"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)."
“The Umami Red is that rare jewel in phono cartridges; a design that gives you the sort of detail and precision of sound that presents whatever music you put on the platter with a laser-guided focus on the music itself, and musical grace and passion.” - Alan Sircom, Hifi+ Magazine UK
The singer, whose musical audiobook ’Road Trip Elegies’ centers on recorded conversations with his therapist, talks treadmills, turntables and why he prefers (a lot of) wired headphones.
DS Audio, the pioneers of optical phono cartridges, elevates the sound of vinyl playback with their new Grand Master system. This pure analog playback system combines a new “dual mono” cartridge design featuring 50% lower weight moving parts and a massive 2 chassis phono stage weighing over 100 lbs.
The Umami Red is one smooth customer. This cartridge connects you emotionally to the music. It can negotiate virtually anything you throw at it. Its balanced sound always seems to reveal a new interpretation of music that you are familiar with. You will find yourself just wanting to pull out albums and have a listen.
Introduced at High End Munich 2019, the Forte shares the V12's mass-loaded, belt-driven, non-decoupled design and makes use of the same platter-bearing design, decoupled spindle, hand-built, brushless DC motor, and platter-dominated form factor. In most ways, it looks like a larger Viella 12, but—again—important engineering and design differences are hidden within.