Timestep launches out-of-this-world T-01MC phono stage (Hi-Fi+)

Timestep T-01MC
Timestep launches out-of-this-world T-01MC phono stage (Hi-Fi+)

Timestep are not your average hi-fi manufacturer, they are also internationally renowned designers and manufacturers of state-of-the-art weather satellite systems. It is this that leads to their obsessive attitude toward noise in audio product design. Timestep believe that a moving coil phono stage, which has to deal with the tiny musical signal from a moving coil cartridge, should be completely free of hum and preserve every tiniest detail of the musical signal. Low noise is not enough, it is not acceptable in satellite technology, nor should it be in true hi-fidelity equipment. Through the application of their extraordinary skills Timestep are pleased to announce the launch of the new T-01MC moving coil phono stage.

The T-01MC:

  • Is designed to offer outstanding performance, beating competitors at many times the price.
  • Is a minimalist design, avoiding any unnecessary switching that would introduce extra contacts and therefore noise and distortion.
  • Will give excellent performance with 95% of high quality moving coil cartridges. It has been developed and tested with a wide spectrum of cartridges ranging from the dependable Denon DL-103 to the spectacular Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement.
  • Can be ordered in custom configuration to suit specific cartridges, and subsequently reconfigured to perfectly match any moving coil cartridge.
  • Despite the initial design brief for a £2,000 phono stage, due to the streamlined facilities and economies of production, the T-01MC is being launched at the incredible price of only £995!

Key features and benefits

  1. Designed by Dave Cawley who designed his first phono stage in 1981 and recently manufactured the award winning ANT Audio Kora phono stage. Dave is also a designer of weather satellite technology and regularly visits the USA to lecture NASA scientists.
  1. The design of the T-01MC deliberately avoids the use of ICs (integrated circuits).  Instead FETs (field effect transistors) are used in a fully discrete dual-mono zero negative feedback design. FETs are individually hand tested and selected. 
  1. The gain and input loading are fixed as in most situations this feature is a set-once process.  The settings chosen are perfect for the vast majority of moving coil cartridges on the market.  Custom input loading can be specified and can be altered by Timestep at any time.  This method saves considerable cost over switchable units, as well as providing the shortest, cleanest signal path ensuring the highest performance.
  1. The T-01MC features high quality gold-plated, PTFE insulated input sockets, Dale input loading resistor and WIMA polypropylene RIAA capacitors.
  1. The ground management feature allows the audio circuitry to be connected or disconnected from the mains earth while still maintaining complete safety by always ensuring the chassis is completely earthed.  This feature means that hum and buzz, even at very low levels, can be defeated without any risk of danger.
  1. The T-01MC is fully compliant with EN60065 Class I, RoHS, CE, WEEE and LVD.

The new Timestep T-01MC:

Out of this world technology for in the room presence.

Technical specification  Timestep T-01MC



Input sensitivity

0.350mV (for 0dBV output)

Input impedance

100 ohm, 1nF (can be ordered at any custom value)

Output impedance

600 ohm

Signal to noise IEC A weighted @ 0.5mV input


Distortion @ 0.5mV input


Frequency response

20Hz – 200kHz -1.5 +0.5dB

Channel separation

> 80dB

Channel matching


Warp filter

-7dB @ 6Hz

Dimensions w x d x h

445 x 310 x 48mm



Manufacturer’s guarantee

6 years

UK selling price (inc.  VAT)

Timestep T-01MC                                                                                       £995


Consumer contact


P.O. Box 2001




Tel:      01803 833366

Email: information@timestep.com

Web:   http://www.time-step.com/timestep/Timestep T-01MC phonostage.htm

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