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Music Hall MMF-7.3

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

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Overview

Our take on the Music Hall MMF-7.3

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.

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

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

Great product! As good as advertised! product was easy to assemble. As quality as quality advertised! As others have noted! Expensive!

Anonymous, Newark, DE

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Music Hall MMF-7.3 Reviews

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(3 Reviews)

Music Hall MMF-7.3

Anonymous from Newark, DE on 2/26/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product! As good as advertised! product was easy to assemble. As quality as quality advertised! As others have noted! Expensive!

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Cons:

Not what I was expecting

Michael from Bellevue, NE on 11/29/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am not happy with my purchase of the Music Hall MMF-7-3. I have set up many turtables before but this is a pain. The turntable comes with the tonearm set up except for the counter weight, so this mostly is no problem. How ever it comes with many small parts in bags that just seem to complicate putting everything together. It has three feet on the bottom to help level the turntable as needed, but the disc that they give you to protect your stand from the sharp feet are a joke. I have my turntable mounted on a wall platform, so placing the disc under the feet and trying to power the motor and connect the cables will make you say words you should not say. The feet are very small and cheaply made, not what I want on a turntable at this price point. The motor just sits in a hole in the body on a steel puck, Lining this up is a matter of trail and error, a lot of error. I should have spent more money on a different turntable. It would also help if the Music Hall website had a video to refer to when setting up their turntables. Welcome to the new way of doing things.

Pros: looks good

Cons: could be better made

Music Hall MMF-7.3

Anonymous from Mount Pleasant, SC on 12/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely outstanding. The quality and definition of the sound from my lps is far beyond what my previous turntable could produce and i always thought that it was excellent. It's expensive, but if you really care about the sound from your system this is the way to go.

Pros: Performs flawlessly Magnificent sound

Cons:

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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

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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Research. [ DAVID  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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 ]
Great quality! [ Glenn  Nov 14, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Ian, most, if not all, higher-end turntables are manual, meaning they do not automatically do anything (including return). [ GARY  Nov 19, 2016 ]
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 ]
CJ, no it does not. This is a manual turntable, as are most audiophile-quality turntables. [ GARY  Sep 20, 2016 ]
No, it is not a semi-automatic turntable, but fully manual. [ TIMOTHY  Sep 19, 2016 ]
No [ Ralph  Sep 19, 2016 ]
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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