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Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable with Built-in Phono Equalizer Review


Denon's DP-300F is one of turntable lab's bestselling turntables. Key features include a built-in preamp, easily upgradable cartridge, a solid build, clean aesthetics, and an excellent price point. However, it is a fully automatic operation that makes this turntable to stand out. In terms of the fully automatic feature, the turntable features convenient playing stop buttons that trigger both the motor and tonearm. It allows for one-click operation. There are additional buttons for controlling playback speed and record size and lastly when the record completes playing the tone arm will return automatically.   

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While setting up your new turntable, make sure your space is clear and is on an even flat surface. As we start removing all contents from the box, please take note, some manufacturers place the accessories inside the foam. So it is best not to throw anything away until you have accounted for everything. We also recommend keeping the packaging for future transporting purposes. 

Inside the box you get, the turntable base, the aluminum platter, a rubber mat, the counterweight, stock cartridge, the desk cover, and the user manuals. 

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Once, were accounted for all the parts; we first started with the turntable base. Place it on a flat surface and next, we placed the platter on the spindle. Spin the platter until the red ribbon aligns itself with the golden pulley. Remove the tape and hold both ends of the ribbon pulling the belt around the pulley. Once in place slide the ribbon out from under the belt and give the platter a couple of turns to make sure it is properly installed. 

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Next, we installed the premounted cartridge onto the tonearm. Twist the locking ring on the tonearm until the headshell is securely fastened. After this, we placed the counterweight on the back of the toner. Again, twist the counterweight onto the threaded post. 

Next, we correctly balanced the tonearm. First, we were required to zero the tonearm. To do this, we had to either add or subtract weight using the counterweight to get the tonearm to float horizontally. Once we found the perfect balance, we returned the tonearm to the rest. Then we took the stylus pressure adjustment ring and put the zero at 12 o'clock. From here we took the whole counterweight and turned this to the proper stylus pressure which is 2 grams for the stock cartridge. Finally, we set the anti-skating dial to the same value as the stylus pressure. 

Please note the angled headshell. With the tonearm being straight, Denon has compensated with the headshell that angles were allowing the stylus to offer a fuller spectrum of sound. This removable headshell also allows for easy cartridge upgrades. 

Turntable app offers a popular upgraded DP 300 F turntable that replaces the stock cartridge with an audiophile favorite, the order phone 2m red cartridge. This special upgrade also comes with a cork mat and carbon fiber anti-static brush. Now that you have correctly set up your turntable, you could sit back and enjoy hours of listening at the push of a button. 

Product Specifications-

REDISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR VINYL -Listen to your analog music in a brand new way with this rigid diecast aluminum turntable that comes with standard mount headshell, MM Cartridge, DC servo motor, and has rotation speeds of 33 1/3 or 45 rpm
LOWER VIBRATIONS DRIVE BETTER PERFORMANCE - This slim and sleek turntable is designed with a more substantial base construction that helps decrease vibrations, giving you a noiseless, rich and detailed sound
SMOOTH & GENTLE AUTOMATIC MOTIONS - The automatic startup feature allows the turntable to begin play. With the touch of a button, the tonearm gets lifted and comes to rest so smoothly ensuring NO SCRATCHES OR DAMAGE TO YOUR RECORDS
BUILT-IN PHONO EQUALIZER creates an open, enveloping sound stage that enlivens your vinyl collection while staying true to the original recording. Connect it directly to a mini component or integrated amp that lacks a phono terminal for seamless use
EASY INSTALLATION & SETUP - Assemble the turntable, set it up in your living room or home theater with simple connections and start listening to your old or new records almost instantly
BRINGS PURITY OF SOUND & JOY TO YOUR LIFE - Attractive design, great features, & superior build quality with Denon expert re-engineering makes this table an obvious winner and a must-have for your vintage vinyl collection in any home entertainment system. 

Product Dimensions-

Product Dimensions    15 x 17.1 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight    12.1 pounds
Shipping Weight    15.3 pounds
Manufacturer    Denon
Item model number    DP-300F

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The DP-300F has been designed with heavier base construction for reduced vibration and improved performance. The all-new tonearm has a removable headshell making cartridge replacement simple. The standard mount headshell allows for any standard mount cartridge between 5 ~ 10 grams to be mounted and balanced. The automatic startup feature allows the turntable to begin to play with the touch of a button, and once play has been completed, the tonearm will be returned to the armrest gently so that the stylus and record are not damaged or scratched. The turntable is made of rigid diecast aluminum to produce uniform rotation for smooth flutter free operation. There is also a manual lifter mechanism that allows you to place the needle on the record wherever you want so that you can skip to a different song in the middle of a side.

