I have a 103R mounted on the new Pioneer PLX1000 TT ($699). I have several SUT's on hand to try. Right now I am using the Bellari. Sounds quite fine so far! I also have the battery-powered Marcof PPA-1 head amp. It was highly rated back in the late 70's and preferred by some over an SUT.
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Anybody have any suggestions on how to easily and reversibly increase tonearm mass as an experiment with the Linn for the Denon?
Music Direct sells a tonearm wrap, which would obviously add mass, but I don't know how much.
The fit to the headshell was tight on mine as well.
When I aligned the cartridge using the Linn provided template, the properly aligned cartridge did overhang the front by a millimeter or two. This appeared to be the correct alignment,and I do not notice any sonic deficiencies, so I'm not sure that overhang alone is necessarily a problem.
I have a 103R, and I set it up on a Linn Basik arm last night. I found that I have very little room to align the cartridge, since the cart is so big that the back inside corner hits the connector pins on the arm. I aligned the cart using a Stupid Protractor from Vinyl Engine, and I got it pretty close, but the cart still hangs off the end of the head shell a little. It's sounding pretty good, but I wish I had more room to tweak the angle. Any suggestions?
12.5 grams would still be medium mass. On a side note: The compliance of the Denon is higher than usually quoted - running the Denon in a light JMW9 (7.7g) gave a measured resonance of around 11Hz and the Denon sounded better on the JMW9 than on heavier Rega arms, at least IMO (possibly the unipivot arm, or maybe I am getting tired of the Rega midbass).
Overall, I would say the compliance and resonance is not the main issue with the Denon although heavier arms do seem to result in a better sound. Good bearings are essential.
By the way: Nice review - I absolute love the Denon 103 line. Be careful though, after running a Denon DL103 for 10+ years it is difficult to switch to any other cart. An recommendations for upgrades for the DL103 hooked fanatic?
The chart doesn't say the mass of a Basik Plus exactly ( I may be missing something in identifying my tonearm model exactly), but it does list a Basik LVX at 12.5 grams mass and also lists a Basic LVX+ with no mass specification, so my tonearm appears to match the 12.5 gram mass tonearm best.
Is 12.5 grams considered high mass?
Does anyone know of a way to effectively increase the mass of a Linn Basik tonearm without causing any harm? I would do some experimenting if a recommended tweak were harmless to the table + arm and could be removed easily if needed.
It is a Basik Plus tonearm that came with the Axis. Nothing was done to increase arm mass. I don't know the actual mass of the Basik Plus or how it's mass compares to other tone arms. It appears to be fairly rigid and massive compared to some tone arms I've seen. Can someone provide a mass rating for the Basik Plus compared to other arms? I would be interested to know.
Nevertheless, the Basik Plus and DL104R combo sound exceptional together to my ears. Maybe a more massive tonearm (model #?) would sound even better?
Also, while back in this thread, I thought I'd add the detail that cables used to connect the Dynaudios to the Carver mt4.0t are 12' of Audioquest CV-6. Replacing the older Monster CX2 speaker cables with these was another recent tweak to my system prior to the Denon 103R that I was very pleased with. I believe the interconnects and speaker cables I use now help the DL 103r to shine as well.
One other note on the DL103R: the connector pins on the cartridge were significantly smaller in diameter than any other cartridge I've ever used. I had to crimp the connectors on the Linn Basik tonearm somewhat in order to prevent them from sliding off. I've never seen this with any other cartridge on either the Linn or other turntables I've used over the years. It appears to be a quirk with the DL 103R that I was not expecting. Given the sonic results, however, I am by far still a very happy camper.
One correction to my review: the pre-amp is a Carver C-6, not Carver c-9 as indicated.
Also, the Linn site has a .pdf document on how to replace cartridges. Towards the back is a free and printable template + instructions that can be used to properly align a cartridge on any turntable, I would say. Proper alignment avoids sibilence and other sonic distortions and is key to obtaining best results with any phone cartridge. It is hard to align a cartridge properly without some kind of device like this as a guide.