Marantz TT42P

Marantz TT42P
Brand Marantz Updated_at 2023-12-18 19:07:23 Motor Type DC Frequency Response, Hz 20 - 18000 Weight, Kg/pounds 6.49/11.2 Power Consumption, W 3
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Table Of Content


Sound Quality

Built-in Preamp

Speed Control

Tonearm Type And Design

Cartridge Compatibility


The Marantz TT42P is an excellent turntable for its price. At only 359, it offers a great value with features such as DC motor type, power consumption of 3 W and appropriate needle pressure at 2.2 g. It also comes with a supplied headshell weight of 3 g and dual DN251S model drive method belt platter type aluminum diecast speed RPM 33.3/45 torque >4.5 kgf-cm wow & flutter (WRMS) 0.07 signal to noise ratio 65 dB gain N/A output level 4 mV nominal at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec operation full automatic pitch control false pitch variation % false braking system electronic RCA 1 dust cover true 45 RPM adapter true size 13 7 x 41 9 x 35 8 cm inches 4 7 x 16 5 x 14 2 making this one of the best values in its class when considering all these features together along with the low cost

Sound Quality

The Marantz TT42P is a great turntable for sound quality. It has a fabulous frequency response range of 20 to 18000 Hz, providing precise and accurate audio reproduction across the entire spectrum. The signal-to-noise ratio is also quite good at 65 dB, ensuring that any background noise will be kept to a minimum when playing your favorite records. Add on to that, its wow & flutter rating of 0.07% ensures minimal distortion during playback, so you can enjoy music as it was intended by the artist or producer without any unwanted artifacts in the mix. Ultimately, with an output level of 4 mV nominal at 1 kHz and 5 cm/sec. this turntable provides plenty of power for connecting up to external amplifiers or speakers while still maintaining excellent fidelity throughout your listening experience.

Built-in Preamp

The Marantz TT42P turntable features a built-in preamp that provides an output level of 4 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec. It has a signal to noise ratio of 65 dB and offers 20 - 18000 Hz frequency response for clear sound reproduction. The gain is not specified but the power consumption is only 3 W so it won't draw too much energy from your system. This model also comes with RCA outputs which make connecting external amplifiers easy and convenient.

Speed Control

The Marantz TT42P turntable is equipped with an electronic braking system, allowing for smooth and precise speed control. It offers two speeds: 33.3 RPM and 45 RPM, which can be easily adjusted using the dedicated switch on the front panel of the unit. The pitch variation between these two speeds is negligible at less than 0.2%, ensuring that your music will remain in perfect sync regardless of what speed you choose to play it back at. Apart from that, a 45RPM adapter comes included with this model so you don't have to bother about purchasing one separately if needed!

Tonearm Type And Design

The Marantz TT42P is a moving magnet (MM) turntable with a belt drive system and replaceable headshell. It provides a S-shaped tonearm design, which helps to decrease tracking errors for improved sound quality. The tonearm has adjustable counterweight that allows you to set the appropriate needle pressure of 2.2 grams for optimal performance from your records. Add on to that, it comes with a 3 gram supplied headshell weight so you can customize the setup according to your needs and preferences.

Cartridge Compatibility

The Marantz TT42P turntable is compatible with a wide range of cartridges, enabling users to customize their listening experience. It has an appropriate needle pressure of 2.2 grams and can accommodate headshell weights up to 3 grams for optimal performance. The RCA output allows easy connection to other audio systems or speakers, while the electronic braking system ensures smooth transitions between records without skipping or distortion. Apart from that, it comes with a 45 RPM adapter so you can enjoy your favorite vinyl at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds without any loss in sound quality due to its low wow & flutter rating (0.07%).

Pros & Cons


  • Easy to set up and install, due to having an internal pre-amp
  • The automatic functions work well without any clunky noise.


  • Some customers claim that the turntable starts skipping audio.



Power Consumption, W


Motor Type



Appropriate Needle Pressure, G



moving magnet (MM)

Supplied Headshell Weight, G




>4.5 kgf-cm

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45

Platter Type

aluminum diecast

Drive Method


Wow & Flutter (WRMS), %



Pitch Variation, %

Pitch Control

Operation Type

full automatic

Braking System




has not

45 RPM Adapter

Dust Cover


Output Level

4 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec


Signal To Noise Ratio, DB


Frequency Response, Hz

20 - 18000



Dual DN251S


moving magnet (MM)




has not




Weight, Kg/pounds


Size, Cm/inches

13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/4.7 x 16.5 x 14.2