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Music Hall MMF-1.5

Manual belt-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp

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Overview

Our take on the Music Hall MMF-1.5

The gorgeous Music Hall MMF-1.5 turntable features a classic cherry wood veneer on a solid MDF plinth. It also includes a built-in phono preamp with pre-attached cables, so you have plenty of setup options.

A gorgeous cherry wood turntable

The gorgeous Music Hall MMF-1.5 turntable features a classic cherry wood veneer on a solid MDF plinth. It also includes a built-in phono preamp with pre-attached cables, so you have plenty of setup options.

You can plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers, or go through a receiver or outboard preamp. Whichever way you go, it won't be long until you're enjoying warm, detailed vinyl sound.

Pre-mounted cartridge

The turntable's curved aluminum tonearm features a pre-mounted Melody cartridge, designed by Audio Technica for Music Hall. The cartridge has a low-mass aluminum cantilever to help it respond more quickly and accurately to undulations in the record groove for clear, distortion-free sound.

Product Highlights:

  • fully manual operation
  • die-cast aluminum platter with vibration-damping rubber platter mat
  • switchable built-in phono preamp
  • 9" curved aluminum tonearm with pre-mounted Music Hall Melody moving magnet cartridge
  • real cherry wood veneer
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with adjustable vibration-damping feet
  • gold RCA audio jacks with detachable cables
  • 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm speeds
  • wow and flutter: ±0.1%
  • 17-1/8"W x 5"H (with dust cover down) x 14-1/2"D
  • weight: 12 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable
  • AC power adapter (attached 5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/EU/UK)
  • Tonearm (pre-installed)
  • Cartridge/stylus assembly
  • Platter
  • Mat
  • Belt
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 5' Stereo RCA cables
  • Instruction Manual
Reviews

Music Hall MMF-1.5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

The right features and the right look

Steve from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/19/2019

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Sounds great. Power/speed switch, cue lever, arm and damping are solid and sturdy but do their work gently. Just as one would want in a turntable. It's exactly what I've been hoping someone would make: a contemporary TT with a S-shaped tone arm, removable headshell, and ability to change speeds with a switch (as opposed to removing the platter and moving the belt). I had a stanton table since the late 90s (modeled after technics 1200). I love it still, but as I got older I grew tired of it's intrusive industrial appearance. That said,I didn't want to sacrifice the above-mentioned features for the sake of aesthetics. When Music Hall came out with this it was exactly what I was looking for. I upgraded to a different cartridge and usually use the phone stage on my amp. The built-in preamp is just OK (but that's generally true of all on board preamps). I say that's fine for someone just starting out or on a tight budget. The feet aren't height-adjustable (so they're no help in leveling) and they conduct a few more vibrations than other TTs I've used.

Pros: Smooth and steady. Solid arm, precise and gentle cue lever. easy to change cartridges, play 45s. Looks good.

Cons: The feet should be better.

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Crutchfield customer from Katy, TX on 1/2/2019

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My first new turntable in 35yrs. I ran it though an older EQ my albums sound great from my JBL monitors .

Pros: Got here really quickly .

Cons: None so far.

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Crutchfield customer from Silver Spring, MD on 1/2/2019

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Beautiful all around, but most important great sound

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Great gift!

Luana from Castro Valley, CA on 10/19/2018

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This was a gift for my husband's birthday, talk about a gift that keeps giving! The rich sound of vinyl is amazing when played on this turntable. The wood tone really does compliment the warmth this baby turns out. This is a fantastic addition the entire household can enjoy. After hooking it up i did need to purchase a separate preamp (schiit mani) under $130, worth every penny!

Pros: Good value

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Crutchfield customer from Seattle, WA on 9/25/2018

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Great turntable!

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Crutchfield customer from Salt Lake City, UT on 6/28/2018

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Great looking, but even better, great sound quality..

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Crutchfield customer from Rolling Prairie, IN on 5/31/2018

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everything that iI expected. Shipping was prompt and the turntable works beautifully. Great sound!!!

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Jeffrey from Kenai, AK on 4/23/2018

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I chose this turntable as part of my minimalist analog system. Visually the wood plinth looks very classy, the platter is reasonably heavy cast aluminum, tone-arm and controls are simple and effective, the all manual configuration requires some attention from the listener. This turntable is paired with an all tube class-A 15-watt integrated amplifier and Wharfdale Diamond 220 speakers in a relatively small listening room; the result is amazing for its warmth, clarity and outstanding mid-range sound that compliments acoustic instrument recordings at moderate volume. Overall this is an exceptional entry level turntable; you can spend much more and have many more features but I don't see any need to upgrade for my needs.

Pros: Cost Performance Appearance Simplicity

Cons: Built in Pre-amp marginal

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Crutchfield customer from Loudon, TN on 3/29/2018

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I've tried lots of turntables over the years and this particular table is one of my all time favorites; can't beat it for the price.

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Crutchfield customer from Pittsburgh, PA on 3/3/2018

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Wow! Looks awesome! Sounds great!

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 65
Wow and Flutter 0.1
Weight 12 lbs.

Product Research

Features

Manual Belt-Drive: The Music Hall MMF-1.5 turntable employs a low noise, fully manual belt drive design.

