Flagship Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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The DL-103R is the evolved and reengineered version of Denon's original Moving Coil Cartridge. Designed to bring all your vinyl favorites to life for years to come.

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I just purchased a vintage Denon DP-62L turntable. It has 2 tonearms (strait and s curved). Which arm would be suitable for the DL-103R?

Asked by: 1Happyman
Hello. The DP-62L's stock arm was built with the DL-103 in mind (straight or curved wand). With the DL-103R you are good to go as it's critical spec's are the same as the DL-103 (the DL-103R has more refined copper wiring). As for which wand to use - it's really down to your own preference. Both are up to the task.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-06-26

I have a Denon DP 59l with a factory straight arm, would the DL 103 R be a good match, thanks

Asked by: johnnychic
Hello. Yes - the DL-103R is a good match for the straight factory arm on a DP-59L.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-05-21

Would the dl-103r be a good match for my Yamaha gt2000l with a tonearm, including the headshell, weight of 22gm. Thank you

Asked by: Brad11
Hello, The DL-103R is happiest on a medium to high mass tonearm. As we have no details of the GT2000I at hand, we suggest contacting Yamaha for more information on the tonearm mass of their GT2000I.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-05-15

I looking for a new moving coil cartridge for my Deon 11f?

Asked by: Willis84
Hello, Unfortunately, thre DL-103R is a little heavy (8g) for the arm on the DP-11F. 4-6g is recommended, which means the DL-110 or the DL-301MKII would qualify. The DL-301MKII does require a phono pre-amp which supports a low output moving coil cartridge, whereas the DL-110 (a high oputput moving coil) works well when fed into a moving magnet phono pre-amp.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-04-30

I have a DP-755 with a SME 3009 series III. I’m wanting to purchase a moving coil cartridge. I will also need a SUT. Looking for recommendations.

Asked by: Tommy2516
Hello, Without adding significant mass to your SME, the DL-103R would not be a great match for the low-mass 3009. Being a medium compliance cartridge, our DL-301MKII would be a better fit - especially if you have the 3009-R which is a moderate mass tonearm. As we no longer manufacture step-up transformers, we are unable to make any recommendations, as we have not tested any SUTs from alternative brands.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-04-22

Hi. I would like to know which of the Denon cartridges matches best with the SME 309 tonearm.

Asked by: rockinjoep
Hello, Good question. This depends on a couple of things; whether you determine cartridge matching by ear, or by spec's. In our experience, the two do not always agree. If you match based on spec's, I suggest using the DL-301MKII as the DL-301MKII is a medium compliance cartridge and the SME 309 is a medium mass tonearm. Our other cartridges are lower compliance devices. If you are more of a judge-by-performance audio enthusiast, then you are probably aware that what sounds right to one person may not sound right to someone else - therefore it's too subjective for someone to make such a recommendation with any hope of the pairing being just right for your system/expectations/sonic desires.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-04-22

I am looking at purchasing a vintage Scott PS67A ( made by Micro Seike) will fit?

Asked by: Mcstin
Hello, It probably will, but it does depend on which arm is on the PS67A. Being as only pre-owned models of the PS67A are available, there's always a chance an aftermarket tonearm has been fitted to any given example. The good news is the DL-103R will fit the vast majority of tonearms/headshells typically found on a turntable of this quality.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-02-20

Received my DL-103R cartridge. What ohm impedance setting am I to use for phono preamp? Large instructions say "Load impedance: 100 ohm". There is also a small paper tucked in the cartridge holder (has graph on it) that says: Load: 47k ohm. Please advise.

Asked by: DKR1881
Hello, The recommended load impedance setting on your phono pre-amp for the DL-103R is 100 ohms.
Answered by: Denon Response
Date published: 2024-02-08
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