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Marantz TT42 High-Performance Turntable Preview

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Marantz TT42 High-Performance Turntable

Marantz TT42 High-Performance Turntable

Summary

  • Product Name: TT42 High-Performance Turntable
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Review Date: February 09, 2012 11:15
  • MSRP: $399 ($429 w/pre-amp)
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
  • Buy Now
  • Fully Automatic Operation
  • DC Servo Belt Drive
  • 33/45 RPM Operation via top mounted switch
  • Pre-mounted Audiotechnica 4.0mV Moving Magnet Cartridge
  • Low Coloration Tonearm
  • Transparent Dust Cover Included
  • Three year warranty

Executive Overview

It says something about what we think of vinyl around here that I had to place this preview under "portables and media" rather than a dedicated section. This may very well be the only turntable coverage we've ever done that wasn't gawking in awe at the pricetags of some of the high-end ones we see at shows. Frankly, something like a turntable shouldn't cost as much (or more than) a car. But they do. And know, we don't know why (other than people are willing to pay that and they are drop-dead gorgeous).

But Marantz is looking to turn than around (get it?) with their TT42 High-Performance Turntable. Unlike other low cost offerings, the TT42 doesn't have a USB port for transferring vinyl to digital or any of that. Nope, it's just a turntable. With a DC Servo belt-driven design, the TT42 looks to allow you to get back into your vinyl collection without having to scour garage sales and flea markets for vintage turntables that may not even work.

According to the Marantz press release, vinyl sales were up 26% in 2010. We've heard more and more people talking about vinyl and even current bands releasing their newest albums on vinyl simultaneously. The Marantz TT42 sports fully automatic operation which means all you have to do is push a button and it starts and, when the album ends, the tone arm returns without all that annoying scratching (my dad had one like that back in the late '70's early 80's). It supports both 33/45 RPM records and comes with a pre-mounted Audiotechnica 4.0mV Moving Magnet Cartridge. The dust cover will keep your records clean during playback (and after if you can't be bothered to return them to their sleave), and the fully floating chassis will reduce vibration-induced skipping.

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There are actually two versions of the new Marantz TT42. The standard TT42 will run you $399 according to the press release but $329.99 on the Marantz website and at retailers. With the TT42, you'll need to either have a phono pre-amp or a receiver with a dedicated phono input (many mid-level and up receivers have these). If you don't have a phono pre-amp or input, there is a Marantz TT42P that includes an internal pre-amp. Choose wisely, though, because the pre-amp can't be retrofitted nor can it be defeated. The TT42P will run you $429 according to the press release though it is listed on the Marantz website at $359.99.

If you are used to Marantz putting out products that make you want to buy them on looks alone, the TT42 is likely to disappoint. It's black and plain and is so retro you'll probably have to convince your friends it is new. But it is, in the world of vinyl, a very reasonably priced entry into the hobby. If you've been looking for something to play your old LPs or maybe just want to see what all the fuss is about, this may be the product for you. At least everything on it is new.

Conclusion

The Marantz TT42 may be a very basic turntable, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good one. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the high-priced offerings, it also doesn't have the price tag. At $330, you can have a brand new, high-performance, turntable for exploring your old LPs and some of the new ones that are being released. It is a bit to expensive to be an impulse buy but, for those that are wondering what the fuss is all about, it could be the perfect solution.

For more information, please visit www.marantz.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

MR.MAGOO posts on March 31, 2017 22:53
In a nutshell, the TT42 has a removable cartridge, it is bolted to the tonearm as many other turntables are. It is belt driven. 33 1/3 & 45 rpm speeds. No 78 rpm. Nothing else is adjustable on the tonearm except it has a lever to raise and lower the tonearm if you want to manually move the needle to a specific track. It is an automatic turntable, meaning you press start, the record plays, at end of record the tonearm automatically lifts and returns to the resting position and the unit shuts off.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_642TT42/Marantz-TT42-Turntable-without-phono-preamp.html?search=marantz_tt42&skipvs=T
cpd posts on March 31, 2017 09:09
lovinthehd, post: 1179808, member: 61636
Actually no, I just get a our apologies 404 error page for AH.

Not sure why i cannot link a URL. But the full text is below - when you get there you need to expand the item description.

http://www.audiogurus.com/marantz-tt42-turntable.html
lovinthehd posts on March 30, 2017 20:33
cpd, post: 1179678, member: 46355
The preview is also more than 5 years old. Here are a few more details.

Actually no, I just get a our apologies 404 error page for AH.
cpd posts on March 30, 2017 10:25
sterling shoote, post: 1179552, member: 48878
This review tells me nothing about the turntable that might actually make me interested in purchasing it. Is the headshell removable? Can the tonearm be adjusted for height? Can the tonearm's azimuth be adjusted. I wonder did the reviewer listen to any records from this player to know if the automatic function functioned on all records? What's the signal to noise ratio and wow and flutter specification.

The preview is also more than 5 years old. Here are a few more details.
lovinthehd posts on March 29, 2017 16:39
sterling shoote, post: 1179552, member: 48878
This review tells me nothing about the turntable that might actually make me interested in purchasing it. Is the headshell removable? Can the tonearm be adjusted for height? Can the tonearm's azimuth be adjusted. I wonder did the reviewer listen to any records from this player to know if the automatic function functioned on all records? What's the signal to noise ratio and wow and flutter specification.

It's a preview, not a review. More a marketing release.
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