“Frankly, I don’t think that I’ve ever heard better LP playback than the DS Audio Master 1.”  - David Robinson, Positive Feedback Online USA

“I have never heard so much music flow so easily into my room as I did with the DS Master 1. The sound is big, bold and oh so alive.” - Jack Roberts, Dagogo USA

“Believe me, this cartridge is phenomenal.” - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News UK

"I know this much: If I were in the market for a new phono cartridge and I had the money, the Master1 System would be at the very top of my shortlist of must-hears. Go listen for yourself, and discover not just a new cartridge but a new phonographic paradigm." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound


The flagship Master 1 optical cartridge uses our newly designed “Advanced Optical-mechanical” system. This  enables us to position our newly designed micro-optic sensor unit closer to the stylus, resulting in a much shorter optical path length. Together with its wire-suspended cantilever, the DS Master 1 provides the listener the ultimate in channel separation and sound quality. 

The Micro-ridge stylus has a minimum-curvature radius and is mounted to a sapphire cantilever. This super low mass generator which eschews magnets and coils and is free of ultra-sonic ringing lets the Master 1 reproduce every bit of musical information with stunning nuance and brilliant detail for flagship-level performance. 

During the development phase of the DS Master 1, no detail was overlooked. Every aspect of the design and parts were re-evaluated to ensure the highest rigidity possible in the cartridge. From its Ultra duralumin body, to its amethyst power indicator window, we have carefully selected each component to ensure that we have a built a phono cartridge of the highest quality.