Life­time Achieve­ment Award

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He is, of course, far too young, re­ally, for a Life­time Achieve­ment award (al­though he had a stint de­vel­op­ing soft­ware for bionic en­gi­neer­ing, so that some sus­pect he may now be aug­mented). But Mark Döh­mann has an im­pres­sive CV as a turntable de­signer that stretches back to 1982. Of course there’s no for­get­ting the Con­tin­uum Cal­iburn, which of­fered a per­for­mance bench­mark for vinyl ar­guably not seen since the days of the big Rock­port turntables and the Mi­cro Seiki 8000II.

Then in 2014, he was en­listed to spear­head a new state­ment turntable project, un­der the stew­ard­ship of the Au­dio Union com­pany, ac­com­pa­nied by other key lead­ers in­clud­ing tone-arm de­signer Frank Schröder; Allen Perkins, de­signer of the multi award-win­ning Spi­ral Groove SG1 turntable bear­ing; and Dr. David Pla­tus, founder of Mi­nus K tech­nolo­gies, world leader in the field of vi­bra­tion iso­la­tion for ap­pli­ca­tions as di­verse as mi­croscopy, space­craft ground testing and neu­ro­science.

The re­sult of this col­lab­o­ra­tion was the He­lix 1, and then the He­lix 2, both Sound+Image Award win­ners and recog­nised as the high­est level in the art, sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing of turntable de­sign, the bench­mark in noise sup­pres­sion and iso­la­tion.

But this award is for more than Mark Döh­mann’s track record in in­no­va­tion and de­sign. We’re also recog­nis­ing his at­ti­tude to col­lab­o­ra­tion, his easy recog­ni­tion of the in­put of oth­ers, and his de­sire to com­mu­ni­cate his pas­sions within the in­dus­try and es­pe­cially to the mu­sic-lov­ing pub­lic, at events like the Turntable Master­classes he ran at both re­cent shows in Mel­bourne.

For all this and more, we’re de­lighted to present this year’s Sound+Image Life­time Achieve­ment Award to Mark Döh­mann.

with Aus­tralian Hi-Fi’s greg bor­row­man (top) and Jez Ford (cen­tre). Mark Dohmann

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