Denon DL-110 Phono Cartridge
Hi-fi World Review of Denon DL-110Perhaps it's because Denon provides cartridges to NHK (Japanese radio) that the Denon DL-110 is best described as having a "broadcast" balance. Walton's Belshazzar's Feast sounded like a good, spacious live broadcast, with plenty of depth, a fair degree of ambience, good tonal color and lively dynamics; true diminuendo and crescendo. . . The Denon produced an excellent balance of sound, particularly well-suited to acoustic jazz. It also made more than a fair stab at perspective, managing to keep pace with rhythm and time signatures.
Jerry Raskin Comments on Denon DL-110The owners manual claims in both English and Japanese 1.6mV of output, but when I tested the cartridge it produced 2.2mV. That's the difference between an easy-to use and tweak cartridge. I've always suspected the output was higher then claimed. . . Best diamond stylus in its price range. Under a microscope, it looks like a 100% nude, square-shank diamond with a very fine cut similar to cartridges costing twice the price. I love it.
Ratings & Reviews
also wanted to say the dl110 sounds great with the rega phono mini the input on the fono mini and the output on the dl110 match is almost perfect
by Daniel Thomas
This is my favorite phono cartridge, no question. There's a wonderful musical quality, just a dollop of honey sweetness. Dynamics are excellent, providing a wide, extended 3D sound stage. Instruments have punch and presence, yet smooth. And the tracking is superb...and have you noticed how cool it looks? I'll even say the DL-110 is better than the late DL-160, especially with MM loading. Get this. You will LOVE the music coming out of your stereo.
Today is a good day for a review since my rating is higher than it would have been yesterday and for the following reason: After a reasonable break-in period (very necessary for the DL-110), I used the pickup on my modest Audio-Technica LP-120 (which had performed poorly with my Ortofon HMC-30 lower-output MC cartridge) turntable, through a Cambridge 640P preamp into the MM input. The sound had very clear highs but seemingly poorer bass, at least in terms of level. It wasn't a BALANCED tonal range. I then read on a forum that the vertical tracking angle can be critical in bass reproduction. Fortunately, the LP-120 has variable VT and I adjusted (raised) it while playing a continuing bass line (disco, naturally!). The difference, and we're only talking about a few degrees here, was startling with the DL-110. The treble became more natural and less strident and the bass reached down to deep yet refined levels. The mids are neutral which is where it should be. I gave it the ultimate test with many complex orchestral full range classical music selections and the sound was terrific... crystal clear (why we choose an MC) and fully robust. It was like a whole different cartridge. So there you go! Five stars.
by Dave Reinhardt
The comments and reviews that I've read about the 110 being able to diminish surface noise have if fact been true with my system. This cart is my first experience with using the "MC" option in my amp's phono section, and I'll have a hard time going back after this, it sounds so wonderful!
A great upgrade for the Debut III. Much improved mids and highs. Clean sound.
this cart is so good on my rega p3 -24 that i would have to spend a lot more to make a worthwhile defferance
The Denon Dl-110 replaced an Ortofon OM5e that came with my Pro-ject Debut III. The Denon just plain sounds better - more clarity, greater separation of individual instruments, and it reproduces vocals much better. The other main difference is much better transient reproduction and a much more natural decay, so music sounds much more natural than thru the Otrofon. One minor downside is a slight lack of real deep bass, at least in my setup. Overall, though, an outstanding value that really lets the listener connect with the music.
by Don T
A great tracker on LP's of any vintage and condition, and obviously a great value. It matches very nicely to my Origin Live RB-250 arm. With my SET amps the soundstage is deep and wide, and bass and drums are natural and very quick. Highly recommended!
The standard against which my other cartridges are measured. Very balanced and reliable tracking cartridge. Performs beautifully in my SME3012/Thorens TD125LB.
by Michael W.
Terrific company; great service, very knowledgeable, honest. Bought Denon DL-110 cartridge [replacing predecessor to Grado Gold 1] is outstanding--great clarity, imaging, warm sound. Also bought a Musical Fidelity V-LPS pre-amp for my system which includes a Rega Planar 2 turntable and Grace 707 tonearm; B & W speakers, Denon 1909 AV receiver. Highly recommend Needle Dr. without any reservation.
Improved detail and clarity, as well as high and low end, compared to the Ortofon 2M, and Shure M97XE. I would give the cartridge 4 stars because the midrange is a little too laid back for my taste and the cartridge is not quite neutral. However, I can't imagine finding this level of detail and musicality for the price.
by John Garces
I love my Denon DL-110 pick up, It realy suits my Thorens TD160 with the TP16mk1 tonearm. I use the mc imput of my Cambridge Audio 640P Phono Preamp that has both mm & mc inputs. Why spent more for used LPs !. The mm input is for my Rega P1 with Ortofon mm Red pick up.
neutral sounding with excellent clarity. improved treble and voice clarity compared to my old MM cartridge.
Great sounding cartridge
Great sounding cartridge, can be used as MM or MC. Tracks very well, low surface noise. Placed it in my old Technics SL-Q2 and fed it in a Project tube box DS, on into Jolida 302CRC. Driving wife nuts powers the Klipsh RF-7 series II towers. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Great bang for the buck
Great cartridge for a budget minded individual. Low noise floor, great tracking, not too fusssy with setup. It has a wide frequency range. Can be used as a MM or MC, depending on how it sounds to you. You won't be disappointed unless you can afford a MC that's 2-3 times the cost
I had this on my Technics for a while, I thought I had bought a very average stylus, I upgraded my turntable to a Kenwood KP 1100, put the Denon on it, hmmm... okay... played a few more albums over some days then all of a sudden WOW... this is seriously one of the best stylus/carts I have EVER heard..!!! It it true what has been said YOU REALLY HAVE TO "PLAY IT IN" to get the true sound to emerge... OMG...SO GOOD!! I am going to get one of these again... Cymbals have a delicate sound ... bass and mid range so clear and full, an incredible tonal range... LOVE THIS UNIT..!!!
by John Martin
Got my Rega RP1 fitted with the DL110. Its a performer alright at this price.
Buy without a doubt
by Stelio Perombelon
I bought this cartridge 2 years ago when i wanted to replace the Ortofon 2M Red that came with my Pro-Ject Xpression lll. I shopped over a year, reading reviews and didn’t find many talking about the DL-110 but all were favorable. Well from the moment it was put on my tt i was in love. Everything was so real and more detailed. The surface noise from the Ortofon was gone and i can now listen to music so many hours more without any ear fatigue. I’m a big jazz listener (all types) but i remember beeing so impressed the first time i played Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. I was hearing things i had never heard before. Very very happy.
A great value
I’ve been a vinyl person forever an have tried a lot of different cartridge/stylus configurations . This one warrants a 10 on the wow meter! Ott of the box it has the sound of a cartridge costing many times more. After carefully setting everything up, I put “Amonia avenue “ on to test the inner tracking and this cartridge completely surprised me. For the money you would be hard pressed to find its equivalent much less any better.
Like our death metal fan states, it’s a great cartridge. Very clear sound. Better than the AT-440mlb and a lot better than the Ortofon 2m red. I would like to see a comparison betweem the DL-110 and the Ortofon mc-1 turbo.