“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.”
Sapphire cantilever with microridge stylus
The micro-ridge stylus of the DS Master1 features a minimum-curvature radius and is mounted to a sapphire cantilever.
The super low mass optical generator, which eliminates the need for magnets and coils as found in conventional phono cartridges, is free of ultra sonic ringing. These features allow the Master1 to reproduce every element of musical information with stunning nuances and brilliant detail, redefining flagship-level performance.
Overwhelmingly high rigidity
Advanced Material Science was employed throughout the development phase of the DS Master1. No detail was overlooked. Over the past two years, all aspects of the design and components have been re-evaluated to ensure the highest rigidity possible in the Master1 cartridge. From its Ultra-duralumin body to its amethyst power indicator window, we have carefully selected each material and component to ensure that the DS Masterl represents a phono cartridge of the highest quality.