Refurbished Denon DL 103

490 $

Includes Shipping & Customs Duties

Available on back-order

    Experience the legendary Denon DL 103 Cartridge,

    now upgraded for superior performance.

    If the Denon DL 103 Cartridge captivated you, its upgraded version will take your breath away.

    These aren’t new models, but carefully refurbished classics, now enhanced with a line contact stylus and a boron cantilever.

    Each upgrade elevates every aspect of your listening experience, while faithfully preserving the cartridge’s renowned musicality.

    Experience the renewed and iconic DL-103 sound in a way that blends tradition with innovation!




    Denon DL 103 Stylus


    Denon DL 103 Stylus Upgrade

    Discover the precision of the Upgraded DL 103’s nude hyper-elliptical stylus. This stylus design, a pioneer in the ‘line contact’ family, offers an expansive contact area with the record grooves.

    Unlike the original Denon DL 103 conical stylus shape, the hyper-elliptical stylus ensures a more intimate and precise interaction with every groove, enhancing your listening experience with remarkable clarity and detail.

    DL 103 COnical vs Hyper Elliptical Stylus

    Upgrade to a hyper-elliptical stylus and experience the transformation:

    1. Enhanced high-frequency response brings a new level of sound vibrancy.

    2. Enjoy a longer stylus lifespan for sustained audio quality.

    3. Reduced groove wear means your cherished records stay in pristine condition longer.


    DL 103 cantilever


    Denon DL 103 upgraded cantilever

    The Upgraded Denon DL 103 features a Boron Nitride Cantilever, a ceramic material chosen for its outstanding mechanical qualities.

    In comparison to the original Denon DL 103’s Aluminum cantilever, Boron Nitride is 3.6 times more rigid and 28% lighter:

    Rigidity  (Gpa)
    Aluminum: 69

    Boron Nitride: 250

    Density  (g/cm3)
    Aluminum: 2.7

    Boron Nitride: 2.1

    This advanced material, along with the tailored design of the cantilever, effectively reduces the cartridge’s moving mass. The result is a remarkable increase in the accuracy and speed of vibration transmission.

    For you, this means experiencing your music with better clarity — every transient and micro-detail is captured with exquisite precision, unlocking a new realm of audio fidelity.



    • Cartridge Type: Moving Coil (Stereo)
    • Stylus: Nude Diamond, Hyper-Elliptical Shape
    • Cantilever: Boron Nitride Ceramic Rod
    • Weight: 8.5 grams
    • Output Voltage: 0.3mV at 5cm/s (Low Output)
    • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
    • Frequency Response: 20 – 45,000Hz
    • Channel Separation: Better than 25dB
    • Channel Balance: Better than 1dB
    • Dynamic Compliance: 9μm/mN at 10Hz (Low Compliance)
    • Recommended Loading: >100 ohms
    • Recommended Vertical Tracking Force (VTF): 2.2 – 2.8 grams
    • Reference Vertical Tracking Force (VTF): 2.5 grams
    • 1 x Hex Key
    • 1 x Stylus Brush
    • 2 x Short Mounting Bolts & Nuts & Washers
    • 2 x Long Mounting Bolts & Nuts & Washers

    Upgraded Denon DL 103 for Sale


    We believe that exceptional audio experiences go beyond just the product; they include the support you receive. This is why, with every Upgraded DL 103 cartridge, we offer dedicated online support to ensure seamless integration into your audio system. Our customer support covers:

    Guided Installation: Step-by-step assistance in installing and aligning the cartridge on your headshell.

    Personalized Setup Recommendations: Expert advice on setting the optimal Vertical Tracking Force (VTF), Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA), and Antiskating for your tonearm.

    Phono Preamplifier Configuration: Guidance in configuring your phono preamplifier loading for optimal performance.

    With these support offerings, you can rest assured that your Upgraded DL 103 will be perfectly attuned to your system, delivering the best possible sound experience right from the start.


    We are committed to ensuring that you are completely satisfied with your Upgraded DL 103 cartridge. This is why we offer a 60 days money-back guarantee, giving you ample time to experience the cartridge in your own system.

    This period allows you to fully appreciate the difference the Upgraded DL 103 makes and ensures it is the perfect fit for your system. For more information on the return process, please refer to section 5 of our General Terms & Conditions.

    Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind and the assurance of a risk-free trial.


    • Is there a warranty for the Upgraded Denon DL 103 Cartridge?
    • With which turntables or tonearms can I use the Upgraded Denon DL 103 Cartridge?
    • Can the Denon DL 103 Cartridge be retipped?
    Is there a warranty for the Upgraded Denon DL 103 Cartridge?

    We stand behind the quality and performance of the Upgraded DL 103, and to demonstrate our commitment, we offer a comprehensive 1-year warranty. This warranty begins from the moment you receive your package, ensuring you are covered from the very start.

    For complete details and conditions of the warranty, we invite you to review our General Terms & Conditions. Our aim is to provide you with not just an exceptional product, but also the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is protected.

    With which turntables or tonearms can I use the Upgraded Denon DL 103 Cartridge?

    Every turntable setup has its unique characteristics, and understanding these is crucial for achieving the best sound. The interaction between the cartridge and tonearm creates a specific resonance frequency, shaped by two main factors: the ‘springiness’ of the cartridge, known as compliance, and the effective weight of the tonearm.

    In an ideal setup, this resonant frequency should fall between 8Hz and 11Hz to ensure optimal performance. The Upgraded Denon DL 103 Cartridge, with its compliance of 9μm/mN, is designed to pair seamlessly with heavier mass tonearms. Not sure if your tonearm fits this category? Don’t worry. Our team is here to assist you. Contact us, and we’ll help verify the compatibility of your setup, ensuring that the Upgraded DL 103 integrates flawlessly with your system.

    Can the Denon DL 103 Cartridge be retipped?

    We understand that over time, even the highest quality stylus may require retipping. That’s why we offer a retipping service for the DL 103 Cartridge at a very competitive price, ensuring your cartridge continues to deliver exceptional audio quality.

    When you feel it’s time for a retipping, simply reach out to us. We will provide you with all the necessary information and guide you through the process, making it as smooth and straightforward as possible. Our goal is to ensure your DL 103 remains a vital part of your audio setup for years to come.

    If there is anything else you would like to know or if you need further assistance, feel free to CONTACT US.

    Our team is dedicated to providing you with timely and helpful responses, usually within 24 hours. We are always here to ensure your experience with the Upgraded Denon DL 103 is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.