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Denon DL-160 High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

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  • High output voltage moving coil cartridge, special elliptical solid diamond stylus
  • Double construction aluminium tapered cantilever, one-point suspension system
  • High tracing ability
  • Tracking force of 1.5 to 1.9 grams
  • Frequency range of 20 Hz to 50 kHz

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Product Specifications

Brand NameDenon

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000I21PWW
  • Item model number: DL160
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,038 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Turntables & MC Cartridges

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I think that people loves vinyl knos what I am talking about.
C. Rocha
The nice thing about the arm I have this cartridge mounted in is the VTA (vertical tracking angle) adjustment.
Jay L. Rudko
What the 110 does well, detail and soundstage, the 160 does slightly better.
S. J. Graci III

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jay L. Rudko on February 7, 2008
Diehard audiophiles will tell you that nothing beats the sound of analog music, played from vinyl LP's. I tend to agree. The warmth of that analog sound comes through loud and clear with this miraculous cartridge. You could spend more, but there's just no point when you can get sound this good from a cartridge selling for under $200. This Denon cartridge is a high output moving coil design. Moving coils are known for a more detailed sound than the average moving magnet. There's more clarity and sheen to the music, and all the subtleties come through cleanly as well. Obviously, the better the record, the better the sound. But this cartridge is more forgiving than most. Surface noise is, when the cartridge is properly installed on a quality tonearm, less of a problem. The set-up of this cartridge is pretty straight-forward, but you have to take your time to do it right. I have mine installed in a Technics SL-1200mk2turntable, tracking at 1.75 grams. Anti-skate should be properly set, as well. The nice thing about the arm I have this cartridge mounted in is the VTA (vertical tracking angle) adjustment. This is often not provided for in many tonearms. It is, nonetheless, a very important parameter to get the best from any cartridge. It allows for proper angle of the stylus in the groove. Set incorrectly, it can make records sound harsh or dull. You'll just know when it's properly set. The sound of this cartridge is clean, detailed, and as right as rain. Channel separation is excellent. The cartridge tracks the Shure V15 type 5 test record flawlessly, with no distortion on even the most heavily modulated passages. There was no audible mistracking whatsoever. How many cartridges can claim that? One word of warning... as with most moving coil cartridges, the stylus is not user-replacable.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Graci III on May 31, 2009
Give the DL-160 four and a half stars. But, for the money, it truly is one of if not the best cartridges you can buy and worthy of five stars. There are cartridges that are better of course (like the Denon DL-103R) but you are going to pay far more for less gain as you go up that ladder. This cartridge is very similar to its little brother the DL-110, which I also own. What the 110 does well, detail and soundstage, the 160 does slightly better. It extracts more inner detail (less congestion), better 3-D imaging, and tighter bass. Some users report less noise over the 110 when using less than pristine records but I have not noticed a difference although both cartridges perform very well with the well used stuff.

If you are currently using a Moving Magnet cartridge, have a decent enough system that is revealing and able to reproduce a stereo image, the High Output Moving Coil 110 and 160 are a step up from many MM cartridges that can be laid back, neutral, muddied, and monophonic sounding in comparison. The nice thing about the HOMC cartridges is that you can use them with a MM phonostage on the preamp. No need for a MC phonostage, step up transformer, or separate phono preamp. Although, I have used the 160 with a MC phonostage with decent results but it will overload at higher levels.

The 110 and 160 are both excellent cartridges. The 160 is worth the extra $40 if you are seeking everything vinyl records are capable of reproducing and have the rest of the components to go along with it. You won't be disappointed and if you've been using MM cartridges for years will immediately hear the difference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Abester on September 17, 2009
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I bought my new Technics SL1200mkII turntable only a couple months ago along with a sub-$100 Audio Technica AT120E cartridge to rediscover the 150 or so LP's that I had in storage from my younger years, mostly records from the 1970's and 1980's.

As much as I loved the Audio Technica AT120E cartridge on the Technics SL1200mkII, I was anxious to hear something else "just for grins" without breaking the bank. The Denon DL-160 came highly recommended from some experienced vinyl guys that frequent an online audio forum that I hang out on so I figured I would give it a try.

The DL-160 seems to retrieve more detail vs what I wasn't hearing from the Audio Technica AT120E cartridge and it has better defined bass and seems more "alive" or dynamic. The Denon cartridge is also smooth and perhaps a little quieter than my Audio Technica.

I had some initial hesitation with the Denon cartridge as the high-output moving coil (MC) design puts out about 1/2 the voltage as my Audio Technica AT120E moving magnet (MM) unit. I was concerned that this might not be adequate for my phono preamp MM input or too much on the MC setting. It worked out fine and just turn the volume up a little more on my linestage.

I'm working my way through my old albums and couldn't be happier! The Denon DL-160 puts a big non-stop grin on my face whenever I'm spinning the old vinyl.... and some new records that I have recently purchased. The fun is back!

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As much as I love the DL-160, and I still give it 5 stars for bang for the buck fun factor, I have discovered the Denon DL-103R low output moving coil cartridge.
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