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Old 14th August 2012, 11:36 PM   #21
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I think the effective length of the arm plays a pretty big role in the performance of the cartridge and how carefully it is set up.

The DL-103 in a proper wood or metal body is pretty decent, in the stock plastic body I was shocked at how mediocre it sounded. You can do a lot worse, but the spherical stylus definitely is not a winning feature IMO.. I have a vintage DL-103D which has higher compliance and an elliptical stylus, it does not have the HF performance issues of the DL-103, but my old one does not capture the dynamics either. (Arms - various SME 3009 Series II, SME 3012 Series II, Ersatz 3012 clone cross between Series II and R, and the Schick..)
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Old 17th August 2012, 09:58 AM   #22
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On what will these be substantially different or better than a DL103?
They will retain most of the 103 scale and body,and will improve "air" , resolution,linearity and tracking.
Both extremes will improve too.
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Old 17th August 2012, 10:45 AM   #23
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The Denon DL-304 are fantastic, for a very reasonable price.

But it's a completely different animal. Need another different arm and a more sensitive preamplifier.

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Old 18th August 2012, 07:24 AM   #24
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What arm do/did you use for the 304?
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Old 18th August 2012, 08:41 AM   #25
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Yeah, I had never really given the 304 much thought. Work in a Rega, you reckon?
Cheap enough to find out I guess.

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Old 19th August 2012, 08:51 PM   #26
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What arm do/did you use for the 304?
Morch 12" in La Platine Verdier:

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Old 10th September 2012, 08:16 AM   #27
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After a lot of reading one cartridge that's keeps on coming back to my mind is....Benz Micro Wood SL..fair chance I will move into that direction. Got an offer to trade in the DL103, but not sure if I want to loose this faithful denon on this deal...
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If you like the DL103 you will most likely LOVE an EMT !!
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Old 13th September 2012, 11:52 AM   #29
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If you like the DL103 you will most likely LOVE an EMT !!

Benz is on its way...(and that is not the car)
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I went from a standard DL-103 to an Aluminium bodied Soundsmith retipped (ruby cantilever, the $250 option) and it still has the Denon signature but with more Dynamics and detail. A bargain at the price. I would recommend the path I took to anyone.

P.S. Arm is a modified RB250, mods are Cardas rewire and OL stub with custom AO counterweight as the body is quite heavy.
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