The MMF5.1 is now shipping with Music Hall's Magic 3 cartridge. It's pictured here with an older Goldring model. The Magic 3 is a moving-magnet cartridge built by Ortofon with a nude elliptical stylus. Specs are listed below.
Audiophile Sound, Unique Design In the followup to the award winning MMF 5, the basic design remains the same: A two-speed, belt driven turntable with a dual plinth, Teflon coated noise-free main bearing, an isolated asynchronous motor, and all-manual operation. This update simply focuses on isolating the core components even further, both from each other and from the environment.
Most significantly, the MMF 5.1 now uses the Pro-Ject 9 Tonearm, the same arm that was used on the MMF 7. Made from a single piece of aluminum, this arm boasts high-rigidity, with the rear stub slightly lowered, leveling the de-coupled counterweight’s center of gravity with the stylus tip. The wire inside the arm has also been replaced with a higher grade of copper.
The glass platter has been removed in favor of an alloy platter, weighing half as much with stronger dampening properties. To isolate the platter further, Music Hall added a set of adjustable vibration-dampening feet. Gone are the integrated RCA cables, and in their place is a junction box, allowing you to use your own interconnects. A quality set of RCA cables is still included in the box.
All of these changes are implemented in a unique but proven dual-plinth design, with the top plinth isolated from the base by a set of Viso-elastic cones. This innovation, combined with tried-and-true isolating elements, will give a darker backdrop to the sound, keeping unwanted noise out while letting rich detail seep into the sonic image. The gloss-black finish adds a beautiful aesthetic touch to this brilliantly crafted turntable.