Posted on 25th May, 2018


Serbian turntable company Soulines produces just four turntables and the Kubrick DCX is their most advanced model.

Thanks to a new partnership with Devon-based Timestep Distribution, the flagship turntable will now be available in the UK with an added bonus being offered in a package with a Timestep headshell and tonearm.

StereoNET reviewed the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable here.

The design of Kubrick DCX is inspired by the space station in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, hence the name. That might be a tad fanciful but make no mistake that this turntable features state-of-the-art engineering.

Designer Igor Gligorov, (trained mechanical engineer, trained musician, experienced sound engineer) is very much a man on a sonic mission.

The Kubrick’s design began with the same inverted main bearing and acrylic platter that Gligorov developed for the brand’s Hermes DCX model. Around these, he then created a new and highly rigid aluminium plinth and sub-plinth which are built from differently shaped sections, coupled together and strategically damped.

This is where the space station analogy comes in since visually the structure resembles a skeletal-style body in which three ‘legs’ of unequal length extend from a central point.

The adjustable supporting feet at the ends of the legs, again machined from aluminium, are also differently sized. The design’s shape, its relative dimensions and the positioning of its various cut-out circles are all based on the mathematical Golden Ratio and Fibonacci sequence.

As interesting as all that is the actual aim here is to achieve uniform vibration damping and to reduce the moment of inertia in all three planes.

So, while the Kubrick DCX may look somewhat asymmetrical, it is in fact perfectly balanced, providing a high level of precision in terms of smooth platter rotation and steady tracking.

The inverted main bearing, machined from solid brass and stainless steel to extremely high precision, and the solid aluminium arm-board are mounted directly on the sub-plinth, which is, in turn, three-point de-coupled from the main plinth. The high-quality DC motor with fine speed adjustment is mounted on the main plinth.

Timestep Distribution’s Dave Cawley told StereoNET:

It’s beautifully made. Every surface and edge is finished to an exceptional level and the bearing and platter are so precisely machined that when you watch the platter side on, you can’t tell that it’s spinning.

Cawley is offering the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable as a package with his own Timestep T-609 tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.  

Timestep tonearm and headshell

The T-609 high mass tonearm has been specifically designed to excel with moving coil cartridges. It was created by borrowing some essential ‘DNA’ from the legendary Japanese Fidelity Research FR64S tonearm (from the late 1970s) and combining it with bang-up-to-date technology.

The armtube is crafted from titanium and is a low resonance design. A stainless steel bearing block fitted with specially lubricated ultra-fine tolerance ABEC7 ceramic bearings ensures low friction, while frictionless magnetic anti-skating allows for effortless fine-tuning.

The T-609 is designed to partner with a fully detachable and interchangeable headshell, offering many possible options, one excellent option being the Timestep T-01HS, a commandingly solid design crafted from rigid ebony wood.

Customers can, of course, opt to purchase the Kubrick DCX on its own or indeed with any other desired combination of tonearm and phono cartridge.

The Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable (£2,995) is available now, or as a package partnered with the Timestep T-609 tonearm (£1,350) and T-01HS headshell ( £145), tonearm mount (£50) and tonearm cable (£50) for £4,350 inc VAT.

Read the StereoNET review of the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable, or for more information visit Soulines.


Jay Garrett's avatar

Jay Garrett

StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

Get the latest.

Sign up to discover the best news and reviews from StereoNET UK in our FREE Newsletter.

Posted in: Hi-Fi Industry
Tags: soulines  timestep