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RE: Owned a 301/II. Really did not care for it. I liked the 103s better. /nt\

The Denon cartridges have quite a high output impedance so I load them at >400R with 800R being my "normal" setting. Any less than 400R and the output level rapidly drops.
I should add that I didn't dislike the DL301/II as such (that was Opus), but that it very definitely sounds "dark" and "shut-in" compared to better LOMCs which have a flat response of which I have several. The tonal balance is very similar to the Shure M97xE. For certain types of music, it sounds good, but can sound a little bloated at the bottom end which is not attractive for vocals. It all depends on what you want out of a cartridge, but "neutral" it isn't!

For example, it does not have the analysis and neutrality of the DL304 which is currently my favourite LOMC and achieves all that I require - flat/neutral response, superb LF tracking ability and low tip mass. If you are used to a cartridge like the DL304 or OC9MLII (which sounds and measures very flat in my system despite complaints to the contrary on this forum) and then immediately put a DL301/II on, it will always sound shut in and dark. It appears to be a specific voicing characteristic and not related to compliance/arm interactions - my DL304 is even lower compliance than my "low compliance" version of the DL301/II that I have. The 2 samples of DL301 I have which have very different compliances. One is much lower than the other and gives a LF resonance just under 9Hz in my 12g arm compared to just over 7Hz for the high compliance version - this sample had an even more obvious suckout in the HF band.

I don't have a DL103, nor would I get one or recommend one - a spherical tip is just not going to meet my technical requirements!
Regards Anthony

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