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Discover the world’s only optical cartridge

Just launched in the UK, Japanese DS Audio’s revolutionary DS-W1 is the world’s only optical cartridge. Unlike previous ‘non-contact’ systems which used lasers to read record grooves, DS Audio’s design is a pure analogue contact system that uses a conventional stylus and cantilever. Instead of relying on electromagnetic induction, it uses an LED to detect stylus vibration. This completely eliminates the electromagnetic frictional force that is a ‘fact of life’ in all MM and MC cartridge designs. DS Audio part of the Digital Stream Corporation who co-created (with Microsoft) the optical mouse.

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