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Wednesday
Jan172018

The DENON DP 47F Turntable - an Automatic Classic

A surprising number of people enquired whether I would be making a video about my new turntable. They'd spotted it in a couple of recent videos and were interested to know why I'd replaced my Sansui. The simple answer is nothing more exciting than I wanted a record player with a hinged lid, but also I'll take any excuse to buy something as smart as this. 
   
Initially I thought there wouldn't be enough to say about it, beyond the fact it's a record player and it plays records. However as you'll see, this ended up occupying twenty minutes of video. 
  
So in the video I explain why I chose this particular 'vintage' turntable, I pass on a few tips for anyone thinking of buying a second hand player and explain my laissez-faire attitude when it comes to chasing audio quality.
 
  

 

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Reader Comments (19)

Hello, I've been watching your videos for a long time, and you've really gotten me into vinyl. I see a lot of people saying how inferior picture vinyl discs sound compared to plain black vinyl records. But the videos and articles state no facts or details, just an opinion that picture vinyl sounds bad. I really would love it if you'd make a video on this subject, because you always break things down with facts, details, examples, etc... Your Back To The Future picture vinyl, versus a black vinyl version; I'd love to see equalizer comparisons, and REAL information on this. How different is the quality in sound?

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterfilms128

From what I read it has more surface noise, but yes perhaps it's something I should look into...I'll see what I can do.

January 25, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This is/was my holy grail turntable for quite a while. I was lucky enough to score a restored/recapped example off of eBay recently and I couldn't be happier with it. The sound easily surpasses any of the other tables I've used in recent years.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPseudoShooter

Got my DP-47F back around 1988, and it has been a great turntable! Still works great!

February 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTim Backstrom

Hi Mat,

Being an active follower of your Youtube channel (using the Youtube app on my Samsung 4K TV), I thrilled to watch your episode on my own and beloved Denon DP47-f.
About five years ago I decided to buy a second hand record player and I settled with the DP47-f. As you state: in the end is good good enough. I upgraded the cartridge to Ortofon MC-X5 (now out of production) and got a Audiofidelity preamp. All in all I am very happy with this setup.

Thanks for all you nice Youtube content, I hope you will continue for some time.

April 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNico Bos

Thanks old chap. Glad we both came to the same conclusion on the turntable, it’s the sensible choice.

April 30, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Really enjoyed the video, have been looking for to upgrade my turntable for ages and my list of requirements pretty much exactly matches yours so this helped me narrow down my choices. But every turntable that meets my needs I found will need to be imported from Japan. What kind of step down converter are you using in your setup? Do you have any suggestions on what to look for in a step down converter?

May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Turntables don't use much power, so any 100V step-down converter will do the job. They do get warm and they aren't supposed to be on all the time, so make sure you switch off the power at the wall when you aren't using it. Don't be tempted to use a US 110V version. When I've just looked there aren't many for sale - however this is the kind of thing I'd use
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/70W-AC-Voltage-Converter-70-Watt-220V-230V-240V-Step-Down-Japan-100V-110V-120V/183034404038

May 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for the help. I had been tempted to use a US 110v so am very glad I asked. I had been looking at the Denon DP37-F but it's sad that the record revival has not led to too many new fully automatic direct drive and high quality turntables.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen
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