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Ferrari, the Denon Direct Drive TT's were some of the best direct drive tables made, in the affordable category. It does not surprise me that it challenges the Oracle Alexandria, but it will never beat it. The DL103 cartridge is going to be a real surprise for you. It will totally stomp the Blue Point that you have on your Alexandria. Take my advise on this, and get a DL103R from Martin on the A'gon Classifieds, for $230. The ad is on there now. I just changed from a regular 103 to the 103R, and the improvement was staggering. Very little price difference. When you hear what the 103 can do, you will soon put a 103 on all your TT's. So that is why I'm making this recommendation for the 103R. Put that one on your Oracle. It will kill you. You will freak right the hell out. It is the equivalent of an $800 to $1000 cartridge, no kidding. You'll see.
Have heard many good reviews on the Denon 103R and in fact did order one from Martin last night. Back in the 70s did have a Denon 103D,and remember it was very good indeed,then moved to the Dynavector Ruby 17R I think. Cant use the Denon on the Sumiko arm on the Oracle as it will not accomodate cartridges over 8 grams. The Denon 103R is I believe 8.5 grams. Like I said bought the Denon as a back up because the price was like a CD purchase. Just wrapped it and forgot about. But the Oracle needs service now,nothing major. So thats why the Denon came into play and thats what prompted the review. Certainly in my mind,this has been a very unexpected surprise. So at this point the Denon will sit next to the Oracle in the system.I can live very easily with it.
Have now installed the Denon DL 103R on this table. The results are spectacular to say the very least. Set up on the Denon table was totally right on from the get go. The VTA and Overhang was dead on. No fussy set up. Naturally being a Denon to Denon product. After about 25 hours break in the 103R really came to life. The defintion,clarity,dept,impact,plus a very wide soundstage. The 103R delivers the music with a verve I had not heard in a very long time. So if you have the need for a new MC cartridge give the 103R a try. It will challenge all MCs up to the $800.00 plus level,it is that good. One of the true bargains in all of high end audio.