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Old 08-28-2012, 02:57 PM
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Denon DL 301 MK II output

Having used nothing but a Shure Type 5 MR the last 15 years, I decided to try my first moving coil cartridge. I chose the Denon DL 301 MK II because of the many positive reviews it has received.

My turntable is an AR "The Turntable" with an SAEC 407/EX tonearm.
Will I need to use a step up transformer for this cartridge if I am using a Sony TA-F444ES II integrated amplifier? It has has two different settings for a MC cartridge. 400 and 30.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:23 PM
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http://www.needledoctor.com/Denon-DL...no-Cartridge_2

This is the cart I bought for my Thorens, because it is a good match for what I have. It is a high compliance needle which is used on low mass tonearms. Mine sounds good, though it will produce some small hiss noise that goes away after a few seconds of removing the needle off the record. Apparently this is caused by the rubber suspension it uses. That said- it doesn't seem to effect the sound of the music coming from it when playing.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:18 PM
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I've used MC carts and really you're probably best off trying it with the MC setting and see how it sounds and go from there. I had horrible luck with one phono preamp with a ton of excess noise through its MC connection, but another was fine. With a Denon DL103 I ended up liking it best through a step-up and into the MM connection in my preferred phono pre. But, why go to the expense if it sounds good through your current MC connection since it does sound like your rig is designed to be able to use an MC cart? If it sounds bad, you're out nothing and can then try it with a step up. If it sounds fine, you've just saved the cost of the step up.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:42 AM
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The Sony TA-f444ES II actually has two MC settings. One is 400 the other is 30. I am also thinking that the DL 301 MK II might be a little too compliant for my tonearm. Using the Shure Type 5 MR with the SAEC 407/EX tonearm has been a less than ideal setup. I am forced to use the damper brush on the Shure which compromises the sound quality. Maybe I should be looking at the Denon DL 110 or the DL 103. Both are less compliant than the DL 301.

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Old 08-29-2012, 01:50 PM
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The Sony TA-f444ES II actually has two MC settings. One is 40 ohm the other is 3 ohms. I am also thinking that the DL 301 MK II might be a little too compliant for my tonearm. Using the Shure Type 5 MR with the SAEC 407/EX tonearm has been a less than ideal setup. I am forced to use the damper brush on the Shure which compromises the sound quality. Maybe I should be looking at the Denon DL 110 or the DL 103. Both are less compliant than the DL 301.
The DL-103 would be a better match for that arm than the 301 and its a very natural sounding cartridge. It should work ok with the Sony also.


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Old 08-29-2012, 04:38 PM
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With a 35cu compliance the 301 is not suitable for use with your arm.
The 103 would be a better match.
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