Denon DP300 turntable £179.95 @ Richer Sounds
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Denon DP300 turntable £179.95 @ Richer Sounds

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Found 22nd Nov 2016Made hot 22nd Nov 2016
I shared this deal about 6 months ago when it was priced at £199.99 and got plenty of heat but the good news is that it's been further reduced....

Quality sound matched with ease of use makes the Denon DP300 a classic all-rounder.

Quality construction for the best sound
Using a 4mm-thick cabinet, the Denon DP300's plinth offers both rigidity and high density for the lowest levels of distortion. The aluminium platter also gives much better sonic results than plastic. Finished in gloss black it looks a cut above more basic decks and is the ideal match for your other, full-width, Hi-Fi separates.

High performance tonearm and cartridge
Compatible with a wide range of cartridges, the straight tonearm used by the DP300 offers superior tracking ability. A good quality MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge is included in the package to get you started with minimum fuss.

Fully automatic for ease of use
Unlike more minimalist decks, the DP300 combines great sound quality with total ease of use. Simply select the size of the record and the tonearm starts at just the right place. It also features auto-return, so you don't need to worry about damaging the stylus at the end of the record.

Connect up to any system with an AUX input
The built-in phono stage means that you don't even need to use an amplifier or system with a dedicated turntable input - any system with an AUX input in will do.

Get the best sound, hassle-free, with the Denon DP300.

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Tempted by this i had an Audiotechnica one that cost me like 200. Was brilliant and then i sat down and realized literally most the music i like never get released on vinyl. So i sent it back. 3 months later, 3 of my fav artists all did vinyl. I now have about 12 of my own vinyl and then my Dad has asked me to start through his 300 LPs. If i can start earning from my youtube channel one day, then a new player will be on the list.

I bought this from Richer Sounds for £250 about 3 months ago and I'd definitely recommend it. I'm just a bit gutted that it's been discounted so heavily.

The automatic functions are really convenient, and the built-in preamp means that I can plug it straight into active speakers (I'm using Audioengine A2+) for a minimal system.

At some point I might upgrade the cartridge or get a separate preamp (you can bypass the built-in one) but for now I'm happy with the sound.

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jdo_travel

I bought this from Richer Sounds for £250 about 3 months ago and I'd … I bought this from Richer Sounds for £250 about 3 months ago and I'd definitely recommend it. I'm just a bit gutted that it's been discounted so heavily.The automatic functions are really convenient, and the built-in preamp means that I can plug it straight into active speakers (I'm using Audioengine A2+) for a minimal system.At some point I might upgrade the cartridge or get a separate preamp (you can bypass the built-in one) but for now I'm happy with the sound.



When I first posted the Denon £199 deal I was still looking for turntable and the Denon was top of the list. Eventually I went into my local store and liked the look of the the TEAC TN-300 more. The TEAC does have in built USB as well as a phono stage but it isn't automatic like the Denon.

In the the end I also bypassed my TEAC's onboard phono stage in favour of the Cambridge Audio Azur 551P and then also got an Ortofon 2m Red stylus cartridge. The TEAC sounded really good but with the upgrades it sounds excellent now. I'd imagine the Denon will be much the same to be honest, good out of the box but fantastic with a few upgrades.

Since getting the TEAC I have also bought quite a lot of vinyl, alot of it being old, classic tracks I missed first time around, I still love CD and digital music but I really get a lot of enjoyment simply by spinning a record on my turntable - it's almost therapeutic!!

My original "deal" is HERE!

Edited by: "busterdan" 22nd Nov 2016

Not a "challenge", merely an open-minded question and a willingness to be educated, but why this one over the somewhat ubiquitous and funky-coloured Pro-jects in various flavours and costs?

I can't decide right now, and see very few turntable deals, so I wonder what's drawn you to recommending this model in particular? Is it the automated functions?

I haven't worn out my Pioneer PL12D yet.

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oliverhussick

Not a "challenge", merely an open-minded question and a willingness to be … Not a "challenge", merely an open-minded question and a willingness to be educated, but why this one over the somewhat ubiquitous and funky-coloured Pro-jects in various flavours and costs?I can't decide right now, and see very few turntable deals, so I wonder what's drawn you to recommending this model in particular? Is it the automated functions?



Have a read of my earlier deal (link in my message above) because I was in much the same position. The Denon's main selling point is the automatic play (my TEAC is only semi-auto in that I can change the speed and start the turntable with a knob but that's about it).

