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Marantz TT42

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

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  • Marantz TT42

    Front (pictured without included dust cover)

  • Marantz TT42

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by Dave Bar
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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.

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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

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What's in the box?

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

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Features
Specifications

Features

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.

Specifications

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)

Cartridge:

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 18 kHz
  • Output Voltage: 4mV
  • Cartridge Weight: 0.158 oz
 
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4 out of 5

Marantz TT42

Written By Anonymous, Normal, IL on Wednesday, September 03, 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.
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3 out of 5

MARANTZ TT42

Written By R.F. LEONARD, C.C., TX on Friday, November 08, 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.
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4 out of 5

Great turntable for the money

Written By JimG, Collingdale, PA on Tuesday, July 09, 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
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2 questions already asked

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 ]
5 answers
  • 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 ]
Is the software of the Marantz TT42 compatible with Window 8 and later versions? [ Denis  Jan 07, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • 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 Staff  Jan 08, 2014 ]

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