Would like to know myself, as I have a interest in the turntable. The few reviews I've read from buyers rate it highly. Find it hard too believe that Denon would make a dog for there 100 year statement turntable.
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Glen, as I peel the onion, there's not a lot of love for it, which of course rationalized the steep price drops. A buddy who's an industry insider tells me the Chinese content is high and that it's assembled there. Suggests a lot of new $1500 tables should blow the doors off it.
Im a big fan of buying used at a price that can be recovered if you're not fond of the piece. This one is starting to look a bit odious.
Mickey, some sites still have the turntable at the original list, along with some of the other anniversary units. Best to scout around for those interested. Should it be made in China it should certainly sell for less in my view at least. Some comments I have read, the objection seems too be that it not enough of a upgrade over some of the previous models.
The price drop on the Denon really caught my attention.In that price range the Clearaudio and VPI brands are on my short list. Sounds like my current Thorens and thirty year old Technics turntable will keep on spinning. I would like to get one last well made turntable to run with for the next several years.
I don't think Art Dudley actually did much listening to it.
The 'issue' with mounting the cartridge was that the supplied cartridge - aniversary Denon 103 - could not be aligned to Baerwald geometry in the headshell.
IME the Denon 103 has standard stylus to mounting distance and has always landed in the middle of the headshell slots for Baerwald alignment (on the Graham arms I've used).
The arm on the DP-A100 has either been very poorly designed or Denon intend you use a different alignment, for which I'd presume they would supply their own protractor (Art didn't mention anything like that in his review).
Buyer beware IMO.
Whatever the case, I was glad to read these messages. Never knew it was reduced by $1000. A dealer in NJ listed their demo, with scratched, looks like 2 years later, for $1288. I am tired of 'beating' with others for it and decided to withdrawal from the madness. I am glad I did knowing now, it was retail for $1499.