Cartridge upgrade from denon 103

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chaccone

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Cartridge upgrade from denon 103
« on: 26 Jun 2020, 02:12 pm »
contemplating upgrade of my denon103.  Using audiomod arm on a lenco 78.  I was recommended audio technica oc9 mkii over denon 103r.  Hope to hear your views.

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mick wolfe

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Re: Cartridge upgrade from denon 103
« Reply #1 on: 26 Jun 2020, 05:29 pm »
For me, the initial key to the 103( or "r") is having a compatible tonearm. Then comes the proper SUT or step up. Aside from that, there's a plethora of options in regard to retipping and aftermarket alumium or wood bodies. These take things to the next level again. If you like the tone and balance of the 103r, I'd consider any or all of the above an upgrade. I honestly have no knowledge of the AT cartridge you mention, so I can't offer any help there.

mick wolfe

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Re: Cartridge upgrade from denon 103
« Reply #2 on: 26 Jun 2020, 06:29 pm »
Just to be clear. I would consider a retip / aftermarket body of some ilk for your 103 rather than moving to the "r" version. Especially if you currently have an SUT or step up that best matches the 103. FWIW, the "r" specs differently, especially in regard to matching a SUT.

plastico

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Re: Cartridge upgrade from denon 103
« Reply #3 on: 10 Aug 2020, 08:07 pm »
I had a Pulse aluminum body Denon DL - 103r on my Audiomods Classic arm .While it provided me with a lot of fun a Denon DL - 301mkII gave me more. Now I took my last plunge and got me a AT ART9. My personal opinion is that AT OC9 will outperform the 103r.
Cheers, Doug 

rotarius

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Re: Cartridge upgrade from denon 103
« Reply #4 on: 11 Aug 2020, 12:51 am »
Really depends on the sound you are after.  I would throw the Ortofon Quintet in the mix as well, blue or bronze.