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    Default Step Up Transformer recommendations for a Denon DL-103

    Having not found the answer by using a search, I am wondering what a good choice of SUT would be for my Techne Audio modified DL-103 with a boron cantilever and Shibata stylus?

    It would also need to work with an AT33PTG/II.
    I don't want to spend loads on the SUT, but I want something that offers good value for money, and obviously performs very well.
    Kevin

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    K&K Audio
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    I have a K&K SUT Which I have used with a range of MC cartridges. Very good indeed build around 2 Lundahl transformers.
    I have a friend who compared it against a whole range of SUT's and this one came out on top.
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    Fidelity Research FRT-3. Works great with Denon MC's and every other type of Japanese MC I've come across. Sounds good with Ortofons too.

    Best value good sounding SUT out there!!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fidelity-...sAAOSwCMFaAfqm

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    There was a hifi news blackhead on EBay for £50 or best offer. I'd buy that.

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    I use a pair of Haufe T-7883 step up transformers. They are designed for a source impedance of 40Ohm and have a step-up ratio of 10:1, so are perfect to use with the Denon 103.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby View Post
    There was a hifi news blackhead on EBay for £50 or best offer. I'd buy that.
    I've owned one. Not impressed. I found it thick and dull sounding.

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    I'll second the K&K SUT's.
    Great sound with the Lundahl transformers, and Kevin is a terrific guy to deal with.

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    Denon AU320. Designed for the cartridge by the manufacturer and often available around the £250 mark. Sounds surprisingly good in my system, and sports both 3and 40 ohm taps so good for Ortofon MC &c as well.

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    So, Fidelity Research FRT3, Denon AU320, a K&K SUT or Rothwell MCL?
    Kevin

    Funkified Technics SL1200 Mk2 (Funk FX-1200+, Techne-Audio modified DL-103/AT33PTG/II/, Funk Firm "Strata" platter, "Spin" bearing and BO!NG Isolation feet, MCRU/LDA PSU).
    Pioneer PD-S703.
    Battery powered Beresford Caiman II.
    Firebottle KIN fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Firebottle Monoblocks fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Electric Beach FH3 with Taket BatPure super tweeters.
    Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Headphone amp.
    Sennheiser HD540 Reference II & HD650.
    DIY Klotz MC5000/MS Audio interconnects.
    Talk cable 3 speaker cable.
    Neotech hybrid mains cables from MCRU
    Power Inspired AG1500

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