The Denon doesn't have built in USB like the TEAC so if you were thinking of digitising old or rare vinyl you'd have to use the traditional analogue method with phono leads rather than directly to computer (see my video link below as an example)... The Denon like my TEAC will probably benefit from a separate preamp and stylus/cartridge but it's not essential and just depends what you like. I don't know much about the Projects, I think they are generally more expensive and have very limited functionality although the components are good quality. You'll see the Rega mention alot as that's supposed to be really good. I'm personally very glad I got a turntable with a speed selector, it would drive me insane having to change the belt everytime.

You might not like my taste in music but this is an example of a USB recording from the TEAC, worth bearing in mind if you think you may want to archive your vinyl music... youtube.com/wat…-9s

Cold. Not Sony.

Project turntables are massively better than this plastic thing

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For anyone thinking of buying this is a really useful overview/setup video.... it also mentions upgrading the cartridge to a Ortofon 2M Red (not necessary but some may be planning to do this anyway)

youtube.com/wat…E5k

looking for cheap beginner-ish set. would it be decent pair up with q acoustic 3020 or I would need to invest in something else? christmas present would be sorted for my missus.

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creative_ltu

looking for cheap beginner-ish set. would it be decent pair up with q … looking for cheap beginner-ish set. would it be decent pair up with q acoustic 3020 or I would need to invest in something else? christmas present would be sorted for my missus.



How big do you want the sound to be and do you already have an AMP/Speaker system? The DP300 paired with the £69 Cambridge Audio Topaz Amp richersounds.com/pro…blk and Wharfedale Diamond 9 speakers (which are fantastic value for money) richersounds.com/pro…blk would certainly get you up and running for about £280

Edited by: "busterdan" 23rd Nov 2016

Thanks for reply.Decently loud but most important clarity and quality of sound I suppose. So I do need turntable + speakers+ amp or av receiver?

busterdan

Maybe something like this then.... … Maybe something like this then.... http://www.richersounds.com/package/system-savers/hi-fi-system-deals/pah013213



​really appreciate your help. I liked Denon turntable because it does look nice and hassle free - auto and all that stuff. I don't know why, but I do like q3020 speakers (design/hifi awards) I think I dont need av receiver yet anyway.

Banned

lol £200 for a turntable. have you taken your meds today

ibargain

lol £200 for a turntable. have you taken your meds today


I know its mad! You would expect to spend at least double that.

On a lighter note I notice richer sounds are offering the project 2 turntable at £149 as part of their VIP club, how do they compare sound quality wise?

creative_ltu

​really appreciate your help. I liked Denon turntable because it does l … ​really appreciate your help. I liked Denon turntable because it does look nice and hassle free - auto and all that stuff. I don't know why, but I do like q3020 speakers (design/hifi awards) I think I dont need av receiver yet anyway.



​done some search and came up with this. onkyo a 9010=£200,
Wharfedale Diamond 220=£140 and this denon TT=£180// total: £520// questions:
Wharfedale Diamond 220 is better than q acoustics 3020? anyone experienced could tell me if this set up would work nicely together?

ha. these comments remind me of american psycho for some reason. any way. must dash. I have some tapes to return.

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futura

I know its mad! You would expect to spend at least double that.On a … I know its mad! You would expect to spend at least double that.On a lighter note I notice richer sounds are offering the project 2 turntable at £149 as part of their VIP club, how do they compare sound quality wise?



​From what I remember, very basic in terms of functionality, I don't think they have a built preamp that may be an issue for some people, but it if the box they have a decent stylus, lots of reviews and comparisons about though

MRGRINGO

ha. these comments remind me of american psycho for some reason. any way. … ha. these comments remind me of american psycho for some reason. any way. must dash. I have some tapes to return.



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Miklosko

Cold. Not Sony.



A joke ?? Sony may still make a decent TT, but it was over £1200 last time I saw it advertised, and underwhelming next to £300 alternatives.

Denon have a good reputation for solidly made "safe" equipment; this will never set the world on fire, but it will give a consistently above average sound from a wild range of music styles and vinyl quality.

For someone getting back into vinyl, or as an introduction, this wont disappoint like those £49.99 piles of poo sold in supermarkets/ebay, and so heavily upvoted by people on HUKD.
Edited by: "Gentle_Giant" 8th Dec 2016
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