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  • DS Audio DS-1 Optical cartridge

    Has anyone used or tried out this cartridge?

  • #2
    I havent but I bet very few have. It costs $20K. (for the cart and its equiv to a phono stage ).
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    • #3
      20k is for the very latest model, they make an entry level DS001 cartridge with equalizer.that sells for $3.5k in Japan.


      Simon Yorke + MSL > B.M.C .> Valvet > Linear Tube Audio > Avantgarde

      "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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      • #4
        I think the DS-W1 Garth was importing retailed for $8 or $10K?
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #5
          This is all changing.

          There will be three models/systems available From DS Audio in the U.S. later this year at different price points.

          The Systems will be the DS Master1, the DS-W1 Type II, and the DS-001 Type II.

          More later...

          Dre
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          Every day is a good day to play analog.
          - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
          - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
          **************************************************
          Every day is a good day for live music.
          **************************************************

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          • #6
            The DS-w1 aka "nightrider" was their top model, it uses a boron cantilever and shibata stylus where the DS001 use aluminum with a line contact styli. The Master series intro'd at AXPONA is, IIRC, 20k. My contact in Japan in who's ears I trust, tells me the lowly DS001 will give you a big slice of what the other two can do. I also understand all three model have seen improvements to both the generator and equalizer...I'm waiting for my dealer to get the 'new and improved' version before I jump in.
            Simon Yorke + MSL > B.M.C .> Valvet > Linear Tube Audio > Avantgarde

            "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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            • #7

              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day to play analog.
              - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
              - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day for live music.
              **************************************************

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              • Rob
                Rob commented
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                i didn't see your post, I guess we were both fed similar intel.

              • Dre_J
                Dre_J commented
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                No problem Rob. Corroboration is good!

            • #8
              I hope to set up DS-W1 this weekend and post some results next week.

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              • #9
                How does it sound and what is it that it does better than what we have now,

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                • #10
                  Just got it and should have some answers for you in a couple of days, I had got to play with an early prototype and was very impressed, I hear that the production version is much better,

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                  • #11
                    Got the DS-1 working. Initial impressions are very favorable ,I need more time with set up and break in. Here are some photos.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by jam View Post
                      Got the DS-1 working. Initial impressions are very favorable ,I need more time with set up and break in. Here are some photos.

                      Waiting for an update!
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                      • #13
                        Myles,

                        I will let you know in a few days. Hint. It is pretty amazing reproducing female vocals and it is dead quiet.

                        Even Dart Tater Maul was amazed..................I wonder if it will impress the great Darth Karmeli.
                        Last edited by jam; 05-14-2016, 11:18 PM.

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                        • david k
                          david k commented
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                          Looks pretty interesting Jam, but what's that base on your 3012?
                          david

                        • Metamatic
                          Metamatic commented
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                          What about male vocals? 😎

                      • #14
                        David,

                        The base is an original base from SME (Ibelieve it is 8 mm thick) to raise the arm with some tables. It is, I believe pretty rare and SME now use a plastic spacer, I got it from our friend at Audio Arts in Hong Kong. It allows you to use grommets if you wish.

                        Jam
                        Last edited by jam; 05-15-2016, 12:23 PM.

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                        • Ki Choi
                          Ki Choi commented
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                          Jam, it seem you are not using the rubber grommets for the 3012R base. I have ran into issues trying to mount 3012R using existing holes made for SME V that uses bigger screws that didn't let me use the rubber grommets. I am having to wrap the smaller machine screws than what came with V with Teflon tape to mount and to use the same holes and rubber grommets.

                      • #15
                        Originally posted by jam View Post
                        Got the DS-1 working. Initial impressions are very favorable ,I need more time with set up and break in. Here are some photos.
                        Déjà vu
                        **************************************************
                        Every day is a good day to play analog.
                        - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
                        - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
                        **************************************************
                        Every day is a good day for live music.
                        **************************************************

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