Thoughts or experiences of either cartridges.
To be used on Roksan Tabriz arm.......
I have heard a friend's DL103R on his Rega P3-24 (Primare amp + ATC SCM11 speakers).
At the same time he bought that, I owned a Rega P2 with Ortofon 2M Blue (with Nait 5i + Naim nSat speakers).
So therefore I heard both set-ups in different rooms, with different music and different systems. (Even the DL103R is different to the 'original' DL103 that you are asking about.)
Not very useful i'm afraid.
Obviously I preferred what I was listening to with my P2/2M Blue/Naim system (I would wouldn't I?) but the DL103R had it's moments.
The DL103 is a big old slice of history (designed for Japan's national radio broadcaster in 1963) and modern stylus profiles have come on a long way since. (The DL103 has a spherical stylus and tracks at 2.5 grammes.)
Personally I would go for neither nowadays and opt instead for a Shure M97XE for about £75 (Stylus replacement about half that, so cheap enough to get in a brace of spare stylii and still spend less than buying one Ortofon 2M Blue.)
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they really are chalk and cheese. I can not understand what the fuss is about with the 103, unless you listen to a lot of Jazz on vinyl, in which case it may make some sense. As one is a MC and the other a MM, what phono stage would you be using? As a passing thought, do you have the 103, or would it be a new purchase.
I have neither, have only listend too the otofon.
Working on simular priced cartridge.
Will be for a future purchase [hopefully] using my tabriz on a gyro se.
I would tend to agree with chebby in that the Shure is probably a better choice than the bog-standard 103.
I have used a 103R on a Tabriz arm with Radius turntable and, correctly set-up with a good phono preamp it really is a stunner for the money. I cannot comment on the Ortofon as have never heard one in any set-up.
Like respe says if you go for the denon you are going to have to factor in the cost of a phono stage of some kind, which can often defeat the object. Better to by a better quality moving magnet if your amp already has a phono stage built in.
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