Marantz TT42P vs Denon DP-300F

Two high-performance solutions for you – Marantz TT42P vs Denon DP-300F

Marantz TT42P vs Denon DP-300F

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Features & Performance

The Marantz TT42P vs Denon DP-300F features comparison shows that these models are perfect if you need a good turntable. They have built-in phono. The TT42P output level is 4 mV nominal at 1 kHz, while the DP-300F output level is 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz.

These two solutions use the moving magnet cartridge type. However, the appropriate needle pressure of the Marantz TT42P is 2.2 g – compare it with the needle pressure of the DP-300F which is 5 g. the headshell weight is 3 and 10 g respectively. Both turntables have two-speed options – 33.3 and 45 RPM.

Design & build quality

The Denon DP-300F vs Marantz TT42P design comparison proves that both models are built well and manufacturers use the high-grade components.

Both models look very similar – they have a transparent dust cover. The tonearm is straight and there are ports on the back panel. The knobs are located near the tonearm. Both models have firm construction which eliminates any resonance and vibration. These models are easy to use.

The dimensions are 14.2x16.5x4.7 in for the Marantz TT42P versus 15x17.1x4.8 in for the Denon DP-300F. The weight is 11.2 and 12.1 pounds respectively.

Marantz TT42P

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and install, due to having an internal pre-amp – you just connect everything and you can start playing music, you do not need to deal with various settings to make it work.
  • The automatic functions work well without any clunky noise.

Cons:

  • This turntable may be not compatible with certain stereo systems.
  • Some customers find the phono leads to be of poor quality. Plus, you cannot replace them with high-quality ones. As a result, you may get noise.
  • Some customers claim that the turntable starts skipping audio.

Denon DP-300F

Pros:

  • This turntable has “automatic functions” – it can start and stop automatically. It does not produce much noise, due to a high-quality motor installed.
  • It is easy to operate and connect everything up – the ports are reliable and you will not get any noise (if you use high-quality cables).
  • The output sound is very clean and natural – you get no distortion or skips (however, some customers prefer to replace the cartridge, which makes the output sound even better).

Cons:

  • Some customers experience issues with playback speed consistency.
  • The buttons may feel a bit flimsy.
  • No arm clip.

Marantz TT42P

Marantz TT42P review

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Denon DP-300F

Denon DP-300F review

Mar 27, 2019

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Common

Product

Marantz TT42P
Denon DP-300F

Model

TT42P
DP-300F

Brand

Marantz
Denon

Rating

3.6 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

31
192

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2,2
5

Supplied headshell weight, g

3
10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

Dual DN251S
DSN-85

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.07
0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 18000
20 – 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

65
60

Gain

39-45

Output level

4 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full automatic
full manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

0
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

3
2

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/4.7 x 16.5 x 14.2
12.4 x 43.4 x 38/4.8 x 17.1 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

6.49/11.2
5.5/12.1

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  • 8.3Marantz TT42P
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