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DENON DL 103 WITH WOOD BODY & SOUNDSMITH UPGRADES


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Item Condition: Excellent
Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is included in price.
Suburb or Town: Warkworth
State: NZ
Payment Method: Paypal or EFT
Reason for selling: Downsizing

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Denon 103 with Mahogany woody body recently back from Soundsmith in the US with a new Ruby Cantilever / Nude Contact Line Diamond fitted. This cartridge has not been used since coming back from Soundsmith and hasn’t been taken out of the box.

 

The cartridge was checked over by Soundsmith and the suspension etc was given a clean bill of health before the cantilever and stylus were replaced (emails from SS can be provided confirming the inspection and work done). 

 

The wood body came from a German manufacture and is beautifully made (cost approx. $100). The Soundsmith upgrades cost $570 including shipping abd there was a 3 month wait as they are super busy. A new Denon 103 retails for $480.

So approximately $1150 total cost.

 

 

 

 

I’ve previously had both a 103 and 103R with these same modifications and they are stunning and a big big improvement over the already wonderful 103 and 103R. There is plenty of reading on the internet regarding the woody body modification and Soundsmith work.

 

Shipping - flat rate of $25AUS

 

Type: Moving coil (MC)
Output: 0.3 mV
Channel Balance: 1dB Max. (1kHz)
Channel Separation: 25 dB Min. (1 kHz)
Output Impedance: 40 ohms
Suggested Loading: 100 ohms min.
Stylus: 16.5 Micron round tip
Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
Tracking Force: 2.5g ± 0.2g (2.3~2.7g)
Compliance 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
 

 

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Edited by Abarth
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Hi 

To my ears a big steup over of the 103 and 103R. The wood body if done seperately gives more weight to the music and thing sounds more natural. 

The ruby cantiliver is way better than the original aluminium one and I found the cantiliver and stylus add more detail and depth plus the soundstage is better.

Pretty much improves all aspects and these modifications lift both cartridges to another level.

 

I know that's a bit of sales pitch but it really does make a bid difference. 

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