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Music Hall MMF-2.2 Turntable
Music Hall MMF-2.2 Turntable
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This is the same company that makes the Pro-ject Debut III, which I own. Tone arm is the same, motor is the same. My Debut came with an Ortofon 5e, which sounds fine, but the 10 (which this seems to come with) is a step up.
I spent ~$250 on my Pro-ject used. This, new, with a better cart, probably not a bad deal.
The Pro-ject Debut III and the Music Hall mmf-2.2 are not made by the same company. They are both solid entry-level audiophile turntables though.
They are both apparently made in the same small town of Litovel in the Czech Republic pop. 10,000 which I would be surprised if there is more than one turntable plant in such a small town but you never know. Not sure if that applies to the full line up from each company.
They are made in the same factory, they are very similar and most of the upgrades are interchangeable. The Pro-ject Debut Carbon ($399) has the carbon fiber tonearm which is far better than the MMF 2.2's and would usually have a better cartridge that allows you to upgrade it using the ortofon 2m blue stylus in ortofon 2m red body (stock cartridge).
Though with the MMF 2.2 with the upgraded cartridge (basically midway between the ortofon 2m red and 2m blue), adjustable VTA and feet, and potentially being $350 makes this a pretty nice deal.
The only other new table to consider in the <$500 would be the Rega RP1 ($446) since it's very upgradable but with the money you put into it you could have gotten a next level table. As well as some tables having platter wobbling issues, though the 2.2 and Debut Carbon have motor hum on some.
I have an RP1, and it does have some minor wobbling issues, but nothing that has ever caused me annoyances. Compared to other tables I have owned over the years it sounds far better and tracks anything without trouble. Can't compare it to this table or the Project tho I hear good things about them. The major diff in the Rega RP1 is the gimballed arm design vs a unipivot design. Recently a friend brought over one of the new Orbit tables. I was pretty impressed despite the budget cartridge and lack of features. That said I would say skip it and go for for one of the 3 ~350-400 dollar tables being discussed here.
Edit: actually unclear if these new Debuts/MMFs are unipivot or gimballed, I was going off old memories but looking at the arm and the product into I'm stumped.
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