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Music Hall MMF-7.3

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

Item # 823MMF73

This 'table is built to shine a light on all the subtle nuances, emotions, and details contained in an LP's grooves.

This 'table is built to shine a light on all the subtle nuances, emotions, and details contained in an LP's grooves.

Item # 823MMF73

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About the Music Hall MMF-7.3

The difference between night and day

Whenever I'm walking through a store and spot one of those regrettable little "all-in-one" record players (you know, the ones with the built-in CD player, cassette deck, and AM/FM tuner), it makes me sad. That's because I just know whoever buys one of those contraptions will never experience the music on their records the way it was meant to be heard — not even close. I truly hope that someday those fledgling music lovers graduate to a turntable like the Music Hall MMF-7.3, and discover the sheer joy of vinyl played right.

The difference between night and day

Whenever I'm walking through a store and spot one of those regrettable little "all-in-one" record players (you know, the ones with the built-in CD player, cassette deck, and AM/FM tuner), it makes me sad. That's because I just know whoever buys one of those contraptions will never experience the music on their records the way it was meant to be heard — not even close. I truly hope that someday those fledgling music lovers graduate to a turntable like the Music Hall MMF-7.3, and discover the sheer joy of vinyl played right.

With its thoughtful engineering and rock-solid construction, the MMF-7.3 is built to shine a light on all the subtle nuances, emotions, and details contained within an LP's grooves, breathing life into the music in a way that lesser 'tables can simply never match. And that makes me happy.

Music Hall MMF-7.3 motor

The MMF-7.3's DC motor is completely isolated and decoupled from the turntable's base to reduce vibration. Push-button electronic control makes changing speeds easy.

Music Hall's performance-focused design

What makes the MMF-7.3 sound so good? For starters, its two-piece, high-gloss black MDF chassis, or plinth, does more than just look beautiful — it also isolates vibrations that can smear sonic detail. The bottom platform is supported by height-adjustable tiptoe feet, while the top platform houses the turntable's critical sound reproducing components — the platter bearing, tonearm, and cartridge. The motor, power switch, speed control, and wiring are completely decoupled from the turntable and isolated on their own separate vibration-damping puck. Music Hall even placed the motor at the front of the 'table diagonally opposite the tonearm bearing, to further reduce any motor-to-cartridge vibration.

Sorbothane® isolation orbs separate the two platforms, virtually eliminating transmitted vibration, for sound that leaps out at you from a dead-silent background. The 'table's non-resonant acrylic 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, and improves playback of warped discs.

The MMF-7.3's low-mass carbon fiber tonearm boasts rigid, one-piece construction and a decoupled, resonance-damping counterweight for exceptionally low-noise operation. The lengthy 9" arm allows for a very shallow tracking arc across the record, helping to reduce distortion.

Artistry by Ortofon

Finally, Music Hall pre-mounts the highly regarded 2M Bronze phono cartridge by Ortofon, one of the world's most respected cartridge manufacturers. This smooth-tracking moving magnet cartridge features a nude-mounted fine line stylus that reaches deep into the grooves of your albums to pull out fine musical detail that lesser cartridges can miss.

Bottom line — your music will sound deeper, richer, and more dynamic than ever.

Enjoy superb sound, without the hassle

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-7.3 won't slow you down much, because of its hassle-free plug-and-play design. Music Hall knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why this 'table comes out of the box virtually ready to play. 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 and anti-skating are all that's needed to unlock the best sound you've ever heard from your record collection.

