Customer reviews(all products)
Having used numerous MM and MC cartridges with various phono stages, I was becoming more disappointed with analogue replay. As I spent more money on better but lower output MC cartridges and more sensitive phono amplifiers, I liked the improved sound quality but I was noticing an increased level of low level hum and general grunge or noise. This was really spoiling my enjoyment. Moving to the DS-E1 was a revelation, not only is the sound quality completely natural but all the noise has gone. The sound now comes from an inky black background. This is wonderful and I can't stop my foot from tapping! Thank you Guilford Audio for introducing me to this cartridge and equaliser and thank you DS Audio for a fantastic product.
DS-E1 Happy days with music I used to listen to it with DENON's station blur, so I used many types of MC, including the genuine DL-103. Since the DN-308F is equipped with an equalizer amplifier, there was no need to prepare an equalizer amplifier or preamplifier. MC listening with the equalizer of DN-308F is fun with this, but I still feel the age. Recently, I considered the introduction of DS-E1 on the occasion of converting SAEC's 407/23 to a pure straight titanium pipe. If you borrow an E1 listening device and listen to it, it will listen to only music while being more neutral than any cartridge you have ever heard. You have to be prepared for a considerable expense when upgrading the MC and phono equalizer amplifier, but the DS-E1 is a set of cartridge and equalizer, and this price is really surprising. It is difficult to make the sound into letters, but in the low range, the resolution or subduction is drawn properly, and when you listen to Bronberg's bass, you can understand the fingering and scale firmly rather than letting it be heard in the atmosphere. The drum solo at MJQ's pit-in live Rosary, and the repeated hits of tamtam, bass drum, and bass drum do not... view more
DS Audio Grand Master Set & ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer Day 1 after installation of the DS Audio Grand Master (GM) cartridge on the Sikora tonearm and readjusting of SGR Model V racks to accommodate the heavy GM Phono Equalizer with separate power supply: Like my previous DS Audio Master 1, it’s forward and details are bundled when I first turned it on. After two to three songs, I saw some light above my all-time favorite very dynamic Apollo cartridge with a wide soundstage. The soundstage of the GM is not wide at first but increased by 1 to 2 feet with the images too. I noticed that the GM exhibited better dynamics also noticed by the DS Audio distributor that led him to take a video of the classical music we played. Day 2 of listening to the GM alternately with my regular Apollo cartridge, in our audiophile world we are trying to discover any advantages, merit, or differences. My tweaking impulse without me noticing came out again. Bending my body and arm, inserting and changing the power cord again and again. Changing them from section to section. I feel I have not achieved more than 86% with my analog. I seldom listen to good audiophile recordings. It is my belief ... view more
2021/3/18 Youtube posting started
2021/2/12 We released optical cartridge phono equalizer circuit info
2021/1/18 Grand Master review is released
“The Grand Master is so truly supreme in resolution, transparency, spatial recreation, neutrality and any other parameter I can name that it’s impossible for me not say what I usually try to avoid: ‘This may be the best cartridge I’ve ever heard.’” Ken Kessler Hi Fi News 2021
You can read all reviews here.
2021/1/15 Grand Master promotion video is released
2021/1/6 New DS-E1 review is released
“if you value sonic purity, supple textures, commanding bass reach, and impressive dynamic scaling, the DS-E1 will almost certainly tickle your fancy. Its transient fidelity, almost unparalleled quietude, and superb retrieval of low-level musical detail won me over. As I shared with Garth Leerer in a recent email, I am keeping the DS-E1 as my new reference. It represents shockingly good value in a world where five-figure cartridges no longer shock, and it sounds great.” All review is here.
2020/12/15 DS AUDIO MASTER 1 TAS 2020 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD
“The Master1 cartridge and Master1 equalizer are simply outstanding components, setting new benchmarks for vinyl playback in several areas (mechanical silence, neutral voicing, and midrange-to-midbass realism).” – Jonathan Valin (The Absolute Sound) All review is here
2020/10/14 Grand Master demo video at Japanese dealer showroom
2020/9/10 Grand Master Equalizer production video
2020/8/17 DS Master1 review
Absolute sound review by Jonathan Valin
“The Master1 cartridge and Master1 EQ are simply outstanding products, setting new benchmarks for vinyl playback in several areas (mechanical silence, neutral midband voicing, and midrange-to-low-bass realism)”
2020/7/13 Grand Master
Finally, Grand Master is on sale. Please see the details.
2020/6/28 New ION-001 Vinyl ionizer review is released
“I can report with complete confidence that the Vinyl Ionizer ION-001 is without a doubt the most effective anti-static device I have ever used. My vinyl playback has never sounded quieter, more revealing, and more enjoyable.”
2020/4/22 New DS-E1 reviews are released(Taiwan)
DS Audio’s most valuable optical analog cartridge
“The DS-E1 has an extremely clean music background, which can make the layering of music more open, medium and high The gorgeous colors and the wide sound field are all DS-E1 charms. Moreover, this price is not just a phono, but even a dedicated amp.”
