Music Hall MMF-2.3 Turntable Demo

hey everybody welcome back today we are
going to be reviewing yet another
turntable now this turntable was not on
my radar at first but since its arrival
it has completely upended what I believe
to be possible in an entry to mid-level
turntable of course that means we are
going to be reviewing music halls the
classic turntable
music all is a brand that doesn’t
require any introduction but the classic
is kind of their upper entry-level
mid-thigh all-inclusive turntable option
and as such it kind of sits right in the
middle of a line that has cheaper
turntables as well as more expensive
turntables but the classic kind of is
its own thing it’s it looks different
than any other music-hall turntable on
the market right now and as a result I
kind of have to look at it as I sort of
like I said all-in-one lifestyle
turntable product and what I mean by
all-in-one is that it comes complete
with a moving magnet cartridge it comes
with a built-in phono stage that is
defeatable but it does have a built-in
phono preamp as standard meaning that
someone either a new vinyl enthusiast or
even someone that’s been around vinyl
for a while could purchase the classic
and integrate it into any AV system
available now or even pass vintage
electronics with relative ease and get
on with enjoying their favorite records
and so for the purposes of this review I
will be looking at the classic as a
standalone piece now what do I mean by a
standalone piece well I did compare it
to other turntables that I have here in
house but because I see the classic as
kind of a an all-in-one solution I chose
to look at it as an all-in-one solution
as a turnkey vinyl solution so as such I
did use the integrated phono preamp I
used the included cartridge yes I have
other cartridges here yes I have other
turntables here that I also compared the
classic to but what I will describe to
you as it’s sound as its day-to-day
liveability is entirely based on using
the classic as it comes factory
configured so with that out of the way
what makes the Music Hall classic so
unique well I don’t know if it’s unique
but boy does it pack an awful lot of
high-end features for a relatively
affordable $599 price point and what I
mean by that is I just recently finished
the project X 2 and the X 2 is a $1,200
turntable if memory serves me and it is
a belt-driven design but it has speed
controls it has motorized
speed controls but so does the
music-hall classic and when I say it has
speed controls that means there’s no
changing of the belt you simply hit a
button for 33 and 1/3 or you hit a
button for 45 it’s that simple and the
touch sensitive portion or controls on
the classic are actually really really
nice and if I dare say a little bit
better than what you’re gonna find on
the project x2 now the classic itself
uses an arm assembly that is not unlike
the 1500 see that I have also reviewed
on this channel from technics and so in
a weird way the classic is kind of like
if the technics 1500 C or 1200 for those
of you familiar with that and the
project x2 like if they got together and
kind of had a baby
you would have the music-hall classic
and I love that I love that because I
think that the technics is one of the
more full-featured but easy to live with
turntables on the market right now and
one of the things that makes it so easy
to live with besides its direct drive
configuration is the fact that if you
are at all worried about how to replace
a cartridge or things like that
it has just an entirely removable head
show that you can buy with cartridges
pre mounted to it and the classic has
that same design now the tonearm on the
classic is not s-shaped it’s not that
kind of iconic S shape that the technics
has but it does have a removable head
shell and that only adds to the ease of
use ease of livability for the classic
and it’s one of the things that I love
about it I also love that it’s semi
automatic meaning you still have to you
know position the tonearm
and cartridge over your record but it
has a
Thank You lever and you can lower it
very gradually on to your vinyl but when
the tonearm reaches the end of the side
the classic has an auto lift and stop
function now it won’t return the tonearm
to the beginning nor will it restart or
replay the side that is a fully
automatic style turntable but for you
know five hundred and ninety-nine
dollars with a turntable with this kind
of audiophile pedigree it’s nice that
it’s there the other nice thing about it
too is the fact that it does have a
built-in phono preamp and this allows
the classic to be connected to a wide
variety of modern and vintage
electronics whether or not those pieces
have a built-in phono stage or not all
you need is a line level input so if you
have an AV receiver some AV receivers
don’t have phono stages built-in you can
still connect this to one of the open
line level inputs like CD or whatever
and that’s really cool it is defeatable
it is defeatable you can turn it off and
by turning it off then of course you can
use whatever phono preamp that you want
but out of the box the classic is
designed for you to be able to enjoy it
all on its own simply connected to the
system that you have in your home of
choice and just get on with listening to
your favorite records and i absolutely
love that
now the included moving magnet cartridge
that comes with the classic is music
halls own spirit cartridge now this is
about a roughly hundred dollar cartridge
which I’m sure some of you are going to
say oh well that’s the reason why it’s
not good and I have to say I I think
obviously with any turntable you can
improve the sonic performance by
upgrading the cartridge but as it stands
with this hundred dollar spirit
cartridge it’s a really nice cartridge
it’s a really nice package it doesn’t do
anything grotesquely wrong and so as
again as a complete turnkey solution I
have to say I don’t know if there is a
better option at this price point that
Music Hall mean
music hall could have blown their profit
margin and gone with a much much higher
price cartridge but for as it sits at
$5.99 I think the spirit is a fine
option so what does the Music Hall
classic sound like well again to
reiterate I did test it against other
tables and other cartridges I did test
it with other cartridges but I will be
describing to you what you can expect
from the classic out of the box with its
built-in phono stage engage and so the
classic sounds well really good it does
it sounds really really good it is a
very pleasing overall sounding turntable
indeed there’s nothing about it that is
