Music Hall MMF-5.1SE (Special Edition)

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

Item #: 823MMF51SE

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Experience more magic in your music

We can't say enough good things about Music Hall's excellent MMF-5.1 turntable. Its superb performance lets you really savor the warm, natural sound of your records. And for many vinyl enthusiasts, it's likely to be all the 'table necessary to find musical happiness. But sometimes you just can't help lusting after even more resolution and detail from your LPs. So for you vinyl fanatics, Music Hall has created the MMF-5.1SE Special Edition. This high-performance turntable starts with all of the key construction and design elements that make the MMF-5.1 so great, then adds a few significant upgrades to make it even better.

What makes the Special Edition so special?

The first thing Music Hall did was give the MMF-5.1 a facelift by adding a rosenut real-wood veneer top plinth. This gorgeous upgrade gives the Special Edition a striking look that you'll be proud to show off on top of your equipment rack. Then, Music Hall pre-mounted its highly capable Mojo cartridge. Custom-built by Ortofon, one of the world's most respected cartridge manufacturers, this advanced moving magnet cartridge features a nude-mounted elliptical stylus that reaches deep into the grooves of your albums to pull out fine musical detail that lesser cartridges can miss. Finally, Sorbothane® isolation orbs have been added to the turntable's vibration damping system to help further reduce noise. Bottom line — your music will sound deeper, richer, and more dynamic than ever.

Music Hall's performance-focused design

What other goodies does the MMF-5.1SE offer that make your records sound their best? For starters, the turntable's unique two-piece MDF chassis, or plinth, does more than just look beautiful — it also isolates vibrations that can smear sonic detail. The bottom platform supports the height-adjustable feet, motor, power switch, wiring and electrical parts, while the top platform houses the turntable's critical sound reproducing components — the platter bearing, tonearm, and cartridge. The Special Edition's Sorbothane isolation orbs separate the two platforms, virtually eliminating transmitted vibration for silent backgrounds and superior sound. The 'table's dynamically balanced alloy platter spins on a precision stainless steel bearing sheathed in a layer of Teflon® for smooth, steady rotation. The supplied screw-on record clamp ensures tight coupling of your records to the platter — which really improves playback of warped discs.

The MMF-5.1SE 's alloy tonearm boasts rigid, one-piece construction and a decoupled, resonance-damping counterweight for exceptionally low-noise operation. The lengthy 9-1/2" arm allows for a very shallow tracking arc across the record, helping to reduce distortion.

Enjoy superb sound, without the hassle

One of the great things about vinyl records is that they force you to slow down and savor the act of listening. But Music Hall's MMF-5.1SE won't slow you down much, because of its hassle-free plug-and-play design. Music Hall knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why this 'table comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its factory-mounted tonearm and phono cartridge take the guesswork out of getting started, so you can enjoy optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few minutes to dial in key settings like tracking force, anti-skating, and platter speed are all that's needed to unlock the best sound you've ever heard from your record collection.

Product Highlights:

  • dual-plinth construction separated by Sorbothane® isolation orbs reduces vibration for quieter performance
  • rosenut real wood veneer top plinth
  • dynamically balanced alloy platter with soft felt mat and screw-on record clamp
  • one-piece aluminum alloy tonearm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper
  • includes pre-mounted Music Hall Mojo moving magnet cartridge with nude elliptical diamond stylus
  • tonearm offers easy adjustment of vertical tracking angle and azimuth for optimized playback performance and cartridge flexibility
  • Teflon® sheathed stainless steel main bearing for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • vibration-damping adjustable feet and built-in spirit level
  • separately isolated asynchronous motor for reduced vibration transmission and better sound
  • low-noise fully manual belt-drive design
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variance: ±0.9%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.15%
  • rumble (max): greater than -70dB
  • high quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • includes dust cover, felt platter mat, and 45 rpm record adapter
  • 18-5/16"W x 6-5/16"H x 13-3/4"D (with dust cover closed)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
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What's in the box?

