Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

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Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

Post by tal_d1 » 17 Jun 2019 09:31

Hi, Pro-ject the classic has 13.5g tonearm mass and i will need to add 1.5g spacer to match the tonearm weight. Will the denon 301 mkii be a good match for this arm or denon 103 ?

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Re: Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

Post by johnnywalker » 17 Jun 2019 15:18

First, I must admit some confusion about your entry. I don't understand why you would need to add a 1.5g spacer "to match the tonearm weight." A spacer for the DL-103 makes sense, because it's only 15mm high and most tonearms are set for carts that are taller than that, but matching the tonearm weight does not compute for me, unless you have a very heavy counterweight, perhaps? Please explain.

But in the abstract, IMHO, you would get the best results from the DL-301 II. For best results, the DL-103 needs a tonearm that is heavier than your 13.5 gram effective weight.

Both are excellent cartridges, but provide different "voices." The DL-103 is full and fluid, while the DL-301 II is detailed and accurate.

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Re: Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

Post by tal_d1 » 17 Jun 2019 21:14

Sorry for the unclear. The counterweight of this TT is for 7 to 14g cartrige and the denon 301 mk2 is 6g and this is why i need to add spacer.

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Re: Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

Post by tal_d1 » 17 Jun 2019 21:16

johnnywalker wrote:
17 Jun 2019 15:18
But in the abstract, IMHO, you would get the best results from the DL-301 II. For best results, the DL-103 needs a tonearm that is heavier than your 13.5 gram effective weight.
If i will add 2 spacer of about 1.5g each it is still not good for the 103 ?

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Re: Pro-ject The Classic denon 301 mk2 or 103

Post by johnnywalker » 17 Jun 2019 21:50

The only way to find out would be to try it and see how you like the sound. I run the DL-103/103R on 12-gram headshells, with the addition of the 10-gram auxiliary counterweight on my Technics SL-1200. That makes the standard 12-gram effective mass tonearm much heavier than spec.

Since you don't have a removable headshell, you would be taking a chance on the DL-103. But if you didn't like it (too light an effective mass would probably result in insufficient bass), you could always sell it.

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