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Help - Vinyl noob with Denon DP-3000 'table and Denon DA-401 arm

Hi everyone

I bought this oh about 20 years ago, and never played it. I haven't used vinyl since I was a teen with Dad's very basic Sansui rack turntable - basically been too scared to get into the rabbit hole and have used digital all these years. Table and arm are in excellent shape - mint as far as I can tell.

Son now wants to get into vinyl, and we want to use this table I've kept just for this rainy day. I have a Parasound Zphono as a phono stage. I might also do a needledrop and apply digital RIAA equalisation at some point.Been folllwing John Elison's and others posts on this very topic.

Just for starters I thought I would seek the forum members sage advice on a suitable cartridge.

Seeking any thoughts or experiences with this combination. Apparently this is a low-mass arm, and doesn't play nice with a DL-103 cartridge.

Would be grateful if I could get advice on what currently available cartridge might suit this combination.

I'm operating with a family focused budget, so probably less than $300 would be my start point, or maybe slightly more but that starts to get painful real quick.

Thanks in advance everyone!


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Topic - Help - Vinyl noob with Denon DP-3000 'table and Denon DA-401 arm - JoseM 16:19:35 02/13/21 (6)


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