Triple-Plinth Design Isolates DC Motor and Speed Controls on Own Base: Music Hall MMF-9.3 Turntable Provides Absorbing Sound, Quiet Vinyl Playback, Extraordinary Price-to-Performance Value
In the case of the Music Hall MMF-9.3 turntable, three is better than one. Three refers to the distinctive triple-plinth construction that allows this standout analog component to provide absorbing audiophile sound almost entirely free of the playback noise that plagues so many ‘table designs. The fully manual MMF-9.3 features a completely decoupled DC motor with 33RPM and 45RPM speed controls located in the left front corner of the ‘table, cancelling out any potential vibration to the cartridge. Speaking of the latter, a Goldring Eroica LX MC model with Gyger II line-contact stylus ($795 value) comes properly aligned and mounted for easy plug-and-play operation. You can also rest assured it will perform to its highest potential, as MMF-9.3 also boasts a pre-mounted carbon-fiber tonearm that delivers excellent stability and tracking – crucial for hearing all the details embedded in vinyl grooves.
Sonic-First Functionality, Useful Accessories, and Attention-Getting Looks
By isolating the motor and speed controls on their own vibration-damping base, and separating the sound-reproducing components (main bearing, platter, tonearm, cartridge) on the top platform and away from the tip-toe feet and wiring mounted on the bottom platform, MMF-9.3 achieves a sonic-first functionality offered by very few designs anywhere near this price range. Sorbothane hemispheres between the platforms, an inverted ceramic main bearing for ultra-quiet operation, a non-resonant one-inch-thick acrylic platter, high-quality gold RCA connectors, built-in level, dust cover, and 45RPM adaptor further enhance the incredible price-to-performance value of this statement piece. Factor in the attention-getting high-gloss piano-black lacquer finish and Music Direct's Money-Back Guarantee, and MMF-9.3 allows you to have your cake and eat it, too.