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Denon DP-300F

Automatic belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge and built-in phono preamp

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Denon DP-300F

Overview

Our take on the Denon DP-300F

Still cherish your vinyl record collection? Treat yourself to warm sound with Denon's DP-300F turntable. Its precision die-cast aluminum platter ensures stable rotation for rock-solid playback. The tonearm features adjustable balance and anti-skating controls for proper tracking. And its sturdy base minimizes the vibrations that can compromise sound quality.

Still cherish your vinyl record collection? Treat yourself to warm sound with Denon's DP-300F turntable. Its precision die-cast aluminum platter ensures stable rotation for rock-solid playback. The tonearm features adjustable balance and anti-skating controls for proper tracking. And its sturdy base minimizes the vibrations that can compromise sound quality.

Automatic playback with manual control

Fully automatic operation makes the DP-300F easy to use. With the touch of a button, the tonearm swings over and begins playing your record, returning to its original position when finished. The manual lifter mechanism lets you accurately place the stylus on the record wherever you want without scratching.

Switchable phono preamp for hookup flexibility

DP-300F features a built-in phono preamp that lets you connect the turntable to an ordinary auxiliary input on your receiver or audio system. But if your receiver has a dedicated phono input, and you'd prefer to use it, you can switch off the preamp.

I'm glad I made this choice. Great Value !

Douglas W., Delray Beach, FL

What's in the Box:

  • DP-300F Turntable with attached 6' power cord and 42'' stereo RCA cable
  • Adapter for 45 rpm records
  • Rubber mat
  • Plastic dust cover (installed)
  • Head shell with cartridge
  • Counterweight
  • Hinges
  • 4 spare 1.75" lead wires (green/blue/red/white)
  • Operating instructions
  • Warranty Registration
  • "Denon Service Network" sheet

Product Highlights:

  • aluminum platter
  • built-in phono preamp
  • belt-drive system with DC servo motor
  • dynamic balance tonearm with universal mount
  • fully automatic operation
  • manual lifter mechanism
  • replaceable moving magnet cartridge included
  • removable dust cover
  • attached RCA audio cable
  • heavy base construction
  • minor assembly required
  • two speeds: 33-1/3 rpm & 45 rpm
  • wow & flutter 0.10%
  • weight: 12.13 lbs.
  • 17-1/16"W x 4-13/16"H x 15"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Denon DP-300F Reviews

Average Customer Review:

56 Reviews

Excellent turntable for the money

John from Raleigh, NC on 8/10/2016

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I have owned many turntables over the past 60 years. This turntable is better than more expensive turntables I have owned. It is easily adjusted and plays flawlessly. The automatic mechanism to raise and lower the stylus is just about perfect in that it does so smoothly and without any sudden movement.

Pros: solid as a rock

Cons: none so far

You can't do better for the price!! Good looking! Great Sounding!!

Douglas W. from Delray Beach, FL on 6/15/2016

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I'm glad I made this choice. Great Value !

Pros: Easy to set-up and use! Will sound great with any sound system'

Cons: Rather involved when you change the cartridge which was a little to bright. I like my Grado cartridge better. A little too much noise when using the auto function,but hey that's nit-picking!

Super Turntable

Johnny L from Port Saint Lucie, FL on 4/24/2016

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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!

Pros: The auto and manual features; Set-up was a snap, 30 minutes and I was turning albums; Great looking with clean simple lines; Goes perfect with my Denon receiver; Smooth and silent movements; Start - Stop buttons on outside of dust cover; Can't get a better turntable at this price in my opinion.

Cons: Absolutely NONE!

Good Turntable

JC from Waldorf, MD on 4/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Pros: Nice finish, great quiet sound. No separate ground needed as it grounds through it's RCA lines.

Cons: Clunky play button. No repeat selection. Lacks ability to set where stylus begins play at beginning of the record even though it seems fine.

Best In Class

Jim E from raleigh, NC on 2/3/2016

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.

Pros: Well built, Auto start and stop, Sounds great, Built in phono amp

Cons: No strobe with pitch adjustment, Hard wired pin plug cables

DENON EP 300F

Pat from Adamstown, MD on 1/26/2016

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It was the highest rated for price. Like the automatic features. was easy to set up. what you see is what you get.

Pros: push buttons, automatic

Cons:

Great so far!

Hillery from Georgia on 1/4/2016

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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.

Pros: Sounds great. Highest rated fully automatic turntable available. Easy to set up.

Cons: Button to push to change record size.

Great product

Matt W from Ohio on 12/27/2015

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Love the turntable. Like the auto features, I fall asleep sometimes and it comes in handy. Received product with a broken dust cover. Crutchfield sent me a new one immediately. The sound of the turntable is good, I feel that it would benefit from a cartridge upgrade. All in all, I am very pleased with it. Great turntable for the money. Crutchfield service rocks. I will continue to buy products from them.

