SUTHERLAND TIMELINE SPEED STROBE AND RECORD WEIGHT
A great orchestra depends on a great conductor to keep the note of every instrument playing exactly at the right moment. The pluck of a string, or the trill of a flute just a fraction of a beat off can change a performance. The emotion that touches the soul of the audience depends on this precision. With a time-base accuracy of 2 parts per million, the Sutherland Timeline is the very definition of precision.
The Sutherland Timeline flashes its laser at precisely 33 1/3 (or 45) times per minute. If your turntable is rotating at exactly the correct speed, the dot is stretched into a line segment that is projected to the same place on every revolution. If, however, your turntable is too fast, the projected line segment will drift in a clockwise direction. If too slow, into a counter-clockwise direction. Adjust your turntable speed accordingly. The Timeline will also reveal any loading effects of stylus dragging forces.
The Timeline has also been designed to serve as an indispensable record weight that will effectively dampen the vinyl, providing quieter playback. Its machined Delrin lower section couples into the vinyl. That interface section is then tightly constrained by the rigidity of the machined aluminum upper section. Playback will be significantly improved by leaving the Timeline in place during playback.
Sutherland Timeline Speed Strobe and Record Weight Specifications
- Batteries: 2 N size alkaline
- Battery life: >800 hours
- Laser: 650 nm, < 2.5 mw output spot size 1/4" at 15 feet
- Size: 3" diam, 1 3/4" high
- The Absolute Sound, March 2010, Issue 201 p.111
Recipient of The Absolute Sound 2010 Editors Choice Award