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Marantz Reference Series TT-15S1

Manual belt-drive turntable with cartridge

10 Reviews | 1 question - 2 answers

Item # 642TT15S1

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Our take on the Marantz Reference Series TT-15S1

Marantz visited Crutchfield recently and demonstrated just how fantastic vinyl can sound with their Reference Series TT-15S1 turntable. They simultaneously played an LP and CD of the same music, switching the sound back and forth between the TT-15S1 and the Marantz SA-11S1 disc player. The demonstration showed why audiophiles continue to crave high-quality turntables. This one blew us away, even when compared to a reference disc player costing over $3,000.

Marantz visited Crutchfield recently and demonstrated just how fantastic vinyl can sound with their Reference Series TT-15S1 turntable. They simultaneously played an LP and CD of the same music, switching the sound back and forth between the TT-15S1 and the Marantz SA-11S1 disc player. The demonstration showed why audiophiles continue to crave high-quality turntables. This one blew us away, even when compared to a reference disc player costing over $3,000.

The TT-15S1 features a high-density acrylic chassis and platter to provide a low-resonance foundation. A floating mount isolates the motor's vibration from the chassis, and the drive's endless silicon belt ensures the platter rotates at a smooth, constant speed. An included "clever clamp" fits over the spindle and keeps your LP snug against the platter, making it as flat as possible.

The turntable's moving magnet cartridge is mounted in a non-conductive ebony base to minimize any static interference. A magnetic anti-skating mechanism in the tone arm lets you make precise adjustments to keep the stylus tracking properly, so it can reproduce every detail contained in the vinyl.

Product Highlights:

  • includes moving magnet cartridge with ebony base
  • non-servo AC motor with endless silicone belt drive
  • high-density acrylic chassis and platter
  • straight aluminum tone arm
  • three solid adjustable aluminum support feet
  • "Clever Clamp" by Souther Engineering
  • manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • speed variation ±0.2%
  • frequency range 20-20,000 Hz
  • channel separation >30dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB
  • dust cover not included
  • attached 39" RCA audio cable
  • weight: 19.6 lbs.
  • 17-5/16"W x 5-7/16"H x 13-11/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years (30-day parts-only warranty for the cartridge)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable chassis
  • Center shaft
  • Shaft base
  • 3 Shaft base mounting screws
  • Tone arm (with attached 39" audio/ground cable)
  • Turntable platter
  • Motor (with attached 6.5' AC power cord)
  • Motor pulley
  • Pair of white cotton gloves
  • 5' Ground wire (with spade connector)
  • Counterweight
  • 2 Drive belts
  • Bottle of bearing oil (5 ml)
  • Felt turntable pad
  • Record clamp (Clever Clamp by Souther Engineering)
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • 1.5mm Allen wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Felt tone arm height adjustment sheet
  • Head shell
  • 1 Head shell mounting screw
  • MM-type cartridge (ClearAudio)
  • 2 Cartridge mounting screws
  • Anti-skating adjustment screw
  • User guide

As turntables are coming back into vogue it is great that company's like Marantz are putting out a higher quality product for those interested in upgrading their system. Great sound quality.

jim, naperville Il


Marantz Reference Series TT-15S1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

Marantz Reference TT 15S1

Phil from New York on 1/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

coming from a very high end system in my home which is all Krell based and I have an Oracle Mk 7 turntable which is superb and a piece of art just sitting still. I browsed online and I did purchase a few units from REGA and Project for my other residence but i honestly was no happy with their quality and lack of weight on their base and tone arms. I decided to buy the Marantz from Crutchfield since they have great customer support i was confident that if i didn't like it they would accept my return no questions asked. i have to the say the Marantz unit is very cool to look at and very well made. it is made in Germany by Clear Audio and the included phono cartridge is superb and almost 75% of the cost of the unit is in the phono itself setting up the tone arm with the counter weight is a pain since they want you to have the arm perfectly parallel to the platter but its not easy but i got mine very close. i have been playing in for past few days and i honestly love the styling, the sound, the upper midrange and high range frequencies is superb, Bass response is incredible.. it easily blows away every other turntable Crutchfield is offering and it might just be the amazing Clearaudio phono which comes with this kit but the unit is heavy and balanced and this is very important. great piece overall and if your serious about music and vinyl this is the unit to buy.

