DS audio OPTICAL cartridges

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DS audio OPTICAL cartridges

Post by Alacalufe » 25 Oct 2019 20:01

Hi all,
from some time ago, I'm looking for some more diversified opinions about the (new) optical cartridges from DS Audio, Japan. I have found only one review on the web, but it seems too commercial, under my point of view.
Have someone in this forum purchased it or listened them ?
I would be very interesting read some actual users opinions.

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Re: DS audio OPTICAL cartridges

Post by billshurv » 25 Oct 2019 21:54

Like the panasonic strain gauge cartridges that soundsmith now make optical cartridges, being position and not velocity sensing have some theoretical advantages over magnetic cartridges. But they didn't take off back in the day and not sure they will now. $3000-$5000 for cart and preamp is a tad stiff for many and, like active speakers, buyers at that level like to chose each bit so aren't necessarily attracted to it.

review here https://www.hifinews.com/content/ds-aud ... -cartridge
and https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articl ... cartridge/

Too rich for me sadly

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