Thom said: For that price, it’s a solid, basic phono stage.
The gist: You’re getting what you pay for with this one.
Garrett said: Though perhaps not the analog jewel in looks that a lot of audiophiles crave, the Helius tandem nonetheless provides a spectacular mix of sonic refinement, precise engineering, ease of use, and excellent affordability at its performance level.
The gist: Unique design that Garrett loved.
Jason said: If you’re looking for a small, reasonably priced phono stage that sounds really, really good and is flexible enough to grow with your system, well, this is your baby.
The gist: Don’t let the small size fool you: this is a serious component.
Philip said: For the money, one gets a European-made turntable fitted with an excellent cartridge, plus a gorgeous tonearm made from aluminum and carbon fiber, with nickel-plated parts throughout.
The gist: Entry-level price but far from entry-level performance.
Edgar said: Once mounted, what the Houdini actually does is nullify inter-relationships between cartridge and tonearm.
The gist: Worth-a-look tweak for your turntable system.
Vince said: It’s a standout performer and a great bargain.
The gist: Add another $70 for a built-in phono stage.
Thom said: This turntable would suit not only a newcomer, but also an experienced vinyl lover on a budget who wants something outstanding.
The gist: Don’t think of this as entry level.
Jeff said: It’s not inexpensive at $7500, but the level of sound quality it achieves usually costs much more.
The gist: Unique design both sonically and aesthetically.