Originally Posted by Mozvz
Besides the cosmetic changes what are the differences between the Helicon MKII's versus the previous model?
I like the Piano black finish on the fronts. Very attractive looking speaker no doubt. Personally, I never take the covers off the Helicon's so that would not be a nudge to upgrade to the latest and greatest.
This was also in the email I received from the dealer and it is the release from Dali.
On Tuesday, October 16, DALI USA receives the first batch of HELICON MK II's for the US market. After listening to the 400 MK II's at CEDIA, it's obvious that MK II is more than just a pretty new face.
Aesthetically, there's no question MK II is in a different league. HELICON's gloss finish has always been beautiful. But, on MK II it's flawless - like glass, with no trace of "orange peel". The mirror-gloss black on the MK II's front and plinth offer enhanced elegance - reminiscent of a Steinway piano.
Sonically, however, is where HELICON MK II creates a real stir. The re-designed woofers, with double driver magnets, noticeably tighten bass response. Low frequency definition is dramatically improved, with increased cone control. If the original HELICON had a slight tendency towards mid-bass "bloom", it's tamed in MK II.
Transparency in all frequencies is enhanced due to upgraded components in the crossover. The MK II sounds "cleaner" throughout. Rear terminal connectors have also been improved for a nicer feel, and more solid connection.
All in all, HELICON MK II is a new animal. It retains the fluidity, warmth and luster that you've come to love in the original. But, the improvements lift MK II to a higher class of finesse and control.
MK II's will be available next week in both cherry and rosenut in the following models: