The Denon DP-59L and the Denon DP-60L are both turntables -- or record-players -- that the Japanese electronics corporation, Denon, released during the early 1980s. While the turntables are discontinued as of 2011, you can still purchase them on the second-hand market, including online auction sites. The Denon DP-59L and the Denon DP-60L have several similarities, including the utilisation of alternating current (AC) servo motors and being able to operate at speeds of either 33.33 revolutions per minute or 45rpm. Despite these similarities, the two turntables also have several differences.
Size and Weight
The Denon DP-59L is the larger of the two turntables. Its approximate dimensions are 19.3 inches wide by 8.6 inches high by 16.1 inches deep. In comparison, the Denon DP-60L turntable has approximate dimensions of 19.1 inches wide by 7.1 inches high by 16.1 inches deep. Not surprisingly, the Denon DP-59L is also heavier, with a weight of about 15kg. The Denon DP-60L weighs about 13.2kg.
A turntable platter is the circular platform that a vinyl record rests atop while it plays. While both the Denon DP-59L and the Denon DP-60L rely on die-cast aluminium turntable platters, the DP-59L's platter has a diameter of approximately 12.8 inches (325mm), while the DP-60L's platter has a diameter of approximately 11.8 inches (300mm). In addition, the DP-59L's platter has a moment of inertia of 430kg/cm2, whereas the 60L's platter has a moment of inertia of 200kg/cm2. Moment of inertia refers to the platter's ability to resist changes to its rotation.
The tonearm of a turntable refers to the rod that hangs over the platter and contains the needle for reading vinyl records and a cartridge for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. The Denon DP-59L and the Denon DP-60L both have static balance-type tonearms with lengths of about 9.6 inches (244mm), overhangs of about 0.6 inches (14mm), vibration damping technology and interchangeable tonearm tubes. However, while the Denon DP-59L's tonearm can accommodate cartridges with approximate weights of between 3.12gr. and 1389gr. (3g to 14g), the Denon DP-60L's tonearm can accommodate cartridges with approximate weights of between 397gr. and 992gr. (4g to 10g). In addition, while the DP-59L's tonearm has a tracking force range of 0 to 312gr. (0g to 3g), the DP-60L's tonearm has a tracking range of 0 to 255gr. (0g to 2.5g). Tracking force range is the scope of weight that a tonearm's cartridge can apply while still allowing a turntable to maintain adequate playback.
The Denon DP-59L turntable has a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 82 dB to 1, while the Denon DP-60L has a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 78 dB to 1. Signal-to-noise ratio is a measure of how much background noise disrupts the signal that a turntable generates. Higher signal-to-noise ratios correlate to less obtrusive background noise and better sound quality.
Wow and Flutter
Wow and flutter refers to how much the fluctuation of a turntable's speed impacts the "wobble" or frequency distortion of the sound that the turntable outputs. Lower wow and flutter measurements are indications of superior sound quality. While the Denon DP-59L has a wow and flutter of 0.006-per cent WRMS; the Denon DP-60L has a wow and flutter of less than 0.015-per cent WRMS.
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