bauzace50 wrote:WHY do Denon still manufacture the DL-103 series,
Hi b_50. Perhaps it's the only part of their range which matches the heavier transcriptions arms well, and the spherical supports higher VTFs nicely ? Plus it's far far far from shabby, and for recordings mastered with contemporary sphericals in mind, it is arguably still the best around.
Its suspension differs from other Denon's, the stylus is very credible and advantages of alternate profiles are much overstated, and downsides played down, IMO. Perhaps fundamentally, other profiles can't be run heavy and so don't suit low compliance suspensions. But it stands on its own merit, as you know, b_50.
And as I see it, it's a very good thing that Denon still keep the DL-103 line. It has pedigree, and offers a choice not readily available elsewhere at similar quality. I like it too because it's obviously iconoclastic. It busts all manner of myths and misunderstandings.