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Denon - Analog Record Turntable - Black-Angle_Standard

Denon - Analog Record Turntable - Black

Model: DP-300FSKU: 7862618

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 154 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good turntable for me

    Posted
    Lindy1357
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    I am quite satisfied with my Denon DP-300F turntable, but I’m probably being somewhat generous with a 4-star rating. Since I have only had the unit for a week, I cannot comment on its long-term performance and reliability. Automatic operation was my primary purchase criterion, and that meant choosing from a very limited number of new products or from a much larger number of older (vintage), refurbished products. My decision to get the DP-300F was based on its auto start/stop feature, the large number of on-line turntable reviews, and the solid reputation that Denon products have had over the years Here’s what I like about this turntable: Most important is the fact that my LPs (in storage for 20 years) sound great with my relatively modest receiver and speakers. The auto start/stop feature functions exactly as expected; the needle is set down softly on the LP, the tonearm returns to the tonearm rest after the last song, and the platter stops spinning. Price is always important, and it certainly helped that the DP-300F price was reduced significantly from its normal level. I also should mention that all items on the parts list were in the box and in perfect condition, since some reviewers had a different experience. Here’s where I think the turntable misses the mark: My main criticism relates to the inadequate instructions for balancing the tonearm. After spending several hours trying in vain to get their balancing instructions to work, I was ready to return the unit to the store. I thought I had done everything right, but when I put on an LP and pressed the “on” button, the tonearm would not descend enough to allow contact between the stylus and the LP. Then I stumbled across an online review that focused on the very same issue. It turns out that the key to my problem was a tiny Phillips screw that is not mentioned anywhere in the instructions. It is not even visible unless you move the tonearm off the rest. Anyway, after readjusting this screw numerous times, the tonearm finally performed exactly as it should. In contrast to the setup issue, my other criticisms could be viewed as trivial. A small clip to lock down the tonearm should have been included. The RCA cable is hard-wired, which makes it impossible for a person to use a different (perhaps better quality) cable. The mechanical operation of the four buttons (speed/size/on/off) does not exactly give the impression of long-term durability. It would also have been nice if the cartridge had been fitted with an elliptical stylus instead of a conical one. The heavy reliance on plastic in manufacturing the turntable produces a cheap look and feel. Overall, it does not seem to me that this turntable lives up to the Denon reputation. Given the price I paid for the Denon DP-300F and the features it offers (and in spite of its shortcomings), I would recommend it as a good option for those who want an automatic turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best fully automatic turntable for the money

    Posted
    Audionut
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    I would describe myself as a budget audiophile, I try to look for the best sound for the money without going broke. While I do have some expensive speakers and amp the rest is based on value for the buck that is why I bought the Denon Turntable. I have had it for two months and I will now write a review. I give this turntable 4 stars it is the best fully automatic turntable on the market. 4 stars because the turntable is hardwired instead of having RCA jacks so you can put on better quality cables The instructions on adjusting the tonearm are vague in one area, luckily there is an excellent U tube video that shows exactly how to set it up. I also purchased a scale to measure the tone arm weight this allowed me to measure what the actual weight, and it was .5 grams off of what the dial said on initial set up now its spot on. The cartridge that is standard has a Conical stylus, this rides high in the record grove and does not providing good high frequency response because it cant go down further in the grove. plus its harder on your vinyl, at the price point of this turntable the cartridge is the weakest point. I tossed it, and added a higher quality Grado Green with and Elliptical stylus. This is the only fully automatic turntable with a user replaceable cartage on the market, you can put on just about any one you can afford. All the other fully automatic turntable that I looked at did not have this feature so not worth the money as the cartridge is what produces the sound. I got rid of the rubber platter mat and exchanged it for a cork mat in order to reduce static and increase the sound quality which it did. I found out that both the phono preamps I had, the one built in my AV receiver (I am using my AV receiver as the preamp for a higher power amp in my system in order to drive 4 ohm electrostatic speakers.) and the one built in to the turntable did not supply a high enough output as I had to turn the volume up on the AV receiver to maximum to get it to a good listening level. I ended up purchasing a high gain phono preamp that increased the level from 40db to 60 db and it works perfect now. The turntable places the stylus on the record very smoothly no sodden drop, no wow or flutter or turntable rumbling. I cant comment on the sound as it would be discussing the upgraded cartridge and preamps sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another excellent product!