Pros: Auto features, sleek design, price

Cons: Not really any. Could use better cartridge.

Best Auto/semi-auto TT you can buy

PNS from Georgia on 10/2/2015

First let me say I have two systems, and this one is with a Marantz stereo receiver, Monitor Audio Pedestal Speakers, Vincent cartridge preamp, Klipsch subwoofer, Grado Prestige Green Cartridge, 16 gauge micro strand cables (about $3000 system). This turntable is simply outstanding with the luxury of auto return. No one in their right mind will eject to the record because there was never an industry standard for lead in grooves. With my other system, I have a manual Rega, which requires me to jump up to lift it off the record. You can imagine which system I play when I'm working, but with either one I feel the sound is quite excellent. The Marantz auto TT is really its only competition and it doesn't come close (rebadged Dual TT with a Dual cartridge. Yes they still make TTs in Germany, but mostly for other companies). I will say that if you use the internal preamp with that throw away cartridge, you don't get the real value out of the turntable.

Pros: Auto/semi-auto, excellent construction, top notch arm which is sold on some sites with a $600 cartridge, quiet motor, new belts are easy to buy from places like LPGear and others

Cons: Sorry cartridge from manufacturer and the preamp is cheap at best. You need a good cartridge and preamp (no more than $200) to maximize your music

Denon DP-300F

Scott from Delaware on 8/31/2015

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The DP 300F was very easy to set up. Please ensure that the resting surface for the turntable is level in all directions. The overall sound is great and the silence in between tracks far surpasses my old Garrard. The automatic features on this device move the tone arm very smoothly. I'd recommend this to anyone.

Pros: see above

Cons: The Start button makes a relatively loud click (yet the Stop button makes no noise). What's up with that?

good product has room for improvement

Andrew L from New York on 8/11/2015

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Great for price point. Needs a place for the 45 adapter. Loud clunk sound when pushing buttons for speed. Wanted an automatic for times when I'm unable to get to it when the record ends. The sound is ok, no need to change the cartridge unless you have the other components to make it worth your while. I have upgraded the rubber mat to a cork and will upgrade to an Ortofon 2M Blue as soon as the headshell comes in. I want both cartridges so I can swap back and forth for some records that are in less than pristine condition.

Pros: price, automatic

Cons:

Good turntable

Tanqueray Ed from Florida on 6/30/2015

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Easy set up. Suggested settings worked for me. Made very minor adjustments for tracking and weight after a few test runs. LP's had been boxed since the advent of CD's and are not in the best of condition. They seem to sound better after a couple of plays. Have a very good stereo system and had to do some adjusting to bass and treble levels. Very satisfied with turntable.

Pros: Easy assembly, suggested settings were very good.

Cons: None worth mentioning.

Denon DP-300F

Moscuba from Minnesota on 6/16/2015

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Very nice table, nice tonearm and very nice looking. I gave it a five-star rating for price / performance.

Pros: I wanted an automatic (at least auto-lift) because I tend to walk away and forget. Very good TT for that category. Easy set-up.

Cons: None so far. It doesn't have speed control but I have never needed that.

After some fine tuning, sounds phenomimal

Ray H from Prospect Park, Pa on 5/17/2015

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Opening the box reveals parts and pieces I've never seen before. This unit is far above the sophistication of the last "record player" I used, and still have, with a picture of "Fonzi" on the front. The directions are pretty straight forward, with the exception of tuning the needle. Very limited detail in instruction for needle tuning and issues with sound quality, possibly for my lack of experience. Took me quite awhile to figure out, first, why the Greatful Dead sounded like chipmunks (didn't have the belt on correctly), then why the sound quality was aweful. For that, it took some trial and error with different albums to rule out the new album being at fault, then played with the weight on arm to remove some of the force on the needle. The directions are very limited and I would go so far as to say, lacking, especially in explaining that end weight adjustment and what your target is as far as tuning. Still not 100% sure on that one. I stopped when what was being played sounded right. Once that was done, unit works flawlessly, looks awesome, and sounds phenomenal on my basic system. I have it running through a Yamaha Aventage mid-grade receiver and 20 year old Polk Audio tower speakers. Very happy with this purchase. Was a gift for my wife, and she loves it. And it is simple enough, that our 6 year old turns it on and now plays my wife's Grateful Dead albums too.

Pros: Simple operation, appearance, Sound quality, cost

Cons: Set up instructions lack detail for needle/vs end weight tuning.

