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Denon DL110 Question

Postby subtle70 » 11 Jan 2017 16:21

Hi all, I know the 110 is a HOMC and i play it through a MM phono stage. I'm just wondering if there's any reason it couldn't be played through a MC phono stage and if it was would there be any benefit or difference?
The reason i ask is that my amp can switch between MM and MC but it means opening the amp up and switching jumpers in the phono stage. I just wonder if it's worth the experiment or whether i should just leave well alone.
Does anyone have experience of using the 110 through through an MC stage or any thoughts generally?
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Re: Denon DL110 Question

Postby Japi Roelofs » 11 Jan 2017 16:39

I have a DL-110, among other cartridges. On my turntable (a Technics SL-1600MK2), for some reason the cartridge produces a popping sound when the tonearm is raised or lowered. My guess is that it has something to do with the muting switch in the turntable, although I didn't have this problem with other cartridges.
When switching from MM to MC on my preamp, the problem goes away. The resulting sound in MC mode is good, for one it is louder, it's also a bit more upfront and punchy. In some cases it's almost a bit too much, but nothing I can't live with.

I guess there's no telling how it will sound in another system; different turntable, amp, speakers, listening room. The only way to find out is to try for yourself, and see if you like it.
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Re: Denon DL110 Question

Postby rich12 » 11 Jan 2017 19:33

It depends on the design of your MC stage. It could overload. The designer might not have expected someone to use a high output MC with the MC stage. Definitely start with the volume at 0 when you try it.
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Re: Denon DL110 Question

Postby Roberto C2H3 » 11 Jan 2017 21:30

I have used it thru the MC stage of my pre amp and my perception is similar to Japi's above. However, no popping sound on my Technics SL-1400-MK2 as I have removed the muting switch (I like to always be able to listen to what is going on with my cartridge, plus, I felt is added too much stress to the semi-automatic cueing mechanism).

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Re: Denon DL110 Question

Postby subtle70 » 12 Jan 2017 09:52

Thanks for that, off on holiday today 8) so I'll give it a go when I get back and let you know how I get on.
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Re: Denon DL110 Question

Postby OneyedK » 12 Jan 2017 22:07

The DL-110 doesn't sound good when loaded below 1500 Ohm...
At 100 Ohm it really sounds muffled.
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