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Another Hi-Fi News ‘outstanding product’ from DS Audio: the “reference grade” DS-W2 phono cartridge

Replacing the inaugural DS-W1, DS Audio’s DS-W2 optical phono cartridge features a raft of trickle-down technology from the brand’s flagship Master 1 model. Ken Kessler puts it to the test for Hi-Fi News.

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“The best at its job”: Hi-Fi World is impressed by DS Audio’s ST-50 stylus cleaner

Keeping your stylus as clean as possible is important if you to want to protect your investment in this delicate piece of kit and to enjoy the full sound quality of your vinyl. But how do you know which is best tool for the job?

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New Clearaudio Smart Matrix Silent record cleaning machine

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Clearaudio’s ‘Matrix’ record cleaners have long been renowned for their gentle yet highly effective vacuum cleaning capabilities. Shhh… the new Smart Matrix Silent is the quietly elegant, and impressively user-friendly, successor to the brand’s earlier Smart Matrix Professional model.

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Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio launches new entry level DS-E1

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In 2013, Japanese DS Audio unveiled the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1. A series of even further advanced models soon followed, ranging from the flagship DS Master 1 to the (then) entry level DS 002, each attracting rave reviews from the worldwide audiophile press. Now, the new DS-E1 makes the superlative sound of the optical cartridge more accessible still, at half the price of the DS 002.

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Ultimate Hi-Fi of 2018 includes DS Audio, Soulines, Timestep, Exposure, Raidho, Magnepan & Furutech

Each year, the expert team at Hi-Fi News brings us the magazine’s audio highlights of the previous 12 months – “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2018.” In the bumper 108-page Yearbook issue, “the very best that hi-fi has to offer” includes source components from DS Audio, Soulines and Timestep, amplifiers by Exposure, loudspeakers from Raidho and Magnepan and cables by Furutech.

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Clearaudio Ovation turntable stars in ‘cheeky’ new Pulp Fiction-inspired film

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December… ‘tis the season for cranking up your favourite tunes, putting on a bit of a show, having some fun and, traditionally, giving generously. The folks at hi-fi brand Clearaudio have been entering into that very spirit, by supporting – and starring in – a ‘cheeky’ new short film inspired by one of contemporary cinema’s most iconic music and dance scenes.

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New ASB-1 antistatic brush for audio and AV media from Furutech

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The elimination of static from audio and AV media is something that Japanese cable and accessories experts Furutech know a thing or two about. Their new ASB-1 antistatic brush is an upgrade on the earlier SK-III, and is a simple-to-use yet deceptively advanced gadget that effectively removes unwanted static charge from just about anything – from CDs and vinyl records to camera lenses.

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Turntable speed accuracy: Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood explores Clearaudio’s Stroboscope Test Record, among others

“Pitch slurring,” “warbling” and “watery pitch” are just some of the unwanted results when a turntable suffers from speed variation, writes Noel Keywood in the November issue of Hi-Fi World. “Subjectively it isn’t an obvious issue until you hear the same music played on a pitch-stable turntable,” and then it’s “like taking off misty glasses.” Unfortunately, the problem is surprisingly common. Fortunately, there are some handy gadgets that enable DIY solutions.
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