Satisfied

mdale from Indiana on 4/17/2015

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Well-packaged; easy to set-up; looks nice; runs well. Operation of the push-buttons is somewhat "clunky," but the automatic mechanism is smooth enough. The original cartridge was fine, but immediately chose to upgrade. The built-in pre-amp is good enough, but replacement with a better external pre-amp might be in the future.

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Speed and electrical issues

howard from Michigan on 3/21/2015

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Didn't use this unit much the first 2 months (which is the warranty time for Crutchfield). After starting to play it more, the speed started to fluctuate and on 3 occasions the motor just stopped under power. Sent it to Crutchfield's repair center. They seem like a class act. They notified me the motor is defective and it is on order with no ETA on when the unit will be returned to me. Word on the street is that this motor issue is a common problem and motors are back ordered by repair centers. I like the fit and finish of this unit and the sound, but, obviously not the dependability. I will update this review as I get more information. For now it gets a solid 1 star.

Pros: Fit and finish. Sound is good. Pretty unit.

Cons: Mass issues with motors.

DP-300F Great Turntable

GaryM from Maryland on 3/14/2015

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Got some advice from Crutchfield's Dean and picked out the DP-300F. Works great. Out of the box, it took about 45min to set up. The old vinyl collection sounds good again. Definitely happy with this turntable.

Pros: Decent price. Great for the average record enthusiast.

Cons: Dust cover is a little iffy, but it's ok for normal use.

So far, so good. Setup?

Kevin from Texas on 3/5/2015

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I'm good with this turntable. The sound quality out of the box is good, stereo separation fine, the automatic system works well, it looks good, operates effectively at a working mans price. My issue came during setup. I tried to follow the tone arm balancing procedure. I must not get it. I tried to 'balance' the tone arm so the needle was parallel to or slightly below the record as instructed. Done. Would not play. Not enough downward pressure. Added more pressure by adjusting the counter weight inward.. Barely played. Skipped like a schoolgirl in a play yard. More pressure. Played but skipped a time or two over the course of four or five LP sides.. Finally, adjusted even more pressure. Jeez. Am I doing this right? Works like a champ. No skipping. I do not have any distortion at any volume level.

Pros: Seems like a good unit at an affordable price. Good sound quality out of the box. Good delivery and service from Crutchfield. It's automatic.

Cons: I just don't get the tone arm balancing instructions. They did not work for me. I had to add considerably more downward pressure than was recommended but having done so, it works like a farmer in the spring and fall.

Great Entry-Level Turntable

MGB from Massachusetts on 2/16/2015

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Put simply, I was looking for an entry-level turntable that is fully automatic and won't damage my records. The Denon DP-300F has exceeded all of my expectations. The build quality is great and it was a snap to setup. Though unlikely to please the audiophile, it sounds great on my system, and the built-in pre-amp is an added bonus for those on a budget. You can find turntables in this price range that sound a bit better, but they won't be fully automatic. I'm confident that I'll continue to enjoy this turntable over the coming years by gradually upgrading components (better cartridge, better pre-amp, etc).

Pros: fully-automatic, built-in pre-amp, looks sleek

Cons: The cartridge isn't great and will be the first thing that needs upgrading.

Denon dp300f

Cisco from Washington on 2/7/2015

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If you are going to do anything other than sit and critically listen to vinyl, this is your ticket to paradise if you want a budget automatic. Yes, the cover feels cheap, the buttons clunky, and the automatic mechanism is not exactly Swiss watch caliber. However, that doesn't matter after the arm drops nicely onto your record and picks up just as well when it's finished. The parts that move and transmit sound are more isolated than I thought they would be. Surprisingly so, actually. The automatic function will never quit in your lifetime if it works the first few times and you clean and re-lube the mechanism every decade or two. I play the horse poop out of mine and still going strong. You will need to buy an upgraded cartridge if you want quality sound. I already had an AT120E which I really like so this was a no brainer. If you want an Ortofon Red you should buy the upgraded package deal. Any other combination and the choice is up to you.

Pros: It's an automatic.

Cons: None unless you care about the plastic cover.

Failed after 2 weeks

Dave from Pennsylvania on 1/18/2015

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Purchased as an entry level turntable as a gift. Unit worked fine until the 3rd session with it when the music started to drag and distort. Changed out LPS, AMP to troubleshoot and it came back to the turntable. Also ensured that the equalizer switch was set to 0 as this was connected to a phono input. Seems fairly well but unsure how it would have performed in the long run.

Pros: Easy to set up. OK sound.

Cons: Poor quality out of the box.

Denon DP-300F

Joe from Baltimore, MD on 1/12/2015

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I bought this unit almost a year ago. I had it hooked up to new pair of B/W S2s through a Project and Cambridge Audio phone pre amp. I always thought it sounded a bit muddy, so this weekend I decided to swap it with my Music Hall table that I bought in the spring (of course all from Crutchfield !). Hate to say it, but the Music Hall blows it away. I cannot believe the difference. Night and Day. Music Hall is crystal clear. I moved this table down in the basement hooked up to Bose 901s. It sounds good, but I really do need to check it out again. Maybe it's the needle, I don't know. However, not to thrilled with it. That's just me though. The difference though was huge.

Pros: Easy to set up. Basic TT with the functions of an old TT

Cons: Sounds muddy. Not crystal clear like the Music Hall I bought that was cheaper.

Denon DP-300F

Anonymous from Illinois on 1/7/2015

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Great record player / good quality

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Great Turntable

MKB from Texas on 1/5/2015

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Great turntable for the price. This the second one I've purchased. Got this one for my daughter, after hearing mine she now likes listening to vinyl.

Pros: Easy to set up, easy to use and sounds great. It even sounds better with a cartridge upgrade.

Cons: None to speak of.

Good buy

VT Dad from Jericho, VT on 12/4/2014

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I purchased this unit as a gift, but I set it up and checked it out before wrapping. I found it performed admirably both with music and a Stereo Review test record. I was quite impressed at how low the rumble was. Other reviewers have pretty much covered it, but several complained about the rubber "feet". These "feet" are actually vibration isolators, and pretty good ones at that. It is important to ensure that the turntable is resting on the isolators, not on the cheesy plastic faux feet. Otherwise, you will get accoustic feedback when you crank the volume, as one reviewrer complained.

Pros: The built-in preamp permits the use of longer cables when the truntable cannot be close to your amp. The equalization seemed good.

Cons: The output level of the preamp is lower than expected, but most amps probably have enough gain to still deliver full power.

The Denon DP-300F Turntable

BryantM from Weeki Wachee, FL on 10/22/2014

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I shopped other less expensive turntables before deciding on the Denon DP-300F. I feel that it is definitely a step up from some of the entry level turntables which cost only slightly less. While I make no claim to being an audiophile, this unit with the factory supplied cartridge provides all the fidelity of sound that I expected and more. Most of my LP collection was acquired back during the days of console unit "record players", which means that many of the albums were "rode hard and put up wet". Nevertheless, these well used albums sound great on the Denon turntable and I feel that this turntable is ideally placed between the entry level and the more serious audiophile models available. I gave a five star rating only because there was not a 4.5 rating available. When I unpacked and assembled the turntable following the included instructions, the setup for balancing the tone arm simply wasn't working. The lift mechanism was stuck at full height and would not allow the tone arm to balance freely. I eventually determined that the small screw visible on the top of the lift mechanism was backed out too far. Lacking any reference in the instructions, I tightened the screw all the way down and thought I had solved the problem. However, at the end of play of the first album, the needle "ripped" all the way across the record on its way to the resting position. Okay, the tone arm was not lifting high enough,.. adjusted the little screw and all is well.

Pros: Fully automatic operation. Well made and stylish. Simplicity of setup and operation. Easily replaceable cartridges & easy to upgrade. Heavy enough to sit solidly and resist cabinet vibrations.

Cons: As stated above, the instruction manual should note the need to adjust the tone arm lift mechanism travel height.

Happy Day

GBATL from Atlanta, GA on 10/16/2014

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As far as turntables go, the DP-300F is a fantastic value. Quality components, and a durable construction make this a go-to choice whenever I'm suggesting/purchasing a turntable for a friend, family member, or place of business. Beyond that, for budding audiophiles, one can simply upgrade the cartridge and take this already great workhorse player to a whole new level. Unless something drastic changes in the turntable market, the DP-300F will continue to be my choice for the everyday turntable!

Pros: Solid construction Great out-of-box cartridge Easily assembled and calibrated Quality producer

Cons: A/C cable is a touch short

Denon DP-300F Turntable Review

David from Iowa City, IA on 8/13/2014

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Excellent turntable for the price! The cartridge is less than spectacular but at this price who am to quibble. I have already purchased a better cartridge and installed it and the sound quality is much improved. I really like the full-auto function. My other turntable has an $800 cartridge. Yes, the MusicHall sounds better but at 4x the cost.

Pros: Price, full-auto function

Cons: At this price? None.

Nice turntable

mick from Florida on 2/26/2014

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I was in the market for a turntable and wanted a fully automatic as my tremors would prove disastrous for both a tone arm and record if I had to play them manually. This Denon is a smooth, quiet, nice looking turntable and is easy to set up and I even installed a cartridge upgrade myself with a Sumiko Pearl which I ordered with the turntable from here. It's a great performer and the price is very reasonable....Denon has been making record players for over a hundred years....they got it right.

