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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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.
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.Read more ›
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The maid, (deciding that it would be helpful to open the turntable and dust inside it) had ruined (the stylus was just gone) my original $400 Denon moving coil cartridge, so I had... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill Morris Chambers
Very happy with the performance. Still in a break in period. Nice definition on a clean vinyl disc.Published 14 months ago by constant buyer
I own many cartridges; my main one (another Denon, a DL-103R) is in the shop for a retip. In the meantime, I decided to pick up the 110 (I have a couple of DL-160s but they are... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Biff Malibu
First of all, the cartridge pictured is not the DL-110 but the DL-160 which is not carried anymore by Denon. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by C. Rocha
I've used DL-160 cartridges with my Denon DP-59L turntable for 20+ years and it is highly recommended. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Yoav Kashiv
This Denon is better sounding than the much more expensive Shure V15 MrX 5 or whatever the last model was when they discontinued it. This is less edgey than a Sumiko HO MC. Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Carl E
I use the DL 160 alternatively with AT 440ML. Both are excellent, though differ in sound reproduction. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Marek Materka
I bought this to replace another DL-160 that I bought sometime in the 1990s. If you have vinyl and a turntable, you won't go wrong with this cartridge.Published on June 25, 2009 by Bill from 336
Nothing even comes close to this cartridge at this price point. It can compete with other carts costing hundreds more. Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by Mr. Lee