The Music Hall IKURA is a turntable that has a number of interesting solutions that stand out among similar models in this price category. It doesn’t belong to a senior line and occupies an intermediate place between the Music Hall MMF-5.1 and the MMF-7.1.
The IKURA differs from its predecessors. Perhaps, that is why it looks more original in contrast to the traditional and strict Music Hall’s turntables. The device is equipped with a transparent dust cover and comes in a lacquer finish in both black or white colors. So it fits into any audio system and interior. It has a combined chassis, equipped with an additional decoupling platform, which rests on three conical legs, made of the vulcanized rubber. A massive, dynamically balanced disk is made of a solid MDF.
The Music Hall IKURA review is a good way to find out that this turntable sales almost fully assembled and configured, with the cartridge already aligned on the tonearm. Plus, the Music Hall provides all the necessary things for quick setup in the kit. Just set up the drive belt and tonearm’s counterweight and anti-slip weight, put in the recommended vertical tracking force, and you're done.
The Music Hall IKURA is equipped with a DC motor, which is mounted on the bottom panel. Due to this, they are completely isolated from the bearing of the supporting disc and tonearm, which are mounted on the top panel. The supporting disk is made of fiberboard, has dynamic balancing, and supplemented with a felt mat for damping resonances. The turntable is equipped with a standard 9-in tonearm that has a die-cast aluminum mono-design that effectively resists parasitic vibrations, plus equipped with an anti-skating.
The IKURA comes with an Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet pickup. The internal wiring of the tonearm is made of a flexible copper cable. The device is equipped with RCA output connectors, which allow the user to select any interconnects to hook up the turntable to a system. The IKURA provides two speeds of disc rotation (33.3 / 45 RPM).
The Music Hall IKURA is a great example of a modern turntable: reliable and simple to configure, which is convenient for listening to both modern and vintage records. It’s a strong competitor for more expensive turntables and may find its potential buyers among those who search a high-quality sound for reasonable money. To my mind, the Music Hall IKURA specs will be suitable for both demanding audiophiles and novices, who are in a hunt for a decent-sounding turntable.