|Denon DP-A100 Turntable Preview|
|Home Theater Audio Sources Vinyl/LP|
|Written by Michael Palmer|
|Monday, 06 December 2010|
With standard speed capabilities of 33-1/3 and 45rpm, the DP-A100 from Denon features a high torque direct drive motor (which is decoupled from the base) with quartz lock servo for high-precision rotation. This translates into a 0.002% or less speed deviation and a 0.1% or less wow and flutter. Rotation stability time is rated to 0.3 seconds or less to reach normal speed. Combine these characteristics with the unit's hefty 33.7 pound weight and your vinyl collection will sound cleaner and more accurate than ever before.
The DP-A100 turntable also features a static balance type, light weight S-shaped tone arm with an effective length of 9.6 inches, or 244 mm for our metric friendly readers. The tone arm is made from solid diecast parts and features vertical adjustment can be adjusted to optimize playback performance and cartridge flexibility.
The turntable's 331mm platter is diecast aluminum, but the underside is treated with silicone rubber for vibration absorption. On the back, owners will find gold-plated RCA jacks for connection to any high performance cabling and the ability to remove the hinged dust cover.
A hand crafted DL-A100 cartridge (a $500 value) is included along with a Denon brand book and a detachable power cord. The DL-A100 low-output moving-coil design cartridge has a frequency response of 20-45,000 Hz and features a round 16.5 micron solid diamond stylus for long life and increased tracking accuracy. It has a stereo separation of 25 dB and a output volatage of 0.3mV which means the DL-A100 and DP-A100 will need to be connected to a receiver, preamp, or phono amp with a moving coil input.
Denon suggests using the DP-A100 turntable with its 100th Anniversary PMA-A100 stereo integrated amplifier. It can be purchased online and from authorized Denon dealers for $2,500 and like all 100th year Denon products (even the DL-A100 cartridge), features an impressive 5-year warranty.