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Perhaps a speed control with strobe?

Perfect

BT from Hanover, MD on 1/24/2014

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I purchased this turntable to go with the Denon D-M39s ( Mini Shelf System) And the whole setup is just perfect. This is a quality and well built Turntable I am sure I will get many years of use from it.

Pros: Looks Sound & Sleekness

Cons: None

Great buy

KennyB from Oakland, CA on 1/11/2014

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Great buy overall. My only suggestion would be that they recommend bundling this with an anti static gun (or other solution). I was a newbie to vinyl players and wasn't aware that the pops and clicks could be somewhat taken away with some anti-static solution. I would recommend selling these at cost for add-on purchases. This way first time LP player customers would be ready to go with this out of the box.

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Anonymous from punta gordA FL on 12/4/2013

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perfect-I couldn't ask for more

Pros: built in preamp option . push button start to finish good looking

Cons: hard wired rca cable

Denon DP 300-F

Romeo from Atlanta, GA on 11/2/2013

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To soon to tell. CD's and Videos play fine thru my audio system at very high volume. But, records on my new Denon DP 300-F sound distorted at anything much above normal volume.

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KJH from Ashland, Ore on 6/18/2013

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Fine turntable, good sound and matches well with my current system. It's only weakness lies with the cartridge that comes with the package and the fact that the cables are hard wired and I can't use cables of my own choice.

Pros: Easy to use, set up was a snap.

Cons: Low quality cartridge and hard wired.

Great Turntable

Rod from Anna, TX on 6/5/2013

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Great turntable, worked right out of the box. The included cartridge sounds great to me, but I do run my receiver through an EQ.

Pros: Easy straight forward setup!

Cons: None that I can think of!

Great turntable for the price

platypusjones from Philadelphia, PA on 5/3/2013

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I bought this specifically because of the built in amp and Denon name. Its very easy to set up and use and while I'm not a critical listener it sounds great to my ears.

Pros: Built in pre amp, easy setup, affordable

Cons: RCA cables are hardwired

Denon DP-300F

Scott from Dayton, OH on 4/10/2013

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So far I couldn't be happier, it's easy to setup and use right away. I love that it is automatic. The built-in preamp is very nice to have. I wasn't sure about spending the money, however, glad I did.

Pros: Great sound, Fully automatic Built in preamp.

Cons: no clamp for tone arm rest, no adapter for 45 rpm

Nice

Mike from Las Cruces, NM on 10/15/2012

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Good looking piece of equipment. Easy set-up. That being said, a stylus force gauge is a must. The buttons and cue arm have a smooth feel and work well. I replaced the stock cartridge with an Oyster Black Pearl and got the warmer sound I was after. The auto feature works well, but I usually use the cue arm so I can clean the LP. It's nice to have the option. I only gave it a 4 star, because I know there are better turntables out there. But, let's be frank, a person could spend hundreds of dollars more and never hear a difference. This is a great buy.

Pros: Easy set-up. Good looking. Easy to operate. Works great.

Cons: I'm not sure if this a "con", but the stock cartridge is a bit focused toward the high end for me. Depends on what works for you.

Denon DP-300F

Nancy from Decatur, GA on 6/19/2012

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Amazing sound! So happy With the product.

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Denon DP-300F, What a pleasant surprise!

DS from Puerto Rico on 2/19/2012

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I purchased this unit for a beach home to avoid having to run from the comfort of my swing chair at the terrace to the living room every time an LP finished. I was pleasantly surprised to find this turntable delivers sound that is above its price point and with the convenience of automatic shut off. I replaced the factory cartridge with a Denon DL103R, replaced the rubber footers with adjustable bronze spikes and using an external phono preamplifier. The output from the preamp is connected to the auxiliary imput of a Zeppelin Air, which is also a great product, and there it is, a simple unobtrusive system for the second home that sounds and feels right. I am using and enjoying this setup more than a true HiFi system I originally had installed in the same area and worth nearly $9k. Not to say that this one is as accurate and true to the music as the other, but if I am not doing critical listenning, I don't miss the more expensive one. Anyway, at the end is about enjoying the music, and this system has done it for me. In addition, anyone can use it since there is significantly less money at risk and very simple to use.

Pros: Good value for the money. Good response with more expensive cartridges.

Cons: Change the rubber footers.

Good Turntable

Darrell S from Breckenridge TX on 1/19/2012

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I`m not going to sit here and slam it and call it cheap (cause it`s not unless you`re rich )or entry level. It`s just as good as the others in my opinion plus it`s fully automatic which sold me on it. All you need with this is a top notch cartridge, good audio system to play it through and some records. Great sound, tracks well from what I`ve noticed. It`s not by any means cheap like I`ve been reading. Anyway you don`t have to spend 1000`s on a turntable to get good audio quality.

