Marantz TT42

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

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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.

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

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Great turntable at great price pount

Written By Mike, Camp Hill PA on Sunday, September 06, 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, Medina, Ohio on Saturday, August 08, 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, Michigan on Friday, 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, Arizona on Monday, 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, Florida on Sunday, March 01, 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, South Carolina on Tuesday, 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, Beckley, WV on Tuesday, 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, 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.


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.

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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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

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

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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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