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  • Music Hall MMF-9.3 Review

    My review of the Music Hall MMF-9.3 table has been published on Positive Feedback. http://positive-feedback.com/reviews...9-3-turntable/

    The 9.3 is a tremendous value and I'm still shaking my head over what this table has accomplished. When you consider that the total package which includes the table, arm, and Goldring MC cartridge retails for $2,300, it's even more of a shocker. For those who like to complain that the high-end is out of touch with the common man and many products are priced at many multiples of their truth worth, the 9.3 will help restore your faith in this hobby of ours.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

  • #2
    Mark, your best work to date and I hope Roy sells the snot out on them. BTW, any hint on where the various bits of kit come from? Europe, Asia?
    TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | Boulder | Magico

    "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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    • #3
      Excellent work Mark. I like the look of this table. If I was in the market it would be on my short list.

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      • #4
        Nice review Mark! The tonearm is a MH branded Pro-ject 9cc. For audiophiles who want to get into vinyl playback at a level that doesn't break the bank, yet gives a level of quality performance that one would perhaps not expect, tables such as the MMF 9.3 should be on the radar of consideration. Additionally, it's a really smart-looking design with that triple plinth and high-gloss finish.

        Will we be seeing a change/update in your signature?
        Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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        • #5
          Having owned 5-6 Pro-Ject and Music Hall tables during my analog journey, they do offer allot of sound for the dollar, but I think their value resides around or below the $1k mark. Once you start hitting 2K and up, I think there are better built and higher quality tables at that price point that would be a better long term investment. I'm not saying the 9.3 doesn't sound as good as tables in the 2-3K range, it's more how it's going to hold up over the long haul. Especially if you swap cartridges more than one or two times.

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          • Joe Pittman
            Joe Pittman commented
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            What are the tables you think are better at that price point?

          • spinblackcircle
            spinblackcircle commented
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            I can only comment on the one's I have owned. The table to beat IMHO is the Marantz TT15S1 (Clearaudio Emotion rebadged). For $1499 you get a great table, the Satisfy tonearm and the excellent Clearaudio Virtuoso cartridge. The next table I owned after it was a VPI Scout. Pair that with a Ortofon 2M black, Grado Sonata or Dynavector 10X5 and it would keep most people happy for a long time. I know people love Rega tables, but the only one I have owned was P3-24 and I only had it for a month. Just not my cup of tea.

        • #6
          Originally posted by spinblackcircle View Post
          Having owned 5-6 Pro-Ject and Music Hall tables during my analog journey, they do offer allot of sound for the dollar, but I think their value resides around or below the $1k mark. Once you start hitting 2K and up, I think there are better built and higher quality tables at that price point that would be a better long term investment. I'm not saying the 9.3 doesn't sound as good as tables in the 2-3K range, it's more how it's going to hold up over the long haul. Especially if you swap cartridges more than one or two times.
          Is this an opinion, conjecture or based on personal experience?
          Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Rob View Post
          Mark, your best work to date and I hope Roy sells the snot out on them. BTW, any hint on where the various bits of kit come from? Europe, Asia?
          Thanks Rob for the kind words. I believe the the tables and arms come from the Czech Republic.
          Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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          • Johnny Vinyl
            Johnny Vinyl commented
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            Yes.They are manufactured in the same facility as Pro-ject.

        • #8
          Did you have an opportunity to try one of the Music Hall cork mats in place of the standard felt mat? I have the lower priced 2.3 SE in for review, and have both the MH Cork mat and their pricier Aztek Blue cork mat for comparison. On the 2.3 SE both a re substantial improvement over the felt mat.
          They sound different than the standard felt mat on my LP12 too, though I haven't yet determined if it is better, worse or just different yet.
          Steve Lefkowicz
          Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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          Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
          Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
          Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
          Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
          Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
          Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
          Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
          Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
          Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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          • #9
            Nice work. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for the MMF-9.3.

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            • #10
              Originally posted by mep View Post
              My review of the Music Hall MMF-9.3 table has been published on Positive Feedback. http://positive-feedback.com/reviews...9-3-turntable/

              The 9.3 is a tremendous value and I'm still shaking my head over what this table has accomplished. When you consider that the total package which includes the table, arm, and Goldring MC cartridge retails for $2,300, it's even more of a shocker. For those who like to complain that the high-end is out of touch with the common man and many products are priced at many multiples of their truth worth, the 9.3 will help restore your faith in this hobby of ours.
              Nice review Mark! There seems to be something said for a manufacturer putting a whole package together (table/arm/cartridge) rather than the consumer trying the hit and miss approach.

              I heard the 5.3 table (~$1500) in the Music-Hall room at Axpona and left very impressed with the sound of the system.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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              -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
              -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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              • #11
                Originally posted by tima View Post
                Nice work. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for the MMF-9.3.
                Thanks. In this day and age where it seems that audio gear keeps getting more and more expensive with some of this being driven by overseas markets demanding higher prices, it was refreshing to review an entire LP rig that retails for $2,300 and is capable of playing at a very high level.
                Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                • #12
                  Originally posted by Steve Lefkowicz View Post
                  Did you have an opportunity to try one of the Music Hall cork mats in place of the standard felt mat? I have the lower priced 2.3 SE in for review, and have both the MH Cork mat and their pricier Aztek Blue cork mat for comparison. On the 2.3 SE both a re substantial improvement over the felt mat.
                  They sound different than the standard felt mat on my LP12 too, though I haven't yet determined if it is better, worse or just different yet.
                  No. The 9.3 comes with a felt mat and that is what I used. I know some other reviewers feel differently, but I'm a strong believer in reviewing products in the condition that consumers will buy them in. If I have stash of unobtanium NOS tubes and I roll them into a tube preamp or amp and declare that the electronics are now taken to a new level of performance, where does that leave the consumer? I know of one reviewer that has never met a piece of tube gear that he didn't claim he elevated the sound of by installing rare tubes from his collection. A review should be written about how a component sounds as you would buy it from the manufacturer and now how it sounded after it was modified by a reviewer with his personal stash of tweaks, doo-dads, or special tubes.
                  Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                  • Steve Lefkowicz
                    Steve Lefkowicz commented
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                    Me too, actually, which is why I usually review with supplied power cords, stock tubes, etc. Roy sent me the two cork mats with table, as well as the optional acrylic platter. Makes for a more time consuming review, though.

                • #13
                  Originally posted by tima View Post
                  Nice work. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for the MMF-9.3.
                  Thanks. It was hard not to be enthusiastic about the level of sound quality that was being delivered for $2,300.
                  Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                  • #14
                    Oracle Audio is introducing their new Origine TT for $2,000 (table/arm/cartridge) at TAVES this weekend. I'd love to see a review on this....maybe you can get Jacques Riendeau to get you a review sample.
                    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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