Improving a Stereophile Recommended Component
How you improve upon a Stereophile "Recommended Component" and The Absolute Sound "Editors' Choice Award" Winner? Ask Music Hall's Roy Hall.
Roy quietly crafted an improved version of Music Hall's best-selling, brilliantly designed MMF-5 turntable. He spent many hours working out the fine details of the latest MMF-5.1 to offer an even a greater value for money than the MMF-5. Or, as he is fond of saying, "a greater value for a little more money." Little energy was expended on the name, Roy admits. But, what's in a name, when the performance is this outstanding?
The MMF-5.1 includes the advanced and ultra-rigid M7 tonearm, a dynamically balanced alloy platter, and a moving magnet phono cartridge. Plus, lots of other extras, too.
Proprietary Two-plinth Design
The MMF-5.1 boasts a unique proprietary two-plinth design with six rubber springs separating the bottom platform from the top. This extra level of isolation keeps motor and room vibration out of your music. The compliant feet, two-speed synchronous motor, switch, wiring, and electrical parts are located on the bottom plinth, while the critical sound reproducing components such as the bearing and arm, are mounted on the "floating" top platform.
A new feature for the MMF-5.1 is a dynamically balanced alloy platter. The platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon, providing extra damping control for fluid, noise-free operation. The bearing assembly comes pre-charged with lubricant. The effective length of the tonearm is 9 inches, which allows a very shallow tracking arc for reduced distortion. The net effect is transparent sound and excellent realism, especially on acoustic instruments.
Music Hall didn't skimp on the tonearm that comes standard with the MMF-5.1. The pre-installed M7 has a headshell and shaft drawn from a single piece of aluminum for maximum integrity and rigidity. The bearings are made from hardened stainless steel points set in sturdy ring cages. For precise tracking, the counterweight's center of gravity is level with the stylus tip. And the counterweight is decoupled from the arm to act as a resonance damper. The arm also boasts an adjustable VTA, a damped arm lift, and highly flexible internal wiring drawn from high-purity copper for optimal signal transfer.
Magic 3 Cartridge Included
So that you can start enjoying your turntable immediately, the MMF-5.1 comes with the Music Hall Magic 3 moving magnet phono cartridge already mounted. This $350-value cartridge has a replaceable nude elliptical diamond stylus.
Extras Come Standard!
A metal screw-on record clamp is provided as standard equipment, along with cartridge alignment protractor, 45 RPM adapter, and dust cover. The Music Hall MMF-5.1 is easy to set up and assemble, thanks to the included bubble level and excellent instruction manual.
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|Great entry level turntable you can upgrade to make it more high end.|
I purchased this turntable from another online seller as I had a gift card with a little over $400.00 on it. Otherwise I most likely would have bought one here. This is a great entry level turntable, even at $875.00 it is considered an entry level turntable. It still is a great model to upgrade at your own speed. The included stylus on this model is $399.00 to replace. It comes with a very good sounding stylus. I have been making upgrades since I purchased it back in May 2013. The best thing about this model that appealed to me over the other models in the same price range is the fact that the turntable has a floating plinth separate from the motor and base. I have replaced the metal platter with an acrylic platter. I used a Pro-Ject acrylic platter as it looks identical to the Music Hall acrylic platter. I also could not find the Music Hall platter until I already had the Pro-Ject platter up and running. The guy at a local high end electronics store told me that they are exactly the same. I then purchased the Music Hall speed control unit as it gets very tedious having to take the platter off to change the belt from 33.3 to 45 rpm as I have a lot of 12 inch singles and 45 rpm remastered releases. I am also using the Music Hall cork decoupler which produced even better sound and clarity. I thought it would help, but I was very impressed by the vast improvement in sound quality. I recently bought the AcousTech Big Brush with the ground lead and it helps with the static very well. I have purchased many carbon fiber brushes, a strobe and strobe platter and I plan on replacing the cartridge after the new year. My most recent purchase was more equipment, a low end VPI vacuum cleaning machine. This really is the best purchase I have made to make my vinyl sound better than ever. My last purchase until after Christmas was a digital force gauge. It really starts adding up and very quickly. But this is a nice unit as is, so you can do these improvements over time or not at all if you are satisfied with its nice sound. I deep clean the vinyl once with the VPI, even new pressings, and then replace the inner sleeve with a MFSL sleeve. I keep the original inner unless it is just a plain paper sleeve. Then I just brush them until they need another deep cleaning which is rare. Most individuals do not realize the expense related to owning and caring for a vinyl collection. I know that all this sounds very OCD, but if you love great sounding vinyl, this procedure is what works best for me. I rarely have pops or noise unless it is from the previous owner. There is so much more equipment that most people do not consider needing other than just buying a turntable and some new albums. My old Denon turntable was in desperate need of a new stylus and a new motor assembly, so it was going to cost quite a bit to have it repaired. Just the parts alone justified a new turntable. It was at least 20 years old or more. It was a very nice and clean model with the original box. It had a built in strobe and speed control. I just decided to buy a new turntable. I was fortunate enough to find a person at vinyl store in Austin that needed the parts I still had. So I sold him the Denon and basically broke even on the initial price between the gift card and selling the old Denon for parts. After looking at the models that I was interested in, I really had a case of sticker shock. This model fell right into my price range and I knew that I was also going to have to buy some expensive accessories if I wanted to get the most out of my vinyl collection. I have spent quite a bit on vinyl in the last eight months, but I have acquired a nice collection of colored, MFSL releases, limited numbered pressings, box sets, and RSD vinyl. I also have over 100 Japanese pressings all with their original OBIs intact from a local private collector that is thinning his collection due to space. His collection is great because he recorded his vinyl to Reel to Reel. Most of the albums have been played just a couple of times and stored properly. On top of the 2,000 + CDs, I also own more than 500 albums and this is posing a problem with storage, but there is nothing like holding an album cover and reading all the stuff on the cover and when available the inner sleeve. I am glad to see the new resurgence in vinyl sales. Help Keep Vinyl Alive!!!!!!
|- James Y, TX|