I think most would agree that the Denon DP-62L is a beautiful turntable. But, does it’s performance match its looks? Well, it hit the market in the early 1980’s and had to compete with the big hitters in the turntable market such as Pioneer, Kenwood and Sansui. The DP-62L retailed for about $600 in 1982 and has a direct drive servo controlled motor that starts up in less than 1.5 seconds. It’s pretty hefty, weighing in at just over 25 pounds.
It offers speeds of 33 and 45 rpm and came with either a straight or S shaped tonearm both of which are interchangeable. The S shaped tonearm will accept a heavier cartridge. The Dynamic Servo Tracer tonearms, as Denon called them, are fully adjustable. The Q-Damping will allow the stylus to track even warped records smoothly by compensating for cartridge bounce. Turn off Q-Damping and the tonearm becomes a static balanced unit.
The Denon DP models really are great looking turntables. Interestingly they hit the market at just about the same time that CD’s were introduced. The transition to CD players occurred quickly so many of these Denon models saw very little overall use before being put into storage. One caveat is that the electronics inside the DP-62L are complicated and the microprocessor is a proprietary Denon component. If an old capacitor blows and damages a microprocessor you’re kind of out of luck in terms of fixing it. If you’re interested in maintaining one of these decks then you should check out this thread at VinylEngine.
Wow/Flutter is 0.008% WRMS while rumble is 82 dB. So, yes, this turntable’s performance does match up with its looks given the caveats mentioned above.
If you’re looking for a semi-automatic table that has conversation starting looks and solid performance then the Denon DP-62L might be for you. You’ll need to be a little risk averse knowing that some parts are nearly impossible to replace though. That being said, a beautiful DP-62L just recently sold for nearly $900 and, in good working order and condition, they regularly sell for $600 to $700. If you’re patient you might find one for a little less.
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