This is a custom Denon DL-103R that has been transformed into Uwe Panzerholtz wood body and tipped by SoundSmith as well as the contact line diamond upgrade. This is a low output cart, and you will require a Step Up Transformer. I have been using: Denon AU-300LC http://www.lpgear.com/product/DENONAU300LC.html.
These are the technical Specs of this cart:
- Output: 0.25 mV
- Output impedance: 14ohms
- Stylus: 16.5 Micron round tip
- Coils: copper (6N)
- Frequency range: 20Hz-45kHz
- Tracking force: 2.3-2.7g
- Compliance 5×10-6cm/dyne
- Weight: 8.5g
Here are some photos:
After a few hours of listening, I was amazed to how much detail this cart can extract from a record. One thing to note with any Denon DL-103R is that you will need a heavy arm. And it is right you can have it on Rega rb250 , 300, or similar medium compliance arm, BUT… this is not correct way to have your Denon cart perform to maximum performance.
So I strongly suggest a very heavy arm. Arm that I was using for testing and listening to this cart was Origin Live Silver mk2. That arm is also not heavy enough for the dl103r.
In terms of listening:
1. Amount of detail this cart will extract is amazing.
2. Midrange is trully “that good”3. Very good tracking
1. The highs are a bit too high on my system perhaps with my super tweeter on my IMF professional Monitors this was not the best setup.
2. The bass was tight but it was lacking ( I think this is to do with not having a proper arm for this cart )
All in all, I really don’t know why so much hype about this cart? I have compared it to a few other carts that I own , that were of similar value, and decided to pass the Denon onto someone who would have the right setup for it. In my honest opinion there are much better carts out there, however I did enjoy listening a few songs with the 103r although it is not my cup of tea for all of the other records that I own.
In Conclusion for Denon DL-103r You got to have the right arm for it.
This is how I had to have it setup on my moded Thorens td-160: