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    Well, for those who have not heard the cartridge (as itís a Japan only cartridge) I would advise you to try.

    This cartridge has been sitting on the shelf for some months and then last week, I thought .... Iíll give it a try.

    Firstly, for the price point of £400 is beats just about anything Iíve ever owned at many times the cost.

    I canít really explain what itís doing but itís so sweet... a real foot tapping piece of kit.

    Only 40 hours or so into the listening mode and it keeps getting better and better!!! Itís more musical then I can ever explain and plays just about anything from female jazz vocal to heavy rock and any other type of music you can think of.

    Knocked out to say the least !!!

    For those of you that may be lost in the wilderness of what to try next.....go for this superb cartridge.

    Itís not the end goal in ultimate refinement.... but does it play music...... to enjoy.....ĒYES IT DOESĒ.

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    i wonder how it compares to the denon 103sa,i agree with you findings,theres something about denons that just hits the spot.
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    Hi Jamie, Iíve never heard any other Denon Cartridges so I canít really comment.... but this one has knocked me out... just Stunning (thatís if you like music) and not Hi-Fi!!!!


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    Not at all surprised (as I've had one in the past and know all about its heritage), so enjoy listening to music, Peter, through a cartridge that's been voiced to make vinyl sound like vinyl, not like (bad) CD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyse6748 View Post
    Well, for those who have not heard the cartridge (as it’s a Japan only cartridge) I would advise you to try.

    This cartridge has been sitting on the shelf for some months and then last week, I thought .... I’ll give it a try.

    Firstly, for the price point of £400 is beats just about anything I’ve ever owned at many times the cost.

    I can’t really explain what it’s doing but it’s so sweet... a real foot tapping piece of kit.

    Only 40 hours or so into the listening mode and it keeps getting better and better!!! It’s more musical then I can ever explain and plays just about anything from female jazz vocal to heavy rock and any other type of music you can think of.

    Knocked out to say the least !!!

    For those of you that may be lost in the wilderness of what to try next.....go for this superb cartridge.

    It’s not the end goal in ultimate refinement.... but does it play music...... to enjoy.....”YES IT DOES”.

    Peter


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    How is Denon DL 103 Pro different from vanilla Denon DL 103? What's the price difference, and does anyone know what's the best way to purchase it in Canada?
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    I really donít know what the differences are between the two cartridges or the price difference, perhaps you can read some reviews. All I know is that the Pro is really something special at the price pint mentioned. Something you will not regret.

    Available direct from Japan although I have seen a couple available within the UK.

    Sorry I canít be more helpful..... perhaps others can advise.

    Peter


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    Sorry for the typo..... that was meant to be Price Point.


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    Alex -- There are a few companies that take a plain, stock 103 and hot rod it by putting it in another body, and maybe do other tweaks to it. There's even a Canadian firm that does this -- they made The Absolute Sound's editor's choice list, who raved about it. Can't recall their name off-hand, but if you're interested I will look in that TAS issue....I think it's still in one of our WC librarys Let me know...

    Svend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svend N View Post
    Alex -- There are a few companies that take a plain, stock 103 and hot rod it by putting it in another body, and maybe do other tweaks to it. There's even a Canadian firm that does this -- they made The Absolute Sound's editor's choice list, who raved about it. Can't recall their name off-hand, but if you're interested I will look in that TAS issue....I think it's still in one of our WC librarys Let me know...

    Svend
    Thanks Svend, I'm keen on anything that could improve the already great DL-103 experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by Svend N View Post
    Alex -- There are a few companies that take a plain, stock 103 and hot rod it by putting it in another body, and maybe do other tweaks to it. There's even a Canadian firm that does this -- they made The Absolute Sound's editor's choice list, who raved about it. Can't recall their name off-hand, but if you're interested I will look in that TAS issue....I think it's still in one of our WC librarys Let me know...

    Svend
    Just checked -- ZU only ships within the US. Bummer!
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