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Product highlights:

  • dual-plinth construction separated by Sorbothane® isolation orbs reduces vibration for silent operation
  • non-resonant acrylic platter with soft felt mat and screw-on record clamp
  • one-piece full carbon fiber tonearm with highly flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Bronze moving magnet cartridge with replaceable nude fine line diamond stylus
  • adjustable vertical tracking angle (VTA) and azimuth for optimized playback performance and cartridge flexibility
  • Teflon® sheathed stainless steel main bearing for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • adjustable tiptoe feet with anti scratch cups
  • built-in spirit level to ensure precise installation
  • completely isolated and decoupled DC motor sits on its own resonance damping puck for reduced vibration transmission
  • front motor position eliminates motor-to-cartridge vibration
  • low-noise fully manual belt-drive design
  • high-gloss piano black lacquer finish
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds with electronic push-button speed change
  • speed variance: ±0.06%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.1%
  • rumble (max): greater than -73dB
  • effective tonearm length: 9"
  • effective tonearm mass: 8.5 grams
  • high-quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • includes dust cover, metal screw-on record clamp, felt record mat, and 45 rpm adapter
  • 18-1/4"W x 5-1/2"H x 13-1/4"D (with dust cover closed)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
  • MFR # MMF-7.3
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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
  • 3 Anti-scratch cups
  • Belt-changing tool
  • 2 Hex-keys
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor
  • Pair of cloth gloves
  • Instruction Manual

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Features & 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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Features

Turntable: The Music Hall MMF 7.3 is a two speed belt driven audiophile turntable that delivers superior audio performance. The construction of the MMF 7.3 has been simplified to focus on the critical music making components; the main bearing, motor, and arm. It is constructed using high quality components and comes complete with the cartridge mounted.

Dual Plinth  Construction w/ Damping Feet: The Music Hall MMF 7.3 turntable employs a unique dual plinth construction with three adjutsable vibration dampening feet. The top platform is medium density fiberboard (MDF) with a high-gloss black lacquer finish. The two platforms of the plinth are separated by four Sorbothane hemispheres, which act as a suspension and isolation system.

Acrylic Platter with Felt Mat: The Music Hall MMF 7.3 turntable features a dynamically balanced acrylic platter and comes with a felt mat.

Stainless Steel/Teflon Bearing Assembly: The platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon providing fluid and noise-free operation. The bearing assembly comes pre-charged with lubricant. A screw-on record clamp is also included.

Belt-Driven: The Music Hall MMF 7.3 turntable employs a low noise fully manual belt drive design that supports two speeds (33/45 rpm). A 45 rpm adapter is included.

1-Piece Carbon-Fiber Tone-Arm: The Music Hall MMF 7.3 turntable features a one-piece carbon-fiber tone-arm for superb tracking ability. The effective length of the tonearm is nine and a half inches. This allows for a very shallow tracking arc on the record thus reducing distortion.

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.

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 7.3 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 7.3 comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

Isolated Asynchronous Motor: The asynchronous motor is isolated from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.

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: +/- 0.06%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.10%
  • Rumble Max: -72 dB
  • Effective Tone-Arm:
    • Length: 9" (22.86cm)
    • Overhang: 18mm
    • Mass: 8.5 g
  • Platter:
    • Diameter: 11.81" (30cm)
    • Weight: 6 lbs (2.7kg)
  • AC power:
    • Power Supply: 15V / 0.08mA DC
    • Power Consumption: 4W

Cartridge Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+2/-0db)
  • Channel Balance: 1.0dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 26dB @ 1kHz
  • Static Compliance: 22 um/mN
  • Stylus Radius: r/R 8/40 um
  • Stylus Type: Nude Fine Line
  • 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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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Research. [ DAVID  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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AFTER MANY, MANY HOURS OF RESEARCH, I DETERMINED THIS WAS THE MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK FOR ME! THANKS CRUTCHFIELD, BILL NEWMAN [ WILLIAM T  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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Great quality! [ Glenn  Nov 14, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

