If the cartridge sounds bright that could be an indication that you have the loading resistance set too high. If it is a take off on the DL-103R or DL-103 try 100 ohms as the starting point for the loading. Depending on whether you are using a stepup trannie or active headamp...of course.kabf1cox wrote:I had the chance to set up my DP-A100 last night and gave it a whirl. Overall I liked what I heard, but I would have to agree with earlier comments that the cartridge is probably a reworked 103R...a little bright. But generally a good sounding device with a very smooth and robust mid and bass range. I'll probably give my Audio Technica AT33EV a go over the weekend and see how that plays. Overall that is still my favorite sounding cartridge (I know, the tweaks are cringing), but to my ear, and until I spring for an Ortofon Rondo Bronze, it sounds very balanced.
As for the turntable...I love it! OK, it's no AVID or Oracle, but it is one gorgeous piece and the finish is first rate. The arm is probably not going to apeaze the real high enders out there, but it seems to hold it's own and the sound from my MSFL 1/2 speed mastered version of Alan Parson's I Robot sounded just fine. Perhaps not a critical listener's most desirable record for analystics, but nevertheless one that I am both fond of and very familiar with. It certainly knocks the socks off the MSFL CD version of the same recording when played through this set up.
All-in-all there are certainly better "values" out there when you consider it's $2500 price tag, but you won't find a better combination of both beauty and performance...of course beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and I guess I am still a junky for those late 1970's to early 1980's era Japanese decks...big heavy wood cabinets and design queues that can't be rivaled. Too bad it's not cost effective for the big Japanese companies (what's left of them) to have continued in this product niche. But at least we'll have the DP-A100 to tied us over for a little while.
Oh, and yes, MADE IN CHINA. Give it up for low cost manufacturing markets. UGH!
On a scale of 1-10...she's a definite 8 1/2 in my book!
Note: The DL-103R has an internal impedance of 14 ohms and the DL-103 has an internal impedance of 40 ohms. According to the specs I could find for the DL-A100 it has an impedance of 40 ohms.