Praised by The New York Times
Leave it to Music Hall to take its best-selling, Stereophile "Recommended" MMF-2.1 turntable and give it an upgrade, just to make it an even better value.
The cosmetic changes are the most obvious. The MMF-2.2 boasts a high-gloss piano black lacquer finish and what the company calls a "sexy" dust cover. But it also incorporates critical performance enhancing features.
The new height adjustable vibration dampening foot gives you more control over quashing resonance problems than ever before. The substantially improved alloy tonearm offers exceptional rigidity for superior playback. The MMF-2.2 also features a sleek, low profile chassis that looks good anywhere you set up your turntable.
"Gives You More For Your Money"
"Turntables are really simple machines. It doesn't cost a great deal to get a good one, and today's turntables give you more for your money than they did when vinyl ruled… like the Music Hall MMF-2.2," notes Roy Furchgott in his article "How to Enjoy Turntables Without Obsessing Over Them" in the April 18, 2012 issue of The New York Times.
High-Torque AC-Synchronous Motor
The high-torque AC-synchronous motor is shock-mounted for improved isolation. An aluminum pulley drives the belt around a non-resonant polymer inner platter. MMF-2.2's 4.5 lb machined metal alloy platter is covered with an anti-resonant dark charcoal-grey coating to reduce platter ringing.
Substantially Improved Alloy Tonearm
The brand new high quality medium-mass alloy tonearm offers adjustable anti-skating, damped cueing, and easy-to-adjust tonearm height. So you can easily "dial-in" the best sound with almost any moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge.
MMF-2.2 comes with a factory-installed Music Hall moving magnet phono cartridge offering excellent detail and dynamics for the price. The cartridge supplied is properly aligned and mounted. Also included with the MMF-2.2 is a soft felt mat, phono cartridge alignment gauge, 45-RPM record adapter, and installation manual.
"Hi-fi elitists may debate competing technologies of moving coil versus moving magnet cartridges as if Middle East peace depended on the answer, but turntables are really simple machines. It doesn't cost a great deal to get a good one, and today's turntables give you more for your money than they did when vinyl ruled. The celebrated Thorens 125 MKII, with tonearm, cost about $500 in 1975. (That's about $2,000 in today's dollars.) A comparable one in performance today, like the Music Hall MMF-2.2 or the Pro-Ject Debut III Esprit, costs $300 to $500."
- Roy Furchgott, "How to Enjoy Turntables Without Obsessing Over Them," The New York Times, April 18, 2012