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Japanese Newspaper Lauds DS Audio, Resurgence in Vinyl

DS Audio’s Tetsuaki Aoyagi was recently interviewed by Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun where he talked about the history of the optical cartridge concept and how DS Audio has leveraged technology and innovation to develop the DS Audio product line.  The article notes “The optical cartridge is a welcoming change for particularly fastidious audiophiles who have […]

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

UK publication, HiFi+ 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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Acclaimed Designer Yves Béhar Lauds Clearaudio Concept Wood Turntable in New York Post’s alexa Magazine

In a special section of the New York Post’s alexa magazine, acclaimed industrial designer Yves Béhar (CCO of Jawbone whose credits include Herman Miller and General Electric among others), gives us some insight into the “gadgets that thrill him.” Among other products, Yves lauds the Clearaudio Concept Wood turntable, stating “The German engineering in this vinyl turntable has […]