Pros: Fully automatic,built in preamp,great audio quality

Cons: None really except for the generic cartridge ,no clamp for tone arm rest and the lack of a holder for the 45rpm adapter

Nice Table

SkipApple from Cincinnati, Ohio on 10/8/2011

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I like this turntable, it's easy to setup and use right away. Very good Owner's Manual/Operating Instruction booklet is also included. I love that it is automatic, too! The cartridge that came with it is adequate, but I replaced it right away with a Grado Black and I find that to be better to my ears. Also, I already had a Shure stylus force gauge and that made it much easier to setup the arm with. The built-in EQ is very nice to have--a great feature. So far I'm enjoying it and couldn't be happier with the service from Crutchfield.

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Denon DP-300F

Chris from The Bluegrass on 6/11/2011

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Nice record player, especially for its price. The auto-stop and tone arm return are very nice features. Minus 1 star for having hard wired RCA cables rather than being able to use your own. The phono preamp works fine, but investing in a stand alone isn't a bad idea

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JohnnyV from Elyria, OH on 5/22/2011

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I bought the 300F to replace the 37F which I bought back in the '80's for $400., which was a lot of money then. I was very happy with it, but it was time for a new one. However, I was not willing to spend a lot on its replacement. So far, I am pleased with the 300F. It delivers good quality sound and its operation is easy. The only suggestion I would make is that I like a tonearm clasp on my turntables, and this one doesn't have one. Also, I prefer direct drive, but again, didn't want to spend a lot of money.

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BEST FOR THE MONEY TURNTABLE

DL from Atlanta on 4/14/2011

Forget the reviews that said it's cheap, it's not. I own two right now with different Audio Technica cartridges (AT440Mla & AT311EP with Shibata stylus) and the arm is as good any manual on the market under $500. It has the same capability as most manuals with the same functions (lift) and magnetic anti-skate with dial. You can also use the auto return to avoid standing by or running to the turntable at the end of play. However, due to the multitude of lead in grooves on records, best to set the arm down or with lift. The return feature gives this turntable a big advantage over manuals, and gives a similar performance. Buy a good cartridge when you buy the turntable, as the unit comes with a throw away version. Highly recommended for those that want quality with the auto/semi-auto function.

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James from Festus,MO on 3/28/2011

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The Denon DP300F is an excellent product especially for the price. I have it running thru the auxillary jack of my receiver that has no phono input so the added preamp switch was a plus. Sounds as good as it looks. Great product.

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D.C. from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia on 3/21/2011

The unit functions as advertised. The one draw back on this unit is that the auto mechanism is not smooth, it is loud and clunky. That noise can transfer to your system depending on the cartridge and pre-amp you use. Once it is playing, it is quite and plays well for the money invested. Overall, it is a decent entry level turn-table that should provide years of service.

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Andy E from Little Rock, AR on 3/11/2011

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If your looking for a really good turntable then this particular one if for you. Just picking it up out of the box I noticed the weight was substantial for this class of turntable. Easy to set up and reproduces quality sound from my LPs. Very nice turntable.

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Disappointing

JimK from ohio on 3/2/2011

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Terrible. Cheap plastic, not well made. I have always been a big fan of Denon products, but they really dropped the ball with this.

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Just like old times

John from Pittsburgh on 2/8/2011

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I read EVERY review, article and blog I could find in an effort to replace my crappy old Sony turntable. The general consensus was that if I wanted to listen to my now thirty year old records, and hear every little note and flourish, I would have to spend more than $1000----or $2000----or beyond. I was willing to break the thousand dollar line, but it seems that anything beyond the Denon will not start with a push of a button, and more importantly will STOP and SHUT OFF at the end of a record! If I am paying beyond $1000 to listen to LPs that have been stored for more than ten years, it is a crap-shoot on what the sound is going to be like, and if I have have to sit there until the record ends and lift the needle and shut it off manually, then I am glad that Denon offers a good old fashioned turntable that sounds great, looks great and is fully automatic. One neat thing, the feet on this unit are the perfect size to fit a racquetball sliced in half to isolate the TT from the media table. Overall a great turntable for the price.

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Chris F. from Raleigh, NC on 10/13/2010

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Nice Table. I think it is going to work out well.

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Great performance and appearance

Gary from San Francisco, CA on 10/11/2010

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I had a number of turntables over the years, this one I like best. Everything was well thoughtout and very easy to use. Next to my Sony ES components it doesn't look cheap and out of place. I transfered the cartridge from my old turntable, a Kenwood with linear tracking to the new turntable and it actually sounds better, the same cartridge. I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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Superb Turntable!

