What Makes the DP-300F Such a Good Turntable?
The Denon DP-300F is a moderately priced, full-featured, automatic turntable that will provide you with the kind of listening experience you need to hear the difference between CD’s and LP’s and have the LP’s come out the winner.
The Denon DP-300F is belt-driven turntable with exceptionally low wow and flutter. It has a DC servo motor and belt drive system giving you accurate rotation speeds of 33 1/3 or 45 rpm.
The straight tone arm starts and stops automatically using gentle lifting and lowering motions protecting your vinyl from scratches caused by accidentally rough handling. It also has a lever to raise and lower the tone arm if you want to start or stop in the middle of the record.
The Denon DP-300F turntable has a built-in RIAA phono equalizer preamp allowing you to connect the turntable to an integrated amp or receiver that does not have a dedicated phono input. However if you have a dedicated phono input, you can shut the preamp off. The preamp switch is located under the platter. This may seem like an inconvenient location but you only have to set this switch once and you don’t want anybody accidentally switching it once you have it properly connected to your amp. The factory sets the switch to “on” so you probably won’t have to do a thing.
The tone arm has a removable headshell to simplify cartridge replacement. Any standard mount cartridge between 5 to 10 grams can be mounted and balanced. In fact, one of the best upgrades you can do for this turntable is to get a better cartridge than the moving magnet cartridge provided with the turntable. The one you get isn’t bad but reviewers frequently cite a better cartridge as a must have to get the most out of the this turntable.
The cords to attach the DL-300F to your amplifier are built in and not very long. If you keep your turntable very close to your amp, this isn’t a problem but don’t be surprised if you have to get extension cables to connect this to your amp.
All in all, the Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable is a reasonably priced turntable the could even satisfy some picky listeners. Its features, quality of construction and reputation for durability make this a turntable to seriously consider when you want to play vinyl.