New Version of a "Recommended" Favorite
Includes Upgraded Carbon Fiber Tonearm and Goldring MC Cartridge (Optional at an Additional Cost)
Music Hall's original MMF-9 turntable won a "Recommended Component" rating in the April 2005 issue of Stereophile for its "tight, fast, and punchy" sound, plus considerable value for the money.
So what does Music Hall do for an encore? How about upgrading, enhancing, and improving an already great turntable with a new tonearm and phono cartridge. That's exactly what you get with the MMF-9.1
The Goods on the Latest Goodies
Here's the goods on the latest goodies. The MMF-9.1 gets updated with a Pro-Ject 9cc one-piece carbon fiber tonearm with superior rigidity and low resonance. The headshell and armtube are one piece of carbon fiber.
The MMF 9.1 also now includes an optional, gorgeous-sounding Goldring Eroica LX low output (0.5mV) MC cartridge. It's a low-output moving coil design that works brilliantly with the new tonearm.
Pinnacle of the Product Line
Music Hall's MMF-9.1 precision turntable is the pinnacle of the MMF product line. Yet it remains surprisingly affordable for all the features and performance that it packs into its sleek design. The MMF-9.1 easily competes with competitive models costing hundreds of dollars more. In fact, we know of no other turntable that costs as much to produce yet sells for so little!
"You would need to spend a lot more money to get any significant improvement in sound quality," raves Ron Nagle on th eoriginal MMF-9 in the December 2004 issue of The Stereo Times. "Strictly using a performance-to-price ratio this is a very good deal and for the majority of audiophiles the only turntable you will ever need."
The two-speed, belt-driven MMF-9.1 boasts a sophisticated three-plinth design using four Sorbothane 'spring' hemispheres between each plinth which act as a suspension and isolation system that reduces resonance to the vanishing point. The bottom plinth has three adjustable spiked feet and two phono outputs, while the top platform incorporates a spirit level for easy set-up.
Isolated Motor with 50 Hz Option
The external motor is situated at the front, left corner of the turntable and rests in a cutout where it is completely isolated from the 'table. The position of the motor diagonally opposite the arm reduces any vibrations caused by the motor or belt so that they do not enter the cartridge. Turntable speed changes from 33-1/3 to 45 rpm with the push of a button. The motor includes an electronic speed control that locks in the speed of the motor. The motor runs at 50 Hz instead of 60 Hz. The lower motor frequency brings the added benefit of ultra-quiet operation.
The belt runs around the perimeter of the 1"-thick acrylic platter. Acrylic was chosen for its superior sound quality and isolation properties. The platter sits on an incredibly quiet inverted ceramic bearing.
The new tonearm uses bearings made from hardened stainless steel points set in sturdy ring cages. The counterweight's center of gravity is level with the stylus tip. It is decoupled from the arm and acts as a resonance damper. The arm also has adjustable VTA, a damped arm lift, and highly flexible internal wiring drawn from high-purity copper.
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|The Music Hall MMF9.1 is outstanding!|
I set up the 9.1 with a Black Bird cartridge and a Ringmat. It has a wonderful large, well focused soundstage. Bass is deep and tight as Iíve ever heard from vinyl. Piano sounds rich and believable. Vocals, especially female, are scary real! 2 minor nitpicks. When cueing a record the blue motor LED is blinding. I put a small piece of tape over it. The 33/45 button would be better if it were front mounted.
|- Bill K, IL|