    Posted
    SSSS
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    I should be showing up as a "verified purchaser" as I have had this turntable for a few weeks now. Normally Best Buy sends an email asking me to comment on my purchases but so far I have yet to receive one. If it comes, I will simply update my experience with this fine piece of equipment. Being handicapped I sometimes just want to sit there a few minutes after the record has ended before rising to turn it over and this fully automatic 'table allows just that. The Best Buy sales associate that helped me out is Anthony at the Santee, CA Best Buy. A great young man that takes pride in his job. It also powers off upon the return of the arm so that I I choose to activate the sleep timer on my receiver, everything shuts off at the end of the record! It is very easy to set up and plays perfectly on both old and brand new albums. Don't let anyone tell you that a fully automatic turntable is not "good enough". This one does the job and makes life a little easier in the process. On sale or not this turntable provides high end sound for a real world price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK if you're willing to work for it

    Posted
    TeddyG
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    I bought this turntable for two reasons, one: it's fully automatic, two: I got $50.00 off through a price match. At first,I was thrilled to hear my old vinyl records again, but the more I listened, the more it just sounded off. I researched before I bought and read about the speed issues with this turntable,but I decided to take a chance. I eventually downloaded and printed up a strobe mat and sure enough, this turntable was running fast.So I ended up having to adjust the speed which was pretty much a pain in the keester. The adjustments are made underneath just behind the left front foot. Once I got it dialed down into the neighborhood of 33 1/3, it sounds much better. I'm sure with a cartridge upgrade, it'll really shine. If you're willing to go through the hassle of adjusting the speed, you'll have a sweet little entry level fully automatic turntable. In retrospect, I would have just purchased a ProJect turntable and lived without the automatic feature and enjoyed the better cartridge out of the box.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    Posted
    Daniel

    I found set-up pretty easy, it only took about 5 minutes, You just need to put the counter weight and phono cartridge onto the tone arm, balance the arm so it floats over the table, and adjust the weight and anti-skate control to "2". You need to put the drive belt onto the spool, and turn on or off the phono preamp button, (it depends on what you are hooking the table up to. It's really much easier than it sounds. The table functions automatically, at the touch of a button the tone arm moves to the record, and at the end of the side it lifts and returns to its rest. IMO the stock cartridge sounds pretty good, producing excellent imaging. Bought this table for personal use inside my condo, so I can't say how it performs at extreme volume. I subtracted one star because the plastic power buttons seem a bit flimsy, (they work fine). Also, I'm used to a more heavy platter, though there are tables on the market way less substantial than this one. This seems to be a very good table for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable

    Posted
    Skipsavary
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    Purchased this turntable to compliment my home stereo. Nice to get back to listening to vinyl again. The Denon turntable feels like quality and and is. Set up was not difficult, (I do recommend you tube for arm balance/weight adjustment). Also has a switch under the platter in the event you do not have a phono input on your amp/receiver. No adapter required to connect to modern receivers. Sound quality is good and plays well. Only a couple downsides: buttons on the front feel a little flimsy, they work fine but do not feel as solid as the rest of the unit. Cartridge could be better, Shur would be nice. I would give it 5 stars except for the front buttons. I would buy this unit again and may as a gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value turntable

    Posted
    AGNGazer
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    I got it on sale for $200. At this price, this is the best automatic turntable on market. This is a very nice (looking) turntable with excellent (in my opinion) sound even with built-in phono amp and supplied cartridge. Yes, you may get slightly better sound with more expensive (>$200) cartridges, but for me the supplied cartridge seems very good. Setting-up this turntable was very easy and it took me no more than 10-15min to set it up from the moment I opened the box. The needle drops smoothly when using either the automatic mechanism or the manual lever. The only drawback that I can see is that RCA cables are hardwired (not a major issue however). I also wish it had a built-in ADC. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    One of the best if you want an AUTO turntable

    Posted
    Jethro
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    I returned this and got a Project turntable from Best Buy's Magnolia dept. Still, this is easily one of the best turntables for the money that is FULLY AUTOMATIC. It's all very good quality for the money. It's belt drive platter is excellent - the tonearm too. Everything is good, but for ONE thing: the cartridge is not an eliptical. A good cartridge (like an Ortofon Red) is around $100, so I decided to get the Project. Still, I'm bummed that it's ALL manual. The fully auto Denon is a HUGE thing... so... I'd recommend this and eventually get a better cartridge.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Full-Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable

    Posted
    Greg
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    I’ve owned 5 turntables, Garrard, Akai, Sony, Audo-Technica, and this Denon. I purchased this turntable for its fully-automatic feature when listening to music while doing other things. The sound is competitive with other models. Full rich base tones and bright highs. Pitch is as expected with no discernible wow. The table has a solid feel and minimizes any resonate feed-back from the speakers. The tracking is good. It is a good-looking unit. The damping of the tone-arm could be a little more and lands a little roughly. If you want an automatic turntable this is one of the best choices I’ve seen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable!

