I got a Soundsmith level 2 stylus on a DL-110

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Zvezda, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Zvezda

    Zvezda AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Des Moines, IA
    It was time to replace or retip my DL-110, so I decided to send my backup cartridge into Soundsmith to try the level 2 retip. This is the line contact stylus with a sapphire cantilever. It wasn't much more expensive than a new DL-110, and I was happy enough with that cartridge that I wasn't looking for anything else. I'm happy to report that it was absolutely worth it and it's elevated the performance of the DL-110 well beyond what I was expecting. It retains its even tonal balance but has vastly improved stereo separation and high frequency performance, especially in inner grooves. The slight congestion I used to hear on the inner grooves is completely gone.

    Long story short, if you're considering this retip on a DL-110, I'd highly recommend going this route.
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  2. tnsilver

    tnsilver Super Member

    Thanks for that input. I really love that cart. It's over shadowed by higher end carts like DV's at 4 time it's current price, but it is a real fine sounding and balanced cart. Can you believe I got a load of them from comet supply while they were $87 a pop? I miss those days and cherish what I salvaged from back then. It's nice to have a retip option that's proved successful. I may use that tip! :thumbsup:
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  3. ConfuciusSay

    ConfuciusSay AK Subscriber Subscriber

    North Myrtle Beach SC
    Cool thanks for sharing! been considering a retip on my 103
  4. bobins08

    bobins08 Loving the dream Subscriber

    St. Louis, MO
    @Zvezda Good to hear this info. Thanks for posting.
  5. AudioJag

    AudioJag AK Subscriber Subscriber

    SF Bay Area
    I did exactly the same thing with my Denon DL-160 and posted it in the forum. The sound quality is outstanding! And I hate to say it but it easily compares to my Sound-Smith Boheme which lists for around $1200..... The retip is absolutely worth the money and time.
  6. gnuyork

    gnuyork Active Member

    Good to know. Thanks for the report. I have and love the DL110. Was wondering how I would replace it when it's time (not for a long time). This is a good option. The fact that it makes it even better is icing on the cake.


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