DL-103

DL 103 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Features - DL-103

FEATURES - DL-103

Denon's classic cartridge, the DL-103, has been an industry standard for decades. Providing smooth response in many Hi-Fi systems, the DL-103 gives a pleasing sound and brings out the full detail of audio performances.

Reviews And Awards - DL-103

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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Q&A - DL-103

Would this be suitable for a Kenwood KD3055 and a Schitt Mani?

Asked by: Akadurf
Hello, It's tough to determine from our research. The best thing to do is to contact the turntable manufacturers and ask them the same question.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-05-11

Hey I have a 2808ci receiver and also a powered amp. Can I run this cartridge as is with decent sound?

Asked by: Gusty83
Hello Gusty83, I have no issues with the equipment you are using, you will get good sound. But you want to make sure you are using a compatible turntable and phono pre-amp.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-04-24

I have a Denon DP- 37F turntable, will I be able to use this cartridge with it?

Asked by: Algaer2
Hello Algaer2, Physically that will work. Then you want to get the Pro-ject Phono Box DC to connect to the receiver or amplifier. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_252PBDCB/Pro-Ject-Phono-Box-DC-Black.html
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-03-29

will this be ok on my technics sl-1900 ? and i am using a nad 1600 preamp with an MC,MM switch .

Asked by: llbnn
Hello iibnn, Since you are using a pre-amp with the MC and MM switch then you will be fine with this cartridge. Physically it looks like everything will fit just fine too.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-02-27

Can I use this cartridge for a Denon 79-W?

Asked by: Sandy7
Hello Sandy7, Yes, you could use that but i would get a pre-amplifier box that would connect between your receiver and pre-amp.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-02-22

Recently purchased the DL-103 for use with my vintage DP-62L Was recommended the Ortofon SH4 headshell. Upon setting it up, the lock collar on my "S" tone arm rides dangerously close to the vinyl. Wrong headshell? Spacer? What should I do?

Asked by: Mike Coffel
Hello Mike, it seems that the headshell may be a bit heavy and it is dragging the lock collar close to the vinyl. I would want to know how the lock collar rides with the straight tone arm. Please email me at ken.carter@soundunited.com for more assistance.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-02-02

Hi , I just purchased a 103 .. my Nad 3150 has a MC-MM switch. But even on MC there is very little gain , I have to operate it at 60% to hear reasonable sound levels. I have 2 MM preamps which I tried with with my AUX input. Trying to avoid a MC preamp

Asked by: gord
Hello gord, I would try to connect the turntable to the phono of the NAD 3150 and see if that fixes the issue. If it does not, please call our service line at 201-762-6665 M-F 10am-7pm EST.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2017-12-22

Hi! I intend to use the DL-103 on Lenco L70. I've read some think the L70/DL-103 will cause increased wear & not track well due the headshells fixed alignment. Should I be concerned or is this the type of arm/headshell the DL-103 was made for? Thanks!

Asked by: jmah80
As long as the tone arm is balanced properly with the correct tracking force adjustment, there should be no problem. If there are specific factors to adjust for where that tone arm is involved, be sure to enter that into your calculations.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-04-17
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