overtly kind of apparent that is to say
it doesn’t have shrill highs or too much
of an over pronounced high frequency the
mid-range is liquidy warm very smooth
very free of grain and and a fine
forward Ness but it’s not overly rich I
don’t know if it’s neutral I would say
that it is a little bit on the romantic
side and a little bit on the smoother
side but that’s okay and I’ll get to
that in just a moment as for the bass
the bass is rich it’s deep and solid
it’s not the fastest
I think the technics 1500 with the red
cartridge the red 2m cartridge is faster
on the uptick but I do think that the
spirit cartridge on the classic plays a
little bit deeper so that really is how
I would summarize the music hall
classics sound it’s it’s very just even
keel it doesn’t have a whole lot about
it that jumps out at you and goes hey
pay attention to me pay attention to me
over here and so its traits become more
about its accessibility and it’s in its
its friendliness if you will to a wide
variety of source material and this is
where I think the music hall
and why I see it as being a really great
entry level if not mid-fight turntable
for today’s modern final enthusiasts
look if your entire vinyl collection
consists of nothing but 180 gram vinyl
and and you are chasing that that top
echelon of what is possible then you’re
likely gonna find the music-hall classic
to be a little bit soft vague you know
things like that it’s not going to give
you those last that last 5% of something
now you can change the cartridge and
maybe have a different experience but as
it sits out of the box that’s not that’s
not its target but if your collection is
largely comprised of new releases new
releases that may or may not be pressed
from digital masters and we all know how
a lot of you feel about oh digital
masters then something like the Music
Hall classic is gonna take a little bit
of that edge off and return a little bit
of that Romanticism back to the
recording and that’s what I mean by it
is well versed and well suited for a
wide wide variety of musical genres and
tastes especially if your library is a
little bit more on the newer side and so
in that respect the Music Hall classic
is a turntable that I found myself
listening to more and more because
everything I played through it sounded
good or great there really wasn’t
anything that objectionable and as a
result that makes it something that is
approachable easy to live with easy to
listen to and one that you do want to
put some hours on and listen to and
isn’t that the point so if you’re the
type of listener that doesn’t like to
get caught up in the minutiae of the
audiophile world and you’re not chasing
extremes you’re not chasing this idea of
perfection you’re just chasing an
elevated sound experience well the Music
Hall classic is going to give it to you
in spades
conversely sound stage is good this is
not a table that projects so the
stage will be confined to basically kind
of the front baffles of your speakers in
terms of projection but the soundstage
itself is very deep and it does extend
well beyond the side boundaries of your
loudspeakers should the album have that
to give dynamics are good they’re not
lightning fast of course obviously
upgrading the cartridge down the line or
perhaps bypassing the internal preamp
and going with an outboard third party
preamp could impact this make this
better but as it sits as a turnkey
solution dynamics are good not great but
very solid and in my opinion appropriate
so with all that said what do I dislike
about the Music Hall classic well I hate
the feet I think the music hall classic
is a good-looking table I do I think it
looks like a project x2 for half the
price but the feet are ugly they’re just
gross they’re gross
I don’t like them I really wish even if
it had raised the price 25 50 bucks
I really wish music hall would have used
different looking feet they they almost
look installed upside down
I know it’s aesthetic it’s an aesthetic
thing but for me I don’t like the feet
uh what else do I not like I will say
that the auto lift function and the auto
stop function works 98% of the time
there were a couple of records and I
cannot tell you why but there were a
couple of records that I listened to
where when it reached the end of the
side or got to the the label the
turntable did not stop and it did not
auto lift like I said I probably
listened to I don’t know how many
records there how many hours I put on
this classic but there were two albums
that one of them was thirty Seconds to
Mars and it got to the label and just
fun it did not stop it did not lift it
did not do any of the things that it
supposedly would do and I have no idea
why that was and I even double-checked
the controls on the back and ensured
that they were in fact engaged so it
should have worked
but it didn’t outside of that I really
do find it kind of difficult to be
upset with or find fault with the
classic it does what it says it’s going
to do and it does it very well and it
sounds great while doing it it’s $5.99 a
lot of money it depends who you talk to
I can make an argument that 599 dollars
is a lot of money but in the analog
audio or vinyl space 599 dollars is
nothing if you want to have that
conversation as well are there cheaper
turntables on the market sure sure my
u-turn orbit my u-turn orbit special
with even a built-in phono preamp is
less expensive there is a certain level
of convenience and ease of use that the
classic does bring to the table into the
argument that I think a lot of
enthusiasts are going to like while it
is not a direct drive turntable the way
the technics is it does act like one and
it has the same kind of functionality
largely as a direct drive turntable I’ll
be it through a belt design and the fact
that you just has touch controls for
speed and it is semi-automatic in its
functionality safe for one record from
30-second to Mars you can kind of see
where maybe that extra hundred dollars
over say something like a u-turn orbit
special does come in to play and that’s
why I do think that it is a little bit
more of an investment 599 but it’s not a
back-breaking one and my bigger take
away from my time with the classic is
this I truly do think that you have to
spend two or three times the classics
asking price in order to outright best
it on many many levels so that’s my
review guys let me know what you think
in the comments below is the Music Hall
classic a turntable that was on your
radar or like me did it kind of come out
of nowhere and take you by surprise also
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Music Hall MMF-2.3 Turntable Specs

