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Marantz TT42

Fully automatic belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge (Turntable without phono preamp)

17 Reviews | 6 questions - 19 answers


Our take on the Marantz TT42

Marantz's TT42 turntable makes it easy to breathe new life into your record collection. It offers both 33-1/3 or 45 rpm playback speeds with the flick of a switch so you can enjoy your LPs and 45s for years to come. Marantz even includes a 45 rpm adapter for added convenience. This 'table's sturdy base and belt-drive design minimize the vibrations that can compromise sound quality. The included moving magnet cartridge delivers smooth, detailed sound, and comes pre-mounted for quick and easy setup.

Marantz's TT42 turntable makes it easy to breathe new life into your record collection. It offers both 33-1/3 or 45 rpm playback speeds with the flick of a switch so you can enjoy your LPs and 45s for years to come. Marantz even includes a 45 rpm adapter for added convenience. This 'table's sturdy base and belt-drive design minimize the vibrations that can compromise sound quality. The included moving magnet cartridge delivers smooth, detailed sound, and comes pre-mounted for quick and easy setup.

Automatic playback with manual control

The TT42 gives you convenient fully automatic operation, with auto-return and shut-off. A cueing lift lever also lets you manually raise the tonearm and place it precisely on any track you wish without the risk of scratching your records. The included detachable dust cover helps keep your 'table clean between uses.

Great turntable for the money!

Deek, Woodbridge, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable chassis
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • Platter
  • Felt pad
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 45 Adapter
  • User Guide

Product Highlights:

  • aluminum platter
  • belt-drive system with DC servo motor ensures accurate speed and rumble-free sound reproduction
  • low-coloration tonearm with universal cartridge mount
  • fully automatic operation
  • manual lifter mechanism
  • moving magnet cartridge included
  • removable dust cover
  • attached RCA audio cable
  • heavy base construction
  • speed selector: 33-1/3 rpm & 45 rpm
  • frequency range (with included cartridge): 20-18,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 65 dB
  • 16-9/16"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-1/4"D
  • weight: 11.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years (60 days on cartridge and stylus)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Marantz TT42 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

17 Reviews

Perfect turntable for me

Written by: Paulsmusicroom from Santa Cruz, CA on April 24, 2016

I'm very pleased with my recent purchase of this turntable. I wanted something I could afford, was reliable, and not junk! This was perfect for my humble little sound system and pairs nicely with my marantz receiver and Polk floor speakers I also purchased from Crutchfield. Fast delivery! And now I'm enjoying my jazz vinyl again!

Pros: Affordability, simplicity, reliability

Cons: None

Love it!

Written by: Deek from Woodbridge, VA on April 19, 2016

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Great turntable for the money!

Pros: Cost, Automatic feature, Stylus cover, sound quality, Felt pad

Cons: I don't have any cons based on my expectations for the cost.

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Written by: JG from Lake Forest, CA on April 12, 2016

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It plays great - sound, ease of operation, looks. My many, many lps are now going to get the play they need. However, instructions with the "scratch and dent" unit I bought were misleading. No stylus guard was included and I ended up pulling off the stlylus by mistake! (Hard to get back on.) We'll see how this continues as I've only played a couple of records (jazz and not yet any classical) in short time I've had it.

Pros: Ease of operation and great sound.

Cons: Misleading instruction with unit I got.

As advertised

Written by: Grumpy from council bluffs, IA on January 31, 2016

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performs as advertised and as expected for Marantz. Good value for the price.

Pros: solid performance

Cons: turntable mat could be heavier -tends to stick to the lp and lift off.

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Written by: J Shipton from McPherson , KS on January 31, 2016

Great product. Worth the coin paid. One of the best turntables I've ever owned.



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Written by: John J from decatur, GA on January 26, 2016

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Superb performance as expected and implied. All things considered this was an excellent purchase.

Pros: Sturdy/excellent German quality. Easy to set up per include instructions.

Cons: Platter mat occasionally sticks to the album when it's removed from the unit. If the unit is placed in a cabinet 11 inches of room is needed to keep the turntable cover in an open position.

