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DS Audio DS-W1 Named HiFi+’s Cartridge of the Year

UK publication,  has named the DS Audio DS-W1 optical phono cartridge their 2016 Cartridge of the Year. From HiFi+: “Undoubtedly the most exciting development in phono cartridge design since the invention of the moving coil, Japanese audiophile brand DS Audio’s unique DS-W1 consists of an optical cartridge and matching equaliser. Although it uses a conventional […]

The Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement MC cartridge being played at Music Matters 12

AMG, Benz, Clearaudio featured in Music Matters 12 Vignette

Were you unable to attend Music Matters 12 at Definitive Audio in Seattle a couple weeks back? No worries, as Stereophile’s Jana Dagdagan has compiled a 60-second vignette title “1 Minute Audiophile Escape” which highlights the best of the best at this year’s event including the AMG V12 Turntable, Benz Micro LP-S cartridge, and Clearaudio […]


Hana cartridges TAS review: “3 very good values and one overachiever.” – Now read the complete review!

Back in January we posted the excerpts from Andre Jennings’ Hana cartridge review in the February 2017 edition of The Absolute Sound. We are pleased to announce that you can now read the complete review on the TAS website here. This great review covers all four Hana MC cartridges, Jennings states “The Hana (EL and EH) get […]


AMG V12 Turbo and Benz Micro LP-S used to compare pressings at Music Matters 12

Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer used the AMG V12 Turbo turntable and Benz Micro LP-S cartridge for his  pressing comparison demos at last week’s Music Matters 12 event at Definitive Audio. Fremer’s presentation was focused on the sonic differences across various pressings of Nina Simone’s debut album, Little Girl Blue. The three pressing examples included the 1958 original; a Pure […]


“Everything Mattered” at Music Matters 12

Thursday night’s Music Matters 12 event put on by Definitive Audio in Seattle proved to be a resounding success. Stereophile’s Jason Victor Serinus was on hand to cover the event, where he noted “Without question, the only exhibit whose queue was as long as the room in which our own Michael Fremer conducted LP pressing […]


Dealer Event Tonight, March 9th in Seattle: Definitive Audio’s Music Matters 12

Tonight, Thursday March 9th, Join Garth Leerer and Allan Moulton at Definitive Audio’s Seattle Showroom from 5 – 9PM for Music Matters 12, Definitive Audio’s annual event devoted to high-performance audio. Garth and Allan will be giving 20-minute demonstrations featuring AMG and Clearaudio products. Regardless of your favorite artists or the way you listen, if music is […]


New Zealand’s Witch Doctor reviews the Hana EL & SL cartridges: “The Hana cartridges are a delight…you can’t go wrong with a Hana cartridge.”

New Zealand’s Witch Doctor magazine recently reviewed the Hana EL and SL moving coil cartridges. After a very positive review, Witch Doctor’s Andrew Baker concluded “The Hana cartridges are a delight. Perhaps they may eventually become the cult go-to…for discerning audiophiles on a budget–they certainly deserve to…For realistic instruments, delicate layers of sound with sharp holographic images and, […]



Join Garth Leerer and Allan Moulton for AXPONA 2017 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, IL from Friday, April 21st through Sunday April 23rd. This year, we will be exhibiting on the 12th floor with Quintessence Audio who is celebrating their 40th anniversary. We are also exhibiting in  room 550 with Needle Doctor. Check back often, […]


Introducing the DS Audio DS 002

The new DS Audio DS 002 optical phono cartridge combines the latest optical cartridge technology with a more budget-friendly price point. Featuring an aluminum cantilever and classic Shibata stylus, the DS 002’s optical screen is positioned closer to the stylus–a breakthrough in phono cartridge design allowing for more accurate reading of the information within the record […]


The Absolute Sound’s 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards

The March issue of the The Absolute Sound features their annual Editors’ Choice Awards, which vaunts more than a few Musical Surroundings’ products including: The AMG Giro turntable “The Giro G9 is a less pricey machine [than the Viella V12] boasting much of the same technology and outstanding build-quality of the Viella for roughly 2/3 […]