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Marantz TT42P

Fully automatic belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge and built-in phono preamp

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Our take on the Marantz TT42P

Marantz's TT42P turntable makes it easy to breathe new life into your record collection. It offers both 33-1/3 or 45 rpm playback speeds with the flick of a switch so you can enjoy your LPs and 45s for years to come. Marantz even includes a 45 rpm adapter for added convenience. This 'table's sturdy base and belt-drive design minimize the vibrations that can compromise sound quality. The included moving magnet cartridge delivers smooth, detailed sound, and comes pre-mounted for quick and easy setup.

Marantz's TT42P turntable makes it easy to breathe new life into your record collection. It offers both 33-1/3 or 45 rpm playback speeds with the flick of a switch so you can enjoy your LPs and 45s for years to come. Marantz even includes a 45 rpm adapter for added convenience. This 'table's sturdy base and belt-drive design minimize the vibrations that can compromise sound quality. The included moving magnet cartridge delivers smooth, detailed sound, and comes pre-mounted for quick and easy setup.

Automatic playback with manual control

This turntable gives you convenient fully automatic operation, with auto-return and shut-off. A cueing lift lever also lets you manually raise the tonearm and place it precisely on any track you wish without the risk of scratching your records. The included detachable dust cover helps keep your 'table clean between uses.

Comes with a handy built-in phono preamp

The TT42P features a built-in preamp for hassle-free connection to a system that lacks a dedicated phono input, such as those that include many of a number of modern home theater receivers. Simply plug the turntable into any normal line-level input (just as you would a CD player) and you're ready to play vinyl.

Product Highlights:

  • aluminum platter
  • belt-drive system with DC servo motor ensures accurate speed and rumble-free sound reproduction
  • built-in preamp for playback with audio systems lacking phono input
  • fully automatic operation
  • manual lifter mechanism
  • moving magnet cartridge included
  • removable dust cover
  • attached RCA audio cable
  • heavy base construction
  • speed selector: 33-1/3 rpm & 45 rpm
  • frequency range (with included cartridge): 20-18,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 65 dB
  • 16-9/16"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-1/4"D
  • weight: 11.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years (60 days on cartridge and stylus)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable chassis
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • Platter
  • Felt pad
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 45 Adapter
  • User Guide
  • Important Note

Marantz TT42P Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(23 Reviews)

Good sound smooth operation

Lenny from Matawan, NJ on 3/1/2018

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Good sound easy to set up works flawlessly

Pros: Good sound ease of use

Cons: None so far!

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Anonymous from Alma, AR on 12/30/2017

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Been rocking since Christmas. Easy to set up, love the pre-amp, and its automatic



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Anonymous from Seattle, WA on 12/10/2017

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Great performance for the price and worked straight out of the box



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Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 5/12/2017

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Sounds great and easy to use - exactly what I was looking for.



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Anonymous from Mechanicsburg, PA on 4/9/2017

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Overall, this is an excellent product. Just a couple of recommendations: (1) relocate the Start/Stop Switch; (2) Should come with the needle upgrade (E vs S).



Great sound from turn table

Robert from Beaver WV on 12/23/2016

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Great sound from turn table vinil sounds best I have ever herd it

Pros: Very nice vinyl sounds great on this turn table


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Peter from New York, NY on 12/21/2016

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I had a goodish Sony turntable for a number years hooked up to my Marantz PM7001 amp. After that turntable died I ignored vinyl, until recently when I discovered a bunch of 40 year old albums stashed away. After checking specs on a number of models the Marantz TT42P (I like Marantz) seemed to fill the bill, and was actually cheaper than the original non-auto Sony. Easy to install - once I realized that it couldn't be plugged into the phono channel (thank you tech support!) - the sound quality is extremely good through the ranges; it's reopened the vinyl world to me!

Pros: nice clean look, the cover can be removed easily - thereby fitting into existing audio cabinet.

Cons: disappointed to learn the cartridge cannot be upgrade?

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Anonymous from Floyds Knobs, IN on 8/29/2016

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I love this turntable. Great quality and wonderful sound. I have lots of vinyl and this is what I was looking for. Thanks Crutchfield for your help with deciding which turntable to buy.


Cons: NONE

Great support

Lud from Pensacola, Fl on 8/6/2016

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I just began to start up my record collection and the Marantz is my first belt driven turn table. I had many questions about the player itself and compatible receivers that would create great sound quality. The person I spoke with in support was very knowledgeable about every aspect and answered all my questions. The Marantz was super easy to set up especially with the built in phono-pre amp, hook up was a snap. Quality is great and good deal for a recorder player to start out with.

Pros: -Easy Set Up -Fast Delivery -Great customer support

Cons: -You can get it in any color you'd like as long as it's in black

So Far, So Good

Tom from Palm Bay, FL on 6/8/2016

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Ben using it now for a couple of weeks and it meets or exceeds my expectations.

