|Well, it's not too elusive to buy; there are many online vendors including NeedleDoctor and occasionally some of the other high end vendors, plus Amazon and a host of other online mid-fi sources.|
What is elusive is any useful and meaningful review of this unit. There is one user review here on A-gon, but there is only about 1-1/2 paragraphs describing the performance. The Amazon reviews are pretty clueless, and surprisingly, there are NO reviews on audioreview.com. The one other source where I hoped to find some customer reviews was Crutchfield.com, but right now they don't offer the dp500m, and therefore any previous customer reviews are unavailable.
So why am I interested in this seemingly anachronistic beast? It's because I like the precision and speed consistency of a quartz-locked direct drive (I have a Technics SL 1210 M5G), but the Denon is a much newer design (2005?) than the Technics, and claims to have more sophisticated and extensive vibration damping and structural rigidity (e.g., diecast tonearm) than previous designs.
Has anyone encountered this turntable? Listened to it? Seen it on a shelf at a store?