“We buy it without thinking over because the sound is so brilliant and the price is so kindly !”
2020/4/22 New DS-E1 reviews are released
“Never – except maybe with the DS-W1 – have I heard such a three-dimensional sound image when listening to two-channel systems”
“He is stunned that such an inexpensive system can play so well. It even overshadows its own, sometimes much more expensive, cartridge pickups”
“The DS Audio DS-E1 is so convincing in every respect that not only he but also another acquaintance bought this cartridge through their respective dealers”
“Here’s where this cartridge system beats the competition I’ve heard:
None of the competition has that “open reel” quality of sound
None have a dead quiet background
None have the absence of haze you have grown accustomed to
None disassociate surface noise from the music better“
I have not had a better listening experience with any other cartridge. It does everything you need a cartridge to do to get you closer to the music. When the “film” you have been listening through for all of these years is removed, you get the closest thing I have heard to an open reel.
At $2,750.00 for the cartridge AND the DS Audio Phono Stage/Equalizer, I simply cannot think of anything that is close. It is my new Audio Waypoint and a game-changer for me personally.”
“The resulting sonic improvements are immediate, obvious and quite astounding in some cases
One also notices better flow and a greater sense of ease in the overall presentation, an expanded sound stage in all dimensions, and richer harmonics of each musical entity as well as its ambient details.”
2020/2/25 New ION-001 review is released
2020/2/5 New DS Master1 photos
We updated DS Master1 photosplease check it.
2020/1/29 ION-001 Set up instruction video
We have released ION-001 Set up instruction video please check it.
2020/1/23 DS-E1 movie
We have released DS-E1 optical cartridge playing movie.
2020/1/21 New ION-001 photos
We released new ION-001 Vinyl ionizer photos.
2020/1/16 New DS Master1 review
Positive feedback Brutus Award2019
“I can say that the results from the beginning and over time with the DS Master 1 have been nothing less than absolutely breathtaking”
“Many turntables, tonearms, and cartridges have come and gone over the past two decades. Frankly, I don’t think that I’ve ever heard better LP playback than the DS Audio DS Master 1 hosted by the NVS and the Durand Tosca. For transparency, clarity, detail, and purity of sound…for making grooves sound like master tape…the DS Audio DS Master 1 is top-o’-the-heap here in 2019”
2020/1/9 DS-W2 sound(WAV 24bit 192kHZ)
You can try to listen DS-W2 optical cartridge sound from here.
2020/1/6 New DS-E1 review(Chinese language) is released
“DS Audio’s latest optical cartridge/phono-stage combo, the DS-E1, while priced at the low end in the lineup, achieves a performance level well beyond expectation. It retains most of the key sonic signatures of the top-end model with just slightly lower resolution and dynamic punch. In terms of background noise level, transient speed, and tonal accuracy, the DS-E1 is obviously ahead of conventional transducers at the similar or much higher price bracket. The clean, accurate and harmonic-rich reproduction of well-recorded piano music will quickly dispel any doubt the DS-E1 being one of the best buys in the analog-gear market today. Strongly recommended.”
2019/12/18 New DS-W2 review is released
“I have never reviewed a product that has invoked as dramatic an experience as the DS Audio DS-W2.”
“its strong and easily identifiable sonic traits which are unlike anything I have ever owned before. It fills void in my analog arsenal and nothing else sounds similar to it. It’s smooth and non-grainy character allows me to listen to music for hours without fatigue. It’s upfrontness and immediacy allows me to enjoy my small but growing collection of Jazz music with a realism which my system didn’t have before. It is an innovative and unique product that deserves my recommendation. Highly recommended!”
2019/11/7 ION-001 Stand height info
Information on the recommended stand height of ION-001 is now available
2019/11/7 ION-001 Setting example
Added photos of ION-001 installation example.
2019/10/17 DS Audio video
Take a look at the DS Audio product video shot by Vietnam Audio Magazine.
2019/9/7 EMM Lab optical cartridge equalizer at RMAF
EMM Labs Inc. is exhibiting their optical cartridge equalizer at RMAF. This equalizer is fully compatible with DS Audio cartridges.
We are very happy to be able to make such an announcement.
Click here for the article
Stereophile article here
Audiobeatnik article here
Ed Meitner-san talking about the optical cartridge equalizer project.(16;45-)
“it was a revelation and ever since I’ve been very much in the analog and really with the cartridges I’ve enjoyed it incredibly.”
2019/9/3 DS-W2 photo
We updated DS-W2 product photos.
2019/9/3 DS Audio catalog 2019
We released new DS Audio catalog 2019 which includes DS-E1 & HS-001 & ION-001. Please check it.
2019/8/26 DS Audio advertisement designs
You can see DS Audio advertisement designs from here.
