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Music Hall Classic

Semi-automatic belt-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp

Item # 823CLSCWN

This 'table offers a nice mix of good looks, sound quality, convenience, and affordability.

This 'table offers a nice mix of good looks, sound quality, convenience, and affordability.

Item # 823CLSCWN

In stock
$599.99

About the Music Hall Classic

Classic look and sound

The Classic is a good name for this turntable. It makes your records sound good, thanks to a factory-installed Music Hall Spirit cartridge, and it looks good, too. It features a solid base in dark walnut, and adjustable vibration-damping feet. It's super-convenient to set up and use, thanks to a built-in phono preamp that lets you connect directly to your receiver or a pair of powered speakers. The 'table is also semi-automatic, which is a very handy feature. Read on to learn a bit more about that.

Classic look and sound

The Classic is a good name for this turntable. It makes your records sound good, thanks to a factory-installed Music Hall Spirit cartridge, and it looks good, too. It features a solid base in dark walnut, and adjustable vibration-damping feet. It's super-convenient to set up and use, thanks to a built-in phono preamp that lets you connect directly to your receiver or a pair of powered speakers. The 'table is also semi-automatic, which is a very handy feature. Read on to learn a bit more about that.

My hands-off experience with the Music Hall Classic

I usually use this space to tell you about my hands-on experience with a product, but this is a different kind of story. When my colleague Jeff Miller and I attended the 2019 Capital Audiofest in Washington, D.C., we spotted the Music Hall booth almost immediately. To our great delight, company founder Roy Hall was there, and he gave us a personal demonstration of the Classic. He was proud of the sound quality, good looks, and solid build of the 'table, but he really wanted to show off its convenient semi-automatic action.

He put a record on and placed the needle at the end of a side. When the tonearm reached the final groove, it gently lifted off the vinyl and the motor switched off automatically (note: the tonearm does not automatically return to its resting position).

I listen to music while puttering around the house, and I liked the notion that I could keep working until I found a good stopping point, and the Classic could take care of itself. The smooth, quiet motion of the semi-automatic lift and motor shutoff function is reassuring.

I also really like the Classic's solid base and the elegant dark walnut veneer. Getting an early demo courtesy of the 'table's designer was a rare treat!

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Product highlights:

  • semi-automatic operation (tonearm lift and shut off)
  • aluminum platter with felt mat
  • switchable built-in phono preamp
  • factory mounted Music Hall Spirit moving magnet cartridge on removable head shell
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with adjustable vibration-damping feet
  • dark walnut wood veneer
  • electronic speed control (33-1/3 and 45 rpm)
  • signal to noise ratio: 65 dB
  • wow and flutter: .12%
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What's in the box:

  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (installed)
  • Cartridge w/ stylus
  • AC power adapter (attached 58" DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
  • Platter
  • Belt (installed on platter)
  • Felt mat
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 57" Stereo RCA cable (w/ grounding wire)
  • Instruction Manual

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Semi Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Drive Type Belt
Pitch Control No
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built in
USB Output No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 65
Wow and Flutter 0.12
Weight 15.2 lbs.

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Features

2-Speed Control: A built-in speed control circuit ensures the accuracy of the Music Hall Classic turntable's two speeds (33-1/3 and 45 RPM). A 45 RMP adapter is included. The turntable's electronic speed control regulates the belt-drive motor for precise speed and optimum sound quality.

Music Hall Spirit MM Cartridge: A quality Music Hall Spirit moving magnet (MM) cartridge is included (requires mounting and alignment). Developed and built specially for Music Hall by Audio Technica, the Spirit MM catridge incorporates a low-mass cantilever and an elliptical stylus tip.

Semi-Automatic Operation: At the end of the record the Classic turntable automatically lifts the tonearm and turns off the power (you will still need to manually return the tonearm to its rest). You will also still need to manually place the tonearm on your record to begin playback.

Vibration Damping: The Music Hall Classic turntable comes with an aluminum platter and a felt mat to help dampen ambient vibration. The belt comes pre-mounted to the platter, making setup easier and quicker. The Classic also features a MDF Plinth and adjustable vibration damping feet to prevent unwanted resonance. The MDF plinth features a walnut wood veneer finish.

Built-in Switchable Preamp: A built-in phono preamplifier allows connection of the turntable to an AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers that do not have a dedicated phono input. The built-in phono preamp can be turned off when using an AV receiver or integrated amp with a phono input (MM).

Stereo RCA Output: The Music Hall Classic is outfitted with a stereo RCA output and comes with a 5' stereo RCA cable to connect the turntable to your AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers.

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

AC Power Adapter: The Music Hall Classic comes with an external AC power adapter that plugs into the back of the turntable and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

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3 questions already asked

Q
Has anyone upgraded the factory installed cartridge? What did you upgrade to and how do like the result?
[ Will  Nov 01, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
I upgraded to the Audio-Technica VM750SH. Installed today, the overall quality and clarity difference from the factory cartridge is incredible. The response is great. I don't have a way to A/B with the factory cartridge, but I had been using the stock stylus for a couple weeks since the turntable arrived. My ears got trained to the factory cartridge so I can say with certitude that the AT 750 is a significant upgrade. I almost went with the AT 650SLC but decided on the 750SH for budget reasons.
[ CHRISTOPHER  Nov 03, 2020 ]
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Yes; I upgraded to the AT-VM540ML, without shims, and love the sound. Deeper base, more upfront mid-range and clearer highs. I also replaced the feet with the MNP Tech brand for the Classic which also helped. Much easier to adjust the feet to ensure the platter/table is absolutely flat/level. Awesome turntable for the price and appreciate Crutchfield's outstanding customer service - second to none! Bill G.
[ William  Nov 02, 2020 ]
Q
Does it come with a flip up dust cover?
[ Blaine  Aug 05, 2020 ]
5 answers
A
Also, it is a flip up style, not a lift off/on.
[ Leon  Aug 13, 2020 ]
A
Yes it does.
[ Erick  Aug 13, 2020 ]
A
Yes
[ Will  Aug 12, 2020 ]
A
Yes, it comes with clear plastic flip.up dust cover. I have not had any problems with it so far, it works fine.
[ Greg  Aug 12, 2020 ]
A
Yes, it does come with a flip up dust cover.
[ Kenneth  Aug 12, 2020 ]
Q
Can you up grade the platter on this table?
[ Steven  Apr 08, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
I'm sure you can if you find a replacement that fits. Music hall's acri-plat might be a good replacement.
[ Abhishek  Apr 09, 2020 ]

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