cafe latte wrote:I had a Project rpm 6.1sb and I ran it side by side with my Technics sl1210 mkii for a while until I sold the Project. I sold the Project as the Technics is a far far better sounding turntable so as music hall and Project are similar and the rpm 6.1sb is one of the better Projects IMO the Technics is the far better turntable.
No, Pro-Ject and Music Hall is not similar.
The Music Hall 5.1 SE has a different plinth than the Pro-Ject 6.1. The Music Hall has their own split-plinth construction with the tone arm and platter on one plinth and the motor on the other plinth. The two plinths are isolated from each other by special rubber material. What is similar between Music Hall and Pro-Ject, is the bearings, the tone arm and the motor. They are both made in the same factory in the Czech-republic that makes turntables for many companies. They make turntables after the turntable makers own designs, so it is an OEM factory. This factory is the largest manufacturer of turntables in the world.
Now, the more advanced plinth the Music Hall has means the motor is more isolated from the tone arm and plattern than on the Pro-Ject, so the Music Hall is the better turntable in this sense than the Pro-Ject. The Goldring 2400 is an expensive and very detailed performer with a flat tonal response and extended frequency range, it is a modern cartridge that suits modern contemporary recordings well. However, it does not have the old vintage vinyl cozy warmth to the sound.
Regarding which is better - the Technics or the Music Hall. Well, it is a matter of personal taste of course. I have noticed that in this forum the Technics has a large fan base and according to them, Technics is always the better turntable and it's always the best buy - no matter what question you have, Technics is the only and the holy answer. You can expect some postings from them...
I am not a convinced Technics devotee, and my suggestion to you is - try them out. Go and listen to them, with your favorite records. Sound is such a matter of personal taste. Buy the one that makes you forget time and space and just listening to music and dancing around in the house and then when you believe 10 minutes has passed, the clock says that it was actually 3 hours... That turntable is the one to buy!