So because of your experience with one unit you don't recommend recapping?
Learn to read.
I did not recommend anything, I just stated my experience.
I said I own several vintage amps/receivers (including some Pioneer, Hafler, Technics, Rotel) that are un-recapped and perform well.
I have compared the high out Denon DL 110 directly with a Denon DL 103 and find no difference in the tonal qualities.
I have build myself a two input phono preamp with input transformers for MC and can directly compare the sound. It was a bit tricky to synchronise the TT speed. One cartidge was mounted on a SME 3 arm, the other on an airbearing arm MG 1, both on Thorens TD 125 tables.
I don't know for the life of me what the idiotic audiophile term "laid back" has to do in assessing sound quality.
I find both Denons extremely accurate, and with less distortion on single signals as the MM's i have used: Shure V15 V, the Goldring 1042, Shure Ultra 500, Shure M97, etc.
I also checked the FR of a 20 - 20kHz signal on the 1/3 octave RTA of the behringer DEQ 24/96 and found that the response is almost flat from 20 - 20kHz on pink noise with only minor drop a the 20kHz end..
After going through over ten different cartridges over the last fifteen years (I got back into vinyl in 1998 when I had my Transcriptor shipped to Canada form the storage in Germany), trying anything from Ortofon to the systems mentioned and finally whittled it down to the Denon DL 160 on the Transcriptors with an SME 2 arm, and the Denon DL 110 and 103 on the two Thorens tables.
I also run a Technics SL10 linear tracker with its original Cartridge EPS-310MC using the internal preamp that boost the signal for MM inputs.Edited by kraut - 11/17/13 at 10:00am