Döhmann Helix Two Mk3 Turntable

We have not yet given proper due to nor spotlight on the Döhmann Helix Two Mk3 turntable, so no better time than the present to get up to speed with this most current, and quite formidable, offering from the noted Australian manufacturer.

The Mk3 is a more-than-worthy successor to the Aussie company’s vaunted Helix Two Mk2, which itself had a three-year run on the market from August 2019 to August 2022. The Mk2’s own direct predecessor, the Helix Two, made its debut at the High End Munich show in 2017 and was on the market up until August 2019, at which time the Mk2 came to the fore. The grandaddy of all these fine Döhmann ’tables, the Helix One, was launched at Munich in 2015.

Founder and design director Mark Döhmann has certainly made quite a name for himself and the company in terms of consistently delivering high-quality Helix series turntables over the years, due in no small part to his applying the firsthand knowledge he gained about how to combat and compensate for things like noise and vibration from his time working in the aerospace industry. Even though Helix series ’tables have traditionally landed in the higher end of the SRP spectrum in terms of what we lean toward reviewing these days, they are indeed worthy of our aspirational attention as being both performance marvels and, frankly, works of art.


Let’s now get to the features and specs for the Helix Two Mk3. This ’table includes a fully integrated Minus K vibration isolation system that utilizes Negative Stiffness Mechanism (NSM) technology, which is described as a “mechanical crossover network designed to dissipate mid- and high-frequency vibrations.” The Mk3 also boasts a floating armboard, a custom-designed and fully integrated Swiss-manufactured decoupled high-torque motor, dual-belt platter drive, one armboard to facilitate mounting a tonearm up to 12in (305mm), and an edge damping ring.

Other revised features of the Mk3 include an advanced composite bearing and updated DC power supply, drive system, and platter design, in addition to new RSA resonance control technology, Advanced Composite Armboard (ACA), and a record clamp with the aforementioned RSA resonance control.


A separate unit (shown above) contains the external power supply and power filtration circuitry. The speed selection and on/off functions of the Mk3 are operated by a pair of pushbuttons on the ’table’s top plate. Döhmann points out that the “speed is constantly calibrated over 130,000 times per second to deliver precise 33.33 or 45.15rpm (factory default).” The company adds that “78rpm and other custom speeds are available by request.”

Other specs for the Mk3 include power options of 110-120VAC, 50/60Hz 2A and 220/240VAC, 50/60Hz 1A. The dimensions are as follows: the turntable without the clamp, tonearm, or power supply is 18.9 x 7.9 x 15.8in (480 x 200 x 400mm) w/h/d, while the power supply itself is 18.9 x 15.4 x 2.2in (480 x 390 x 55mm) w/h/d. The turntable weighs 84lb (38kg), and the power supply weighs 11lb (5kg).

As alluded to at the outset of this story, the Döhmann Helix Two Mk3 turntable boasts an admittedly high-ish SRP of £46,000 ($58,549 U.S.) for its matte black and silver options, and £51,500 ($65,549 U.S.) for the titanium option (it’s the one that essentially looks like champagne gold, as seen at the very top of this story, and again below). Döhmann offers a polished carbon-fiber top-plate option as well, but the company has not specified if there is an additional cost involved with it.

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Tom L's picture

of brutalist architecture. For that price the owner and their entire family should be able to live in it.

Tom L's picture

before anyone comes along with a "sniff, ahem, it's a high-end product, don't complain if you can't afford it" comment, let me just say I can certainly afford to buy this turntable. It's the resulting divorce that would be prohibitively expensive.

James Kelly's picture

So buy it!

Anton D's picture

If you could really afford it, your spouse would never notice you spent that much!


“Just a rounding error, my dear.”

(Audiophile joking, no disrespect intended.)

Tom L's picture

She had a Thorens turntable when I met her, so she does appreciate those things...

Glotz's picture

This table is sooo gorgeous and svelte, you could replace a wife with it! lol.

Thanks for this spec overview.

Anton D's picture

More butter churner than DiCaprio dater. But, the relationship would last longer!

Glotz's picture

Good one!

Anton D's picture

Planning to go to the Pacific Northwest Audiofest next year, in case you are going...drinks on me! (Literally.)

Glotz's picture

I think I will have to seriously look at a trip out there! Thanks for that drink offer! I'll look at dates and see if that is feasible.

James Kelly's picture

$65,000? Ridiculous. I'll stick with Fluance, and Ortofon Black! Total, $1300.00

Tom L's picture

Those are good choices.

eugeneharrington's picture

I met Mark at the 2006 Munich High End Show, the first ever show I attended there. I had a long and pleasant conversation with him about everything and anything including audio, of course. At that time, the Continuum turntable was on the market and it was on demonstration at Munich. He told that he had secured as many as 6 orders at the show for this rather special turntable. I have always admired his designs. They provide solid, well thought out engineering with appealing aesthetics. Many top audio manufacturers have featured one of Mark's turntables in their demos, Denmark's Vitus Audio for one. It's a shame about the high prices, but that is the cost of a premium turntable like this! Anyway, Mark is a very nice fellow and in fact I saw him at Munich last May, but I wasn't talking to him on that occasion. He told me that his 'best man' at his wedding was Irish, so that guaranteed that we would enjoy a very pleasant discourse back in 2006!

dial's picture

I also met the one who committed the Schick tonearms. But he loves only low-end belted Thorens. I am a direct drive man (owner of 2 Goldmuns studios).

bpw's picture

Nice appetizer, but this deserves much more.

bpw's picture

MSRP of the Helix 2 Mk 3 in black or silver finish is $48,000.The optional carbon fiber top plate is extra.