The DP-300F includes a built-in phono equalizer to connect the player to an integrated amp or receiver that does not have its phono input. This turntable is powered by a DC servo motor and belt drive system and has rotation speeds of 33 1/3 or 45 rpm. It comes with a MM cartridge so that you can begin to enjoy your analog record collection as soon as you connect the DP-300F to your home hi-fi system.

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The vinyl resurgence is here to stay, and as a result, many audio companies are releasing new turntables. It makes choosing the right turntable quite tricky as there is a tonne of good options especially for those first getting into vinyl. If you are starting the Denon DP 300F is an excellent choice because it is fully automatic. You can press a button to start and stop playback rather than physically moving arm. It also means that once you have finished one side of the record, the tonearm automatically lifts itself and returns to resting position. It prevents premature needle ware while audiophiles would not be impressed with $329, 245 pounds, 417 Australian dollars. 

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This turntable is all plastic. While the base is all plastic, the buttons are plastic. Honestly, when we got it, we were pretty bummed out that it was all plastic because we thought that we were buying something premium for the money we paid for. Having said that, we should also mention that it is high-quality plastic and it felt sturdy. 

In case you are playing music, and you do happen to hit the turntable with using an acrylic mat you can hear the box. Now, if you were using the included super thick mat you probably would not hear anything. So that maybe something you want to consider. Any bumps that are on the table, we could not hear at all. 

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The DP-300F has a classic stereo component aesthetic, with a rectangular, angular body and a rich gloss black finish. The DP-400 features a more modern shape with rounded corners and a higher gloss finish.

The DP-300F features a standard hinged dustcover that lifts up and down on an angle. The DP-300F utilizes an AC power motor. The DP-300F features soldered, non-removable power and RCA plugs. We recommend removable cables because of easy replacement and the ability to upgrade those cables later. 

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It has a unique tonearm design, hologram vibration analysis, and slim design. It has high-definition audio and can be a great option as home audio. 

A lot of people are probably looking at this turns heels because it is a high-quality turntable, but it is also fully automatic. So it is like the best of both worlds. So you could treat it as a standard turntable, or you could also use the play and stop buttons which we think is cool. A lot of people look for that when they are buying a turntable, and a huge selling point is that this is a real tonearm. It is not automatic like a shitty, skinny tonearm. It is a real tonearm, and it has a weight that you can adjust and an anti-skid that you can adjust. 

Would we recommend this turntable if we could go back in time and repurchase this? We would repurchase this because we did enjoy using this turntable. It feels a lot more premium. It sounds a lot better and also looks more beautiful too!

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Also for DP 300F is for beginners who are not looking for the best sound quality. They are likely to find the sound good enough especially for those who do not have high-quality speakers or headphones in the first place.

The Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable with Built-in Phono Equalizer is extremely easy to use. The automatic operation is smooth and is an excellent start for beginners who are just starting with vinyl. Moreover, if you are not well versed with using a turntable, then it can result not only in scratches to the vinyl but a bent or broken stylus or even a broken tonearm.

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The table's base, or plinth, is made of gloss-coated, diecast aluminum, which is said to reduce vibration. Most turntables in this class have plinths fabricated of medium-density fiberboard or MDF.

Many turntables in a similar price range and similar features require a lot of assembling. The Denon DP-300F, on the other hand, is extremely easy to set up. We have already run you through the process step by step. If you do not want to deal with complicated things like tracking weight and anti-skate setup, the Denon DP-300F is a pretty good companion. 

Also, Tech Radar says, "If all you want is to listen to your records and not have to worry about queueing, premature needle wear or digitizing your records, the Denon DP-300F should be at the top of your list."

We tried using the DP 300F to a desktop computer. For that, we used the output from a phono preamp with an RCA to 1/8 adapter to plug into the mic input or any other input on the sound card.

We also tried using an outboard preamp to improve the sound. We feel it will provide a cleaner signal going into your amplifier or stereo. We tried the Rega Fono Mini, and a quality phono preamp is your best choice vs. their cheap, mass-produced alternatives. Also, if you like 2M, we would recommend checking out the Sumiko Pearl. We have used Turntables as expensive as $5k, and we always use the pearl as our go-to cartridge.

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We also tried several genres of music on the turntable. We played classic rock, jazz, country, symphonies, pop, and even hip hop from our vintage vinyl collection. We found the music quality quite impressive, especially in the parts where music plays loud and then soft. The transition of the music was very smooth, and we were mighty impressed with the performance. 

The stereo separation was realistic and stable overall. It maintained a smoothness in overall performance. Honestly what we felt is the Denon DP-300F failed us on the lower notes. With the growing popularity of pop music and culture that may not be an issue. But, there was bass missing, and the low notes were not heavy, and we could not feel them at all. But hey, what more can you expect at this price point?

You could also check out other turntables with similar features and similar price range like the Fluance RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Diamond Stylus, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Adjustable Counterweight & Anti-Skating, Solid Wood Cabinet or Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black.

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