Founded in the spring of by audio devotee Roy Hall, Music Hall started out as importer and reseller of mostly British audio gear, brands like Creek Audio electronics and Epos speakers. Having been essentially a one-man operation from its inception, saw Leland Leard join "the Hall. Music Hall turntables first saw the light of day in , with the introduction of a simple, affordable, plug-and-play offering, the mmf That lineup has now grown to include nearly a dozen different models, as well as electronics, cartridges, and accessories. From the very beginning, the turntables have been manufactured in the Czech Republic by Pro-Ject, a company that has been making turntables for over 50 years. Optimizing The mmf
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Founded in the spring of by audio devotee Roy Hall, Music Hall started out as importer and reseller of mostly British audio gear, brands like Creek Audio electronics and Epos speakers. Having been essentially a one-man operation from its inception, saw Leland Leard join "the Hall. Music Hall turntables first saw the light of day in , with the introduction of a simple, affordable, plug-and-play offering, the mmf That lineup has now grown to include nearly a dozen different models, as well as electronics, cartridges, and accessories.
From the very beginning, the turntables have been manufactured in the Czech Republic by Pro-Ject, a company that has been making turntables for over 50 years. Optimizing The mmf In this case, there are three identically shaped, separate layers, each just under an inch thick and finished in walnut veneer. By comparison, all model mmf-1 series tables use a single plinth, all model mmf-2, -3, -5, and -7 series tables use a dual-plinth, and the flagship table, the mmf The platter, main bearing, and tonearm are all mounted to the top plinth layer, while the bottom layer houses a set of three threaded, adjustable conical feet complete with anti-scratch cups and the gold-plated single-ended stereo output jacks.
The logic of using only three isolation cones as footers is remarkably sound, pun intended. Euclidian geometry teaches us that while two points are necessary to describe a line, only three are necessary to describe a plane, with more than three being superfluous.
In fact, with four, one of the four will almost certainly be "floating" off the surface under the device being supported by the first three. From an isolation standpoint, I wish more manufacturers would employ only a troika of isolation feet, as such an arrangement allows for the more stable support of any component.
Kudos to Music Hall for adopting this stance. There is a built-in round bubble level near the Music Hall branding in the front right corner of the top plinth, and it comes with a transparent dust cover, a 45 RPM spindle adapter, and a premium detachable phono cable with separate ground connection.
The arm employed is the remarkably well thought-out and executed Pro-Ject 9cc, built to fit turntables or arm boards with mounting holes following the Linn standard. The headshell and straight conical arm tube are fashioned from a single piece of carbon-fiber, with high-purity copper internal wiring running from the headshell cartridge pins all the way through to through to the gold-plated RCA sockets.
The counterweight shaft has been lowered to be parallel with the record to minimize cantilever forces, its solid arm base facilitates VTA adjustment, and the arm tube can be easily rotated for azimuth adjustments. Finally, the arm lift tube is silicone-damped and can be adjusted to suit arm height.
As much as I like this arm and its overall performance, the native "finger lift" is just too small in my opinion. It is challenging to grip or lift. While it is likely noticeably superior sonically, I think the selection of the base 9cc was a much more cost effective and overall synergistic choice.
Featuring an advanced pole shoe design, with a shortened magnetic path, a powerful Neodymium magnet, a rigid Pocan body, its stylus uses a Gyger II line contact profile. The motor and 2-speed controller are housed in a free-standing cylindrical tower, further isolated from the surface it sits on by its own vibration damping base.
It uses quartz-lock technology and a DC-driven power supply. The buttons offer a nice touch, pulsing with blue illumination at start up until the speed has stabilized, which they indicate by switching from pulsing to solid blue. The separate motor pillar is easily set up and properly aligned using the supplied plastic guide, or jig.
Once you have it positioned in its cut-out in the front left corner of the plinth, have plugged in its DC supply, and have installed the belt around the outer rim of the platter and the pulley groove, final positioning is accurately assured using that guide, which fits snugly on the top of the belt pulley.
Moving the motor pillar around until the guide aligns perfectly with the edge of the platter guarantees proper tension for the best drive traction and belt life. After the table was leveled, and the motor aligned, the final steps to complete setup were simple. I removed the transparent stylus guard, spun the counterweight onto the back of the arm, adjusted it to zero bias so that it floated perfectly level when at rest , dialed in the counterweight to the recommended tracking weight 1.
Time to light this puppy up! Musicality I have to say that my first impression of the mmf In fact, EVERYONE to visit my music room during its stay commented on its alluring appearance, all taken as much as I was by its overall elegant design and the gorgeous natural walnut plinth.
This table almost begs to be compared and contrasted with the original Pro-Ject XPM 9 Carbon, given that it utilizes the same motor and arm.
Though I did not have one on hand for direct comparison, I have heard the original XPM 9 Carbon under both show conditions and in private installations. One of the first things I noted with the Music Hall was how full-bodied and complete images and tonality were recreated by comparison.
Where the XPM 9 Carbon comes across as highly detailed, it offers an almost "skeletal" portrayal of instrumental images throughout the soundstage, and a slightly leaner sense of texture and color. The mmf We were off to a splendid start. Because of its relatively high density and low stiffness, its acrylic platter helps minimize unwanted vibrational energy that would otherwise steal its way back into playback.
Acrylic platters typically offer improved detail and clarity from your records. However, if you prefer a warmer, more relaxed, laid back presentation, drop the included felt mat on top, but be sure to recheck and adjust VTA accordingly. Final adjustment should be done by ear This all speaks to the mmf Bass is very well rendered overall. Midrange performance may just be the mmf The bow being drawn across the strings of the upright bass on "Last Dance" demonstrates the authentic balance between the bloom of its wooden body, the "rasp" of the bow across the stings, and the resultant excitation of the strings one hears live.
Very engaging. Any hint of pitch instability, dynamic limitation, both macro or micro, or tracking issues, are ruthlessly exposed immediately. There was just the slightest hint of congestion at a few of the most dynamic and exacting passages, but overall, the scale, size, and power of this recording were very well recreated. Queuing up "Black Cow" or the title track, and you can easily denote the shimmer and detail of the cymbals. You are readily able to discern the individuality of each drumstick strike.
This is a combination of effective arm and cartridge compliance matching, strong speed and pitch stability, and effective isolation from the surrounding acoustic environment.
The resultant excellent trackability allows for a very precise degree of detail retrieval—not a foregone conclusion at this, or even in some higher, price points.
This beautiful combo offers a consistent and uncanny ability to dig into and reveal the musical message. Leader of the Pack? The remarkable quietness of the mmf 9. This lowered noise floor really lets the mmf In all, this accomplished table has an infectious ability to present music amazingly realistically, with dynamic swagger as well as with body and space.
Having spent many decades on this audio journey I was selling audio equipment before I could legally drive a car!
Someone pinch me! As such, it is no small feat for you to understand that when I dropped this Music Hall mmf In fact, I was eerily taken with its consistent and almost effortless ability to liberate the message in the grooves The synergy of the mmf While there is quite a bit of competition in this class, the Music Hall mmf Most highly recommended. Music Hall mmf
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