Denon DL-304 - MC Cartridge reviews

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This audio accessory is a good all rounder.

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Geoff, Cheshire

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The cartridge is very neutral indeed and can seem disappointing on first impression. After a while, you realise it is simply that it does not accentuate any part of the audio spectrum. The cartridge is an excellent tracker despite tracking at just 1.2g. It is exceptionally easy to fit and align. I use it on a Rega P9 with RB1000 arm and it sits very comfortably with that class of equipment. I am so pleased with it that I now intend buying another one to fit on my vintage Lenco G99!
Bad points:
It takes a good thirty hours of play to run in. Early listening can be disappointing as a result. It is sensetive to the correct tracking weight too so experiment using your ears.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Mar 2010

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Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Draws you into the music, you can listen to the whole or individual elements of a performance. Detailed without being cold. Listen to side 2 of Joni Mitchell's album For the Roses to hear what this cartridge does. Lead and backing vocals are lovely. You can hear the nuances in her performance and the strength and youth in her voice. Pianos resonate, acoustic guitars ring, bass notes are defined and solid.
Bad points:
Er...it's colour! Performance wise it has no bad points. However, if I had to put something here (which let's face it I don't have to!) I would say that it doesn't have the character of the Denon 103R.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Sep 2009

Gordon, Dundee An old audiophile?

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
A very good cartridge. It was to replace a Roksan Shiraz which had been damaged, so was up against an excellent cartridge costing over 5 times more! I chose it partly on the reviews and partly because I already have a Denon tuner which is excellent and very musical.
Bad points:
None really.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2009

Peter, Brighton

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Price is still very good, detai is much better that my old Ortofon Quartzl and still improving as only used for about 35 hrs.. Think it might be showing up the Project Phono stage.. is that good or bad..?
Bad points:
Not sure I can say it has any faults, but the bass isn't as strong and the low output needs consideration. But the sound of the Denon is definately growing on me...
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Feb 2010

Kevin, Accrington

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Replaced an aging AT OC5 with this cartridge. Excellent detail on mid and upper registers very good on vocals. wide and open soundstage. Tracking top notch.
Bad points:
Still breaking this cartridge in (10Hrs), perhaps a little bass light but this may well change with increased play but havin g said that it is tight and tuneful.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 May 2010

Sid, Gayton

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic tracking ability at 1.2g, yet also incredibly dynamic. Suits my Linn LP12/Ittok perfectly. Great value compared to Linn cartridges.
Bad points:
None.
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Jul 2010

David, Northamptonshire

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great cartridge. Well balanced sound with excellent detail and exceptional value for money
Bad points:
Mounting made more difficult because aluminium body is not threaded therefore very fiddly knirled nuts have be used risking damage
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jul 2011

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