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 5.
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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 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

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: 2023-11-13

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: 2023-10-24

Hello, I would like to use this cart with my Kenwood KD-750. Will this cart work well with my turntable? I have a preamp that I’m sure will help to accommodate MC cartridges.

Asked by: Excalibre
Hello, Yes - the DL-103R will work well with your KD-750 turntable. Not knowing which headshell you have, you may benefit by using a heavier headshell. There are many options available from other brands, and can be found on websites such as Amazon.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-10-05

I have Dual 1229Q which currently has a Empire MM and was interested in a MC. The DL-103 fits my budget and the reviews are always good. I would appreciate your thought on pairing it with the Dual? It would feed into a Cambridge Audio preamp. Thanks.

Asked by: MCIII
Hello, The DL103 will fit your 1229Q. As it isn't clear which Cambridge Audio phono pre-amp you have, it's not possible to say if your phono pre-amp will pair well with the DL-103. The DL-103 is a low output moving coil cartridge, and will need a phono pre-amp which supports a low out moving coil cartridge for it to be heard at it's best.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-09-25

I have a vintage Denon 1700W turntable that I haven’t used in many years (1970s/1980s). I would like to resurrect it in my current house. It now has a Stanton D71EE stylus. Any recommendations on a new cartridge and/or stylus?

Asked by: John R
Hi John, If you have a Moving Magnet only phono pre-amp, the DL-110 is the best option as it is a high output moving coil cartridge and works well with a moving magnet phono pre-amp. The DL-103 will work well if you have a low-output Moving Coil Phono pre-amp, as would the DL-301II All these cartridge models are designed to fit the headshell of your DP-1700W. Here's a link to the details: https://www.denon.com/en-us/category/turntables/
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-09-14

I just bought a dl-103, to use with a Schiit SOL that has 13 gram, 11" straight UNI PIVOT tonearm. That means it pivots in all directions, not just up and down but left and right. I also have Fluance 85 with S style tonearm. Which is the best choice?

Asked by: pauldenon
Hello, We haven't tried the DL-103 on the Fluance 85 turntable, and Schiit's SOL wasn't around long enough for us to even see one in the wild, so we cannot make a recommendation based on having actually compared the performance either way. Based on it's weight, the SOL tonearm should prove to be a good match for the DL-103.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-08-15

Tracking angle denon dl-103 ?

Asked by: Razamans
Hello, It is recommended to adjust your vertical tracking angle so your tonearm is parallel with the LP on your turntable platter with the arm in the lowered position. This can be done using a metric side rule - measuring the furtherst ends of the tonearm which sit directly above the LP playing surface. Both measurements would need to be equal for the arm to be parallel with the LP. From there, making small adjustments to tune by ear can be worth the expreiment - as has proven to be the case for many DL-103 users. Because we all hear things differently, your ears will tell you when something sounds right to you.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-04-26

I have a SL1700MKII.It has no head shell or cartridge. It basically has nothing at the end of the arm. What do I need to buy?Thank you, Robin

Asked by: RobinR
Hi RobinR, All that's required for the DL-103 to be mounted to your SL-1200MKII is a headshell with an 'SME' fitment - which is one of the easier headshell's to find. Stock Technics headshells are still available new, and easy to find with a search engine. Your phono stage will need to support a low-output moving coil cartridge. They too are easy to find if you don't have one. Any audio dealer specializing in turntables should be able to assist. You may need to add extra weight to the tonearm. They fit on the back of the tonearm counter-weight and are easy to find on ebay.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2023-04-13
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