HELIUS DESIGNS: In conversation with Howard Popeck – part three

Geoffrey – what is your response to the statement ‘How many channels do you think it takes to make a music listener happy; One. Mono’s fine. I’ve never heard anybody bitch about Louis Armstrong, saying, “I would enjoy it if it were only stereo” Now this question is interesting from several perspectives and I’m going […]

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How do you determine when an LP is worn ?

As per title,played a Steve Hacket LP the other night,this would have been played to death back in the 70’s with many different cartridges including Decca’s.First track has a couple of Acoustic guitars playing,I could usually locate where they were in the mix,but it sounded all jumbled up with little separation.Another track had a guitar […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their tone arm trade-in policy defined

They say: Occasionally, Helius will acquire some of its past products. There are primarily two reasons, the first is to maintain a stock of older parts for purposes of repairing the classic tonearms. We do this because it is uneconomical in today’s CNC machnining environment to have small numbers of the larger components machined, so […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Servicing their tone arms; the policy defined

They say: Helius has produced over 15 different models of tonearm over the last 23 years and still regularly services all models, regardless of age and condition.   Where parts are missing we can usually make replacements A standard service involves stripping down the arm, cleaning, checking and re-polishing bearing needles and cups, reworking solder joints, […]

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SME: The SME Model 15 deck – how will their target market react?

  The standard Model 10 has been ‘saved’ and will still be available, at a price rise of 4%. The new three-point suspended deck will be known as the ‘Model 15’ and will be about £5,400 without arm. Due next April. the original plan had been to scrap the current Model 10, but I think […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: VTA – “As a starting point, when people refer to Vertical Tracking Angle, VTA -they usually mean Stylus Rake Angle, SRA – in other words, the perpendicularity of the stylus with respect to the groove”

Geoffrey Owen: Somewhat like Terry Wogan and his listener, I feel my first article secured one noble reader. My hope now is to double that number in this follow-up. In my last piece, I suggested the audio industry was populated by three distinct stereotypes, these being gods, gurus and mystics; the first two I’ve covered […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Scorpio 4 tone arm

They say: For some time, Helius has been asked to recreate a version of the Scorpio for the 21 century. We have bowed to the pressure and have now launched this, the 4th product to bare the name Scorpio.   Available in both 9” and 10” guises we also believe the design benefits from the […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Aurora tone arm

They say: The Aurora is the new mid-priced Helius tonearm,  and fills the gap the Aureus arm used to occupy. Now in full production, the Aurora is available as either a 9” or 10” arm,  (12” available by special request ) with choices of single strand silver or O2 free internal wire. The internal wires […]

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What Scratched Records Look Like Through a Microscope?

Everybody knows the sound of a scratched record. But have you ever wondered what that maddening little blemish looks like up close? Well, you’re in luck, because Zammuto’s music video for “Great Equator” featuring scratched records was filmed entirely with a microscope. And it’s more interesting than you might think. http://www.gizmodo.in/news/What-Scratched-Records-Look-Like-Through-a-Microscope/articleshow/38452344.cms

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Omega Standard tone arm

They say: The standard version of the Omega is mechanically very similar to the Silver-Ruby Model. The main differences being the use of tungsten bearings, copper wire and colour configuration. The standard version is anodised black with silver counterweights. Technically the arm is very sophisticated, being dynamically balanced, damped by differential masses and having non-coincident […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Geoffrey Owen, main-man at Helius Designs

Hello Geoff, and thank you agreeing to be interviewed about social media in our shrinking audiophile world. So …. my first question; what’s your perception of the importance or irrelevance of Facebook in reaching out to potential audiophile buyers? Ah. Hmm. Howard, I suspect that you’re interviewing the wrong person. When I started writing novels […]

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