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Anniversary Edition Phono Cartridge

The production of Denon cartridges began in 1941 when Denon began to develop cartridges for use at broadcast stations. Since then, cartridges of superior quality have been produced alongside the evolution of the record, and in 1961 Denon jointly produced the DL-103 with NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, for use at FM stations. The DL-103 was able to play stereo LP records with high fidelity and reliability (providing easy handling and stability). Though the DL-103 was sold as a product for professional use, Hi-Fi audio enthusiasts felt such superior performance should not be limited to the realm of professionals, and in 1970 Denon made the DL-103 available to the general market.

The basic design of this model continues to achieve first-rate performance and play an active part in today’s world. The DL-A100 is an anniversary model that has been recreated to celebrate 100 years of an engineering sample that was a unique and closely held secret at the time the DL-103 was developed. The DL-A100 represents the standard model that has been in production for a little less than a half century - now reborn with the latest tuning for your enjoyment.

The Signatures of Quality.

The DL-A100 features the 100th anniversary special case, and comes with a 5-year warranty and a signed certificate of authenticity from the chief production engineer who hand crafted the product. Also included is a beautiful Denon “brand book” that explores the history of one of the leading names in the audio-visual field.

Specifications:

  • Latest tuning based on original model DL 103
  • Cabinet : Clear type mold
  • Construction based on DL-103 original model
  • Type: Moving coil (MC)
  • Output: 0.3 mV
  • Channel Balance: 1dB Max. (1kHz)
  • Channel Separation: 25 dB Min. (1 kHz)
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Suggested Loading: 100 ohms min.
  • Stylus: 16.5 Micron round tip
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking Force: 2.5g ± 0.3g
  • Compliance: 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne