KentT wrote:I am not dissing the cartridge, or the Dual. The Dual arm is just not the ideal arm for the DL 304. The arm is a bit short, and the cartridge mount not the best. It will make nice music, but not as great as it could be in a better low mass arm on say, a Thorens with something like a good Mayware or Infinity Black Widow or similar type arm with really optimized setup. Just something to consider down the road. I still see the Denon MC better on the Dual than the Shure.
Again your personal opinion. But you may be correct about the Denon being better than the Shure. I do hope that the $600+ Denon puts the Shure to shame, but I am withholding my judgment. I would like the members of this forum to take a listen and volt with there ears.
Over my 40+ years in evaluating various speakers and other hi-fi components for purchase, I have found a lot of BS and snake oil talk. As for the Dual, to me there is nothing better. There is some great technology in that 40-year-old turntable, Technology, that many manufacturers have forgotten.
Personally I think we may all learn something from this quest. And this is a quest, its about the music and nothing but the music.