For sale is my Demo Helius Alexia Turntable ($5000) with Omega Tonearm($3100) and Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Cartridge ($2309). I showed this table at RMAF last year and it got a few hours of play there and it is seldom played in my show room certainly there is less than 40 hours of actual play on this combination and I suspect it is closer to 20 hours than 40 hours of actual play.
First this table is a dream to use, you walk up to it,put a record on the platter then either put the arm over the record and press the start button or press the start button and then move the arm to where you want, lower the cue control and listen to your record being played at the perfect speed. I just had to add that part because of the optical encoder on the bottom of the platter so that it's speed is constantly corrected in realtime before you can ever hear any speed inaccuracies.
This is what a reviewer had to say:
This is the Alexia Turntable by Helius. It's beautiful.
How much to do you think it costs?
The main bearing is tipped with a 6mm diameter ruby, selected for its wear resistance and polish quality.
The Alexia uses an external power supply to keep stray fields from conducting into the signal.
The power pack can be hidden discretely behind the system to minimize the visual impact of its presence.
According to Helius:
"A turntable platter should run with a constant radial velocity, the basic engineering requirement being that it does so at 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm.
However, there are two predominant factors that influence this, one being any external movement of the suspension that changes the tension of the belt, the other being changes in the level of perceived friction within the groove as the stylus encounters ever-changing amplitudes and frequencies due to dynamics within the music.
With the Alexia, the former problem is eliminated by the suspension design, and by mounting the motor directly onto the floating subchassis, the latter problem is dealt with by the inclusion of an optically encoded drive that references itself against the actual speed of the platter.
The electronics check and adjust the speed 270 times every second.
Within reason, a human hand can be run over the surface of the record while its playing and the speed will still remain locked. This means our platter does not have to carry a substantial mass to maintain an accurate speed, allowing us to incorporate a design of suspension unique to the industry."
I actually did that. touched the side of the rotating platter with a record playing. There was a brief change in pitch, but with my finger still there, she resumed perfect speed and playback. I was amazed.
I was even more amazed when I was told the price: $5,000 sans tone arm.
Please contact me with any questions, the table and arm comes with full warranty.
I am an authorized Helius Dealer.
Contact Neal Van Berg with questions
720 308 4000