Speeds33 1/3, 45 rpm
Speed Deviation±0.80%
Motor2-speed stepped motor pulley
Drive MechanismBelt
CartridgeMoving magnet
StylusReplaceable elliptical
Tone ArmCarbon fiber
Effective Arm Length8.6″ (218.5 mm)
Arm WeightEffective: 0.2 oz (7.0 g)
Overhang0.7″ (18.5 mm)
Rumble Max>-68 dB
Wow and Flutter±0.10%
Connectors1 x RCA L/R gold pair
Power Requirements110 to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz
Power Supply15 VDC, 0 to 0.8 mA
Standby Power Consumption<1 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.00 x 4.50 x 13.00″ (43.18 x 11.43 x 33.02 cm)
Weight14.0 lb (6.4 kg)

Music Hall MMF-2.3 Turntables

When looking for a great bargain, Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is one that might not be too common but is well worth the price. This model features an updated design that is geared more towards the modern audio enthusiast than the audiophile. This is simply because most of the reviews so far have been from the more mainstream market and this product line is aimed towards a different market. In addition to this, it has an LCD display that is easier to read than the old style, which required you to lean down a bit. Other features include a three-inch belt that is easily adjustable as well as easy to remove and clean.

One of the best selling features on the Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is the fact that it comes with a very high gloss black cover. The clear cover comes with a silver “Play” button as well as the front face so you know right off the bat what kind of unit you are getting. It also allows you to get an accurate readout on the belt tension which is easy to read as the holes are labeled. This means that no matter what your setup, you can adjust the belt and the speed of the hi-hat without having to mess around with the dial.

For the extra effective arm, Music Hall provides a model with two high gloss black covers. The large white “A” label can be easily read from any direction and the black “D” stands for” Diana”, so it is easy to see how this particular feature makes such a difference in the overall look and feel of the unit. Both the high gloss and black models of the Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable come with a very effective arm with steel shafts covered with a high gloss black paint.

