Sutherland Engineering Timeline SE

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 ruin a performance. The emotion that touches the soul of the audience depends on this precision.

It was with this precision in mind, that the Timeline was born.

As an audiophile instrument designed to keep the finest of turntables running at exactly the correct speed, there is simply no equal. With a time-base accuracy of 2 parts per million, the Timeline is the very definition of precision. With this type of precision you know your music will be presented at the rhythm and pace intended.

"If sonic attributes such as pitch, rhythm, pace, tone, and dynamics are important to you, and you can adjust the speed of your turntable, in this reviewer's opinion, the Timeline SE is an essential piece of kit" Michael Corsentino of Positive Feedback in his thorough 2019 review of the Timeline SE

The Timeline flashes its laser precisely 8 times per revolution at the selected 33 1/3 (or 45) speed. This projects 8 small line segments around your room. Find one that is easy to see. If your turntable is rotating at exactly the correct speed, the line segment 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.


Timeline SE


Designed by Sutherland Engineering

The Timeline SE uses the same circuit and precision parts as the original Timeline by Ron Sutherland formerly offered at the luxurious price of $400.  The original Timeline has been discontinued but I am excited to bring you this bare bones SE Model for the most accessible price of $150 and Made in Lawrence, KS USA

"The Time Line can really open one's eyes!" Positive Feedback Review

See Peter Davey's review of the original Timeline  in Positive Feedback

2016 Stereophile Reviewed & Recommended Component (original)

 "Indispensable," said BD, who used the Timeline to measure, set, and monitor the speeds of his Spiral Groove SG-2 and VPI HR-X turntables. (Vol.33 Nos.3 & 12 WWW)
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Recipient of The Absolute Sound 2010 Editors Choice Award

"Ingenious!" - The Absolute Sound, March 2010, Issue 201 p.111 

Brian Damkroger of Stereophile Magazine Loves the Timeline Original

"Anyone who's serious about analog needs a way to accurately measure, set, and monitor his or her turntable's speed, and Ron Sutherland's Timeline perfectly fits the bill. It's a gorgeous little gadget and spectacularly accurate, but far more important, it's simple and easy to use-which ensures that it will be used... for a diehard vinyl junkie such as I, it's indespensable."- Brian Damkroger, Stereophile Magazine, December 2010, Vol. 33, No. 12, Page 135 

Albert Porter of Positive Feedback says "Absolutely Vital"

"The first time Ron Sutherland demonstrated the Timeline for me at CES, it stopped me in my tracks. Place the Sutherland Timeline over your turntable spindle (it's also an LP weight) and note the position of the laser display line on the wall. Mark that position on the wall with a tiny piece of tape if necessary and verify the laser remains absolutely steady in that one spot. If your table passes this test, drop the needle onto the record lead in groove and note the laser position again. If it's still steady and remains so until the end of the LP, you have an extraordinary speed accurate turntable. Why is this so important? Vinyl playback is mechanical, even if you lack perfect pitch the turntable ability to maintain consistent speed effects tone, dynamics, and timing. An absolutely vital accessory and important tool for turntable set up."- Albert Porter, Positive Feedback, Awards Issue 58, 2011  


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