Pros: Amazing styling Great build quality Made in Germany Clear Audio Virtuouso Wood Phono included Nicely weighted tone arm Nice Anti Skate design which doesnt have a silly counter weight and string like most others in this price range platter mat is much thicker and better than all others in this price range Zero hum Zero noise great phono cables good hardware Amazing clarity and detail Bass, midrange and upper frequencies are brilliant!

Cons: Vague instructions, a good set up video would be ideal I used my calipers and other measuring devices for set up As an engineer i understand why they motor is separate from the base for noise and harmonics but it annoys me when you have to move the unit. Belt makes slight noise on start up that does go away. The motor should have an aluminum pulley instead of the flimsy plastic one with plastic set screws I will make! The platter should have a cut groove for the belt.

Set-up Is Everything On This Fantastic Table

Andy from Colorado on 12/6/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Marantz TT-15S1 is one of the best values in high end audio. I own or have owned the VPI Classic, Clearaudio Concept, McIntosh Mt5 and the Marantz. The Marantz, while the least expensive, easily stands up to any of the others provided that it's set up correctly. The margin for error - and poor audio - is far higher on the Marantz as the assembly process requires some experience with cartridge setup, tonearm height, antiskate, etc., The money you save on the turntable could easily be spent on the various gauges and tools one needs to ensure proper setup. The other tables don't require as much setup expertise. However, once you achieve optimal setup, you're rewarded with a true audiophile quality table that you can upgrade and outfit as your budget allows.

Pros: Attractive, quality design, very nice MM cartridge, great price. Very easy when it's time to upgrade.

Cons: The motor needs to be frequently adjusted and isolated from the plinth. The assembly requires some working knowledge of turntable setup.

Unbelievable product.....

ElCid from NC on 11/19/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This table is fantastic. I have to say, it is absolutely stunning in appearance, and even better in sound. I highly recommend this. I have owned the table for about a year, and use it frequently. The cartridge is superb, setup is easy. It does not come with a dust cover. However, I had one custom made out of acrylic for less than $200 that is far thicker and nicer than any that a manufacturer ships. I also connected a few variable color LEDs to the table that the turntable is sitting upon. It causes the turntable to glow stunningly. Much like the McIntosh turntable, except we can change the colors, or have it rotate. I don't use them when going for excellent audio fidelity, but I do turn it on for fun. I have noticed no impact on audio quality with this. The magnetic antiskate is somewhat finicky but once set properly, will give you no issues. Overall I LOVE this turntable. It is the best blend of value quality, and cool factor that I have found. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Fantastic value. No regrets.

Cons: When I first received the turntable, I had a few problems. First, the grounding cable from the platter bearing was manufactured incorrectly, and lacked the attach point. Also, the queuing lever caused the tonearm to swing slightly. Crutchfield sent me a replacement. Unfortunately the grounding cable was also incorrect, it lacked the clip to connect it to the hub as well. At this point I called Marantz directly. They shipped me a new cable that resolved the problem immediately.

Back to the future

jim from naperville Il on 3/4/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As turntables are coming back into vogue it is great that company's like Marantz are putting out a higher quality product for those interested in upgrading their system. Great sound quality.



Nice Table...

plainscraps from Atlanta, GA on 11/5/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this table as a temprary replacement for my Music Hall 5.1. The Music Hall constantly needs motors replaced due to noise and other issues. The table was received in excellent condition with exceptional packaging! The table was the EASIEST I have ever set up, including the catridge. Even taking my time, from unpackaging to playing a LP was maybe 30 minutes, tops. Excellent cartridge for a "inclusive" one. The arm is simple and very effective. Tracking force was setup initially set according to instructions (course) and "finally" set by a tracking force scale. Recommended was 2.2, mine settled at 2.25 grams. Let it be known, for a 1500.00-1700.00 table, I do not approve of the counter weight design. Clear Audio/Marantz should consider a "true" threaded design with a graduated numeric scale that can be repositioned to "0" when the tone arm is balanced. The pro-ject arm on my 5.1 is set up that way and makes much more sense. After that, I have very few "issues" that are serious in nature, but are more "preferences." I prefer the tone arm cables to be terminated in a RCA junction box so the listener can choose or replace the RCA style cables to their preferences as desire/budget permits. This perspective however, introduces caviats (additional connections/point of failure/soldering etc.). Due to imitations of this editor, the table is quiet, asthetically pleasing and the cartridge/arm combination is a great value. A definite improvement over the Music Hall! Enjoy!

