Denon DP-A100

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by Alec124c41 » 10 Feb 2012 05:14

66mohawk wrote:I as well have a Denon DP-A100 and had the same platter issues as listed above but Denon sent me a perfect one straight away, I am however having issues with the sound, it seems on female vocals there is a lisp like overloading the microphone that is present. I have been through the set-up procedure several times and I know my pre-amp is set correctly, anybody have any ideas?
Cut a thin piece of leather for a mat. It might help, and should only cost you $5.

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Re: shared components

Post by grokit » 26 Feb 2012 00:54

royphil345 wrote:
KentT wrote:This is a Chinese made OEM turntable. It has the same tonearm is the same as the Stanton T 90. And it is basically a blinged up DP-500 M which isn't worth the $700 price. Not worth the price asked. Not a real Denon turntable we know and love here.
Really? I suggest you look at these two photos of the two QUITE different tonearms and the way they're mounted...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media ... F8&index=1

http://usblog.denon.com/say-hello-to-de ... turntable/

Inventing "facts" about products out of thin air doesn't add much to the discussion and really, Denon has the basis for a lawsuit against you.
Not the Stanton, but I just noticed that besides the similarities to their DP-500m, the Denon DP-A100 seems to share the same tone arm/assembly as the Audio Technica LP-240/1240:

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resou ... 40_usb.jpg

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by rjp1987 » 28 Feb 2012 23:34

I just bought one and I love it but the platter also looks to have a slight warp to it. Denon customer service says they never heard of this. I got mine from Vann's via Amazon.com. I am asking then to send me a new platter etc to swap out. May I ask here 66 Mohawk how did you get your new platter?

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Re: Denon DP-A100- Got a Wobbler

Post by rjp1987 » 08 Mar 2012 19:47

Well I am working with Denon Customer Service. I don't know how Mohawk got a platter so fast since Denon never heard of issue before. They have verified it "does wobble" but it wobbles less than some on the other DP-A100 they have in warehouse. Have to wait on the engineering guy to bless my wobbler for replacement. as to tolerance..and then order me a new platter although sounds like a wait since an anniversary edition. Asking to have my lesser wobbling one back at least till new one comes in. Always the little things....

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by rjp1987 » 08 Mar 2012 19:50

I am a vinyl novice so how can I check if my arm bearings are loose as well? I saw the rattle comment. The arm seems pretty simple. Kind of a heavy unit to pickup and shake and listen for a rattle..

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by rjp1987 » 16 May 2012 01:36

Well after a few wobbly platters Denon decided to send me a whole brand new unit. I am very satisfied. They even mounted the cartridge for me. They hadn't heard of any wobbling complaints prior although mentioned on this forum. I surmise it was a bad batch of platters from one OEM supplier. So happy to have it back. It really has a wonderful sound and killer looks. I just got a new Nordost heimdall phono cable for it. Also using a Ray Samuels nighthawk phono amp with it, Small unit tucks right under front of turntable. For those who grew up with Denon in the 80s; this turntable has the same swagger as a Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck. Time to get a nice glass of Suntory Scotch on the rocks and play some Carpenters. Good night. :D

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by majick47 » 17 Feb 2013 02:33

I have a feeling that the owners of the the new DP-A100 have no prior experience with the real high end Denon turnbtables from the late 70s and early 80s, if they did their comments wouldn't be very positive re the latest offerings. I wouldn't be too surprised if the "new" Denons wern't mfg in th Hanpin China turntable factory useing off the shelf parts that were also used in the low budget USB turntables. All that weight/heft is probably a slab of metal installed under the plinth to weight it down. A used Technics SL1200Mk2 would run circles around the new Denons.

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by Smoke Screen » 16 Apr 2013 16:49

majick47 wrote:A used Technics SL1200Mk2 would run circles around the new Denons.
All i had hoped for as a jubilee-model was a fresh production run of the
DP-80 with the DA-401 Arm.... :D

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by majick47 » 24 Apr 2013 23:00

For the asking price of $2500 for the DP-A100 you could purchase a REAL highend vintage Denon DP-80, DA-401 tonearm and have money left over for a $1,000 cartridge that would seriously kick the butt of this pretender.

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by Smoke Screen » 25 Apr 2013 01:16

majick47 wrote:For the asking price of $2500 for the DP-A100 you could purchase a REAL highend vintage Denon DP-80, DA-401 tonearm and have money left over for a $1,000 cartridge that would seriously kick the butt of this pretender.
Exactly. Thats what the DP-A100 is: a pretender - for a sucker price.
But thats meanwhile common from the bread & butter class to high-end.
Most of it is just make believe and cash in on the sheeple. #-o

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by Johnhagenmaher » 22 Aug 2019 22:50

I still consider myself a relative new-be on the vinyl front, but mine is now a flattening knowledge curve and I have had the audio “bug” since I was a teen in the 80’s. That said, I totally bugged out back-in-the day (2012, was it?) and treated myself to the DP-A100 with the supplied DD-A100 MC cartridge (I could never have spent original MSRP!; purchased for 50% after the silly marketing frenzy had faded).

But alas, life got in the way and I am just now able to re-gear up my gear again (think divorce 🙄).

So, to those who have read this far and forgive the preamble, I wonder... what are folk’s thoughts on these components, both TT and the MC today? I’d be interested if after time opinions have solidified, either for the good or the bad. Back then folks really didn’t care much for the hype. But the MC was likened to the DL-103r, which would appear to remain a favorite among its following.

My goodness, we can now maybe add to our vernacular “Vintage, Re-Issued Vintage” for these types of products! Thanks for any random thoughts! J.

Thanks. J.

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Re: Denon DP-A100

Post by majick47 » 07 Sep 2019 18:17

John there is no interest or demand for the DP-A100 today, by all accounts it was a commercial flop once it was realized it was nothing more than a Hanpin in a fancy looking cabinet. No matter how it is spinned there is no connection to the real vintage Denons of the 70s-80s that were mfg in Japan. You purchasing another DP-A100 wouldn't be my recommendation.