Japanese optical cartridge brand DS Audio launched its third audio accessory, the ION-001 vinyl ionizer, earlier this year at High End Munich, now we have more info and price details.

Vinyl records are known for their tendency to build up a static electric charge. Friction is the cause, the main source of which is the stylus drag that occurs during playback. The degree of friction, and hence the strength of charge, will vary according to factors such as the stylus tip shape, the vinyl record’s specific component materials, and the room temperature and humidity levels.

Removes Static From The Record

As its name suggests, the ION-001 emits a combination of positive and negative ions in a controlled process from its dual outlets, which neutralises and removes static electricity from the record’s surface.

Works With Different Turntables

The ION-001 is simple and convenient to use. Its architectural ‘tower’ design allows for placement of the ION-001 next to your turntable, working with a wide range of turntable configurations and platter heights. Its ‘no fan’ construction allows for silent operation and continuous use while playing records. The ION-001’s specialized power supply supresses the generation of excess ozone, preventing unwanted oxidation.

All you need to do is switch it on at the beginning of a listening session and off at the end. The ION-001 can also be used to remove the static electric charge from CDs and DVDs.

Technical specifications

Input voltage DC12V

Number of ionizers Positive ion x 2, negative ion x 2

Dimensions 84 x 84 x 250 mm

Weight 650g

Pricing & Availability

The DS Audio ION-001 vinyl ionizer is available now, priced at £1,500 (inc. VAT).

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