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

Hi..id like to upgrade my cartridge..is DL 103 work for my dp-450USB

Asked by: Ellechoki
Hey Ellechoki, Yes, this cartridge will work with your unit. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with this and any other concerns you may have. Thanks, Denon North America
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-09-14

I lost the stylus guard for my DL-103. Do you sell replacement guards or know where o can find one? Thanks!

Asked by: TKO7
Hey TKO7, You can contact our parts department for this part if its available @ 866-779-7421. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with this and any other concerns you may have. Thanks, Denon North America
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-09-11

Will the DL-103 work with the Audio Technica AT-LP-120-USB? I was hoping to use the headshell that came w/ the turntable if that will work. Are there any specific settings, weights, balance issues to be concerned with? Marantz PMD-526C amp.

Asked by: davidcw
Hey David, You will need to contact Audio Technica to see if the Denon DL-103 is compatible with the unit. As for the PMD-526C amp, we would not be able to answer any questions about that here as that is a professional product. You may contact D&M Pro at 401-658-5766. More information can be found at www.d-mpro.com and http://www.inmusicbrands.com Thanks, Denon North America
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-04-02

Thanks for the response to my gold edition question. Mine has the stock housing painted gold (no wood). It may be an 80's version ..code is 9905 on the housing . Im thinking its a prettied up anniversary release?

Asked by: el gordo
Hey El Gordo, This may possibly be true as the housings for this model were interchangeable. So this version may have come with a gold housing and/or was changed by the seller on eBay where you purchased it from. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with any other concerns you may have. Thanks, Denon North America
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-04-02

greetings , I have purchased my second DL-103 , this one a used model . It is a Denon gold edition (not sure of the year). Is there any specifications that are different from a stock 103? the seller quoted a 2,000 hr diamond tip. Cheers'

Asked by: el gordo
Hey Anon, The difference between the DL-103 and the DL-103 Gold are very subtle but offer vast improvements on the cartridge. It starts with the stylus being replaced with a selected optimized Nude Contact Line Profile diamond mounted on a single crystal Ruby Cantilever. In addition, the suspension and damping compliance are modified. The cartridge body is replaced with a handmade wooden body with a brass top plate; the damped cartridge is now heavier at 14.4 grams. The output voltage remains unchanged at a nominal 0.3mV. As an option, you can have any DL-103 or DL-103R body replaced with the wood body. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with any other concerns you may have. Thanks, Denon North America
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-03-29

What is the recommended capacitance for my denon dl103 cart? I have a setting choice of either 100pf or 200pf on my Creek OBH-15 Mk2 phono preamp.

Asked by: sc00ter
Hey Sc00ter, So the recommended capacitance for the Denon DL103 cartridge is 40ohm. So you will want to set it to the closest but based on your setup this is not really a good match. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with any other concerns you may have.
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-03-07

I have a Denon DP-60L turntable and need a full cartridge replacement. Will the DL-103 work?

Asked by: JerryL
Hey Jerry, Great question. The answer is yes, the DL-103 will work with your Denon DP-60L. I hope this helps if not you can always give us a call to have one of our expert technical support team members assist with any other concerns you may have.
Answered by: Denon Support
Date published: 2019-03-06

i have a dp51f turntable with a straight arm . I am in need of a head shell and needle . where can I locate one?

Asked by: rob21
Hello rob21, The DL103 will work as a headshell and needle for you with the db51f. There are no issues with that.
Answered by: Ken C
Date published: 2018-08-22
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