Denon dl103

Denon dl103

Denon DL103 is a MC (moving coil) phono cartridge made by DENON company.

The DL103 was designed for professional broadcast use in 1962 using the arms and turntables of the day. Production has continued uninterrupted since then. There are available different versions upgraded by other companies or individuals involved in DIY audio

Technical Specification

  • Stylus: 16.5 Micron diamond round tip
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Frequency Response: 20 ~ 45kHz
  • Output: 0.3mV at 50 mm/sec
  • Output Impedance: 40Ω
  • Load Impedance: 100Ω
  • Channel Separation: Over 25dB at 1kHz
  • Compliance: 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100Hz)
  • Tracking Force: 2.3 ~ 2.7g (± 0.3g)
  • Weight: 8.5 grams

Despite being designed in the 1960s it is still one of the masterpieces in audio technology and can easily compete with contemporary constructions. Due to its construction, Denon DL-103 is recommended as one of the very few cartridges suitable for heavy tonearms. (like in Lenco or Garrard turntables) As a low output phono cartridge it requires either a step up transformer for a standard MM phono preamp, or phono preamp with built in MC input.

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