DS Audio Announces Next-Gen DS003 Optical Cartridge

Posted on 3rd August, 2021

DS Audio Announces Next-Gen DS003 Optical Cartridge

Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio launches new 'third generation' DS003

DS Audio's DS003 optical cartridge is said to draw on innovations employed in the company's flagship Grand Master phono cartridge and extends “third-generation technology to a more affordable price point”.

DS Audio DS003

For instance, the new DS003 features a comprehensively re-designed optical system with its independent LEDs and photo-detectors for the left and right channels benefitting from a significant increase in the cartridge's output voltage from 40mV to 70mV.

We are told that this has been achieved without compromising the excellent signal-to-noise ratio. Furthermore, DS Audio states that the DS003 has an even lower noise floor and greater musical clarity than its predecessors. Additionally, the new independent design has made it possible to eliminate crosstalk, significantly improving left and right channel separation (> 27dB (@ 1kHz)), particularly at higher frequencies, boasts the company.

DS Audio DS003

The new design also sports a smaller shading plate made from 99.9% pure beryllium, allowing for a 50% weight reduction, down to 0.74mg: less than 1/10th of the mass of a moving coil cartridge's core and coil system.

The DS003 marries an aluminium cantilever with a line contact stylus. The cartridge's body is also aluminium and is designed for maximum rigidity. Internally, the wiring is 1.6 times thicker than in previous models to reduce impedance. The total weight is quoted at 7.7g, requiring a 2.1g recommended tracking force.

DS Audio DS003

As with all DS Audio optical cartridges, the DS003 requires its own equaliser/ phono stage. However, the new design here includes a thicker circuit board (increased from 1.6mm to 2mm) and thicker copper foil (previously 35 μ, now 70 μ). In addition, the DS003 equaliser allows you to select from four low-frequency cut-off points, allowing you to choose the output that best matches your system.

DS Audio DS003

The DS Audio DS003 optical phono cartridge with phono stage/equaliser is available now, priced at £4,995 for the DS003 cartridge and equaliser package. The DS003 cartridge costs £2,298, and the DS003 equaliser £3,147 (inc VAT) when bought separately.

DS Audio cartridges are fully compatible with any of the company's accompanying phono stages/equalisers, allowing you to mix and match. The new DS Audio DS003 optical cartridge and matching equaliser is available in the UK to audition now.

Visit DS Audio for more information


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