DS Master1

DS Master1

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Customer reviews(all products)

byM(Japan) on
DS-E1 set

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... More

byDr. Albert Uy on
DS Audio Grand Master Set & ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer

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, ... More

by土屋洋(Japan) on
DS-W2 set

I bought the DS-W2 two years ago. I've used many MC cartridges so far, but the W2 sounds quite different from those MC cartridges. It is a natural and realistic sound without coloring. The resolution is high, and it reproduces precisely and realistically from low to high frequencies, but the W2 does... More

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DS Master1 review

 Hi Fi News DS Master1 review by Ken Kessler(English)

“After years of using only MCs, and following a month with Koetsu’s Onyx, the DS Audio Master 1 was a shock because its presentation was so clean and noiseless –even more so than its siblings.It requires the listener to dispel any preconceptions about vinyl.
It has speed, detail and space to rival Deccas. The sacrifice for this is a trace of warmth… so wear a cardigan. Believe me: this cartridge is phenomenal.”


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”




Positive feedback DS Master 1 Optical Cartridge and EQ/Phono Amp with the DS Audio ION-001

“without sounding like I’m issuing a cliché about it, I was so highly impressed with the DS Audio DS Master1 that I made arrangements to purchase it as a major reference component for my future review work at PF Central. I just can’t stand to see it leave”



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)”


dagogo review

“There’s one final area where the DS Master1 Optical Cartridge is the best I’ve ever heard.”



DS Master1 instruction manual

DS Master1 instruction manual

Product comparison chart

product specifications comparison sheet

Troubleshooting if the cartridge does not light


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