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    Default Denon 103SA

    Keeping with my theme of a new cartridge every 2 months i've been reading up about the classic denon 103 cartridge,it has caught my interest lately and after reading countless threads i thought id give one a try.
    so today arrived a brand new and still sealed denon 103 sa.



    i carefully cut the tape to reveal this,a lovely quality wooden box.



    using my excited fingers i opened up to have a peek inside



    well based on presentation alone it looks lovely,im hoping the denon sound is for me,ive been having a tough time lately on the analogue front so fingers crossed i'll be at peace for a while with this one!
    ive bought a lentek head amp to go with it which should be here early next week,in the meantime i will try it using the nakamichi's mc stage.
    more to come.........
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590,Sony TTS-8000 turntables,Pioneer PA-5000 and PMAT-1010 Tonearms,AT-ART 7 Cartridge,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp,Sony X555ES CD Player,Karma Interconnects

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    This cartridge should be interesting with a nude spherical stylus and could be a nicely detailed version of the 103. I don't think it will be as tricky to set up as the 2M?

    Enjoy!
    VPI Scout 1.1 - Ortofon 2M Black - Croft 25R+ - Croft Series 7 - Spendor SP2

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    Not a Shibata is it?

    Thought it was conical??

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    Spherical!

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    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
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    Nope, it is the 103S that has the Shibata stylus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    This cartridge should be interesting with a nude spherical stylus and could be a nicely detailed version of the 103. I don't think it will be as tricky to set up as the 2M?

    Enjoy!
    its very easy to set up jimbo,i like that after the 2m black and decca!
    im not rushing in with any form of review yet as its not run in and i have a head amp coming,but so far its very nice,i get the 'musical' vibe.

    here's what the denon spec sheet says,slightly different than above.

    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590,Sony TTS-8000 turntables,Pioneer PA-5000 and PMAT-1010 Tonearms,AT-ART 7 Cartridge,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp,Sony X555ES CD Player,Karma Interconnects

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    I am surprised there were so many variants of the 103 out there, yours looks particularly nice Jamie. Very nicely presented and superb colour! I see it has quite a low output so a headamp maybe best way to go although the right SUT can be configured to work well. The Lentek gets thoroughly recommended on here so should be a good start.

    I look forward to your reviews later, I am sure it needs to run in for a few hours yet!
    VPI Scout 1.1 - Ortofon 2M Black - Croft 25R+ - Croft Series 7 - Spendor SP2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Nope, it is the 103S that has the Shibata stylus.
    Ah! Now I'd try a 103s in that case.

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    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Hope you really enjoy it Jamie and looking forward to what you think of it.

    I do like the way Denon and some others I'm sure, present the cartridge in a really nice case or box.

    A nice touch that represents quality and kind of adds to the experience in my opinion
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Ah! Now I'd try a 103s in that case.

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    I'd much rather have a DL103D with the elliptical stylus.
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