Marantz TT42P

Fully automatic belt-drive turntable with cartridge and built-in phono preamp

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Marantz's TT42P 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

This turntable 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.

Comes with a handy built-in phono preamp

The TT42P features a built-in preamp for hassle-free connection to a system that lacks a dedicated phono input, such as those that include many of a number of modern home theater receivers. Simply plug the turntable into any normal line-level input (just as you would a CD player) and you're ready to play vinyl.

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  • aluminum platter
  • belt-drive system with DC servo motor ensures accurate speed and rumble-free sound reproduction
  • built-in preamp for playback with audio systems lacking phono input
  • 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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  • Turntable chassis
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • Platter
  • Felt pad
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 45 Adapter
  • User Guide
  • Important Note

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

Built-in Phono Preamp: Because many audio receivers do not feature a dedicated phono input, the TT-42P comes with a built-in phono input circuitry. This allows you to plug the TT-42P into any line level audio input (the same type of input you would use for a compact disc player) for easy, plug-and-play enjoyment of your vinyl collection.

Fully Automatic: The Marantz TT-42P 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-42P 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-42P 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-42P 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

Phono Preamp:

  • Input Sensitivity: 5mV, 1 kHz
  • Output Level: 240 mV/1 kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01%
  • RIAA Equalization (30 Hz-15 kHz): +/- 0.5 dB
  • Power Consumption: ca. 5mA
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5 out of 5

Marantz TT42P Turntable

Written By Michael B, Greensboro, NC on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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I went shopping for a turntable after my trusty old Dual 1228 automatic died after 39 years. Since I am an an "old school" audiophile, I was in for quite an awakening: the new turntables are not like the old ones. They are made primarily for downloading music to digital sources and look flimsy and cheap, and are so-so for listening to vinyl albums. After careful research, I came across the TT42P. While it cost considerably more than the cheaper units, I didn't want to pay over $500 (the higher-end tables cost $1000+). Since I'm used to the older features (strobe lights, anti-skate control, nice heavy platters, beautiful wood bases) this turntable only offers the basic features. But you know what? I don't need all of the features I was used to. The cueing control is well damped and smooth, and the start/stop switch works well (even though it could be closer to the front for easier operation). I currently have it connected to a Yamaha Home Theatre receiver (so I needed the preamp built into the table), and it sounds BEAUTIFUL. The supplied cartridge sounds good, and the turntable operation is very smooth. Even though the table comes with a ground wire, my receiver does not have one. I don't need it, as there are no hums or another sounds coming from the table. Overall, I think the Marantz TT42P turntable is a very well made unit, and at a reasonable price. I hope to enjoy it for another 30 years...
The shipment arrived in 3 business days, great Crutchfield service and price, The turntable is very beautiful & stylish - compliments my other components, After reading the instructions - Easy set up; remove 2 shipping clips, put the platter on, and put the hinges on for the dust cover. It takes 15 minutes tops... No setting of any counterweight, Anti-skate controls - plug it in and play...
Platter is VERY light (for us "old heads" who are used to massive, heavy platters), The power plug/adapter head is larger than usual and may not plug into the back of some receivers due to it's size.
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4 out of 5

Marantz TT42. Turn Table

Written By Craig H., Atlanta, GA on Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Great product, plays exceptionally well. Good price although not cheap, but not over priced.
Very smooth handling of the needle and arm, simple controls
The power cable plug on the back of the TT is very sensitive to touch. Space in my cabinet is limited so any movement of the TT when opening or closing the plastic top sometimes interrupts power.
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Marantz TT42P

Written By Paul Caramagna, Ipwich, MA on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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Everything about my experience with Crutchfield was smooth and a pleasure. The advice from customer support was "spot on". The product arrived exactly as promised. The Marantz turntable was packed drywall, easy to install and sounds great.
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just what i wanted

Written By anubian, snellville, ga on Monday, February 24, 2014
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great product for albums to play, clean design, low profile,quick hook-up!!!!!!
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1 question already asked

I have two questions on this: 1. If at some point in the future I decided to get an external phono preamp, can I still use this? The similarly priced Denon, as I understand, has both sets of outputs (phono AND line level). 2. I have read online that this TT does not have adjustable tracking force, which limits your cartridge replacement options. Looking at the pictures here, it looks as though it does have an adjustable counterweight, but I can't tell for sure. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Thanks! [ MiFan  Dec 28, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • Thanks for your question. It doesn't look like we have gotten any feedback from other customers on your questions. I would recommend contacting an Advisor by phone or online to discuss the tracking force. As for the phono pre-amp, it does not appear that this player has the ability to connect to an external phono preamp. It is only recommended for connecting directly into the standard RCA level input of a receiver or similar source unit. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 30, 2013 ]

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