DL-103

Moving Coil Cartridge

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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.

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DL 103 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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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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What is the output of the Denon DL-103?? Will it work well with a medium weight tonearm?? Is the DL-110 a better sounding ? .Still looking for a turntable. Considered a Musical Fidelity " Roundtable" T/T $299.00 on line. Looks solid

Asked by: chuckyteenage
DL-103 works well with arms that are medium to medium high mass. I use it on a Technics SL-1200 Mk5 with 2 grams added headshell weight, tracking at 2.75g. This works very well for me. Effective mass of this arm + headshell + weight is about 14-15g, which is similar to the Musical Fidelity arm, so it should work OK. The plain jane 103 is an excellent cartridge. Unbelievable value for the $. IMO, the best was the 103D, but that has been out of production for years.
Answered by: anmpr1
Date published: 2016-12-20

How long is the playing life of the stylus and can it be re-tipped?

Asked by: Joel
Hi Joel, We don't have a life expectancy specification to provide, the DL-103 has a long lasting diamond tipped stylus which will provide many years of great audio quality. This cartridge does not have a replaceable stylus. If the stylus does eventually wear out the cartridge will need to be replaced.
Answered by: Vincent S
Date published: 2016-11-29

Hello I what to add the DL 103 cartridge to an SME3012 S2. I have the cambridge azur SR20 topaz that it does not support MC cartridges. I thought is to use the cambridge CP2 Moving coil phono preamplifier is this a good match in your opinion?

Asked by: gkogketsof
Hello. As long as you have a moving coil phono preamplifier it should work with the DL-103.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2016-10-18

I have a Sony GX9ES receiver that has a MC phono stage - pretty sure that the phono specs show 0.5mV input MC requirement. Would you mind pulling up that manual and checking? My question is whether you offer an MC cartridge that I can use.

Asked by: rpw123
The DL103 output voltage is 0.3 mV, which falls short of the 0.5mV spec you quoted, which I also found online in my own search. You could use a phono pre-amp and connect to another available input, or use one of our higher output moving coil cartridges: DL110 (High output moving coil) - 1.6 mV DL-103R - 0.25 mV DL-301II 0.4 mV I hope this helps, thanks!
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2016-08-16

This is a low output moving coil cartridge, correct? I have inherited one on an older Denon turntable along with a step up transformer (NP-30?). Will try them out and see if they work together

Asked by: Mr Mike
Hi Mr. Mike. The DL-103 is a high-performance moving coil cartridge, with an output voltage of 0.3 mV. Since this is low relative to a MM type cartridge, the use of a MC step-up transformer, or a MC head amplifier is recommended. I'm not familiar with the NP-30, but if its a step-up transformer designed for moving coil cartridges, it should be OK.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2016-08-08
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