Just took a listen to my DL103, just to confirm it isn’t boring. It sounds anything but boring through, my 62/ mono 110’s. I’m on my second DL103, when it needs replacing I will buy another, with a Zu or Uwe body or a DL103R.
Perhaps your amps are boring.
I don’t know what amps your using, but I’m sure the 103 will be a perfect match with the 32.5/135’s Lewis is using. Synergy is the key.
Are you using ARO tone arm with your stock DL103?
Karma and Prefix as Deb suggested or K type phono would be a better *synergy* as you call it as they were developed to work together.
The amp I used for 103 experiment IIRC, was either 52/300 or it might have been 52/Nait3R. I tried various phonos to make it work to my liking.
As I said in my earlier post, cartridge choice is subjective. In fact I was with my friend listening to this and he liked it whilst I thought it was *nice* in a flowery floaty way.
In the same system, we switched to Linn Akiva, to my ears the energy and timing came back, the music was more alive to my ears, and he did not like it at all claiming too in your face and forceful.
I think anyone who's looking to get a new cartridge really ought to listen in their own system and use the arm cuz, it makes a significant difference.
But for MY 250$, Audio Technica's AT-F7 suits me better.