HELIUS DESIGNS: in conversation with Howard Popeck – part one

Geoffrey ….. why is there such diversity between audiophile values and the audio engineering establishment’s values? I’m not sure there is – indeed, I would argue that, more often than not, audio engineers are just audiophiles who have taken their interest to the next level and gone pro. Perhaps I should start by suggesting that […]

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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: The evolution of tonearm design and consider aspects of various designs that most influenced my approach to Helius

Geoffrey Owen – head of Helius Designs writes: In this episode I’m going to discuss the evolution of tonearm design and consider aspects of various designs that most influenced my approach to Helius. My own hi-fi journey started with the most classical of 1970’s choices – an SME 3009 mounted on a Thorens TD125 MKII […]

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YOU ARE GROUNDED, SON: Turntable grounding opinions?

Hi hoping to be spoon fed some nuggets of advice on grounding from a knowledgable fishie or 2 My turntable has a grounding wire attached to the underside of the bearing assembly, as well as the more traditional ground wire alongside the tonearm cable. I have 2 issues to try and fix – one is […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Magic Pebbles, an explanation of tonearm bias and …

In my first article, I wrote about those wizened beings who occasionally materialise from the ether, intent on stretching the boundaries of plausibility with their over-active imaginations. These people would have us believe that a generous sprinkling of their particular flavour of fairy dust on your hi-fi will transport it to the realms of godliness. […]

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UNRESTORED VINTAGE GEAR: Anybody using gear 30+ years old that hasn’t been restored?

Ok this thread isn’t necessarily for debate or argument, and certainly no nastiness. We know that the prevailing(and mostly right) opinion is that old gear should be restored. That said, I know that some of us haven’t heeded the call for various reasons and I’m one of them. So I’d like to know what you’re […]

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CLASSIC KIT: What is the attraction?

Whilst my recent additions are for a secondary system, they certainly are competitive with today’s offerings at a corresponding price point (well, I believe so) albeit not likely to replace my main system. I could so easily have popped into Sevenoaks or the Classifieds and put together a middle of the range system but just […]

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