|Music Hall MMF-2.2 LE Turntable Review|
|Home Theater Audio Sources Vinyl/LP|
|Written by Todd Whitesel|
|Tuesday, 26 October 2010|
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Willie Nelson's cover of standards, Stardust, was presented with a nice combination of sheen and richness. Nelson's craggy vocals and inimitable phrasing make old chestnuts such as “Georgia On My Mind” and “Moonlight In Vermont” new again. Compared to the Pro-Ject RPM 5.1, a 'table that retails just shy of a grand, the 2.2 LE doesn't offer the same “air” around instruments or the dimensionality. What the 2.2 does very well is deliver the presence and “weight” that a good analog system will and just lets the music sing.
I always enjoy bringing someone from the CD generation into my listening room and spinning a few LPs. As I played a couple cuts from the “Butterfly” side of Heart's Dog & Butterfly for a friend, his eyes went back and forth from the 2.2 to my speakers. As the web of acoustic guitars wove sparkling designs around Ann Wilson's voice, he said, “You'd never know it's not a CD.” It was his way of saying that the music was coming through, untarnished by ticks or pops that many associate with vinyl. “Nope,” I said, “start with a clean record and a good player and noise isn't an issue.” He nodded, “Sounds really nice.” Agreed.
The MMF-2.2 LE gets my strong recommendation as a top choice for an entry-level turntable for budding audiophiles looking to put together a first analog system or those ready to replace an aging 'table. Paired with a modest phono stage (yes, Music Hall has a preamp that would match nicely with the LE), you'll be spinning and enjoying records in no time, for a long time. This “Ferrari” may be a looker, but it's meant to be driven, not languish in the garage. Just like those old records you've been meaning to rescue.