World beating optical cartridge technology
The DS-W2 is the successor to our DS-W1 optical cartridge design, which was awarded the title of world’s best phono cartridge by two major audio magazines in Germany: Stereo and Audio. This praise helped to establish the popularity of our unique technology, setting a high standard and paving the way for further development. The extensive advancements and refinements of the DS-W2 design have resulted in performance that is far in excess of the already impressive DS-W1.
Boron Cantilever with Micro-ridge stylus
The DS-W2 is equipped with a boron cantilever and Micro-Ridge stylus representing a further upgrade from the Shibata stylus used on its predecessor DS-W1. This combination precisely traces the record groove and yields the utmost quality of sonic reproduction. A hand-crafted, “Natural Rose quartz” LED indicator adds an eye-catching detail to this unique piece of audio technology.
Upgraded equalizer featuring a sophisticated power supply
The DS-W2 equalizer houses 12 large capacitors, each with 56000μF capacity; more than those normally found in a phono pre-amplifier. In use, the benefits of this design choice are obvious, with fantastic musical control and an effortless presentation. A 1.5mm thick pure copper plate bus-bar is employed to connect these capacitors, ensuring maximum power transfer. This also functions as a shielding plate for the transformer, revealing more low-level musical detail. All of the improvements of the DS-W2 equalizer have created a component three times larger than the predecessor DS-W1, and sonic performance is of an even greater magnitude. The result is ultimate enjoyment from your record collection. Expect to hear more from DS Audio.
Fully balanced XLR output
Offering a choice of outputs and low frequency response options, the DS-W2 preamp/equalizer features two sets of RCA and XLR outputs and two separate low frequency cut-off points.