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Several months ago I decided I needed to simplify my system. I was tired of modifying, improving and tweeking vintage equipment. My new/ not so new vinyl playback system is a Pro-Ject "The Classic" turntable, Counterpoint SA-1000 hybrid preamp, Forte 1a class A amp and Monitor Audio Bronze Six tower speakers. The two cartridges in question are a Denon DL-110 high output MC and a Shure M97xE cart. with LPgear Vivid Line stylus.
This evaluation is based on two LP's that I am very familiar with, Shelby Lynn "Just A Little Lovin" for female voice and Ray Brown, L. Almeida, "Moonlight Serenade" direct to disc. If you are into 3D holographics the Dl-110 is for you. Not as good as the better MC carts. but better than the Shure. The DL-110 is a little thinner sounding than the Shure. On female voice the Shure seems to ad just a tad chestiness to Shelby's voice. However, the Shure has more body and weight to the music which sounds more natural to me. The Bass on the Denon is a little more defined than the Shure but the Shure goes deeper and to me sounds more realistic. Not a scientific test but should give you the jist of what these two cartridges are capable of. I could live with either one. I just prefer the Shure with Vivid Line stylus...
IS surprisingly good. Happy with mine.
The DL110 wants to run a little lower VTA for a good balance and at its recommemded max VTF at the very least , get it right and its an excellent performer ...
The upgrade stylus on the Shure must make the difference.
Opus 33 1/3
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