2019/8/23 ION-001 Instruction manual
We released ION-001 instruction manual(English) please check it.
ION-001 installation jig
↑You can use this installation jig to check whether ION-001 can be installed in your home system. When printing, adjust the scale to 1/1.
2019/7/23 New ST-50 photo
We updated ST-50 stylus cleaner photos.
2019/7/10 New DS002 photo
We updated DS002 optical cartridge &EQ photos.
2019/7/3 New HS-001 photo
We upload new HS-001 Solid Headshell photos.
2019/6/28 DS002 review from Hi-Fi Critic (UK)
DS002 new review is released.
“The DS-002 sounds so calm and controlled that it’s genuinely relaxing,” “It’s very transparent with powerful dynamics.”
2019/6/21 ION-001 demo video
↑It is a demonstration video of the static elimination by ION-001 ionizer(60seconds)
2019/6/19 DS-W2 gets the highest score ever since its launch（Germany magazine）
↑Cartridge evaluation list page of AUDIO magazine. DS-W2 scored 125 points and updated the cartridge category world’s highest score.
This is the highest ever score since the launch of the AUDIO magazine.
”It does not happen often that it makes me speechless. But what the DS Audio DS-W2 gets out of a record really mocks any description.
In terms of dynamics and transparency, I have never heard a better pickup in my life. ”
2019/6/10 DS-W2 review is released from Poland magazine
“The sound it offers is extremely comfortable. It is rich from the top the the very bottom, it beautifully shows the foreground, which is large, rich and strong. There is high dynamics here and great resolution.”
“one can write down the fact that the DS Audio system is completely quiet”
2019/5/29 ION-001 demo video in Munich(taken by Hong kong magazine)
2019/5/23 DS-E1 review
DS-E1 new review is released by Tone audio.
“It would be easy to call the DS Audio E1 optical cartridge and equalizer a benchmark at the $3k price point. I think that it’s easily a benchmark at twice, maybe even three times that price.”
2019/4/25 ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer brochure is released
2019/4/25 ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer
We released the page of ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer.
We will exhibit ION-001 in Munich.（Atrium4 Room F126 & Hall2 E10）
2019/4/24 Hi Fi News DS-E1 review
“The game changer”
I think it could be the sixth biggest game-changer in cartridges in three decades. The other five? its older siblings.
HiFi News 2019, Ken Kessler
2019/3/26 New Material
Uploaded product comparison chart and troubleshooting chart
2019/1/16 HS-001 Solid Head Shell instruction video
This is a video that explained the features of HS – 001 Solid Head Shell. (83 seconds) Please have a look.
2019/1/11 Optical cartridge page updated
We updated the explanation page of the principle of the optical cartridge, so please have a look.
2018/12/21 Magazine top cover
DS-E1 was used for the cover of the magazine in Japan.
2018/11/30 RMAF2018 interview
An interview article on RMAF was posted so please have a look.
2018/11/5 Stereo sound Grand Prix 2018
DS-W2 optical cartridge won the 2018 stereo sound Grand Prix.
Following DS Master 1, DS 002, it will be the third consecutive year of winning the stereo sound Grand Prix.
2018/7/27 DS Audio Factory video
2018/6/20 DS-W2 unpacked video.
2018/4/20 DS Audio new catalog is available now.
2018/2/5 The FAQ document is available now. [How to check when cartridge does not light up]
2018/2/5 DS Master1 and DS002 review is available.
2017/12/22 Our New Products
We will release our new products DS-W2 and ST-50 Stylus cleaner .
Please check the details on the website.
NHK World broadcasted a 30 minute special program which featuring Digital Stream Corporation
（DS Audio parent company）
↑DS Audio optical cartridge is featured from 17:07〜
Munich High End show 2017 Tech Stage demonstration video.
↑Munich High End show 2017 Tech Stage demonstratino.
Talk theme [optical cartridge technology]
40 years of Dream, True creation of Optical cartridge
It has been over 40 years since the first optical cartridge was introduced by Toshiba.
Number of companies followed this master minded concept in Analogue technology.
As a shooting star, it brightly appeared, and passed through Audio lovers’ minds with passionate sounds.
They showed us a simple fact that “Free from Magnet” and “Simplest electronics” could bring us overwhelming advantages in Record play back.
DS Audio succeeded this Master mind technology, inheriting their passion and love of music.
We are proudly announcing our DS Audio Optical Cartridge, DS Master1, to you.
This is our answer to those master minded pioneers in optical cartridge technology.
Without them, we never reached here. And most of all, this is our answer to those who love analog music worldwide.
We believe that DS Master1 brings you the ultimate capability of optical cartridge technology and the sound quality far reaching in different dimensions.
It would be our highest honor when this optical cartridge makes your audio life enriched and fulfilled.
DS Audio CEO Tetsuaki Aoyagi