Pros: Sound quality is great, love the automatic start and return.

Cons: none so far.

Great Turntable - still a quality product

JGa from Limerick, ME on 3/6/2016

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I looked at the other brands and other ratings - don't be put off that this turntable costs about $1,000 - $2,000 less than some of the other popular 70's brands are going for. I am not a DJ and am not suckered in by nostalgic name brands. I just want to listen to my old vinyl again - and this is right on the money. I like the fact that they are still made in Germany. The sound and functionality is perfect for every dollar I spent on it. I can't complain about it's appearance. It's sleek and it has no bling. I don't watch my turntable - I listen to music. Crutchfield delivery was quick and item packed securely. I am looking forward to years of enjoyment from this turntable.

Pros: Quality, not made in China - happy with the price / value ratio. And yes - it has RCA jacks! No issues with this turntable. Oh BTW - Built in pre-amp.

Cons: None for me - thanks!

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William from salem, NY on 3/1/2016

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The turntable satisfies my needs and works flawlessly to date.

Pros: Easy set up, smooth operation, true sound reproduction.

Cons: Cartridge fixed, no upgrade.

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Jeff G. from Missouri on 12/21/2015

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Love this turntable, upgraded my system and this was the perfect addition. The built in amplifier works fantastic and the unit has smooth quiet operation.

Pros: High quality

Cons: None

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Mike S from Nevada on 12/15/2015

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The turn-table was just as advertised, the simplest of installations, instructions easy to read, set up just as easy. The unit performed well or as expected. It was the high cost to overall value of the unit that prevents any higher rating. After receiving, installing and using it, it became apparent that the quality for the cost was not there. This is a no frills unit, but at the price you pay you expect more for you money. I have give kudo's to Crutchfield, far superior in customer service, its the only company I deal with for my electronics. going back over 20 years.

Pros: It works as advertised, no problems with the unit, super easy set-up

Cons: The overall cost to value lacking greatly, if it were priced several hundreds less it would be worth the money

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TWStein from Willmar, MN. on 11/26/2015

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I highly regard Marantz products going back to the 60's. That is the reason I purchased this Marantz product. I am completely satisfied with it. It is connected to a Marantz NR 1403 AV Receiver. I am happy with this combination.



as described .

Baron from Louisville Kentucky on 10/27/2015

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Works perfectly .

Pros: Easy setup ,really nice sound.

Cons: None

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mike m from nc on 4/27/2015

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great product and performs flawlessly.



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Anonymous from Illinois on 12/28/2014

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great for the price



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Nick E. from United States on 12/1/2014

Happy with the performance and sound. Not so much with the quality or customer service.

Pros: Automatic start/stop, looks nice, sounds great on my Polk RTI A9.

Cons: For the price there should be an adjustable counter balance to allow you to install a different needle/cartridge. After approximately 6 months the springs for the hinges on the dust cover wore out and will no longer hold the cover in the upright position. Contacted Marantz for replacement parts and received no response. It would be nice if there was a switch built in to bypass the built in phono preamp.

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Michael B from Greensboro, NC on 8/24/2014

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I went shopping for a turntable after my trusty old Dual 1228 automatic died after 39 years. Since I am an an "old school" audiophile, I was in for quite an awakening: the new turntables are not like the old ones. They are made primarily for downloading music to digital sources and look flimsy and cheap, and are so-so for listening to vinyl albums. After careful research, I came across the TT42P. While it cost considerably more than the cheaper units, I didn't want to pay over $500 (the higher-end tables cost $1000+). Since I'm used to the older features (strobe lights, anti-skate control, nice heavy platters, beautiful wood bases) this turntable only offers the basic features. But you know what? I don't need all of the features I was used to. The cueing control is well damped and smooth, and the start/stop switch works well (even though it could be closer to the front for easier operation). I currently have it connected to a Yamaha Home Theatre receiver (so I needed the preamp built into the table), and it sounds BEAUTIFUL. The supplied cartridge sounds good, and the turntable operation is very smooth. Even though the table comes with a ground wire, my receiver does not have one. I don't need it, as there are no hums or another sounds coming from the table. Overall, I think the Marantz TT42P turntable is a very well made unit, and at a reasonable price. I hope to enjoy it for another 30 years...

Pros: The shipment arrived in 3 business days, great Crutchfield service and price, The turntable is very beautiful & stylish - compliments my other components, After reading the instructions - Easy set up; remove 2 shipping clips, put the platter on, and put the hinges on for the dust cover. It takes 15 minutes tops... No setting of any counterweight, Anti-skate controls - plug it in and play...

Cons: Platter is VERY light (for us "old heads" who are used to massive, heavy platters), The power plug/adapter head is larger than usual and may not plug into the back of some receivers due to it's size.

