Updated 6 Oct 2015

Denon

DP-300F

Snapshot: The Denon DP-300F is a belt drive turntable with a DC motor, and a built-in, switchable pre-amp. It comes with an MM cartridge. It can play 33 1/3 and 45RPM. But what’s the sound like with the needle on the record?

DP-300F
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$999

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Test results

Overall score
72
Listening
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Technical
?/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • OK sound quality.
  • Very good technical accuracy.
  • Has built-in, switchable preamp.
  • Has damped cueing.
  • Has removable lid.

But

  • Cannot play 78RPM.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Listening (60%)
Ease of use (20%)
Technical (20%)

To test sound quality we used three experts. They assessed each turntable using two records: Pixies’ Best of, and ABC’s The Lexicon of Love, which is an older worn LP also used to check for skipping.

The reference speakers are Mordaunt-Short Aviano 1 bookshelf speakers. They are positioned about two metres away from the listeners, with the panel judging overall sound quality.

For ease of use, one tester assessed setting up the turntable out of the box, including attaching the platter, belt, and any adjustments that were needed before operation. He also evaluated the instruction manual. Operational aspects judged include speed selection and cueing a track.

Technical score was a bit more, well, technical – if you don’t know the following terms, don’t worry. Our tester assessed the difference between claimed and measured figures for wow and flutter, tracking force, and frequency response using calibrated reference LPs. He also measured rotational speed accuracy.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$999
Type
Regular turntable

Specifications

HxWxD
122 x 434 x 381mm
Weight
5.5kg
Recommended tracking force (g)
2.0

Features

Lid
Yes
Hinged lid
Yes
Removeable lid
Yes
Power control
None
Motor type
DC
Drive type
Belt
Pitch stabilisation
Not stated
Reverse play
No
Pre-amp
Built-in, switchable
Auto operation
Full auto
Damped cueing
Yes
Tone arm clamp
No
Feet levelling adjustment
No
Speakers
-
Stylus
DSN-85
Stylus shape
Not stated
Stylus illuminator
No
Cartridge
Not stated
Platter construction
Die-cast aluminium
Platter mat
Rubber
45RPM spindle adapter
Plastic

Playing speeds

33 1/3RPM
Yes
45RPM
Yes
78RPM
No

Connections

RCA stereo
Yes
USB
No
AUX in
-
Memory card slot
-

Encoding

USB cable
n/a
Encoding software supplied
n/a
Software Mac OSX compatible
n/a

Technical

Wow & flutter, claimed, WRMS, 33RPM (%)
0.1
SNR, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Output level, LINE, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
Not stated
Output level, PHONO, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
Not stated
Pre-amp gain, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Could play older LP without skipping
-
Measured tracking force
-g

More Info

Notes

Standard turntables in our database have been tested to a different method than USB turntables.