Pros: Good design (Overall). Quiet, great inclusive cartridge. Sound quality above the set price.

Cons: Listener Cannot choose the RCA type connection (preference). Motor design is effective yet convoluted in design. Isolated from table but after power switch usage, motor needs the be moved back as to not touch the plinth. Maunufacturers need to rotate/place the power switch 45 or 90 degrees in placement to resolve the switch issue. Other resolutions needed for motor movement issue. A turntable at this price needs a dust cover. Keep the price what it was and ADD a dustover.


Steve M from Chicagoland on 10/22/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Most people know this is really made by Clearaudio in Germany. I've owned VPI, ProJect and Rega tables and this one is superior to every one of them in design, construction, fit and most importantly, sound. The cartridge alone costs >$800 and is worth every dollar. My only disappointment is I waited so long and wasted time with the above mentioned 'other' tables.

Pros: Everything but especially the sound - spectacular.

Cons: None (although a dust cover would be nice)

Marantz TT-15S1

West County Audiophile from Manchester, MO on 10/13/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Marantz TT-15S1 is outstanding in both form and function. I was not sure I would find a suitable replacement for my previous turntable that I held in high regard; however, there is no looking back with the Marantz. Well done! My research payed off with this purchase. The reviews on this web page are spot on.

Pros: My vinyl never sounded better.

Cons: I had to purchase a cover for the turntable. Considering the quality of the product, I did not consider this an issue.

As good as they say. Exceptional value.

ScottS from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/21/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I agree with the other reviewers here. I purchased through Crutchfield and had the usual excellent purchase experience. I've had it for about 8 months and I use it a lot. In a nutshell, if you want a really high-end vinyl playing experience, but don't want to break the bank, this is your turntable. It sounds great (ditch the mat, and use a proper record clamp/weight). The included MM cartridge is a great value. It's a joy to set up (white gloves included). It's really hard-core looking, and people really notice that. Did I mention how good it sounds? Great bass extension and weight, clean and clear midrange nice high-end with out being glaring. A perfect balance. No interest in upgrading the cartridge, just play vinyl, buy vinyl, play vinyl, repeat. It's a true treat to use. We do vinyl parties where people bring over the old albums they love but can no longer play. People always remark on how beautiful their records sound, with lots of "wow, that really does sound better than digital" and "I remember loving this album, but I don't remember it sounding that amazing." And like that. Very nicely crafted, a great audio purchase for the "sane" audiophile, if there is such a thing.

Pros: Great sound, build quality, easy non-fussy setup with included cartridge. Excellent value with included cartridge. Beautiful to look at. Inert and resonance-free. Did I say great sound?

Cons: Doesn't come with a dust cover. That's a Con, I suppose.

Thrilling Sound at Great Price

Joe from PR, USA on 9/21/2012

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The Marantz TT-15S1 turntable shows clarity of sound, astonishing low resonance, stunning appearance and represents a solid investment. Also it is simple; cartridge has to be attached to the tonearm via a fixed mount. That means correct alignment always. This gem arrived with the acclaimed Clearaudio Virtuoso cartridge which sounds amazing. Audiophile, high end performance at reasonable price. Virtuoso is a close cousin of the legendary Clearaudio Maestro cartridge. Chances are you will be thrilled by this masterpiece. Even with power switch in off position.



