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Music Hall MMF-5.3

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge (Black)

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Our take on the Music Hall MMF-5.3

Back during the heyday of CDs, if you'd told me that I'd be writing about a high-end turntable like Music Hall's MMF-5.3 in the year 2016, I'd have probably laughed. But vinyl lovers get the last laugh here, thanks to this 'table's precise construction and carefully selected materials, which allow it to pull beautifully detailed sound from the grooves in your records. The high-gloss piano lacquer finish is a nice touch, too.

Do your vinyl right

Back during the heyday of CDs, if you'd told me that I'd be writing about a high-end turntable like Music Hall's MMF-5.3 in the year 2016, I'd have probably laughed. But vinyl lovers get the last laugh here, thanks to this 'table's precise construction and carefully selected materials, which allow it to pull beautifully detailed sound from the grooves in your records. The high-gloss piano lacquer finish is a nice touch, too.

Music Hall MMF-5.3

The Music Hall MMF-5.3 features a high-performance Ortofon cartridge and a custom carbon fiber tonearm.

Dual-plinth construction combats noise

The MMF-5.3'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. The top platform separately houses the turntable's critical sound-reproducing components — the platter bearing, tonearm, and cartridge. Six elastic cones isolate the two layers, virtually eliminating transmitted vibration for silent backgrounds and superior sound.

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 — which really improves playback of warped discs.

High-performance tonearm and cartridge

The MMF-5.3's custom carbon fiber tonearm provides superb tracking to faithfully follow the grooves of your albums. Its 9" effective length gives it a shallower tracking arc across the record than shorter tonearms, helping to reduce distortion. The turntable also comes equipped with Ortofon's acclaimed 2M Blue phono cartridge. This cartridge's highly polished, nude-mounted stylus reaches deep into your record's grooves, revealing fresh detail and dynamics to bring the music to life.

Superb sound, easy setup

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-5.3 won't slow you down much, because of its hassle-free plug-and-play design. 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 bring out gorgeous sound from your record collection.

Product Highlights:

  • dual-plinth construction isolates vibration for quieter performance
  • separately isolated DC synchronous motor for reduced vibration and greater speed stability
  • 9-inch carbon fiber tonearm for superb tracking ability
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge with user-replaceable nude elliptical diamond stylus
  • tonearm offers vertical tracking angle and azimuth adjustments for optimized playback performance and cartridge flexibility
  • dynamically balanced alloy platter with soft felt mat and screw-on record clamp
  • Teflon™ sheathed stainless steel main bearing for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • vibration-damping adjustable feet and built-in spirit level for easy turntable leveling
  • gold-plated RCA audio jacks with detachable phono cables
  • fully manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variation: ±0.18%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.10%
  • rumble maximum: -70dB
  • frequency response (with included cartridge): 20-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • channel separation (with included cartridge): 25dB (at 1kHz)
  • high-gloss black lacquer finish
  • includes dust cover, felt platter mat, screw-on record clamp, and 45 rpm record adapter
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • 18-1/4"W x 5-1/2"H (with dust cover down) x 13-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier

What's in the Box:

  • 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
  • Instruction Manual

Excellent turntable. It was easy to set up and get it tracking correctly. Absolutely love the sound from my albums playing through this turntable, both new and older.

Dave, Grand Marais, MN

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Music Hall MMF-5.3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Excellent turntable!

Dave from Grand Marais, MN on 10/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent turntable. It was easy to set up and get it tracking correctly. Absolutely love the sound from my albums playing through this turntable, both new and older.

Pros: Setup Sound Tracking

Cons: none

Nice turntable but think long and hard before you buy

Reg from Portland, ME on 3/28/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a good quality turntable that produces a wonderful, warm natural sound (the way nature intended:) with impressively little extraneous noise. Be warned, though, this turntable is as manual as manual gets! I have a growing collection of 45rpm full-length albums along with a slew of 33 and 1/3's. Switching between 33 and 1/3s and 45s with this turntable is a hassle of biblical proportions. Imagine if you had to open the hood of your car, switch a belt over, then close up the hood again every time you wanted to switch between two-wheel and four wheel drive. Pain in the neck, right? So please think long and hard about what you really want and need from your turntable before you buy. Again, the turntable produces a beautiful, warm sound but I wished I had shopped around a little more for a turntable at this price point that was at least minimally convenient to use.

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Music Hall MMF-5.3

Dwight from Tampa, FL on 3/3/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My first Music Hall product, very impressed with the ease of set up and what quality of sound! Playing my 40 year old albums they sound like new, of course the McIntosh 6700 helps! Very satisfied with product and thanks to the Crutchfield team for all the help!

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio Not given
Wow and Flutter 0.1
Weight 24 lbs.

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Specifications

Features

Belt-Driven w/ DC Synchronous Motor: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF turntable employs a low noise fully manual belt drive design that supports two speeds (33/45 rpm). A 45 rpm adapter is included. The DC synchronous motor provides superior speed stability, separately isolated on the lower platform.

Alloy Platter with Stainless Steel/Teflon Bearing Assembly: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF 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.

Carbon Fiber Tone-Arm: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF turntable features a 9" carbon fiber tone-arm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper for superb tracking ability.

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

Counterweight: The included counterweight's center of gravity is level with the stylus tip, and is decoupled from the arm, and acts as a resonance damper.

Dual Plinth Construction & Damping Feet: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF 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.

RCA Outputs: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF turntable is fitted with high quality RCA connectors and comes with a detachable 4' stereo RCA cable.

Dust Cover: The Music Hall MMF-5.3 CF 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.

Specifications

Turntable Specs:

  • Power Absorption: 2VA
  • Speeds: 33/45 rpm
  • Speed Deviation: +/- 0.80%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.10%
  • Rumble Max: -70 dB
  • Effective Tone-Arm:
    • Length: 9" (230mm)
    • Overhang: 18mm
    • Mass: 8.5 g
  • AC Power:
    • Input: 120V~60Hz, 13.0W
    • Output: 15V, 550mA

Cartridge Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+2/-1db)
  • Channel Balance: 1.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
  • Static Compliance: 20mm/N (lateral), 16mm/N (vertical)
  • Stylus Radius: r/R 8/18 um
  • Stylus Type: Nude Elliptical
  • Tracking Force: 1.6-2.0g (16-20 mN)
  • Tracking Angle: 20 degrees
  • Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
  • Load Capacitance: 150-200 pF
  • Internal Inductance: 700 mH
  • DC Resistance: 1.3 kOhm
  • Cartridge Weight: 7.2g

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