After an extensive search I found this turntable with all the features I was looking for. I'm not a big audio enthusiast, just someone who wanted a quality turntable at a good price that I got with this DP-300F. I'm kind of "old school" and I don't need to transfer my albums to my computer, the whole reason I got a turntable is the quality of the sound, which you loose when transferring to digital. I couldn't be more satisfied!
from Waldorf, MD
I looked long and hard for good fully automatic turntable. Only two stood out for me. This Denon DP300f model and another one that Crutchfield doesn't carry. The other one was my first choice. A different online retailer offered it through they third party vendors that proclaimed they had it, but didn't. That left the Denon that this other online retailer also had but I went with Crutchfield because I really like Crutchfield. I had to wait for a new shipment to arrive and it was even a few days late from projected arrival but they keep you abreast and had notified me of that fact.
This Denon turntable actually better suited me than the other one as it has two features I found more appealing. The Denon has a switchable phono amp option and the other brand doesn't and I like the fact the play and stop buttons are just outside the clear cover on the front. What is lacking is a feature I have in my vintage 80's Pioneer PL-7. Namely a "Repeat"option. Although it still works great it's color (silver with a light gold cast doesn't go with my all black components. The old Pioneer also has quiet push buttons and the Denon doesn't, especially the play button. I also found it strange the Denon lacks a place to put the adapter So I added a little round rubber self adhesive dot to the deck surface that holds it somewhat.
I also upgraded the cartridge to a brand not carried by Crutchfield. The Denon cartridge has a conical stylus and those are not as kind to your records as are elliptical.
Best In Class
from raleigh, NC
This TT fits the bill. It is well constructed and the tone arm assembly is a very nice. The auto start does a nice job of setting the stylus down softly and at the right spot. I like the fact you can change out the head shell and adjust the counterweight and anti-skate. The head shell locks in tight and the tonearm is decent. I have a bunch of older albums from the 70s and they sound really good. I was surprised by the lack of surface noise and clicks. The sound quality is an improvement over my original Technics SLBD22 TT. I have seen a lot of reviews criticizing this stock cartridge, but it looks like a quality cartridge and I think an elliptical stylus would be a smart upgrade once this one gets played out. I have not tried the built in phono amp but that is a nice feature if your receiver doesn't have a phono input. Also, I have seen a lot of reviews criticizing this turntable because it doesn't have a USB for recording onto computers. I have been recording from my non-USB turntable onto my computer for over 10 years so don't let the lack of a USB plug sway you from buying this TT. I think it is the best in class for an automatic TT.
DENON EP 300F
from Adamstown, MD
It was the highest rated for price. Like the automatic features. was easy to set up. what you see is what you get.
Great so far!
Great turntable that I got to replace a 29-year old Kenwood turntable. I wanted a belt-drive turntable and one with automatic return and shutoff. The Denon was the highest reviewed of the tables that offered that. I am happy so far with the sound and the performance. It looks great and plays great. The only thing that I am less than 100% pleased with are the buttons for changing the speed and size of record. The button to push to change the size of the record being played is very tight and feels somewhat 'mechanical' for lack of a better word. I am sure it's because it is throwing some lever underneath so the tone arm will land on either a 33 or 45 sized record. However, with the nice feel of all the other controls, it is a little disappointing.