Another new arrival, well, actually it's been here awhile, is the newish Helius turntable from Geoffrey Owen of HeliusDesigns in the UK. I've had it going for some time to sort out its qualities and to get its full measure. And this new Helius table, the Alexia, has proven itself to be a Haven keeper, and here's why. A bit different from the WTL's and Brinkmanns in makeup and music making, it's sonic character is one of clean and neutral, with very good rhythmic pacing. Think Linn LP12 yet without the big swamp bloat that comes with any Linn. I still like Linns, yet with even their $20K tricked out version they aren't as musically satisfying as the WTL's and now this Helius, certainly not the Brinkmanns. Geoffrey Owen had designed tables for Tangent Acoustics, back in the early 80's, then started designing his own tonearms, which have become quite famous on their own, and as of about two years ago launched this Alexia table. The table can be purchased without arm, or as shown here, purchased with a Helius arm, the Omega.