Fantastic Turntable

Gregory from Fishhook, AK on 1/19/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Marantz TT15S1 was designed for Marantz by respected German electronics firm "Clearaudio." My initial impressions of turntables were forged in the '70's (hence the initial "sticker shock," when I initially saw this.) However, a little research on quality turntables quickly dispelled any concerns over the price. In fact, the Marantz TT15S1 represents an excellent value for the cost. It includes a very-high quality, Clearaudio cartridge (MM) that is matched to this particular model (an important consideration which can add significant cost when purchasing a new turntable.) I was easily able to set the TT15S1 up out of the box following the clear set-up instructions. The sound quality is superb breathing new life into my old LP's. This is an excellent value for those wanting to rediscover vinyl; audiophile-grade sound, but not able to spend several thousand dollars.




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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 No
Signal to Noise Ratio 80
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 19.62 lbs.

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Acrylic Base/Platter: The Marantz TT-15S1 Reference Series turntable features a low-resonance, high-density acrylic chassis and platter. The chassis is 17-5/16" wide x 13-11/16" deep x 3/4" thick. The platter is 11-11/16" in diameter and 1-1/8" thick. The turntable is supported by three solid aluminum feet. The feet are adjustable, so the turntable can be leveled.

Assembly Required: The turntable is packed unassembled in thick foam rubber. The platter, tone arm, and cartridge must all be mounted to the turntable base before use.

Motor: The TT-15S1's non-servo controlled AC motor is float-mounted in the left rear corner of the turntable base. To prevent vibration, the motor actually rests on the table top, and protrudes through a hole in the base. A silicon band completely isolates the motor from the turntable base.

Belt Drive: The turntable features a belt drive system, and comes with 2 endless silicon belts (one is a spare). The pulley, which slips onto the motor shaft, has two grooves with different diameters for the two rotating speeds (33-1/3 rpm and 45 rpm). To change the speed, you must manually move the silicon belt from one groove to the other.

Tone Arm: The TT-15S1 features an anodized aluminum, straight tone arm. The low-coloration tone arm has a magnetic anti-skating mechanism and a fine adjustable counter weight. It also has an attached high quality 39" audio and ground cable. The audio cable has left and right RCA plugs, and the ground cable has a spade connector. The counter weight is used to set the proper height of the tone arm.

Cartridge: This Marantz turntable comes with a 6-gram, high quality ClearAudio Virtuoso ebony wood MM (moving magnet) stereo cartridge and non-replaceable stylus. The cartridge is attached to the tone arm via a fixed mount. Tools for mounting the cartridge to the tone arm are included.

Clever Clamp: The turntable comes with a Clever Clamp record clamp from Souther Engineering. This 65mm diameter plastic disc slides over and grips the spindle, locking and clamping records into place. The upturned edges on the clamp allow for easy removal.

Supplied Accessories: The TT-15S1 comes with the following accessories:

  • Tool Kit: To help you assemble the turntable, the tool kit includes 3 Allen wrenches and a screwdriver.
  • Bearing Oil: A 5 ml bottle of bearing oil is included for regular maintenance of the turntable. It is recommended that you lubricate the bearing of the center shaft every two years.
  • Turntable Sheet: A 1/8" thick felt pad is included if you prefer not to place your records directly on the acrylic platter. A small circular piece of felt is included to assist you in setting the proper tone arm height when the turntable sheet is used.
  • White Cotton Gloves: When changing turntable speeds, it is recommended that you use the white cotton gloves when handling the silicon belt to avoid damaging the belt.


Turntable Section:

  • RPM: 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm
  • Turntable Depth: 28mm
  • RPM Deviation: ± 0.2%
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 80 dB
  • Overall Weight: 19.6 pounds (including tone arm and motor)

Tone Arm Section:

  • Arm Type: 2 point radial tone arm
  • Effective Length: 239 mm (9.4")
  • Overhang: 17 mm (0.669")
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustable Range: 0 to 5 grams (gradations of 0.1 grams)
  • Compatible Cartridge Weight: 33 to 18 grams (excluding head shell)


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Output Voltage (1 kHz, 5 cm/s): ~3.6 mV
  • Channel Separation: > 30 dB
  • Channel Balance: < 0.2 dB
  • Recommended Stylus Pressure: 2.2 grams
  • Impedance:  0.66 kΩ
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.0 grams

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