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Written by: Anonymous from Indiana on December 31, 2015

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Great product, great value

Pros: Performs as advertised

Cons: None

Great turntable at great price pount

Written by: Mike from Camp Hill PA on September 6, 2015

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I received my new turntable in only two days. It was packed with care box in box.I was able to set it up in very little time about 10 minutes, just connect the ground wire, place platter on, phono lines in, plug in wall and enjoy! Sound is awesome, midrange and highs are stunning. Decent bass as well. No issues whatsoever.

Pros: Simple,reliable, and awesome sound quality.

Cons: None.

TT 42 for every type of record collector

Written by: David from Medina, Ohio on August 8, 2015

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Wow what a difference 25 years have been. I have owned a fairly large record collection for many years, but have not listed to it because my turntable had died. The Marantz TT 42 is everything I had expected it to be. The turntable runs smoothly and practically without any noise and there is no vibration and it looks great too. The stylist is of extremely high quality. Due to the high quality of the TT 42, I will need to replace my CD player since its playback quality is far superior to my run of the mill CD play. I would recommend this turntable to someone who is an avid record collector as well as one who is just starting experimenting with records



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Written by: LorieP from Michigan on March 27, 2015

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Had a Yamaha CR-820 and Yamaha turntable system. Just replaced the CR-820 with a R-S300 receiver and this Marantz turntable. I think I liked the Yamaha turntable more because I could adjust the rpm. There was a balance beam that reflected when the turntable was rotating at the correct speed. This is much simpler. That said, it's still a terrific value. I am pleased with my purchase but may attempt to connect my old turntable to this new receiver to see if it works. It's a 40+ year old turntable but not excessively used. Either turntable will please me.

Pros: Automatic play

Cons: No room for adjustment of speed

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Written by: Frank in Tempe from Arizona on March 23, 2015

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This turn table is awesome, easy to set up, and it came with a decent cartridge, the sound of my old vinyl records was fantastic. The staff at Crutchfield was able to help me with my decision. Highly recommend this to anyone who has old vinyl's that they want to keep and play.

Pros: Easy set up, high quality sound, and the turn table comes with a stylus cartridge.

Cons: None

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Written by: JoeI from Florida on March 1, 2015

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The Marantz-TT42 Turntable is everything that I hoped it would be. The setup and connection was flawless (Yamaha 7.1 rcvr w/o phono input). The sound is very clear even at very low volume levels. There is no noticeable hum or feedback. This is a good buy and my daughter loves the automatic features and the amazing sound coming from her old vinyls.

Pros: Automatic operation. Good cartridge/stylus included.

Cons: None.

great turntable

Written by: Russ from South Carolina on January 27, 2015

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This table was recommended to me buy a Crutchfield staff member and I couldn't be happier. Sound is fantastic. I have to disagree with the reviewer who said it was cheaply made. The only thing that might have been better is the felt mat. It sticks to the records when they are taken off. Great deal for a fully automatic table. Another great Marantz product.

Pros: Easy set up. Great sound

Cons: Platter mat

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Written by: Cecil from Beckley, WV on January 20, 2015

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Great sound with 45 year vinyl

Pros: Good price, great service


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Written by: Anonymous from Normal, IL on September 3, 2014

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This is my first turntable. Wanted something not super cheap, but didn't feel comfortable getting a more "audiophile" table costing >$500. Sound quality is excellent. Table looks very attractive. Doesn't feel quite as high quality as some older tables with metal swing arms, and doesn't seem to be adjustable as far as needle pressure, swing arm weights, etc. Still, it plays well and sounds very good. I really like having both full-auto and semi-auto play control options. My needle got quite dirty after only maybe a half dozen plays, dirty enough that it was affecting playback. I think this may be because it's a higher quality ("sharper") needle. Bought some LP #9 cleaner from Needle Doctor and now have no playback issues. My model does not have a built in pre-amp, but I knew that before purchasing and have no need for one. As a whole, I would recommend this turntable to a friend. It's middle-of-the-road in cost, with good sound quality, easy to hook up and run, and plays glorious records! Very happy with my purchase so far.