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  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (installed)
  • Cartridge (installed)
  • Hub (installed)
  • 3 Damping feet (two installed)
  • Alloy platter
  • Felt pad
  • Dust cover
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 4' Stereo RCA cable (w/ ground wire)
  • Belt
  • Belt-changing tool
  • Anti-skating weight
  • Counter-weight
  • 45rpm adapter
  • Record clamp
  • 2 Hex keys
  • Pair of cloth gloves
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor
  • Instruction Manual

Features and Specs

Operation Manual
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 Not given
Wow and Flutter 0.15

Product Research


Turntable: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE is a two speed belt driven audiophile turntable that delivers superior audio performance. The construction of the MMF-5.1SE has been simplified to focus on the critical music making components; the main bearing, motor, and arm. It is constructed using high quality components and comes complete with the cartridge mounted.

  • Dust Cover Closed: 18.3125" (w) x 6.3125" (h) x 13.75" (d)
  • Dust Cover Open: 18.3125" (w) x 16.125" (h) x 16.875" (d)
  • Weight: 24 lbs (7.8 kg)

Dual Plinth  Construction w/ Damping Feet: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE turntable employs a unique dual plinth construction with three adjustable vibration dampening feet. The top platform is a real wood walnut veneer over medium density fiberboard. The two platforms of the plinth are separated by four Sorbothane hemispheres, which act as a suspension and isolation system.

Note: The turntable should be positioned on a low-resonance surface such as wood or multiple layer ply-board to avoid structural vibrations disturbing replay.

Alloy Platter with Felt Mat: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE turntable features a dynamically balanced alloy platter and comes with a felt mat. The platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon providing fluid and noise-free operation. The bearing assembly comes pre-charged with lubricant. A screw-on record clamp is also included.

  • Platter Diameter: 11.81" (30cm)
  • Platter Weight: 6 lbs (2.7kg)

Stainless Steel/Teflon Bearing Assembly: The alloy platter runs on a precision, stainless steel bearing assembly sheathed in Teflon to provide fluid and quiet operation.

Belt-Driven: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE turntable employs a low noise fully manual belt drive design that supports two speeds (33/45 rpm). A 45 rpm adapter is included.

  • Speeds: 33/45 rpm
  • Speed Deviation: +/- 0.9%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.15%
  • Rumble Max: -70 dB
  • Power Absorption: 2VA

1-Piece Alloy Tone-Arm: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE turntable features a one piece alloy tone-arm for superb tracking ability. The effective length of the tonearm is nine and a half inches. This allows for a very shallow tracking arc on the record thus reducing distortion.

  • Length: 9.5" (24.13cm)
  • Overhang: 0.71" (17mm)
  • Tracking Force: 10-30 mN

MM Phono Cartridge:  The tonearm comes mounted with an exceptional Goldring moving magnet cartridge. The diamond stylus is a Gyger-1 fine line-contact type, which provides increased resolution and ensures the maximum accuracy of musical reproduction. These features combine to ensure that the MMF-5.1SE delivers superior audio performance that will provide years of enjoyment

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+/-3db)
  • Channel Balance: 2dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 6.5mV (+/-1.5dB), 1kHz @ 5cm/sec
  • Static Compliance: 24mm/N (lateral), 16mm/N (vertical)
  • Equivalent Tip Mass: 0.45 mg
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 24 degrees
  • Stylus Radius: Gyger-1
  • Stylus Type: Replaceable
  • Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
  • Load Capacitance: 150-200 pF
  • Internal Inductance: 570 mH
  • Internal Resistance: 660 Ohm
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.3g
  • Fixing Center: 0.5" (12.7mm)
  • Playing Weight: 1.5-2.5g (1.75g nom.)
Note: If your amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MM input, a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) is required to connect the turntable to your amplifier.

Gold-Plated RCA Outputs: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE turntable is fitted with high quality gold-plated RCA connectors and comes with a detachable 4' stereo RCA cable.  

Dust Cover: The Music Hall MMF-5.1SE comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

Isolated Asynchronous Motor: The asynchronous motor is isolated from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.

AC Power Adapter: The turntable operates off of standard household current using the supplied external AC power adapter.

  • Input: 120V~60Hz, 13.0W
  • Output: 15V, 550mA

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