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DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge
The flagship of the DS Audio line, the DS Master1 optical cartridge features an improved optical-mechanical design, wire-suspension, sapphire cantilever and micro-ridge stylus.
Newly designed “Advanced Optical-mechanical” systemThe “advanced optical-mechanical” design 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 Master1 provides the listener the ultimate in channel separation and sound quality.
Micro-ridge stylus mounted to a sapphire cantileverThe 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 Master1 reproduce every bit of musical information with stunning nuance and brilliant detail for flagship-level performance.
Advanced Material ScienceDuring the development phase of the DS Master1, no detail was overlooked. In the past two years, 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 rigidity and quality.
*Please note, the DS Master1 optical phono cartridge requires a DS Audio preamp/equalizer for use.$7,500.00Phono CartridgeBuy Now
DS Audio DS Master1 Phono Stage
The flagship of the DS Audio line, the DS Master1’s phono stage is a fully discrete dual-mono design with single-ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs, as well as three low frequency cutoff points.
Fully discrete dual-mono circuitry with three dedicated power suppliesThe DS Master1’s matching phono stage features expertly designed, fully independent dual-mono analog circuits. To achieve flagship-level performance, each channel has its own dedicated power supply to deliver more than ample power with the third power supply dedicated to the cartridge LED drive system to the DS Master1 phono cartridge.
Your choice of outputs and low frequency responseThe DS Master1 phono stage features three sets of RCA or XLR outputs. As well as three separate low frequency cut-off points. Output 1 is “DS Standard” single cut-off with 6db/oct at 30Hz. Output 2 is “RIAA Standard” double cut-off with 6db/octave 50.5Hz and 6db/octave at 30Hz. Output 3 is “RIAA Sub-sonic” triple cut-off with 6db/octave 50.5Hz, 6db/octave at 30Hz, and 12db/octave at 25Hz. Each low frequency contour is accessed by its own dedicated single-ended RCA or balanced XLR output for a total of six sets of dual-mono outputs.
Massive 24 kilogram / 53 pound unit weightIts robust weight is the result of the twelve 120K μf electrolytic capacitors and three transformers used in the DS Master1 phono stage. To achieve the lowest possible impedance, a pure copper bus-bar provide connection between the bank of capacitors.
*Please note, the DS Master1 phono stage is only compatible with DS Audio optical phono cartridges$15,000.00Phono StageBuy Now