Summary: I'm not a techie, but love my old albums and just wanted to be able to hear them again. This turntable was very easy to set up, no problems. Sound quality is very good. Lots of people got new stylus's for it but I can hear every scratch and squeak on my old albums that I played for thousands of hours so I am happy! I love the automatic arm feature.
Summary: Great Turntable at a great price. However, the great price is probably due to a sub standard cartridge. If you really want to experience high fidelity you will need to upgrade the cartridge. I recommend the Shure M97xE High Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge you will not be disappointed!
Run, don't walk and buy it, change cartridge and sit back!
18 December 2011
Summary: I was skeptical about a relatively low budget turntable, with semi-automatic features but took the plunge. Immediately replaced the Denon supplied cartridge (muddy and unmusical) with an Ortofon Blue 2M and never looked back. It sounds simply wonderful. I have owned some of the best audiophile manual turntables and exotic arms in years gone so know what pristine effortlessly reproduced sound can be.
Summary: First of all, I'm a hobbyist, that used to be an audiophile. My purchases are now about getting the most bang for my buck while still reaching a high level of quality. I picked this up after going through quite a few classic Japanese automatic turntables (for the record, without original packaging, they ALWAYS arrive damaged). I knew I wanted auto-return, and this works fine.
Summary: Please keep in mind, as you read this review, that I have only barely managed to hang on to the frayed edge of the lunatic fringe of audio. I bought the Denon DP300f to replace a (terrific) Clearaudio Emotion turntable with a Benz Micro ACE low-output moving coil cartridge. The Denon still earns 5 stars. I bought the turntable in a package with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge pre-mounted. I have not heard (nor do I have) the stock cartridge.
Summary: To let you know where I'm coming from, I have a pretty decent system (NAD 326BEE amp, Monitor Audio GR10 speakers, Rega mini phono amp), and this turntable sounds quite good in my set up. I did upgrade to an elliptical stylus (DSN-85E from LP Gear - $35), and this seemed to enhance the bass response quite a bit. Overall just a very warm, detailed sound. I had considered the Rega RP1, Music Hall 2.2, etc...
Summary: My unit was very well packed, easy to set up, and everything works as expected. I had purchased a new M97xE cartridge and thought about mounting it up, but the stock cartridge is working so well, even with the records I keep around to test warp-handling issues, that I feel no need to make a change. I'm getting clear, extended, dynamic response with pleasing tonal balance and excellent tracking at the recommended 2 gram tracking force.
Excerpt: I am a professional musician, I hadn't planned on actually listening to my LPs when I purchased this turntable, I only wanted a quality turntable to allow me to transfer my old LPs to disc. I still cannot believe my ears when playing my 20 year old LPs on this turntable. For small group jazz, the sound is better than the CDs I have of the same material.
Summary: I couldn't be happier with this turntable. For the money I think that it is an excellent value compared with the low-end "audiophile" turntables in this price range that are generally recommended. The Denon 300f turntable looks and sounds great. My first try at re-entering the analogue realm was with a Pro-ject Xpression III ($699), which I purchased from a well-known high-end on-line retailer.