The Hi-Fi News Yearbook is an annual go-to guide showcasing some of the world’s finest hi-fi components. Among 2021’s “jewels of high-end audio” is DS Audio’s flagship “so supreme” Grand Master optical cartridge.
DS Audio’s Grand Master optical phono cartridge was the first of the company’s ‘third generation’ of optical cartridges and is positioned at the top of the company’s range. Featuring a comprehensively re-designed optical system with independent LEDs and photo-detectors for the left and right channels, it delivers a significant increase in output voltage over earlier models, from 40mV to 70mV.
“We found ourselves listening to whole albums in their entirety, transfixed by the Grand Master’s, well, mastery. Yes, it’s that kind of cartridge,” writes the Hi-Fi News review team.
“The Grand Master is so supreme in resolution, transparency, spatial recreation, neutrality and any other parameter we can name that we’re tempted to say: ‘This may be the best cartridge we’ve ever heard.’”
Read the review in full, and discover the complete list of ‘Ultimate Hi-Fi 2021’, in the latest Hi-Fi News Yearbook.