Jan 082018

The full review of the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 is now live at Positive Feedback HERE.

I was just telling the editors at Positive Feedback, Dave and David, that I found it particularly satisfying to tell our readers about Audio MusiKraft and their great idea of developing the tunable Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 phonograph cartridge, and the enormous passion for our hobby they have! 🙂

Be sure to say “Hi!” to Guy Pelletier from me as you ask him more about the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103.

Guy and his friends Richard Quirion and Stefan Figiel have a lot of good ideas to make your vinyl life better, so I suspect we’ll be hearing about more creative ideas from them in the future!

 Posted by at 6:01 am

  8 Responses to “The full review of the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 is now live at Positive Feedback!”

  1. Hi Jeff
    Just completed my first read of the Positive Feedback report which is destined to become a reference for my setup. A wonderful effort.

    • Howdy Ron,

      Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it! 🙂

      Last week Guy mentioned to me he was hand polishing the AM aluminum-lithium cartridge shell for your Denon DL-103R. I’ll bet it’s stunning!

      Kind regards,


  2. Dear Jeff,

    Thanks for those numerous blog posts since June 2017 and for the official review in PF.

    You were right in last May when you mentioned to us that it would be a pleasant adventure. As a manufacturer, we found the experience quite exciting along all those weeks. One could not ask for better in an evaluation as you covered all the facets. We were in very good hands with you.

    We are more than happy that you were well served with our unique cartridge. If we got you to foot tap, clap and dance, then our mission was accomplished as those are the true signs of excitement. 🙂

    Looking forward for more audio adventures with you in the future.

    Kind Regards,

    Guy Pelletier
    Audio MusiKraft

    P.S. 1 Ron, you are absolutely right, Jeff’s work about the Audio MusiKraft is a reference from now on. I’ve been referring customers to read Jeff’s posts.
    P.S. 2 Jeff, before sending out the orders I systematically take pictures of the jewel in question. You will find Ron’s lovely one on our latest AM Facebook page 😉

    • Hi Guy,

      Thank you for the kind words, and I am pleased to hear that you were pleased with the review experience.

      I’ll be looking forward to more Audio MusiKraft adventures in the future, and I know Ron is excited about getting his new cartridge (and me too!)!

      Kind regards,


  3. Jeff,

    Just read it. The oiled maple won your fancy! I hope to experience this myself one day. Thanks for the wonderful adventure, keep up the great work!

  4. As a close collaborator with Audio MusiKraft, as well as a fellow peer reviewer–though more on the music vinyl side than the hardware–I would sincerely and personally like to thank you Jeff for your exceptional in depth evaluation of the Audio MusiKraft cart that went beyond even my wildest expectations; and this remains true regardless of the ultimate outcome–that you appreciated it so much is simply the ‘icing on the cake’. I too must agree with Ron and Guy that this thourough review will wll serve (long term) your readers interested in this special product and I salute you for your enormous time and rigorous dedication to expose the many tuning facets. Perhaps one day you may share with us some of your thoughts on how it stacks up against some of your prized reference carts but then again that’s maybe too ‘greedy’ on my part to suggest so.

    Claude Lemaire

    • Hi Claude,

      Thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it. 🙂

      As far as how it stacks up against my other reference cartridges, like my Ortofon SPU Classic GM MkII, Ortofon SPU mono CH 25 Di MkII, EMT TSD-15N, Shure V15 III with VN35MR stylus, Sumile, Denon DL-103, etc., … well those are all unique cartridges that I really like, and each one of them has a distinctive sonic & musical flavor that makes them desirable, as does the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103.

      My Ortofon SPU mono CH 25 Di MkII plays mono records better than the AM Denon DL-103, sounding more coherent and naturally musical on mono records. That’s not surprising really, it’s designed specifically to get the best out of mono records.

      The Murasakino Musique Analogue Sumile is more resolving, much more nuanced, extremely spacious, does soundstage layering and imaging better, gives incredible insight to dynamic nuance, while still being very musical and engaging, and may be the best cartridge I’ve ever had the privilege to use. It’s $8500 USD, and to get the best out of it really needs the The Arai Lab MT-1 SUT due to its low impedance, which is $13,995 USD. So you’re talking over $20K for this combo, but it is really good. Unfortunately at the moment I don’t have the matching SUT for it so it hasn’t been getting much play time in.

      My Ortofon SPU Classic GM MkII sounds like … well an SPU cartridge … and it is warm, rich, very musical, and in particular makes vintage jazz sound breathtaking. The AM Denon DL-103 is more vivid and resolving, but they both provide a beautiful presentation of the music.

      I haven’t played my EMT TSD-15N while I’ve had the AM Denon DL-103 here, so can’t say much about that.

      My vintage Shure V15 III with a VN35MR stylus is the sonic & musical equivalent of a comfy old sweatshirt, being warm, kind of soft sounding (not too resolving), a bit weak in the bass, but does present a really nice vintage vibe with a lot of musicality.

      The Audio MusiKraft cartridge is a hard one to pin down sonically & musically because it is so adjustable, but I think its adjustability features are brilliant, and you can move it in the direction desired depending on the tuning choices made.

      So how does the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 stack up against my other cartridges? Well, it deserves to be one of the knights seated at the round table, so to speak, and can hold its own, while being completely unique in its own right because of its adjustability. Musically and sonically it is a very good cartridge, its adjustability makes it very accommodating across a wide range of hifi gear, the price is remarkably affordable, and I certainly recommend it and enjoy listening to it.

      So they are all different, all good, and have their own unique niche that I couldn’t do without.

      Kind regards,


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