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    Default Best years for Denon Cassette Decks 83-87? DR-M11

    I just got a Denon deck off of Craigs List the guy had quite a few Denons, and a couple of Pioneers. Of the Denons he had the DM-500 and the DR-M11 were in the best of shape I choose the DR-M11 it was built in 1984, and the DM-500 was built in 1991. I read that Denons best years were 1983-1987, they used nakamichi parts and were considered good decks in thier days, does anyone know if those were the best years for Denons? I paid $35 for the DR-M11, it is immaculate capstans look new heads are clean as can be I just demagnatized them and playing a TDK Metal Bias Alan Parsons Vulture Culture this Deck sounds pretty good Were these the Glory years for Denon?

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    At that level of a tape deck I think you made a good decision. The DRM-500 isn't bad but I like the DR-M11 better. The DRM-700A, DRM-710 and DRM-800A from the early 90's are very nice decks. I am very impressed with my 800A.

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    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade)
    Parasound: C/PT-600, HCA-800II; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i

    Denon AVR-888, Polk: RM7, PSW10, Marantz UD5005, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, DRA-825R, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S8, Monitor 5A, TSi100; Pioneer CT-6R, PL-530; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz PM5004, CD5004

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    I have heard the DRM-800 and it does sound good. Nice build quality and an excellent cassette deck. I would say that Denon still made excellent decks into the very early 90's. Probably '91 to '92 would be the cutoff, IMO.

    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    Thanks for the response. I own a lot of tapes mostly TDK Ma 90s and Sa 90s. I have always put new lps on to a good tape to save wear and tear on lps, plus I have a lot of stuff that is hard to find on cassette, I own a Marantz, and a Technics Deck also and this Denon surprised me, I'am glad I picked the DR-M11

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