Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?
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    Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I love the look of many of the vintage Denon direct drive turntables and have always wanted to find a good collectible for a second system...

    Denon tables were popular at radio stations. Many were loaded with features such as auto lifters or were even fully automatic.

    Who here has a vintage Denon table?

    What is your favourite DP model?

    How quiet were their direct drives?

    Post your Denon table pics here.

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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I've got a Denon with an SME 3009 arm.
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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I inherited my father's Denon DP-62L and added an Ortofon 2M black to it as a cartridge. Definitely not SOTA but I like the sound. Upgrading is on my list of things to do down the road once other parts of my system are finalized.
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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I run a DP-1250 with a Sumiko MMT and Ortofon 2M blue in my 2nd system. It's one of the pieces I have had the longest, and it's not going anywhere. Reliable and great sounding.

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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I've got two Denon DP-52F's one with a DL-302 and the other has a DL-103.

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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    Welcome to the forum cb5300, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I am hoping to someday find the time to refinish the plinth on this DP-3000. I love the look of this table. this one is excellent mechanically, just needs some TLC.


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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I've got a mint DP-2550 with a custom made solid black acrylic Armboard and an Audioquest PT-8 Arm.
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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I own a DP-755 Denon direct drive TT. Recently installed an SME M2-9R tone arm and Rega Exact cartridge. If memory serves, I bought the Denon in the 1980’s. While it was in moth balls, I was using a Thorens with a bouncy, Linn Sondek type suspension. Was so happy to go back to my Denon. All that rubbish in the 80’s and 90’s about the horrors of direct drive and the redeeming quality of belt drives. I wonder who started that rumor. Well I guess you can tell my feelings about that lie. Sorry to say I fell for it.

    When I went back to my Denon It surely did not sound like the Thorens. Inadvertently I swapped the platter mats and the Denon sounded every bit as good (and better) than the Thorens. I love the tork of the Denon and of course the impeccable speed stability. I am constantly reminded how good my analog rig sounds. I will admit it’s no VPI Avenger or VPI Prime Signature for that matter, but so what. It’s like the rock of gibralter.
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    Re: Any vintage Denon turntable owners here?

    I've got a Denon Dp-62L that I bought from the original owner about four years ago in near mint condition. It was was replaced by an even rarer JVC QL-Y7 but it is still around until I decide to sell it or put it back in rotation. The current manufacturers are still trying to figure out how to replicate the DD motor stability from the peak of Japanese TT manufacturing. That has been replaced by fancy plinths and space age tonearm materials with inferior motor systems. It's the reason that Technic's turntables are back and they were nowhere near the cutting edge in that era, but they still had the ability to re-start production while the other leaders in the field did not.
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