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Music Hall ikura

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

3 Reviews | 1 question - 4 answers

Item # 823IKURAB

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Our take on the Music Hall ikura

We've always believed that job one for any audio component is to deliver great sound, with cosmetics taking a back seat to performance. With Music Hall's ikura, we now know that it's possible to have our cake and eat it, too. Designed and developed in the USA, this stunning turntable not only serves up seriously great sound, it looks gorgeous doing it. Precise construction and careful attention to details and materials allow this 'table to retrieve astonishing levels of sonic detail from the grooves of your albums. And a high-gloss piano lacquer finish with a sleek, sculpted chassis adds to its striking look.

Stunning performance with looks to match

Music Hall Ikura turntable

Music Hall's ikura turntable offers beautiful sound and looks.

We've always believed that job one for any audio component is to deliver great sound, with cosmetics taking a back seat to performance. With Music Hall's ikura, we now know that it's possible to have our cake and eat it, too. Designed and developed in the USA, this stunning turntable not only serves up seriously great sound, it looks gorgeous doing it. Precise construction and careful attention to details and materials allow this 'table to retrieve astonishing levels of sonic detail from the grooves of your albums. And a high-gloss piano lacquer finish with a sleek, sculpted chassis adds to its striking look.

Features that put the focus on sound

The ikura starts with Music Hall's unique two-piece chassis design, called a “split-plinth.” This design does more than just look beautiful — it also isolates vibrations that can smear sonic detail. The bottom platform supports the three height-adjustable conical feet, motor, power switch, wiring and electrical parts, while the top platform holds the turntable's critical sound reproducing components — the platter bearing, tonearm, and cartridge. Three rubber isolating cones separate the two layers, virtually eliminating transmitted vibration, for silent backgrounds and superior sound. The 'table's dynamically balanced MDF platter spins on a precision stainless steel bearing sheathed in a layer of Teflon® for smooth, steady rotation.

The ikura's alloy tonearm boasts rigid, one-piece construction, Swiss-made stainless steel bearings, and a decoupled, resonance-damping counterweight for exceptional low-friction, low-noise operation. Its 9" length allows for a very shallow tracking arc across the record, helping to reduce distortion. And the turntable includes a pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge.

Hassle-free setup

One of the great things about vinyl records is that they force you to slow down and savor the act of listening. But the ikura 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 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 unlock the best sound you've ever heard from your record collection.

Product Highlights:

  • split-plinth construction with vibration-isolating conical rubber cones for quieter performance
  • MDF platter with soft felt mat
  • one-piece aluminum alloy tonearm with Swiss-made ABEC 7 stainless steel bearings for superior rigidity and low resonance
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge with user-replaceable nude elliptical diamond stylus
  • tonearm offers adjustment of vertical tracking angle and azimuth for optimized playback performance and cartridge flexibility
  • Teflon® sheathed stainless steel main bearing for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • separately isolated DC synchronous motor for reduced vibration and noise
  • vibration-damping adjustable feet
  • low-noise fully manual belt-drive design
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variance: ±0.9%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.15%
  • rumble (max): greater than -70dB
  • high quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • includes dust cover, felt platter mat, and 45 rpm record 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

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (installed)
  • Cartridge (installed)
  • Hub (installed)
  • 3 Damping feet (installed)
  • MDF Platter
  • Felt mat
  • Dust cover
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/UK/EU)
  • Belt
  • Counter-weight
  • 3 Weighted discs
  • Anti-skating weight
  • 45rpm adapter
  • 4' Stereo RCA cable (w/ ground wire)
  • Tonearm adjustment tool
  • Belt-changing tool
  • 2 Hex-keys
  • Pair of cloth gloves
  • Instruction Manual

Music Hall ikura Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Excellent sound

Steve from Georgia on 3/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought an Audio Technica TT to see if I really wanted to get back into Vinyl. I have a fairly extensive collection of 30-50 year old LP's. The sound was OK, but my wife and I both thought it was a little "tinny". Being basically old-fashioned, I didn't want to give up so I bought the Ikura. The assembly was little challenging as the pulley on the motor shaft was mounted about a half mm high, making it scrape against the bottom of the platter. With difficulty, I was able to loosen the tiny set screw on the pulley and lower it to where it cleared the platter. The anti skate is a bit of a Rube Goldberg. I suggest making the loop on the monofilament line into a slip knot to keep it from constantly falling off. I'm saving the best for last, however: the sound is outstanding! I couldn't believe there would be that much of a difference. I would have given the Ikura five stars except for the mis-aligned pulley and the funky anti-skate mechanism.

Pros: I don't know how vinyl could sound better!

Cons: Improperly aligned drive pulley. Anti-skate designed during the Renaissance (1600AD+-).

Ikura Turntable

tvpro from Saint Louis on 2/25/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For a turntable in this price range, it is remarkably clean and noise free. It is very stylish and will look great in any setting. One thing I noticed was it didn't seem to be biased toward the low or high frequencies thus playing them equally well. Since a large part of my LP collections are 1/2 speed masters I am able to make a good assessment of just how well this platter performs. It performs great. It is pretty simple to put together with one exception. Attaching the anti skate weight to the arm post is a real pain in the rear. Balancing the tone arm is done by sight which really makes it kind of a guessing game. Tracking meter is probably a great idea if you don't have one. The dust cover removes during play and it would be ill advised placing it back on after needle drops. This is okay most of the time but on several occasions the lp has picked up some stray particles during playback. I strongly recommend this turntable to even the most discerning listener, Sounds great no matter what genre of music you give it.