The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is a complete set for the beginning hi fi enthusiast, including a high gloss black cover with silver “Play” button. It comes complete with a tonearm and cartridge mounted. The steel belt on this unit is covered with high gloss black paint. The rubber inner feet have been upgraded for increased stability and life. The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is a true stand alone unit and has the ability to be adjusted for any style of sound, including hi fi.

The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is a true stand alone unit and comes complete with a tonearm and cartridge mounted. The steel belt on this unit is covered with high gloss black paint. The rubber inner feet have been upgraded for increased stability and life. The Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable is a true stand alone unit and comes complete with a tonearm and cartridge mounted. The steel belt on this unit is covered with high gloss black paint.

These two Music Hall turntables are some of the best available on the market, both in value and in performance. They are constructed using a fully enclosed aluminum casing, and an improved bearing and motor system ensure that the MMF-2.3 is an extremely dependable product. The steel belt on this unit is covered with high gloss black paint.

Music Hall MMF-2.3 Turntable FAQ

Music Hall classic turntable

Music Hall Classic Turntable (walnut) pays homage to old-fashioned turntables of past, designed with today’s technology in mind. This company’s latest offering, the Music Hall Classic Turntable (walnut), is a modern twist on an old favorite. The Music Hall Classic Audiophile Turntable (walnut) is powered by a rugged and ultra-light weight aluminum frame and has a sleek black lacquer finish.

Built-in, dual-phono cartridges give the Music Hall classic turntables the ability to play both sides of a disc for double audio enjoyment. The built-in sound card enables the player to hear every note and impact of the music as it would on a flat-panel television screen. When it comes to the standard in the world of hi-tech audio equipment, the Music Hall Classic Turntable (walnut) stands above the rest.

The Music Hall Classic Audiophile Turntable incorporates a revolutionary new technology called the Sound Field Producer. Developed by award-winning audio designer Don Buchla, the Sound Field Producer uses a sophisticated digital signal processor to modify and control the tone and pitch of a sound, so that it sounds like an analog signal. This innovation makes the Music Hall classic turntables sound like authentic hi-fi equipment. A Sound Field Proitor cartridge upgrade is an optional upgrade available for the Music Hall classic player. Each unit comes with three canister cartridges that are designed for the best performance on any system. Each cartridge features a variable sonic curve that controls the tonal variations from warm to dark. To ensure the best performance, Music Hall guarantees each cartridge has been designed using the most modern manufacturing processes. As each Music Hall classic unit is manufactured using the most advanced technology, upgrading to the most recent product doesn’t void the warranty.

Today’s technologically advanced stereos make it possible for Music Hall users to enjoy their favorite music even more. By utilizing the Music Hall classic set of turntables, owners can explore the entire audio spectrum with ease. The Music Hall classic series continues to grow in popularity as musical enthusiasts discover the many innovative features available on these state-of-the-art devices.

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3 verified buyer reviews
  1. It’s a no-brainer if you’re debating whether to buy the Rega Planer 1 or the Music Hall. Get yourself to the Music Hall. I bought two Planers but had to return both due to noisy motors and a faulty cuing system. The materials on the Planer appeared cheap, and the workmanship was not as well done as on the Music Hall. The Music Hall is more adjustable and has more features, such as leveling legs and anti-skate changes, as well as the ability to accept any aftermarket cartridge. This is a stunning turntable that you would not be sorry to own. The cartridge that came with it sounds fantastic, and while the tone arm will accept aftermarket cartridges, I have no plans to replace the stock cartridge.

  2. I had initially planned to purchase a 2.2 turntable, but it had been discontinued. In its position, I received a 2.3 as an update. The sound quality is better than on the 2.2, and the stylus attachment is different and tends to be easier to replace when appropriate. My only reservation is that when I first turn on the turntable, there is a faint metal scraping against metal sound, as if something is dragging. It just lasts a second or two before disappearing. I haven’t figured out what’s causing it yet. Aside from that, I like the 2.3 turntable.

  3. If you buy this turntable and add the acrylic platter, the dust cover isn’t tall enough and the tone arm hits it when properly adjusted to the platter. Otherwise, once the cartridge is broken in, the TT sounds very fine. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is that I’m now stuck with a platter that shouldn’t have been sold as an accessory for this turntable if it doesn’t fit properly with it.

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