Mr. ALL from Toledo, OH on 7/5/2009

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After much research, I settled on this Denon DP-300f turntable because it's a Denon and because it has a built-in amp since my receiver doesn't have a "phono" input, hence I can plug it anywhere there's an RCA input. This gem sounds superb. The needle that came with is was good but I upgraded the needle to an audiophile needle which improved the sound even more. It's easier to change the needle because the catridge headshell is removable from the tone arm. You will love it. I tested it at very high volume, the needle did not skip at all. The wife who is not into electronics and was skeptical when I decided to purchase a turntable (which she considered as old technology) was blown away at the rich warm sound of this turntable. Buy it! I gotta say Cructhfield is amazing. I ordered, chatted with them online and my item was shipped thesame night, arrived the next day and I picked it up from UPS the following day. 2-day delivery, even though I paid for normal UPS ground which for most online stores takes 5 to 10 days to arrive from the date I order.

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Sleek, Elegant

Mark from Philadelphia, PA on 4/2/2009

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I bought this turntable as a birthday present for my wife. I like to shop around prior to making a purchase so I looked in the popular electronics stores as well as the high-end HI-FI stores. The low-end tables I saw appeared to be made of plastic and look cheap. The high-end units were so elite (and pricey) that they were just too much for my needs. This table is a nice balance between both ends of the spectrum. This unit has a quality look without being over the top and it allows for fine tuning of the arm via the counter-weight balance and anti-skate adjustment. These features are very important to me in order to preserve the quality of my LP collection. The unit has a pre-amp for versatile connectivity and auto start / stop which automatically sets and retracts the arm. It also has a gentle set down when using the que-lever. It was easy to setup and it looks very nice. I personally think it looks sleek and elegant. As for the sound, the table performed excellently, our old LP's sound great. Oh, I almost forgot, the kids were dancing in front of the unit and my wife and I couldn't believe it didn't skip, we were both very impressed. I would suggest purchasing a brush to clean the LP's prior to playing them. - Old habits die hard. I am very pleased with the quality of this product and the overall experience I had with Crutchfield.

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Michael from Gilbert, AZ on 2/22/2009

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Easy to set up. Plays my old vinyl collection flawlessly.

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D D from Boston, MA on 2/23/2008

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First of all, the turntable is easy to set up, with clear instructions. Aesthetically speaking, it is a handsome piece of equipment. I've only used it a few times, but so far am very impressed with its performance (hooked up to an Onkyo receiver and Bose bookshelf speakers). Listened to an old Edith Piaf record tonight and felt she could have been in the room--clear, warm sound with nice range.

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Fully Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 60
Wow and Flutter 0.1

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Features

Overview: The DP-300F is a fully automatic turntable that is powered by a DC servo motor with a belt drive system. The turntable is designed to work with dedicated phono inputs and standard line level inputs, so it can be used with almost any receiver or preamp.

Heavy Base Construction: The heavy base construction improves performance by reducing the amount of vibration transmitted through the turntable.

Removable Tonearm Headshell: A removable headshell makes cartridge replacement simple. Allows for any standard mount cartridge between 5 to 10 grams to be mounted and balanced.

Automatic Startup: The automatic startup feature allows the turntable to begin play with the touch of a button. Once play has been completed, the tonearm will return to the armrest, so the stylus and record are not damaged or scratched.

Rigid Diecast Aluminum Turntable: The diecast aluminum platter produces uniform rotation for smooth flutter free operation.

Manual Operation: The turntable includes a manual lifter mechanism that allows you to place the needle on the record wherever you want.

Built-in RIAA Phono Equalizer Preamp: The built-in phono equalizer preamp allows you to connect the turntable to an integrated amp or receiver that does not have a dedicated phono input. This is a feature that can be turned off when using a receiver with a phono input.

Note: The equalizer switch is set to the "ON" position from the factory.

33-1/3 and 45 RPM Compatible: The turntable will play at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds. An adapter is included for playing 45 rpm records.

MM Cartridge Included: The DP-300F comes with a MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge, so you can  begin to enjoy your record collection as soon as you take it out of the box.

Attached Output Cables: The turntable has a hardwired output cable with left and right male RCA plugs. These can plug directly into your receiver or amplifier. There is no need for additional patch cables.

