DL-103Refurbished

Moving Coil Cartridge

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

Q&A - DL-103

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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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

Hi - I was given a lightly used DL103 with a label reading 3.2CT on the front of the cartridge - does that mean something to anyone here? It just skates across records, unable to find a groove. Could it be intended for 78s? Thanks in advance!

Asked by: neptunejazz
This cartridge has a diamond tipped stylus, and although this label is not something I've seen, it seems to indicate a 3.2 Carat diamond. I honestly don't see this spec for the stylus documented in any of the manuals and spec sheets readily available to me, so I can't say for sure that this is the specification of the DL-103 currently available. There have been some different versions over the years available in different markets (I see that you're in Europe), and this may be one of them. About the problem you're encountering. I see two possibilities: 1: The "gently used" cartridge is damaged and does not catch a groove, and therefore skates across the record. 2: The turntable is not set up properly for the new cartridge. If you replaced your old cartridge with this one, and did not make any adjustments, that may be your problem. You may want to double check the balance, tracking force, and anti-skate adjustments based on the specifications of the DL-103. I hope this helps. Thanks!
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-01-19

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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