Written by: R.F. LEONARD from C.C., TX on November 8, 2013

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First of all, let me just say, I've owned Marantz stereo gear for over 30+ yrs. And absolutely love it! But, this turntable has me a little doubtful... I bought it to replace a very good 'Stanton' turntable that i had because i wanted a new one to match my existing Marantz 'stuff'. Also, i wanted a semi-auto turntable as my Stanton was completely manual. So, while I've only had this tt-42 for about a month, this is my first impression; it looks and sounds really nice, but, upon closer inspection it seems to be very cheaply made! The tone arm, its cradle/post, cueing lever(s), base, etc., all seem to be made of very cheap material(s). My Stanton was a bit more expensive but, it was a substantially more well built, heavier unit that could take some abuse and last a long time. I've had numerous Marantz 'pieces' over the years and they've "stood the test of time". I don't know about this tt42... With Marantz's reputation and history, i think they should have come up with 'something' alot better!

Pros: Looks and sounds nice...

Cons: Appears to be very cheeply made.

Great turntable for the money

Written by: JimG from Collingdale, PA on July 9, 2013

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Analog heaven! Fits in nicely with my receiver that has a phono input. Nothing like the warm sound of vinyl.

Pros: Price, easy set-up, easy to use

Cons: platter cushion could be better quality; have to spend more money to buy LPs I gave away years ago for CDs


Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the Marantz TT42 manual

  • Turntable chassis
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • Platter
  • Felt pad
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 45 Adapter
  • User Guide

Features and Specs

Operation Fully Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 65
Wow and Flutter 0.07

Product Research



Overview: The Marantz TT-42 is a fully automatic, high quality turntable with DC servo belt-drive, low-coloration tone arm, & transparent dust cover. The TT-42 is the ideal answer to your need for a high performance source component for analog records.

Fully Automatic: The Marantz TT-42 turntable features full automatic operation for easy & comfortable operation that protects the stylus from damage. The turntable offers automatic start, plus automatic tone-arm return & stop.

Low Noise DC Servo Motor: The Marantz TT-42 full automatic turntable employs a DC Servo motor belt-drive system (with rubber belt & metal bearings) to ensure accurate speed & rumble-free sound reproduction.

33-1/3 & 45 RPM: The TT-42 offers two speed selection playback in both 33 1/3 & 45 rpm (adapter included).

MM Cartridge: The Marantz turntable's MM cartridge is compatible with a vast majority of the amplifiers & receivers.

Attached Stereo RCA/Ground Cables: The Marantz TT-42 is fitted with an attached 44" stereo RCA cable & 35" ground wire.


Turntable Section:

  • Platter: 11.968"
  • RPM: 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 65 dB
  • Wow & Flutter: +/- 0, 10; 0.07%
  • Overall Weight: 11.9 lb

Tone Arm Section:

  • Effective Length: 8.307"
  • Overhang: 0.767"
  • Offset Angle: 26°
  • Tangential Tracking Error: 0.15°/cm Radius
  • Tracking Force: 25mN (22.5-27.5 mN)


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 18 kHz
  • Output Voltage: 4mV
  • Cartridge Weight: 0.158 oz

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I chose this turntable for because of their reputation for quality and reliability. [ Fred  Apr 07, 2016 ]
looks handsome and ( from reviews) like it is the best quality in that mid price range -- I wanted automatic but with the ability to raise and lower the lever more manual than a push button. also important to me that you back up your items with customer satisfaction as a priority! [ Audrey  Mar 26, 2016 ]
Can't beat the Marantz sound. [ Lawrence  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Good performing Turntable from reviews. Great help from Dylan Dylan's Bio: [ Rick  Jan 26, 2016 ]
Marantz has an excellent reputatation. Friends have had and recommended Marantz products. This was exactly what I was looking for at a reasonable price. [ William  Jan 21, 2016 ]
recommended by Aaron Aaron's Bio: [ TOMMY L  Jan 17, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

