The DL-110 has now had some time to warm up and I'm very happy with the sound. It has become even more controlled, I feel. It sounds very smooth, transparent and silky with all kinds of music. It has also taken a big leap up from the AT95e I had before. Earlier I wrote that the difference is not that big, but now it is.
I feel that the DL110 goes very well with the rock steady pace and timing of the SL1200. Stereo imaging is extremely good too: some instruments are rock steady between the speakers, and sometimes, for example, percussion seems to come from far right of the right speaker.
The DL-110 does an amusing and unexpected trick: when I play older LPs that I know very well, it (kind of) 'transports' me to the time that heard the music for the first time, even when I first heard that music from CD! I'm now talking about music that I first heard during the 80s: Dire Straits, Robert Cray, Donald Fagen, Sade, Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis etc etc. Some music that I've heard a bit too often now have something fresh and interesting again. Funny!
I've been cleaning many of my records over the last days and will do many more over the coming days. I also feel very much like looking for second-hand vinyl and listening to it. (Last week I thought I bought Sting's 'Dream of the Blue Turtles
' second-hand, but when I came back home it turned out that Dire Straits''Love over Gold
' was in the Sting sleeve... Not bad either...
As I wrote, I'm using the standard SL1210 headshell and followed the Technics mounting instruction (set the cart straight at 52mm). Perhaps I will invest in another headshell (Sumiko, Nagaoka?) in the future and then I'll be able to experiment with Baerwald alignment, as these headshells are a bit longer. In the meantime I'm very happy with the current set-up.
The rest of my set-up: Cambridge Audio 640P phono-pre, NAD C350 integrated amp, Dali Ikon 6 Mk2 speakers. Plus a Squeezebox Touch, Onkyo Integra CD, Sony ES tuner, Denon DA500 DAC and a Nakamichi CR-5E cassette deck.