The Fozgometer V2 is here! The new model features a more sensitive meter for precise measurements, an easier-to-read display, and the option to use an outboard power supply, as well as a 9v battery.
The DS Audio Grand Master optical cartridge system is awarded "2021 Technology Breakthrough of the Year" by the Absolute Sound.
Threading the sonic needle nearly perfectly, the Umami Red is, as noted, exceptionally balanced, with upper-tier dynamics, instrumental separation, soundstaging, and realism. If this cartridge is set up properly in a capable system on a quality tonearm and phonostage, many listeners will surrender to its allure.
“The (Nova) III is (Mike Yee’s) best yet, and as with previous models, able to compete far above what its price ($1,500) might suggest…Recommended without reservation” Paul Seydor, December 2021
The Clearaudio Concept receives Stereophile's 2021 Product of the Year Award for Analog Components while leaving the usual suspects on the bench.
“DS Audio’s DS003 photo-optical cartridge with the matching energizer delivered the complete menu of elite cartridge perks including super-silky silences, taut, tuneful, textured bass, and a vivid, Leica focused midrange that no digital source could hope to match. Sincerely recommended.”