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I just received my Music Hall MMF-7.3 turntable and I have a question regarding how to turn it off? Pushing the button on the motor only adjust the speed and shuts the motor down but the green on light stays lit?
[ bill  Dec 07, 2018 ]
8 answers
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Yes, the Green light remains lit. It indicates that power is available, and the motor is not running.
[ DAVID  Dec 08, 2018 ]
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Press the button and hold it down for about 2-3 seconds. The blue light will extinguish, leaving the only a green light. The motor will stop. Enjoy!
[ DAVID  Dec 08, 2018 ]
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The green light will stay on steady green to show that unit is powered and ready to be used. Nothing to worry about. That is the way it was designed.
[ Michael  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Hold the button down for a few seconds to stop the motor. The light will stay on. One quick push changes the speed. I hope that helps.
[ KEVIN  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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This is normal. As long as it's plugged in it will stay on. It's on standby. Tom.
[ THOMAS  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Hold the button down. The motor will shut. If you just momentarily press, it will just change speeds
[ R  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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You have to hold the button down for a couple seconds turn it off.
[ Javan  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Yes, green light stays lit- it turns solid blue when it is at selected speed (flashes blue while coming up to speed) A quick push of the button starts the motor then switches speed when running. A long steady push stops the motor.
[ ERIC C  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Are there stats on how many "hours" the belt lasts before beginning to degrade and needing to be replaced? And can the belt be purchased as a replacement part and is it easy to install (as opposed to needing to have the turntable serviced)?
[ Martin  Mar 27, 2017 ]
3 answers
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The owner's manual indicates 2-3 years for the belt life. I don't know how they estimate that. I have about 400-500 hours on mine, and it still plays well. The belts are available through various dealers. Installation is very easy, just follow the directions in the owner's manual. Enjoy!
[ DAVID  Dec 08, 2018 ]
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I don't know about how many hours the belt will last or if it can be purchased. I did not research any of that. But, when I installed the turntable, I did not have any problems installing the belt (or any other aspect of it). Usually, I prefer to have something like that done for me, but it turned out to be no problem at all.
[ Glenn  Mar 27, 2017 ]
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Stats: I'm not aware of any, but I'm sure it would be quite a long time. The belt can be purchased as a replacement part, and it is very easy to install. A look at the picture gives you an idea of the simplicity.
[ GARY  Mar 27, 2017 ]
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What's the best record player out there that where the toner arm returns after record is done playing? Thanks
[ Ian  Nov 19, 2016 ]
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There's no such thing as "best" without defining the constraints (price, performance, features, etc.). The feature you describe is what defines a semi-automatic turntable. A fully automatic turntable would add to that the feature of initiating playback at the push of a button (with turntable stopped and tonearm on the arm rest, the tonearm would be lifted and moved to the start of the record then lowered placing the stylus in the groove and while this happens the motor brings the platter up to full speed -- note that this could be dangerous to your stylus if the turntable does not have a sensor to detect if there is a record on the platter). A manual turntable does neither of these; you must lift the tonearm at the start and end of the record. The highest performing turntables are generally the manual type to keep them simple. Sorry, I don't have any specific recommendations for semi-automatic turntables as I have not been in the market for one. I can only suggest you do your own research using your favorite search engine to find product information and reviews of semi-automatic turntables.
[ TIMOTHY  Nov 20, 2016 ]
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Ian, most, if not all, higher-end turntables are manual, meaning they do not automatically do anything (including return).
[ GARY  Nov 19, 2016 ]
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Does the arm return to rest after the album has played?
[ CJ  Sep 18, 2016 ]
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You can buy a mini tonearm lift from a third party (search on YouTube) that will automatically lift the tonearm when it reaches the end of play. This will at least alleviate the worry of the stylus continually running in the dead wax at the end of the LP. It's still a manual operation to return the tonearm to its post, but the tonearm lift protects your expensive stylus.
[ Martin  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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CJ, no it does not. This is a manual turntable, as are most audiophile-quality turntables.
[ GARY  Sep 20, 2016 ]
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No, it is not a semi-automatic turntable, but fully manual.
[ TIMOTHY  Sep 19, 2016 ]
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No
[ Ralph  Sep 19, 2016 ]
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No, it does not. The tonearm is completely manual. The stylus will ride in the locked groove of the record until you intervene. There are several aftermarket tonearm lifting devices available that will fit the mmf-7.3. These devices will raise the tonearm off of the vinyl at the end of the record, but they will not return the tonearm to its rest nor will they turn off the turntable.
[ STEVEN  Sep 19, 2016 ]

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