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Music Hall MMF-2.3

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

2 Reviews

Overview

Our take on the Music Hall MMF-2.3

If you're a music lover who has yet to take the vinyl plunge, Music Hall's easy-to-use MMF-2.3 makes a great place to start. That's because Music Hall engineered this turntable to deliver outstanding value and performance that goes far beyond its price point. The MMF-2.3's minimalist design focuses directly on the critical com­ponents that benefit sound quality — the main bearing, motor, and tonearm. But that doesn't mean this beauty looks stripped-down. Music Hall also gave it a clean, streamlined appearance with an elegant high-gloss lacquer finish.

Audiophile sound that won't break the bank

If you're a music lover who has yet to take the vinyl plunge, Music Hall's easy-to-use MMF-2.3 makes a great place to start. That's because Music Hall engineered this turntable to deliver outstanding value and performance that goes far beyond its price point. The MMF-2.3's minimalist design focuses directly on the critical com­ponents that benefit sound quality — the main bearing, motor, and tonearm. But that doesn't mean this beauty looks stripped-down. Music Hall also gave it a clean, streamlined appearance with an elegant high-gloss lacquer finish.

High-quality construction for top-notch performance

The MMF-2.3's sturdy MDF chassis rests on adjustable, vibration-damping rubber feet that provide a solid, low-resonance foundation. Its heavy steel alloy platter spins on a high-precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly for smooth, silent rotation. The DC synchronous motor ensures superior speed stability for accurate playback. The damped motor mounts and belt-drive system effectively isolate the motor's vibration from the chassis to prevent noise from being transferred to the cartridge.  Finally, the table's custom carbon fiber tonearm provides superb tracking ability to faithfully follow the grooves of your albums. A silicone-damped lift for gently raises and lowers the arm, protecting both the stylus and your records.

Quick and easy to assemble

Music Hall knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why the MMF-2.3 comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its pre-matched, factory-mounted phono cartridge and tonearm take the guesswork out of installation, and give you optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few simple steps to dial in key settings like tracking force, anti-skating, and platter speed are all it takes to get this player primed and ready to deliver spacious, detailed music.

Product Highlights:

  • heavy steel alloy platter with felt mat provides excellent speed stability
  • high-precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • custom carbon fiber tonearm for superb tracking ability
  • includes pre-mounted Music Hall Spirit moving magnet cartridge
  • tonearm features adjustable height and anti-skate settings for optimizing sound with different cartridges
  • separately isolated DC synchronous motor for reduced vibration and superior speed stability
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with adjustable vibration-damping feet
  • gold-plated RCA audio jacks with detachable phono cables
  • high-gloss black lacquer finish
  • fully manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variation: ±0.18%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.11%
  • rumble maximum: -68dB
  • frequency response (with included cartridge): 20-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • channel separation (with included cartridge): greater than 20dB (at 1kHz)
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • 17"W x 4-1/2"H (with dust cover down) x 13"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
  • Antiskating weight
  • Counter-weight
  • Belt-changing tool
  • Hex-key
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Tool
Reviews

Music Hall MMF-2.3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

A great turntable for under 500 bucks!

Ken from Forest Hills, NY on 2/13/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This turntable is a very solid performer.Records sound really good with lots of detail.I really like the replaceable Stylus which is very hard to find on a high end machine.The setup was really user friendly.The build quality is near perfect. I enjoy listening to good music on it. The only con is the really cheesy felt mat but I have replaced it with cork Which is better for decoupling records anyway.

Pros: musicality

Cons: Cheesy cheap mat

Can't Imagine Better Sound

Polack Ralphie from Baltimore, MD on 12/24/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've steered clear of expensive systems after spending a bundle in the late eighties. I parked my high end Denon turntable in my music room and only brought it down in order to digitize LPs that weren't on CD. I started putting together an entirely new system piece by piece earlier this year. All from Crutchfield, an NAD integrated amp, Klipsch speakers, and an Onkyo CD player. After much investigating and hemming and hawing I eventually settled on the MMF 2.3 and I am ecstatic about the sound that it is delivering. Coupled with the Cambridge phono pre-amp (also from Crutchfield) I just can't imagine better sound coming from a system in my price range. And the service from Crutchfield is amazing.

Pros: Simple with no needless bells and whistles. Carbon Fiber tone arm. Super quiet operation. The stylus can be upgraded for even higher fidelity.

Cons: None that I have encountered.

Details

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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 0.15
Weight 17 lbs.

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Features
Specifications

Features

Belt-Driven + Isolated Motor: The Music Hall turntable employs a low noise fully manual belt drive design that supports two speeds (33/45 rpm). A 45 rpm adapter is included. A separately isolated DC synchronous motor for superior speed stability.

Alloy Platter with Stainless Steel/Bronze Bearing Assembly: The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable features a full-size alloy platter  and comes with a felt mat. The alloy platter runs on a precision, stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly to provide fluid and quiet operation.

Carbon Fiber Tone-Arm: The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable features a custom carbon fiber tone-arm for superb tracking ability.

MM Phono Cartridge: The Music Hall Spirit moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge is pre-mounted and properly aligned. The turntable's elliptical 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.

MDF Plinth w/ Damping Feet: The medium density fiber (MDF) plinth stands on three special, resonance damping feet for exceptional stability. The feet are adjustable for perfect leveling.

Gold-Plated RCA Connectors: The Music Hall turntable is fitted with gold-plated stereo RCA connectors and comes with a 4' stereo RCA audio cable.

Dust Cover: The Music Hall MMF-2.3 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 included external power adapter.

Colors: The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is available in high gloss piano black, red, or white finish.

Specifications

Turntable Specs:

  • Power Absorption: 2VA
  • Speeds: 33/45 rpm
  • Speed Deviation: +/- 0.9%
  • Wow & Flutter: +/-0.15%
  • Rumble Max: -70 dB
  • Tracking Force: 10-30 mN
  • Effective Tone-Arm:
    • Length: 9" (22.9cm)
    • Overhang: 0.67" (17mm)
  • Platter Diameter: 11.81" (30cm)
  • AC Power:
    • Input: 100-240V ~ 0.5A Max, 47-63Hz
    • Output: 15V - 0.8A

Cartridge Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+/-3db)
  • Channel Balance: 2dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 20dB @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 5mV (+/-2dB), 1kHz @ 5cm/sec
  • Static Compliance: 16mm/N
  • Equivalent Tip Mass: 0.7 mg
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 26 degrees
  • Stylus Radius: Elliptical .0007" x .0003"
  • Stylus Type: Replaceable
  • Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
  • Load Capacitance: 150-400 pF
  • Internal Inductance: 560 mH
  • Internal Resistance: 700 Ohm
  • Cartridge Weight: 4.2g
  • Fixing Center: 0.5" (12.7mm)
  • Playing Weight: 1.5-2.0g (1.75g nom.)

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I had actually chosen the Teac TN30 but changed my mind after talking with Blake, my Crutchfield advisor. He recommended the Music Hall MMF-2.3, saying that the sound quality and construction were much better and were worth the extra money. [ Ryan  Apr 20, 2016 ]
Read the site's reviews. Everything they said it was. [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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