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mmf-1.5 turntable

The stunning mmf-1.5, with its superior s-shaped alloy tonearm, music hall melody cartridge, 3-speed belt drive design, and built-in phono pre-amp, is a beautifully refined piece.

in the groove

From the first music note to the final fade-out, the music hall mmf-1.5 sets your world to groove and your feet to dance.

the complete package

A top-quality music hall melody cartridge comes
pre-mounted and precision-aligned.

A built-in speed control circuit ensures the accuracy
of the mmf-1.5ís 3 speeds.

A built-in phono preamplifier allows you to connect
directly to your current system.

The included hinged dust cover keeps your
mmf-1.5 protected when not in use.

Feature List

  • gorgeous real cherry wood veneer
  • built-in phono pre-amplifier which is by-passable if plugging into an existing phono pre-amp
  • S-shaped aluminum tonearm, 9″
  • removable headshell for easy cartridge changing
  • low noise belt-drive design
  • stiff and solid MDF plinth
  • separately isolated DC synchronous motor for superior speed stability
  • three-speed motor provides 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm
  • properly aligned and mounted Music Hall Melody ($75 value) moving magnet cartridge
  • adjustable electronic speed control
  • special vibration damping feet
  • high quality gold RCA connectors with detachable phono cable included
  • full-size aluminum platter and special vibration damping platter mat
  • worldwide compatibility
  • excellent instruction manual
  • dust cover and 45 rpm adaptor
  • quick and easy to assemble

power supply DC12V,2.0A universal power supply
consumption 4W
dimensions 17.1(W) x 14.5(D) x 5(H) in.
435(W) x 367(D) x 127(H) mm
weight 12lbs. | 5.4Kg
type 3-speed full manual
motor DC motor
driving method belt drive
turntable platter 305mm dia. aluminum die-cast
speeds 33 1/3, 45, and 78rpm
wow and flutter typical: less than 0.1% WTD
at 3KHz RMS(CD-4005)
limit: Less than 0.15% WTD
at 3KHz RMS(CD-4005)
S/N ratio TYPICAL: More than 65dB (DIN-B) (SS-4242)
LIMIT: More than 62dB (DIN-B) (SS-4242
speed tolerance 3000Hz +/-1%(CD-4005)
type moving magnetic cartridge
stylus diamond stylus
channel separation more than 15 dB at 1KHz (CD-4005)
channel balance within 2.5 dB at 1KHz (CD-4005)
phono output level 1.5~3.6 mV at 1KHz 5cm/sec (CD-4005)
line output 90-216 mV at 1KHz 5cm/sec (CD-4005)
RIAA 20Hz~20KHz: +1/-3 dB
type static balanced S-shaped
effective arm length 230mm
overhang 15mm
offset angle 22 degrees
tracking error angle 3 degrees or less
stylus pressure adjustment method rotation movability (1-rotation 4g)
applicable cartridge weight 5~8.5g (including headshell 15~18.5g)
anti-skating adjustment range 0~3g
arm lifter oil damper type
height of stylus 8~10.5mm
lifter descent time 1.5~3 sec (stylus pressure: 2g)
horizontal sensitivity less than 0.2g
vertical sensitivity less than 0.2g

Music Hall mmf-1.5 turntable brings sound and style together

The Audiophiliac spins vinyl on the Music Hall mmf-1.5 turntable.

FEBRUARY 3, 2018 10:47 AM PST

Music Hall championed vinyl decades before the current generation of hipsters discovered the glories of the groove, so I have to admit I’m more than a little late to reviewing a Music Hall turntable. This one here in my listening room, the Music Hall mmf-1.5 feels like an auspicious beginning. The handsome plinth base, cast aluminum platter with a thick mat and curved aluminum arm caught my eye. 
The real cherry wood veneered base feels luxurious, and the mmf-1.5’s removable headshell is a feature you won’t find on Pro-Ject Debut Carbon or Rega turntables. I like removable headshells because they come in handy if you want to easily swap cartridges for different occasions. For example, pop on a spare headshell with a cheap cartridge when you’re throwing a party, and another headshell with a higher-end cartridge for the times you want to go deep with your music.

The mmf-1.5 is a belt-drive design that plays 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm records. Turntable set up is a snap thanks to the premounted Melody moving-magnet phono cartridge. The turntable has a built-in phono preamp, but if you have a decent phono preamp you can bypass the mmf-1.5’s internal one. I listened both ways, with a $129 Schiit Mani phono preamp, and with the mmf-1.5’s built-in one, which was decent enough, but the Schiit is a worthwhile upgrade.
Also deserving special mention is the mmf-1.5’s tonearm cueing device, it’s a smooth operator raising and lowering the ‘arm, and the cueing lever feels sturdier than average.

I’m not much of an Elvis Presley fan, but when I found an “Elvis 24 Karat Hits!” LP on the street a few years ago I played it once or twice and filed it away. In the midst of writing this review I by chance played that LP again. This time Elvis spoke to me, his phrasing and power, and his band’s rockin’ rhythms got my juices flowing. The mmf-1.5 brought me closer to Elvis’ music, the production and sound quality, which I never noticed before.
The mmf-1.5 may not have the gutsy bass brawn of a big direct drive turntable like a Pioneer PLX 1000 ($699), but the mmf-1.5 wins on finesse and regularly occurring musical epiphanies that make it hard to stop playing one LP after another.

Tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec’s brilliant “Bossa Nova, Soul Samba” LP from 1962 was where the allure of analog sound really kicked in. Quebec’s rounded tone and fuller sound were the sort you rarely experience with digital files. I’ve said it before, but the best way to enjoy digital audio is never listen to a well recorded LP on a decent turntable. Digital may be clearer, but digital inevitably winds up sounding more two-dimensional, and less like real humans playing tunes.

Right after I played the Quebec LP I popped on another favorite jazz LP: Collin Walcott, Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos’ “Codona 3” from 1982. That LP was sourced from a digital recording, and it was more dynamic than the Quebec LP, but the “Codona 3” LP’s sound was rather lean, and the mmf-1.5 easily revealed the differences between the two records. Both sounded great, but the Quebec disc felt more musically, hot-blooded authentic, while “Codona 3” sounded more coolly modern and transparent. On both LPs cymbals and other percussion instruments were rendered with surprising dramatic presence.

This turntable doesn’t just play the loud parts well, it digs deep into the music to reveal more about the subtle elements like reverberation and the atmosphere of the session, information that’s way down in the grooves. In other words, analog sound isn’t just a byproduct of playing a vinyl record, there’s more to it than that. The turntable doesn’t create the sound hiding in the grooves, it retrieves it, and the better the turntable the more faithfully it reproduces the music.

The Music Hall mmf-1.5 turntable sells for $399, including the phono cartridge, and if you’re considering taking the vinyl plunge it’s worthy of serious consideration. Very serious consideration.