    Posted
    MusicLover
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    I purchased this to replace a Sony turntable that I was not happy listening to. This Denon was a huge improvement in sound and the music sounds much more and dynamic. This unit is an automatic unit which was a requirement for me as I want to be able to.leave the room and have the unit turn off automatically. The assembly instructions were not good. I ended up on YouTube to look for a set up video which made it much easier! I definitely recommend this unit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loving it..

    Posted
    Harsha
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    Even though I always wanted to have a turntable to listen to records, I was scared to buy one as I always had the feeling that usability of this product would be difficult. I was "WRONG" . i spend so many hrs researching on the internet about vinyl records and watch so many hrs of videos to figure-out which player would would fit in to my use. Then i caught my on this Denon DP-300F I'm loving every single moment of listening to music on this marvelous record player. at a good price point with automatic arm.. I would recommend this for anybody into Vinyl...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love

    Posted
    clearlight58
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    I have not owned a new turntable in quite a few years. When my son brought home an album he had purchased, I pulled out a cheap turntable that I had and put the record on it. Sounded terrible. Headed over to the store and found this Denon Turntable. What a difference. Great stylist, and well balanced. Great turntable and I pulled out all of my records that I have been dragging around all over the country, for the last 40 plus years. Now we are enjoying all the snap, crackles, pops of the wonderful world of vinyl!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality at a decent price

    Posted
    Murr
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    I wanted to get back in to vinyl after many years. I bought this particular unit because it is an automatic turntable so there is less I need to do to actually use it. The pre installed cartridge is good not great but does the trick. I will be buying a new cartridge soon. High fidelity sound is more about a good cartridge and speakers than anything else. You do not need to drop a bunch of dough on a turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Posted
    Bhalajee
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    I am a BB & Denon loyalist. I have a Pioneer turntable which needed a new needle and was browsing for the same and found this great turn table on sale. Grabbed it without hesitation and BB had it ready for me pick it up on time. Installation was easy with the supplied instructions, has PHONO which is a great plus, materials are of good quality, great construction, sounds great with my Klipsch speakers. Has automatic tone arm which worked perfectly. I am happy and would recommend to buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Experience

    Posted
    JPMD
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    Product delivered Dec 23rd. Set it up on Jan 15th. Played a few albums. Turntable speed decreased for some unknown reason. Took it to a my local store for an exchange and found out that I was outside of the exchange policy. Store said to try another store or bestbuy.com. Bestbuy.com said sorry you have to deal with the manufacturer. Sorry Best Buy, I can no longer do business with you based on this experience, my business policy is not aligned with yours . Sad after spending 1000's with you over the years. -Goodbye and Goodluck

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enter into the Wonderful World of Analog Music!

    Posted
    Droidbuilder
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    After looking at a $300 budget for a player that I could upgrade I picked this player up on an impulse, my options where Pro-Ject or U-Turn originally but Best Buy had this on the shelf. For $199 I am extremely pleased with the sound running the onboard pre and out to Klipsch 2.1 channel set up. The options to upgrade are great and do put it on par with my other options cost wise but the auto play/stop on the Denon is a nice feature the others do not have. For entry into the hobby this is a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice unit

    Posted
    Bill
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    Ordering and delivery were great on this turntable. The instructions for setup, however, are fragmented and poorly written. It took several readings of different pages to put together the steps for assembly. A nice linear process would have been appreciated. The performance is good, but the construction of the unit is a bit on the cheesy side, not much design or style, way too much cheap black plastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgraded turntable

    Posted
    tj99
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    Setup was very easy even with the replacement/upgrade of the cartridge (I had read that the stock cartridge was workable, but could use improvement). Sound is very nice and with a $100 off sale price it was a nice value. The phono output cords are hardwired to the back of the turntable and rather short, so may need to be extended to reach remote speakers or an amp. not immediately nearby. I'm excited to continue to listen to all of my old vinyl and purchase new albums!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good turntable for the money

    Posted
    Jayhawk
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    Got this turntable while it was on sale. Very good belt drive table with advanced features such as automatic shutoff at the end of the record. Easy to set up. Only negative is that the supplied cartridge is OK but nothing special. I can listen to it for now but will shortly install a better cartridge (leaning towards the Grado Green 1). I do not use the supplied phono pre amp since my Marantz SR6009 receiver has a dedicated phono input. Overall, pleased with this turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Turntable!

    Posted
    Gianny
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    I was debating between this and the Audio‑Technica AT‑PL120, and I have been absolutely blown away! A quality turntable with sleek design that sounds even better than it looks. The only concern I can think of, even though unnoticeable if your setup is stationary, is that there is no latch on the tone arm rest. When you get the device it will be held in place with a twist tie, and you can easily put another if you need to move your table.

    I would recommend this to a friend