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RE: Music Hall MMF2.2 or Mitsubishi DP-6 Quartz Automatic TT

The Music Hall and the vintage Mitsubishi are very different animals. It appears the numerical specs are, within limits of reason, are very similar.

The Mitsu was probably nestled among them midline contemporary DD 'tables, not marketed as a stand-alone to audiophiles. There's a lot of plastic and the tonearm is a composite held together with some little clamps and screws, and looks to have less performance potential compared to the MMF. The cartridge originally fitted on it was a rebranded, low-line Audio Technica. So the Mitsu isn't a very promising package, looked at via the Wayback Machine.

The Music Hall has received good reviews but it is a fairly rudimentary belt drive with an AC synchronous motor, if I understand it correctly. The MMF bearing assembly and tonearm look like good designs; the arm has adjustable VTA and can presumably handle a pretty good cartridge, although it was originally equipped with a lower-line Goldring MM.

I expect these 2 tables would deliver very different flavors of sound. There seems to be no compelling difference in the designs that drive the cartridge selection as you had asked.

Through the years, I've found some characteristics inherent in a well-designed and executed DD turntable that I don't want to live without. In a good DD, PRAT arises from the solid stability of speed and horsepower of the direct drive system. You have to decide if the Mitsu is designed and built well enough to deliver the goods, enough to make it worthwhile. But I think a higher-grade DD might be a fairer comparison to the Music Hall though. Juggle the cartridges fearlessly.


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