There is a lot that can be said about nostalgia as well in the clinical as in the general sense of the word. In this it is also linked to melancholy. It can refer to a general interest in the past, their personalities, and events, especially the "good old days" from one's earlier life. ... nostalgia is more prevalent during times of great upheaval. But can also be deceptive: ... nostalgia ... in some forms can become a defense mechanism by which people avoid the historical facts. Personally I prefer to make new good memories in the here and now instead of dwelling on old ones.
I appreciate the look of that black Denon. But I think that the company that just killed the production of the great little DL110+160 is merely hoping to cash in on the feeling of nostalgia than making a bold new step forward with new and exiting technology. I wouldn't be surprised if it was made in China. Dust off an old design and put some nice varnish on and you are good to go. In saying this I strongly feel that there is a strong underapreciation of Chinese engineering and craftsmanship, just like Japanese in the '60s-'70s.
Just to think you could get a really good turntable for that money. But without a new DL160 cartridge...
I am just listening to my newly modded phonoamp. I was a bit anxious because I took out 33% of the opamps an redid the scheme (RIAA) and replaced the caps in between. Since I have no formal schooling in electronics i wasn't really shure if what I did would be ok. I did introduce some hum but that is because I forgot that there is a seperationwall on the lid of the inner shielding. And the new bigger caps are in the way. So I can't close it. Hence some hum. But it sounds incredibly clear. Like, again, several veils are lifted. Without even breaking all the new Spragues and Russian caps. It's really like WOW!
VERY good post - bull's eye, in my view.
That SL 1200 look alike/knock off says it all regarding present Denon - instead of reaching on in their own archives/designs from the past and improving upon them, they went for copycat activities, simply because of hope for quick sell/buck - due to the similarity to the SL1200 that is THE turntable in eyes of the most of the mass buying public.
Killing the production of DL110/160 is like shooting yourself in BOTH of your legs - one side with AK47, another with M16...- it is true that Denon changed ownership several times since DL110/160 was introduced. Not so long ago, an obviously "milk teeth" representative for Denon, claimed a certain ( admittedly extremely rare Denon product ) was NEVER distributed in Germany; sure, I can well imagine that represantive was not born for decade(s) after said product was available for a brief year or so,
but claiming it was NEVER available only goes to show merchants are only interested in current production/sales - and nothing else.
Grim truth is that in almost all departments of technological activities at the time, Chinese are in the first echelons - if not actually the very spearhead of development.
They are FAR from being a mere copycats producing at lower price; true, there is LOTS that can be described this way, but there are genuine advances produced by their universities and swiftly applied in the production. Quite some of them have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of - on the contrary, it can be genuinely source of pride to their creators. Underestimating China as prime technological resource would prove very costly in the future to those foolish enough to underestimate it.