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Döhmann Helix 1 One Mk III

Döhmann Helix 1 One Mk III

The Döhmann One Mk3 is engineered to deliver unparalleled performance in analog playback. It results from many years of research, development, collaboration, and listening by internationally acclaimed analog designer Mark Döhmann and his team.

When a stylus moves through the grooves of a record, it converts vibrational energy into an electric signal. The shape and cut of the grooves contain an immense amount of information, and the objective of any quality analog music system is to interpret this information as accurately as possible. For that to happen, the stylus needs to operate in an environment free of any vibrational energy & resonance that is not a result of its interaction with the grooves. However, in practice, there is a lot of energy moving through a turntable system that the stylus picks up in addition to the vibrations associated with the grooves it is designed to do. This unwanted energy can be heard as distortion, smear, added harmonics, and channel imbalances, and these types of sonic phenomena often obscure the micro details within the recording and add coloration to the music.

The first step in designing a high-quality turntable is to carefully measure where this unwanted energy comes from and how it moves through the system. At Döhmann Audio, we have spent a lot of time using sophisticated test equipment to measure the resonance profiles of standard turntable designs because to improve the performance of a turntable, you must first have an accurate understanding of where the resonance is generated and how it behaves. Our research indicated that some resonance originated from the mechanical systems of the turntable (e.g. motor, bearing, platter, etc.), some from the environment (e.g. building, floor, sound waves, etc.), and some from the electrical systems (e.g., power supplies, control circuitry, etc.). Furthermore, the turntable also acts as a physical ecosystem where resonance moves through the various parts and interacts with itself. We also made some ground-breaking discoveries about how the vinyl record interacts with these energies.

From Edward: I benefitted from spending three full days with Mark Döhmann at Audio-Ultra as we rebuilt three tables into MKIII status, an education I was fortunate to receive. 

Once we were done with the upgrades, now we were able to compare the Helix One and Helix two tables side by side so I could understand the differences. Mark simply unbolted the armboard with the tonearm attached and the balanced cable still seated into the CH Precision Phono amp and moved it over to the Helix 1.

As soon as the needle dropped, it was evident from the crackle of the out groove inward to the music itself. The noise floor went from crazy low on the Helix 2 to even lower on the Helix 1, revealing even more clarity, detail, body, texture and all the audio superlatives used in our industry – it was beyond words. This was repeated on the last days listening event before a group that included two non audiophiles that all described their experience in a very similiar manner. 

Note: The retail price for all Döhmann Turntables includes white glove setup and training to ensure customers receive every drop of performance these tables are capable of.

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