bearing. At the bottom would normally be the P.T.F.E. thrust
pad and the silicon nitride ball bearing, and a lot of very nice
So with 1.76 times diameter at the weakest point and 2.5 times more
bearing surface area, you can see why we get such great performance.
There are stories on some forums about other bearings sticking, some
propagated by me, and some from recent users. I remember doing the
Bristol show with a very expensive German turntable. It had been in
the van overnight and as the bearing warmed up over a few hours, the
different materials expanded at different rates giving intolerable
wow and then a complete seizure. Later that evening it finally
stabilised. But you have to wonder how it would perform in a normal
house in the winter after the heating had come on early in the
morning? So where is this leading? well materials and tolerances,
you need both the right material and the right tolerance. It's no
good making a bearing so tight it introduces drag and takes a lot
more power from the motor. Oil is meant to sit between bearing
surfaces, a tight bearing will not allow that. Conversely it's no
good making a sloppy bearing. We use similar tolerances as Linn and
after a lot of research, measurement and listening, we discovered
that the same sort of oil that Linn uses was better, except ours is
golden not black, and it is 100% pure synthetic. It does have EP
additives but not excessively so.
As you can see, there is more to bearings than you might first
think. Time, patience, pure engineering skills, measurement
equipment and good ears are required, and Timestep and its staff
have all of those.
If you use our Funk
platter and our Inspire plinth, you end up with a turntable that no
longer looks like a DJ deck and sounds so very good. The solid
wood plinth adds just a little to the sound quality but adds shed
loads of pure style.
No longer do you
have to look at the strobe dots or the industrial housing, here you
have a platter made out of the same sort of material that Clearaudio
use on their £110K turntable and wood the quality of a bespoke
Timestep Evo Turntable
: ready to go out of
the box !
turntables ready to go. You can chose the options and we
simply make it for you. The best choice for an out of the
here for more details.
Including captive nuts and all fixings:
New type anodised with correct VTA
Linn/Jelco/Linn in black or silver
SME black Funk FXR All £90 each
£159.00 - Denon DL-103 £169.00 - AT33EV £499.00
SME M2-9 £870.00 - SME 309 £1,194.00 (SME
have connecting cable included)
carbon fibre modified arm £895.00
Fit arm board: £45.00
Fit Sound Hi Fi supplied arm: £25.00 (plus arm board
Fit customer supplied arm: £35.00 (plus arm board fitting)
Fit and align Sound Hi Fi supplied cartridge: £25.00
Fit and align customer supplied cartridge: £30.00
Fit Sorbothane feet with Protac 8085 Two-component
Return shipping in the UK: £15.00
Mat 1. Unique
design only available from Sound Hi Fi that fits
the Technics platter £89.95
Mat 2. No longer available.
Mat 3. Oyaide MJ-12 £225.00
Mat 4. 5mm Achromat SL-1200 version £75.00 and
UK postage free.
4 Sorbothane feet, no level adjustment: £19.50
Feet£125.00 Sorbothane Boots £34.00 Instrument Glass discs
very large Sorbothane feet as used on the Evo £95.00
Weight I Stainless steel
heavy record weight £125.00
Weight II Black Chrome record weight £55.00
Weight III Oyaide £225.00
HE II version
in black only £450.00
to see it. Fitted here £35.00. Fitting here & return
shipping charge £50.00 5 year guarantee,.
to see it £995.00
6 year guarantee
Spare/second power cable
for a second deck £49.95
disable is only available when we fit the External PSU
33 1/3 & 45
and even the strobe works £299.00
for more on 78rpm
£60.00. Fitting here and return shipping charge £75.00
Timestep £249.00 exchange in stock now. NOTE:
there is a additional £75 refundable deposit on your original bearing.
We recommend the standard platter with the Mat 1 on top, or the Oyaide mat/platter.
Funk With no strobe, no metal, no ringing;
£595.00 Highly recommended !
We recommend the lovely Inspire unit that we take to
shows and everyone falls in love with! £287.00
Read the review by
probably buy a used one on eBay & send it to us, after all
we will be changing the bearing, the PSU and the arm, so
nothing else to wear out!
We offer new
ones at £1,200.00 (black) but we can only supply these if
fitted with a SME 309 or better arm, and a HE PSU.
used Sl-1200/SL-1210 with a two year guarantee £395.00
● Very good used Sl-1200/SL-1210 with a two year guarantee
● Almost like new, with a new or almost perfect lid and all
original box/packaging Sl-1200/SL-1210 with a two year
EVO turntable system
This is a
complete ready to go package using only the finest
components and at quite a reasonable price,
to see it.
Thank you for
the service provided by Sound HiFi. Rita and I are very
happy with the SME V tonearm; we had a lot of fun mounting it in
our "old Technics 1210" and now the improvement is so
audible in both ends that we are really aware of the GIGO
(garbage in garbage out) role in our LPs. Thank you again
and we'll surely consider your shop first before
buying anything "analogical" ;-).
installed and set up on Saturday. Spent the rest of the weekend
blown away by the transformation of my turntable. It's pretty
Received my PSU
today, my wife managed to catch the postman today. I must say
the hardest part of fitting it was refitting the new cable in
the rascally strain relief bush! Initial listening is very
promising a lot more detail and much more open. Now all i have
to do is save up some more pennies, sell my Garrard 401 and
technoarm and put the cash toward a SME 309! Looks cracking in
black too, very impressed! Many Thanks and Good Luck with
I received the
adapter plate from you earlier this week for mounting my Jelco
750D tonearm onto the Technics SL1210mk2 turntable. The adapter
plate is very nice and much higher quality than I was expecting.
Received my PSU
today. I must say the hardest part of fitting it was refitting
the new cable in the rascally strain relief bush! Initial
listening is very promising a lot more detail and much more
open. Now all I have to do is save up some more pennies, sell my
Garrard 401 and technoarm and put the cash toward a SME 309 and
my Technics will be nicely Timestep'ed Looks cracking in black
too, very impressed! Steve
▪ Hi Dave,
Just to say how bowled over I am by the Technics sl1200 you
modded for me last week. The deck sounds excellent with hitherto
unheard detail, bass notes so much clearer, mid sweet and top
airy. Images rock solid. Thank you very much.. Also I will be
ordering the sorbothane boots for feet from you shortly.
Hi Fi World review of a
SL-1210 with most of our options,
click here to read it.
Tone Audio review
of the SL-1200 with some options
to read it.
Hi Fi World review
of the Timestep EVO SL-1210
to read it.
latest one is at the bottom of this list
There are new mats out there! Instead of trying hard and
getting it to fit inside the platter, they have taken the easy route
and made it a stock size. This means it drapes offer the
platter only supported at the very edge. Instead of making it
properly they hid the fact with some mumo jumbo. It costs more
to do things properly and we believe in that. We will never
take short cuts, our power supply is a testament to that!
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29 November 2013
Sound Hi Fi
PO Box 2001 Dartmouth Devon TQ6 9QN Great
Telephone 01803 833366 Fax 01803 839498