DS Master1

DS Master1

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DS Master1 catalog
DS Audio catalog2021 (all products 6.4M)

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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