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Craig H. from Atlanta, GA on 8/14/2014

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Great product, plays exceptionally well. Good price although not cheap, but not over priced.

Pros: Very smooth handling of the needle and arm, simple controls

Cons: The power cable plug on the back of the TT is very sensitive to touch. Space in my cabinet is limited so any movement of the TT when opening or closing the plastic top sometimes interrupts power.

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Paul Caramagna from Ipwich, MA on 7/1/2014

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Everything about my experience with Crutchfield was smooth and a pleasure. The advice from customer support was "spot on". The product arrived exactly as promised. The Marantz turntable was packed drywall, easy to install and sounds great.



just what i wanted

anubian from snellville, ga on 2/24/2014

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great product for albums to play, clean design, low profile,quick hook-up!!!!!!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Operation Fully Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 65
Wow and Flutter 0.07
Weight 11.9 lbs.

Product Research



Overview: The Marantz TT-42P is a fully automatic, high quality turntable with DC servo belt-drive, low-coloration tone arm, built-in preamp, and transparent dust cover. The TT-42P is the ideal answer to your need for a high performance source component for analog records.

Built-in Phono Preamp: Because many audio receivers do not feature a dedicated phono input, the TT-42P comes with a built-in phono input circuitry. This allows you to plug the TT-42P into any line level audio input (the same type of input you would use for a compact disc player) for easy, plug-and-play enjoyment of your vinyl collection.

Fully Automatic: The Marantz TT-42P turntable features full automatic operation for easy & comfortable operation that protects the stylus from damage. The turntable offers automatic start, plus automatic tone-arm return & stop.

Low Noise DC Servo Motor: The Marantz TT-42P full automatic turntable employs a DC Servo motor belt-drive system (with rubber belt & metal bearings) to ensure accurate speed & rumble-free sound reproduction.

33-1/3 & 45 RPM: The TT-42P offers two speed selection playback in both 33 1/3 & 45 rpm (adapter included).

MM Cartridge: The Marantz turntable's MM cartridge is compatible with a vast majority of the amplifiers & receivers.

Note: This turntable offers a pre-adjusted/pre-set counterweight that is designed to work with the included MM cartridge. The counterweight cannot be adjusted as it is fixed into position, so swapping out the cartridge for a different one, or fine tuning using a force gauge is not possible.

Attached Stereo RCA/Ground Cables: The Marantz TT-42P is fitted with an attached 44" stereo RCA cable & 35" ground wire.


Turntable Section:

  • Platter: 11.968"
  • RPM: 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 65 dB
  • Wow & Flutter: +/- 0, 10; 0.07%
  • Overall Weight: 11.9 lb

Tone Arm Section:

  • Effective Length: 8.307"
  • Overhang: 0.767"
  • Offset Angle: 26°
  • Tangential Tracking Error: 0.15°/cm Radius
  • Tracking Force: 25mN (22.5-27.5 mN)


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 18 kHz
  • Output Voltage: 4mV
  • Cartridge Weight: 0.158 oz

Phono Preamp:

  • Input Sensitivity: 5mV, 1 kHz
  • Output Level: 240 mV/1 kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01%
  • RIAA Equalization (30 Hz-15 kHz): +/- 0.5 dB
  • Power Consumption: ca. 5mA

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

It's a gift, I have one and it's awesome. [ N  Oct 22, 2017 ]
Germany made [ Duy  Sep 25, 2017 ]
I wanted an automatic turntable with good specs and a built-in pre-amp. Crutchfield seems to have a pretty broad selection, so I was able to find a model that was a pretty good fit to my requirements. [ Mark S.  Aug 05, 2017 ]
Fully automatic turntable by reliable manufacturer [ Anne  Mar 15, 2017 ]
Came recommended by friends/family who are audiophiles and made in Germany. [ Tanima  Dec 13, 2016 ]
For the price it has a lot of great features. [ Linda  Jul 08, 2016 ]
Picked this turntable because of the following: A. matched my current Marantz receiver B. received great reviews on this website and across the internet C. built in phono pre-amp (not for an audiophile setup so imagine the built-in will be high enough quality [ DARREN  Feb 10, 2016 ]
This turntable gets great reviews everywhere from Rolling Stone Magazine to the Crutchfield tech support themselves! [ Sherry  Jan 23, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I returned this turntable, it felt cheap and did not play well. [ randall  Oct 22, 2017 ]
I have been extremely pleased with this unit and it's preamp. I have had for over a year with no problems. [ IVAN  Oct 22, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. It doesn't look like we have gotten any feedback from other customers on your questions. I would recommend contacting an Advisor by phone or online to discuss the tracking force. As for the phono pre-amp, it does not appear that this player has the ability to connect to an external phono preamp. It is only recommended for connecting directly into the standard RCA level input of a receiver or similar source unit. [ Jeff  Dec 30, 2013 ]  Staff