Following excellent reviews in the October and November issues of Hi-Fi News and Hi-Fi Choice respectively, DS Audio’s latest third generational optical cartridge has added a further two awards to its collection.
AVTech Media Awards 2021/22: Best High-End Cartridge
“The third generation optical cartridge from DS Audio feel closer in stature to the company’s reference-level Grand Master than the midrange DS 002 it replaces,” note reviewers. “Technically innovative and inherently musical too, the DS 003 is capable of a crystal-clear sound blessed with dark background silences, a sense of openness, and freedom from fatigue – listening to your favourite tracks is like hearing them for the first time.”
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Hi-Fi Choice Best Hi-Fi of the Year
One of four phono cartridges selected as the best of 2021, the DS 003 “is a new model rather than just a refinement” in which a redesigned optical system with independent LEDs and photo-detectors for the left and right channels provide an increase in output voltage to 70mV.
Delivering “massive amounts of lower octave action right from the start… from little frills to cavernous thunder, the DS 003 extracts all the bass energy and percussive slam with richness and control”, “expands the soundstage” and “enhances the front-to-back depth.”
Background silences are “impeccable”, openness is “supreme” and the sound is “crystalline”.
“A world-class component – truly special.”
For more of “the most highly recommended new hi-fi kit we’ve come across in the last 12 months” check out the Hi-Fi Choice Yearbook 2021.
Ken Kessler’s review from the October issue of Hi-Fi News is available tor read online at www.hifinews.com/content/ds-audio-ds-003-cartridge