DL-103

Premium Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

$349.00
3.3 out of 5 Customer Rating
DL-103 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
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The original Denon moving coil cartridge design. Designed in 1964 and still in production today, due to its sleek, simple design, quality sound and reliability.

  • Premium sound
  • Moving coil (MC)

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$349.00

DL-103

DL-103

$349.00
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DL-103
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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from New 103 with Fluance RT 85 Turntable Hello… was just wondering if I get a new 103 cartridge for Fluance RT 85, would this be a good combination and what would you recommend for phono preamp
Date published: 2023-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost cartridge Great sound and a great customer service. Thanks for all your follow-up.
Date published: 2022-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surface Noise Champion I have a MM Shure M97XE with a Vivid Line upgrade stylus that is excellent. I wanted to try a MC cartridge. After reading the reviews I decided to go with a “tried and true” standard - DL-103. I was NOT disappointed! Sonically, it and my Shure sound very similar with one HUGE exception! The amount of audible surface noise (I collect used albums) with the Denon is HALF that of the Shure. The Shure has a multi dimensional elliptical stylus. The Denon has a round conical stylus. I LOVE this Denon cartridge! I’m using an external Parasound zPhono preamp.
Date published: 2022-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value I've owned a lot of Denon cartridges over the years: 103, 103D, 301, 160. The best all around was the D version, but it is no longer made. Denon's basic 103 is excellent value. Sounds very smooth and musical. It's an "old fashioned" sound, but that is a good thing. DL 103 is an audio classic. Be careful setting it up. Not the most ergonomic of designs, however the square body makes alignment a snap.
Date published: 2016-12-20
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Questions

I have a Denon DP-790 turntable with the original tone are and the PCL 5 headshell that weighs 6.1 grams. I am using a vintage Realistic STA 2000 receiver. The owners manual states the Sensitivity for the Phono is 2.2mV. Please recommend a cartridge

Asked by: mike05
Hi Mike, The cartridge in our line-up which is best-suited for your set-up is the DL-110. As a high output moving coil, it will work well with the moving magnet phono pre-amp built into your Realistic STA-2000 and will be a good match for the Denon arm and PCL5 headshell. Here is a link to the details of the DL-110: https://www.denon.com/en-us/product/turntables/dl-110/136623.html
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-07-02

Is the Denon DL-103 compatible with the DP-37F turntable?

Asked by: Algaer
Hello, Yes - the DL-103 will fit the DP-37F turntable.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-04-04

I've got a Denon DP-790 turntable with the original tonearm and headshell from 1979. At the time, they called it a medium mass" tonearm. Shell dead weight 9g (Excluding screws} Do you know if it is compatible with the 103, or does it need to be heavier?

Asked by: DouglasR
Hello, Yes - your DP-790 turntable from 1979 is compatible with the DL-103.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-03-11

Does the DL-103 fit in the tk-24 headshell of a vintage Dual 721 turntable? Thanks.

Asked by: Carl L
Hello, The DL-103 has conventional cartridge fittings. Unfortunately, we do not have a TK-24 at hand to be certain what it will work with. We recommend speaking with the manufacturer offering your enquiry to a Dual turntable forum.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-03-04

Denon has made some of the best MC phono cartridges- why isn't a MC input included, even on the top models, where it's more likely that people would use these low output cartridges? The DL-110 is OK, but definitely not on the same level as the 103/103R.

Asked by: Gym123
Hello, Our moving coil cartridge customers generally favor our stereo integrated amplifiers over our AV receiver models. Here is a link to our integrated amplifier options. The PMA900HNE, PMA-1700NE and the PMA-A110 all have low output moving coil cartridge support: https://www.denon.com/en-us/category/amplifiers/ An optional external phono pre-amplifier which supports a low output moving coil feed can always be succesfully utilized when connected to a modern AV receiver.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-02-01

So, have an Audio Technica AT-LP120XBT-USB turntable. Haven’t had a DENON moving coil cart since’81! Is there one that fits this unit? Also, specs say platter has a built in switchable phono pre-amp for phono or line-level output… Does that meet the?

Asked by: Mark Hinson
Hello, The DL-103 is a low output moving coil cartridge. The built-in phono pre-amp with the AT-LP120USB is for a moving magnet cartridge or high output moving coil cartridge. Unless you wish to purchase an external phono pre-amp which supports a low output moving coil cartridge, your best bet is a DL-110 high output moving coil cartridge. Not only does the DL-110 fit the AT-LP120USB, but it is also supported by it's internal phono pre-amp.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-12-26

Will the DL-103 work well with the phono preamp in the PMA 900 HNE?

Asked by: SteveS
Hello, Yes - all of our current phono pre-amps - including that of the PMA-900HNE - with a moving coil setting will work well with the DL-103. We make a point of this owing to the worldwide popularity of the DL-103.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-11-30

Hi would this cartrage be compatable with the phono input on my amp, the phono is rated at 2.5Mv / 50k ohm

Asked by: Gumby
Hello, As we do not know which make and model amplifier you have, we cannot provide all the necessary details. The DL-103R is compatible with phono stages which support the use of low output moving coil cartridges.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-11-25
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