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Music Hall MMF-5.3se (Special Edition)

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

Item #: 823MMF53SE


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Revitalize your vinyl

Music Hall's superbly crafted MMF-5.3se features a beautiful rosenut real-wood veneer that gives your system a striking look. But the real magic lies in what it does for your ears. This special edition turntable draws out the music locked in the grooves of your records and reproduces it with amazing clarity, accuracy, and detail.

Music Hall MMF-5.3SE

Dual-plinth construction minimizes noise

The innovative two-piece MDF chassis, or plinth, isn't just for looks — it isolates vibrations that can muddy sonic detail. The bottom platform supports the height-adjustable feet, motor, power switch, wiring, and electrical parts.

The top platform features a handsome, rosenut real-wood veneer and houses the turntable's platter bearing, tonearm, and cartridge. Sorbothane® isolation orbs isolate the two layers, virtually eliminating transmitted vibration. This ensures silent backgrounds, letting the subtle details in your music come through.

A steady-spinning alloy platter

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. This can improve playback of warped discs, perhaps letting you enjoy vinyl you'd thought unplayable.

High-performance tonearm and cartridge

The MMF-5.3se's alloy tonearm has rigid, one-piece construction and a decoupled, resonance-damping counterweight for exceptionally low-noise operation. Its 9" effective length allows for a shallower tracking arc across the record than shorter tonearms, helping to reduce distortion. The turntable comes equipped with Ortofon's advanced 2M Bronze phono cartridge. Its highly polished, nude-mounted stylus reaches deep into the center of your record's grooves, revealing subtle musical details.

Simple setup

Music Hall's plug-and-play design ensures you'll be enjoying your music with your MMF-5.3se soon after unboxing it. The turntable's factory-mounted tonearm and phono cartridge take the guesswork out of setup. A spirit level built into the platform makes it easy to get the turntable level. A few minutes to dial in key settings like tracking force, anti-skating, and platter speed, and you're ready to start rediscovering 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 9" alloy tonearm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Bronze moving magnet cartridge with user-replaceable nude fine tone 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 DC synchronous 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: ±0.8%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.10%
  • rumble (max): greater than -71dB
  • high quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • includes dust cover, felt platter mat, screw-on record clamp, and 45 rpm record adapter
  • 18-1/4"W x 5-1/2"H x 13-1/4"D (with dust cover down)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier

Music Hall MMF-5.3se (Special Edition) Reviews

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What's in the box?

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  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (installed)
  • Cartridge w/ stylus (installed)
  • 3 Damping feet (2 installed)
  • Platter
  • Felt pad
  • Belt
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 3 AC power plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
  • 45rpm adapter
  • Record clamp
  • Antiskating weight
  • Counter-weight
  • Belt-changing tool
  • 2 Hex-keys
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor
  • Pair of cloth gloves

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 0.1

Product Research



Belt-Driven + Isolated Motor: The Music Hall MMF-5.3SE turntable employs a low noise fully manual belt drive design that supports two speeds (33/45 rpm). A 45 rpm adapter is included.  The asynchronous motor is isolated on the lower plinth to reduce vibration transmission for superior speed stability.

Alloy Platter with Stainless Steel/Teflon Bearing Assembly: The Music Hall MMF-5.3SE turntable features a dynamically balanced alloy platter and comes with a felt mat. The alloy platter runs on a precision, stainless steel bearing assembly sheathed in Teflon to provide fluid and quiet operation.

Alloy Tone-Arm: The Music Hall MMF-5.3SE turntable features a top-tier alloy tone-arm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper for superb tracking ability.

MM Phono Cartridge: The Ortofon 2M-Bronze moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge is pre-mounted and properly aligned. The turntable's nude elliptical diamond stylus is user replaceable.

Dual Plinth  Construction & Damping Feet: The Music Hall MMF-5.3SE turntable employs a unique dual plinth construction and three special, resonance damping feet for exceptional stability. The feet are adjustable for perfect leveling. There is even an integrated level on the top plinth to indicate if the turntable is level or not.

Optional Phono Preamp: 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-5.3SE 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-5.3SE comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

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

Colors: The Music Hall MMF-5.3SE turntable features a gorgeous and classic-looking rosenut real wood veneer finish


Turntable Specs:

  • Power Absorption: 2VA
  • Speeds: 33/45 rpm
  • Speed Deviation: +/- 0.80%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.10%
  • Rumble Max: -71 dB
  • Effective Tone-Arm:
    • Length: 9" (22.86cm)
    • Overhang: 18mm
  • AC Power:
    • Input: 120V~60Hz, 13.0W
    • Output: 15V, 550mA

Cartridge Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+2/-1db)
  • Channel Balance: 1.0dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 26dB @ 1kHz
  • Static Compliance: 22 um/mN
  • Stylus Radius: r/R 8/40 um
  • Stylus Type: Nude Elliptical
  • Tracking Force: 1.4-1.7g (14-17 mN)
  • Tracking Angle: 20 degrees
  • Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
  • Load Capacitance: 150-300 pF
  • Internal Inductance: 630 mH
  • DC Resistance: 1.2 kOhm
  • Cartridge Weight: 7.2g

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