In 1978 it sold for $375.00 and worth about $200.00 today for one that is operational. Denon no longer supports this table, so parts and service from Denon is no longer an option. In my opinion I would move on to a newer table. When adjusted in price the $375.00 in 1978 equals $1,266.00 in todays dollars.
There are some very fine turntable out there in that price range and less, both new and used.
My preference is the VPI turntables. VPI is U.S. made, serivice and parts a phone call away. Good dealer network and VPI table have a clear upgrade path to higher performance when time and resources permit. With VPI there is not a built in obsolete factor.
Ferrari (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I agree with Ferrari. The very worst thing about the large Japanese companies has always been their lack of support for their products. Even when they are current it is not good. When they are gone it is often nonexistent. I am biased toward VPI, as I am a dealer. There are many other turntables out there which are better than the Denon was in its prime which you can buy for little more than you would pay to fix it. Used tables are often a very good bargain [he says , cutting his own throat] especially those of superior quality. If you do not want to spend a great deal of money Thorens and Rega are usually very good for the money.
Stanwal (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Many of the better Japanese DD turntables had a magnetic strip, somewhat like magnetic tape, around the inside circumferance of the platter. A magnetic head read the tape and worked as a servo, continuously adjusting the speed. This was the precursor to the quartz lock stuff. At any rate, if the frgile tape becomes damaged, or demagnetized, the game is over and the tabe is scrap.
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