DS Audio Introduces $5000 Optical Phono Cartridge Plus Power Supply
The Shibata stylus is attached to an aluminum cantilever, which in part explains the lower cost of the DS002. It also features a more traditional wire suspension system that makes its compliance more compatible with today's medium to high mass tonearms. Suggested tracking force is 1.7 grams.
The required power supply appears to be very high quality, using premium parts and excellent build quality. The $5000 DS002 puts an optical cartridge within reach of a wider audience. No other phono preamp is needed. The power supply output plugs into a line level preamp or integrated amp input.
The speakers shown are new ones from Rockport Technologies. The sound in the Musical Surroundings room (Musical Surroundings imports to America the DS Audio optical cartridge line) was impressively transparent and well-balanced.
Here's a picture of the cartridge without the body, showing the optical "guts":