Controls and Dimensions

Controls:

  • Start Button: Starts playback.
  • Stop Button: Stops playback.
  • Size Button: Set according to size of the record (17/30).
  • Speed Button: Set according to speed of the record to be played (45/33).
  • Lifter Lever: Manually lifts and lowers arm.
  • Anti-Skating Knob: Set to the same value as the cartridge's stylus pressure.
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustment Ring: The appropriate stylus pressure for the included cartridge is 2.0g. Set to "2".
  • Counterweight: Should be set to the appropriate stylus pressure for the cartridge used.
  • Equalizer Switch: Set to "ON" if receiver does not have a phono input, Set to "OFF" if receiver has a phono input.

Dimensions: 

  • Turntable with Dust cover closed: H = 4.797", W = 17.093", D = 15''
  • Turntable with Dust cover open: H = 15.203", W = 17.093", D = 16.297"
  • Power Cord: Length = 6'
  • Hardwired RCA Cable: Length = 42''

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Why did you buy this?

sounds like just what I wanted. [ frederic  Jul 30, 2016 ]
A good automatic turntable. USB output not important. [ David  Jul 08, 2016 ]
I have a Denon DP-23F which I have had for 25 years that has started to give me trouble.It has always given me great sound. This unit has been well reviewed and seems to maintain same quality. Also has the start button on the front. I have my turntable on a slide out shelf in my cabinet. I am able to place album on turntable, slide in shelf, then start play. [ Philip  May 26, 2016 ]
Has all the features I was looking for at a great price. Crutchfield support (Dolly) also helped in my selection. Dolly's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=131 [ Priscilla  Apr 19, 2016 ]
Good reviews, ability to upgrade cartridge, and built in phono preamp. Also, the Denon reputation of quality. [ Gordon  Apr 10, 2016 ]
Bought my daughter the entry level Denon table 7 years ago. Still working perfectly and is a workhorse in her stereo. [ D  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Gift for a younger audio enthusiast getting into vinyl for the first time. Agonized over which to get, a manual or auto turntable and figured the safer bet was a nice quality auto for their first turntable. [ Rob  Dec 23, 2015 ]
Had one before and liked it. [ Susan  Dec 19, 2015 ]
After chatting with Ann, a Crutchfield advisor,the DP-300F seemed to be a good fit for me , and for the money, a good choice. [ Michael  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Great reviews. Solid brand name and reputation. Additionally, this turntable has a built in phono pre-amp and can be hooked up directly to powered audio speakers such as the Audioengine powered speakers. This allows a turntable to be used with speakers only for a wonderful sound and creates a small footprint for an apartment or a dorm room. [ mark  Dec 11, 2015 ]

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I upgraded after a year to the Sumiko Pearl. I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in the sound quality. [ Paul  Aug 01, 2016 ]
The base is very minimal in size in relation to the entire machine, and is plastic, but so structured that it provides a firmness and stability exceeding what one would expect from metal construction. There is never the slightest tremor in play, and the sound surpasses anything I have heard in any audio source, and I have been listening to music for over 60 years. The turntable is astounding, and I could not recommend it too highly. [ Donald  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Basically advertising jargon for heavyweight and well made. Base is metal. Had this unit since 2014 and no issues at all with it. [ JOSH  Apr 01, 2016 ]
I'm pretty sure the base is plastic, but it's very solid and well built, The finish is a shiny black and I find it to be very pleasing in appearance. The unit is fairly heavy and does not slide around without an intentional effort. [ Bryant L.  Apr 01, 2016 ]
So, I just lifted it up to look at and judge weight...entire bottom is encased in (smooth) plastic but the overall heft suggests that the plastic encases a metal base....hope that helps [ John  Apr 01, 2016 ]
William, Underneath the turntable is a switch which allows you to choose either phono or aux. Just lift the turntable minding the belt drive. Good luck, Mike [ Michael  Aug 16, 2015 ]
The switch is located on the bottom of the unit. [ GUS J  Aug 15, 2015 ]
I use mine on the phono input with no issues. [ LOU  Aug 14, 2015 ]
phono input works fine. pre-amp switch is interior, under the turntable. [ Kari  Aug 14, 2015 ]
China [ GENE  Dec 31, 2014 ]
I have no idea where it's made but I will say that the turntable fits my needs perfectly and I am very pleased. [ DUANE R  Dec 26, 2014 ]
Look around, you will find it, or you will get to listen to some hum till it is grounded to the pre. [ JAMES P  Sep 01, 2014 ]
Really? How can you be sure? Thanks for the info! [ BJH1014  Aug 28, 2014 ]
Actually, it does - through the RCA connector. That said, I haven't noticed any issues. [ J  Aug 28, 2014 ]
Hi Vicente. We only carry the US spec power version of this turntable. I'm sure if you reach out to Denon they will be able to help you track down a dealer for the European spec. http://www.denon.com/pages/home.aspx [ Jeff  Feb 27, 2014 ]  Staff
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