3-Speed Operation: A built-in speed control circuit ensures the accuracy of the MMF-1.5 turntable's three operating speeds (33-1/3, 45, & 78 RPM).

Die-Cast Aluminum Platter: The Music Hall MMF-1.5 turntable utilizes a die-cast aluminum platter and a thick rubber mat to dampen ambient vibration. The belt comes pre-mounted to the platter, making setup easier and quicker.

MDF Plinth w/ Vibration Damping Feet: The MMF-1.5 turntable features a MDF Plinth and vibration damping feet to prevent unwanted vibration. The MDF plinth features a real cherry wood veneer.

Aluminum Tonearm + MM Cartridge: The Music Hall MMF-1.5 includes an aluminum tonearm and comes with an uninstalled Music Hall Melody phono (MM) cartridge with diamond stylus. You will have to mount the cartridge/stylus assembly to the tonearm.

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 MMF-1.5 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.

External Power Supply: The MMF-1.5 includes an external AC power supply.

Hinged Dust Cover: The Music Hall MMF-1.5 comes supplied with a hinged dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

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Why did you buy this?

The switchable preamp , and the ability to play 78 vinyl [ Craig  Dec 26, 2018 ]
I talked to an old friend who has been in the business for 40 years and he directed me to your website and recommended the Music Hall MNF 1.5 [ Edward T.  Nov 14, 2018 ]
Research [ Trent  Aug 20, 2018 ]
My husband saw an article about it in the PGH post gazette [ Andrea kay  Jul 13, 2018 ]
great reviews and good price [ Brian  Jun 08, 2018 ]
Fantastic reviews in newspaper [ Valerie  Apr 05, 2018 ]
a requested gift [ Martha  Feb 22, 2018 ]
After a bad experience with the Audio Technica at-lp120 (the motor makes a rumble sound) I wanted a turntable that is hopefully better quality and belt drive. This looks like it will fit the bill.Also, it's beautiful and will make a nice addition to my system. [ Jerold  Jan 23, 2018 ]
It has a 78 speed and it was highly recommended by someone and the reviews were very good [ Jordan  Jan 17, 2018 ]

2 questions already asked

This turntable is gorgeous. The description stated preamp was included, perhaps integrated as no separate components in box. Regardless, I did purchase a separate preamp and the sound is sweet! [ Luana  Jan 23, 2019 ]
It does have a preamp and It's OK. You will be able to enjoy this TT if you have only regular aux inputs on your amp (or powered speakers). That said, the built-in preamp doesn't sound as lively or gutsy as the phono input on my integrated amp (Proton D540, from 1988). I would bet a stand-alone phono pre would make this thing really really shine. I really love this turntable. [ Steven  Jan 19, 2019 ]
I love my turntable. You do not need a pre amp. [ RONALD E  Jan 17, 2019 ]
Hello. We find the built in pre amp to be great. We connect through our Bose sound system. I think it will depend on what you will use as your amplifier. We absolutely love the MMF-1.5. [ Celeste  Jan 17, 2019 ]
I am using the built in pre-amp and I think it sounds great. I'm sure it may sound better with a pre-amp you can buy separately, but you don't need to. [ James  Jan 16, 2019 ]
Pre amp is more than sufficient. Set was simple and sounds great. No pre-amp is needed [ KERRY  Jan 15, 2019 ]
The turntable has a built-in phono preamp that can be switched off if you want to provide your own.The built-in preamp gets great reviews and is more than sufficient for my sound system. I think the gain from spending a few hundred for a better external preamp would be minimal and would defeat the advantages of this affordable turntable. [ Trent  Jan 15, 2019 ]
No need for a separate pre-amp. I connected mine directly to the amplifier. [ Astolfo  Jan 15, 2019 ]
It's definitely sufficient for my set up. Enter [ James  Jan 15, 2019 ]
This has a built in pre-amp. Plug in power, connect speakers, and go. [ Guest  Jan 15, 2019 ]
This turntable has a preamp built into it. If you are plugging it into a receiver that has a preamp built in it, all you will need to do is switch the turntable from phono to line an you are good to go. If the amp does not have a preamp built into it, you just leave the switch set at phono. I hope this helps. [ John A.  Jan 15, 2019 ]
I have not seen an issue asked in the question. Turntable performs great. [ Trent  Jan 15, 2019 ]
No, no problem with wow & flutter or speed stability, but, just in case, there is a electronic speed control adjustment knob on the back of turntable you can use to change the platter speed if necessary. [ Jaroslaw  May 09, 2018 ]
Hello! The speed stability is very good; even wihen playing heavy weight 78 rpm. The flutter aspect seems to be fine; no noticeable variation in pitch. We are very happy with this turn table and highly recommend it. [ Celeste  May 09, 2018 ]
The speed stability is good, no audible wow and flutter to my old ears. [ Jerold  May 09, 2018 ]
Speed stability is good for this price point, Wow & Flutter rated at 0.15% limit. I can occasionally detect Wow (but not Flutter) if a song ends on a single extended note, but there are no audible irregularities to my ear during performance segments of music. [ Jeffrey  May 08, 2018 ]
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