DS Audio DS002 Optical Phono Cartridge & EQ Unit

Quick Overview

DS Audio DS002 Optical Cartridge

No Phonostage required! The cartridge comes with its own EQ unit that plugs directly into Preamplifier!

Featuring an aluminum cantilever and classic Shibata stylus, the DS 002’s optical screen is positioned closer to the stylus–a breakthrough in phono cartridge design allowing for more accurate reading of the information within the record groove.

Like the more expensive DS Audio cartridges, the DS 002 cartridge body is machined from aluminum and echoes their distinctive design for best optical performance. The DS 002 features an aluminum cantilever and classic Shibata stylus to accurately reproduce the music recorded on the vinyl record album. The DS 002’s optical screen is placed near the stylus tip, together with a newly developed wire-suspension system to hold the cantilever. The new position of the optical screen is a breakthrough in phono cartridge design, providing a much more accurate reading of the groove information and contributing to clearer sound reproduction.

Notably, the cantilever is more precisely positioned within the newly developed wire-suspension system in the DS 002. This new structure provides a highly accurate and precise pivot point for the cantilever, increasing channel separation to reproduce the most accurate stereo image.

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Please find reviews below


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DS AUDIO DS002 Optical Phono Cartridge review by " StereoNet NZ " Online Magazine, December 2018


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DS AUDIO DS002 Optical Phono Cartridge review in " Hi-Fi News " Magazine, July 2017

Complete review HERE

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DS AUDIO DS-002 Optical Phono Cartridge review by Jonathan Valin " The Absolute Sound " Magazine, July / August 2017  

Complete review HERE


DS 002 Optical Cartridge-

Body: Aluminum
Cantilever: Aluminum
Stylus: Shibata
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.6g – 1.8g
Signal Output: Photoelectric Conversion
Output Level: >500mV
Channel Separation: >25db @ 1kHz
Weight: 8.1g 

DS 002 Phono Stage/Equalizer-

Inputs: RCA
Outputs: RCA x 2
Output Voltage: 500mV @ 1kHz
Impedance: 1200 Ohms
Dimensions: 12.4”W x 3.7”H x 9.4”D
Weight: 10.3 lbs