The Legacy Double Helix - Technology & Design
Posted July 2011
In the spring of 2007 our director of research and development, Bill Dudleston, was given the challenge of designing a new speaker system for the largest recording company in the world, Universal Music Group. More importantly, it would be utilized by the legendary producer/CEO/Chairman, Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The playback system was given the arduous task of covering the 40 seat Manhattan conference room, providing uniquely good imaging for all listeners, yet serving up club-like SPLs.
After months of modeling, Bill and his team of engineers came up a system that could image like Whisper and Helix but provide unprecedented impact in a mastering quality monitor. With the assistance of UMG's Dave Soto and Legacy east coast representative, John Niski, the system was installed on June 23. Driven by a dozen McIntosh monoblocs with four channels of Crown amplification on the subs, the system featured 16 individual DSP speaker cells, stacked 4 cells high to form four individual towers.
After a shoot-out factoring several of the top professional and home audio speaker manufacturers, Legacy walked away the winner.
Following careful evaluation, a glowing L.A. Reid congratulated Bill and staff "I absolutely love them. ...You have an incredible talent. I think you should name these speakers after me... you can call them the A.R. M-02s!'
These speakers have found their home among Legacy's Professional Solutions as the doubleHelix and doubleHelix subwoofer.
The double Helix is capable of high SPL audio of the highest quality while maintaining a controlled radiation pattern via DSP. This super speaker system was originally designed for L.A. Reid and Universal Music Group and is employed in the Michael Jackson Conference Center at SONY/Epic Studios in Manhattan.View Details
The doubleHelix Subwoofer provides extreme low end extension for this high performance system. The subwoofer cells are modular and can be stacked beneath the doubleHelix mains.View Details