plastic [ Steven  Apr 25, 2016 ]
What switches are you talking about ? [ MANFRED  Apr 25, 2016 ]
They feel like metal to me. [ Alexander  Apr 25, 2016 ]
The dimensions listed on our website are with the dust cover (16-9/16"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-1/4"D); without the dust cover the turntable is 16-9/16" W x 4-5/8" H x 14-1/4" D My Bio: [ Larry  Feb 02, 2016 ]  Staff
I was always told never to up grade to a different cartridge for two reasons it voids the warranty on the turn table, and you should only use the cartridge made by the manufacturer for your turn table as other off brand cartridges may not be manufactured to fit your turn table arm to a tee so to speak. The prongs may be a bit thicker etc,., and then you have the problem that you are now having balancing the weight of the arm and getting the tracking to line up correctly. Unless you are playing damaged records and heavly scratched records you should only be replacing the cartridge every (2) years or so. How long have you had this turn table ? [ Frank S.  Dec 29, 2015 ]
I have no idea how you set the tracking force and anti-skating. However, the user guide implies that you only need to replace the cartridge providing the replacement is one of "the stylus types recommended in the technical data of the (old) cartridge". I'm also not very knowledgeable as to where one locates such technical data. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. [ CHRESTON  Dec 28, 2015 ]
yes in deed it will [ RAYMOND C  Apr 09, 2015 ]
Hi Jo, I do not know enough about the Marantz tuners to say yes or no. Our Marantz turntable is powered by an 8-10 year old Yamaha receiver w/ 7x140w & a phono input. The turntable works great! [ JULIA  Apr 06, 2015 ]
Jo, most if not all iterations of your 2500 and 3300 have phono preamps. As long as yours have phono settings and inputs, the TT42 should work with it. I should say, though, that I'm very underwhelmed by the build quality of the TT42 I purchased for a friend, and think your money would be better spent on a Pro-Ject model, or possibly an Audio Technica AT-LP120, which has received good reviews and is quite a bargain at its price. Hope this helps. -- Jim [ Joel B.  Apr 06, 2015 ]
The Marantz 3300 Preamp has 2 Phono inputs. Also the Marantz 2500 receiver has 2 Phono inputs. As long as the input is labeled "PHONO" you will be fine with a turntable that does not have a built in preamp, such as the TT42. *Note : Check out your gear to see if it is in working order, capacitors dry out over time, your receiver and preamp could be due for an audiophile/professional tune-up. [ David  Apr 06, 2015 ]
I do not know because I have a Kenwood am/fm stereo tuner, which works well with the turntable and a Marantz CD player [ BERT  Apr 06, 2015 ]
I really can't say. I've never come across this problem before. So Sorry... [ E. L.  Jul 02, 2014 ]
Hi Kyle. The reason could be the receiver you are powering the TT42 with is not equipped with a phono input. Such was the case with the Sony amp I own. So therefore I purchased a Pro-ject Phono Box pre-amp which is compatible with both moving magnet and moving coil phono cartideges. Then I was able to enjoy that wonderful warm sound of vinyl!!! I don't believe the issue to be with the ground wire. Good Luck. Let me know how you come out. Jeffj [ JEFFREY M  Jul 02, 2014 ]
You will need a phono (magnetic) pre-amp between the TT and the KRK speakers. The RCA jacks on the KRK system are driven at 'line level' which is far higher than the phono cartridge will deliver. You will also need to attach the "earth cable" to a chassis ground - it makes no difference whether you are using a receiver or not - or you will get massive hum from the speakers. [ MARK  Jul 01, 2014 ]
This turntable requires a receiver with a "Magnetic Cartridge Phono" input. It may look the same as a Line Level input, like AUX or CD, but it is not the same. If you want to use this turntable with your powered speakers you will need to buy a "phono preamp", separately. That is why, in the description of this turntable, it clearly states "without phono preamp". Back in the day, all receivers had a Phono Level Input labeled "PHONO". And only a turntable such as this one could be connected to that SPECIAL jack. [ David  Jul 01, 2014 ]
You will need a Phonio Pre Amp or a receiver set up for a turntable. [ RICHARD S  Jul 01, 2014 ]
This turntable doesn't have a pre-amp. You need a phono preamp to get sound out of it. [ Kile Anderson  Jul 01, 2014 ]
I'm trying to plug this turntable into two KRK powered studio speakers (with RCA jacks) but I am not getting any sound. I didn't plug the "earth cable" in because I am not using a receiver with a ground. What am I missing? [ Kyle  Jun 30, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. It does not look like the TT42 includes any software. It is designed for connection directly to a stereo or home receiver. [ Jeff  Jan 08, 2014 ]  Staff