Pros: Great dynamic range. No discernable noise. High and Low frequencies are produced equally well. No discernable wow or flutter. Very Very Very Clean sound,. Instructions are good and easy to put together. I have a set of Maggies I am listening to which are in close proximity of my turn table. I am not getting any of the feedback he mentioned. I too have been very pleased with the service from Crutchfield.

Cons: Do not like how the anti skate weight attaches to the tone are. Hard to get it on and keep it on. Dust cover needs to stay off during playback

Music hall ikura turntable

John from Warrenton, va on 2/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This turntable is amazing! The craftmanship is just impeccable. The all black is so sleek and Has such a beautiful design. Upgraded from a project debut carbon w/ a grado gold stylist and let me tell you it does not disappoint. The ikura would have received 5 stars but there is a little feedback when volume is turned up high. Probably the RCA cables, which I do plan on replacing. Another option could possible be that the ikura turntable sits to close to my speakers, but my set up is in a small room so I really don't have another option. Crutchfield customer service is always the best. I did some work for my friend, he ordered it over the phone and it was shipped next day to my house. I haven't called Crutchfield about the feedback yet, but if it's like any other question or concern I had in the past, I'm sure Crutchfield will take excellent care of us consumers. So if your looking for a middle priced turntable that sounds like $2,000+ turntable, shop no more and order the Ikura. You will not be disappointed. Setup Marantz 7007 (another great product from Crutchfield) B&W CM5 Cambridge 651P phono preamp (another great product from crutchfield)

Pros: Beautiful design, budget friendly, sounds amazing, quality construction, IT WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.

Cons: Slight feedback at high volume in between songs.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio Not given
Wow and Flutter 0.15
Weight 28 lbs.

Product Research


Ikura Series: The Ikura series turntable is the result of a dynamic design partnership between Doing & Done, headed by designer James Kyroudis, and Music Hall. Each element of the Ikura turntable has been carefully selected to provide you with the highest level of performance and sound quality.

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

  • Speeds: 33/45 rpm
  • Speed Deviation: +/- 0.9%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.15%
  • Rumble Max: -70 dB
  • Power Absorption: 2VA

Split-Plinth Design: The foundation of the Ikura series turntable's design remains the unique two-piece split-plinth design originated by Music Hall. The two plinths are isolated and separated by three vulcanized rubber cones. Three adjustable conical feet, a 2-speed dc synchronous motor, power switch, wiring and electrical parts are all mounted on the bottom plinth while the critical sound reproducing components; the main bearing, arm and cartridge are mounted on the top plinth.

MDF Platter & Felt Mat: The turntable's MDF(medium density fiberboard) 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.

9" Tonearm: The effective length of the tonearm is 9"; this allows for a very shallow tracking arc on the record thus reducing distortion and record wear. Swiss made ABEC 7 stainless steel bearings provide a high-level of performance. The tonearm also has adjustable VTA, a damped arm lift, and highly flexible top-grade internal wiring drawn from high purity copper.

  • Length: 9." (228.6mm)
  • Overhang: 0.71" (18mm)
  • Tracking Force: 16-20 mN (18 mN recommended)

MM (Moving Magnet) Cartridge: The tonearm comes mounted with an Ortofon 2m blue moving magnet cartridge, plus a user replaceable nude elliptical diamond stylus. The cartridge comes pre-mounted and properly aligned.

  • Frequency Response: 20-25kHz (+/-3db)
  • Channel Balance: 1.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20 degrees
  • Stylus Type: Nude Elliptical
  • Load Resistance: 47 kOhm
  • Load Capacitance: 150-300 pF
  • Internal Inductance: 700 mH
  • Internal Resistance: 1.3 kOhm
  • Cartridge Weight: 7.2 g
Note: If your amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MC input, a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) is required to connect the turntable to your amplifier.

Gold-Plated RCA Outputs: The Music Hall Ikura turntable is fitted with high quality gold-plated RCA connectors and comes with a detachable 4' stereo RCA cable.  

Dust Cover: The Music Hall Ikura comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable. The dust cover is not hinged; it simply rests on top of the turntable and lifts on or off.

AC Power Adapter: The turntable operates off of standard household current using the supplied external AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100V-240V~50/60Hz, 1.0A
  • Output: 15V - 1.6A

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Fit my budget & great review in Stereophile [ PATRICK H  May 08, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Actually, no turntable can be connected directly to any speakers. A turntable (just like a CD player or an old cassette player, which you may remember from years back) must be connected to an amplifier or receiver. It is the amplifier or receiver that is connected to the speakers (any speakers). I'm sure that with Bose speakers you will not be disappointed with the sound but please make sure that you have a good quality amplifier or receiver to connect to your Bose speakers. This turntable does provide lovely sound. I've been very happy with it. Please also remember to keep your records clean for the best possible sound. I hope you enjoy your records with your Music Hall Ikura turntable!!! [ Raiomand D.  Mar 08, 2016 ]
The turntable has to be connected to a amplifier and then the amplifier connects to your speakers. It has a left and right channel RCA jack output. [ Robin  Mar 07, 2016 ]
This turntable, like most of them, cannot be connected directly to speakers. It must first go through a receiver with phono preamp capabilities or a separate phono preamp and then into a receiver. The turntable does amplify the signal and relies on the other equipment to do that. [ John  Mar 07, 2016 ]
Hi - It won't connect directly to speakers. You'll need to connect it through a receiver (which will have the speakers connected to it). Depending on the receiver, you may need to use a pre-amplifier between the turntable and the receiver. It should be reasonably priced and easy to connect. Once you have that set up, you can use any speakers. [ Amar  Mar 07, 2016 ]