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Helix DSP PRO

10-channel digital signal processor

Item # 975PRODSP

If you're a car audio enthusiast who's particular about sound quality, then the Helix DSP PRO processor...

If you're a car audio enthusiast who's particular about sound quality, then the Helix DSP PRO processor...

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Item # 975PRODSP

About the Helix DSP PRO

The ultimate in sound tuning

If you're a car audio enthusiast who's particular about sound quality, then the Helix DSP PRO processor should become an integral part of your system. This deceptively simple little box works with your PC to open up a world of sonic adjustments that will maximize the performance of almost any car audio system. The DSP PRO processes its digital signals at 64-bit resolution and 96 KHz sampling rate so you'll get very high fidelity sound along with virtually no noise or distortion.

The ultimate in sound tuning

If you're a car audio enthusiast who's particular about sound quality, then the Helix DSP PRO processor should become an integral part of your system. This deceptively simple little box works with your PC to open up a world of sonic adjustments that will maximize the performance of almost any car audio system. The DSP PRO processes its digital signals at 64-bit resolution and 96 KHz sampling rate so you'll get very high fidelity sound along with virtually no noise or distortion.

Powerful and flexible

Once you've downloaded the application and software from Audiotec Fischer (Helix's parent company), you plug your personal computer or laptop into the processor's USB port. A detailed control panel will appear on your computer screen that lets you set virtually every tunable audio parameter to achieve the best musical fidelity possible in your car. The visual display shows the resulting sound curve of each setting, so you'll know for sure how your adjustments are affecting audio output.

Helix DSP PRO

DSP PC-Tool main screen

Switcher, EQ, time alignment, and more

The Helix DSP PRO processor accepts up to eight inputs, which you can assign to up to ten output channels, perfect if you're running separate tweeters, mids, woofers, and subs. Each channel features its own output volume and a 30-band paragraphic equalizer with precise 0.25 dB adjustment steps that give you incredible control over the sound. The paragraphic EQ works like a graphic equalizer, but with adjustable center frequency and bandwidth for each slider, so you can get in between the preset bands to smooth out any rough spots. The time alignment feature lets you correct for each speaker's placement in your car, so the sound from each speaker arrives at your listening position at the same time, centering the stereo image for your sitting position.

Detailed filter section for fine tuning

You can configure almost any type of high-pass and low-pass filter on each channel in order to fine tune the sound of each speaker. Not only can you adjust a crossover's frequency, but you can also choose the slope, its "filter characteristics" (see below), and adjust its "Q-factor," which adds a bump at the crossover point for certain settings. Filters and EQ can be set separately for each channel, or channels can be linked together for common settings.

Save your settings

Don't worry, you won't have to drive around with your computer plugged in. You simply download your settings to the Helix DSP PRO, after saving them on your laptop. The Helix DSP PRO can store two settings at once, so you can toggle between them to see which sounds better.

Helix DSP PRO

DSP PRO input panel

Digital and analog inputs

The Helix DSP PRO can use up to 8 preamp or speaker-level inputs to get its signal from your vehicle's system. It also features your choice of a coax or an optical digital input so you can play music directly from your compatible device and maintain the highest sound quality possible. When you connect both analog and digital inputs, the Helix DSP PRO normally prioritizes the digital input if active, then switches to the analog source if not.

If you get the optional URC-2A remote control, you can manually switch between the analog and digital inputs. You'll need to get the URC-2A remote in order to manually control your digital source's volume.

Power Save Mode

Many newer vehicles feature accessory circuits that remain on for several minutes after the engine shuts off, so an aftermarket amplifier could possibly drain your vehicle's battery. The Helix DSP PRO solves this problem by turning off the amps connected to its remote output after not sensing music for 60 seconds. The DSP PRO will turn the amps back on within a second after sensing the signal.

Installation note: Because of its high gain potential and digital connections, setting up this processor improperly could damage your speakers. Please read the instruction manual carefully before you connect your Helix DSP PRO.

Helix DSP PRO

DSP PRO control and output panel

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Product highlights:

  • digital signal processor
  • DSP adjustments and settings made via computer (Windows only) or optional remote control
  • download DSP PC-Tool Software 3.0 from Audiotec Fischer
  • Asahi Kasei A/D converters, Analog Devices D/A converters
  • 8 assignable inputs
  • inputs: 8 RCA preamp, 8 speaker-level, 1 optical SPDIF, 1 coax SPDIF
  • 10 preamp outputs (6 volts RMS)
  • channel settings can be separate or linked together
Adjustment Details
  • time alignment in 3.5 mm increments
  • 30-band paragraphic EQ with 0.25 dB steps and fine tuning
  • adjustable high- and low-pass filters (20-20,480 Hz)
  • selectable filter slopes (6, 12, 18, 24, 30 dB/octave)
  • selectable filter characteristics
    • Butterworth: sharp transition, suitable for most applications
    • Bessel: gradual transition, suitable for smooth speakers, but not subs
    • Linkwitz: recommended for high-end speakers only, not subs
    • Chebyshev: very sharp transition, useful as high-pass for tweeters or low-pass for subs
    • Self-Define: selectable Q-Factor, 12 dB/octave slope only
  • adjustable Q-Factor in Self-Define mode (0.2-2.0) increases signal at crossover point
  • phase adjustment:
    • switchable 0/180 degrees on front and rear channels
    • adjustable 0 to 360 degrees on sub channels in 22.5-degree increments
  • AutoSet real-time analyzer simplifies equalization
Other Features:

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2 questions already asked

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Is the software compatible with a Macbook?
[ Paul  Feb 26, 2016 ]
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At this time the software DSP adjustments and settings can only be made via Windows computer.
[ Jeff  Feb 29, 2016 ]  Staff
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Does this DSP sum factory signal and flatten it (or at least sum factory signal)?
[ Nick  Jun 05, 2015 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: When using the speaker level inputs on the Helix DSP PRO it will sum the signal so that you do not have to connect all of the channels. It does not mention flattening the signal however. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Jun 17, 2015 ]  Staff

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