Updated 6 Oct 2015

Marantz

TT5005

Snapshot: The Marantz TT5005 is a belt drive turntable with a DC motor, and a built-in, switchable pre-amp. It comes with an MM cartridge. It can play 33 1/3 and 45RPM. But what’s the sound like with the needle on the record?

TT5005
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$499

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Test results

Overall score
69
Listening
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Technical
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound quality.
  • Good technical accuracy.
  • Has built-in, switchable preamp.
  • Has removable lid.

But

  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Cannot play 78RPM.
  • Doesn’t have damped cueing.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Listening (60%)
Ease of use (20%)
Technical (20%)

To test sound quality we used three experts. They assessed each turntable using two records: Pixies’ Best of, and ABC’s The Lexicon of Love, which is an older worn LP also used to check for skipping.

The reference speakers are Mordaunt-Short Aviano 1 bookshelf speakers. They are positioned about two metres away from the listeners, with the panel judging overall sound quality.

For ease of use, one tester assessed setting up the turntable out of the box, including attaching the platter, belt, and any adjustments that were needed before operation. He also evaluated the instruction manual. Operational aspects judged include speed selection and cueing a track.

Technical score was a bit more, well, technical – if you don’t know the following terms, don’t worry. Our tester assessed the difference between claimed and measured figures for wow and flutter, tracking force, and frequency response using calibrated reference LPs. He also measured rotational speed accuracy.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$499
Type
Regular turntable

Specifications

HxWxD
97 x 360 x 357mm
Weight
2.8kg
Recommended tracking force (g)
3.5

Features

Lid
Yes
Hinged lid
Yes
Removeable lid
Yes
Power control
None
Motor type
DC
Drive type
Belt
Pitch stabilisation
Not stated
Reverse play
No
Pre-amp
Built-in, switchable
Auto operation
Full auto
Damped cueing
No
Tone arm clamp
No
Feet levelling adjustment
No
Speakers
-
Stylus
DSN-82
Stylus shape
Not stated
Stylus illuminator
No
Cartridge
Not stated
Platter construction
Die-cast aluminium
Platter mat
Rubber
45RPM spindle adapter
Plastic

Playing speeds

33 1/3RPM
Yes
45RPM
Yes
78RPM
No

Connections

RCA stereo
Yes
USB
No
AUX in
-
Memory card slot
-

Encoding

USB cable
n/a
Encoding software supplied
n/a
Software Mac OSX compatible
n/a

Technical

Wow & flutter, claimed, WRMS, 33RPM (%)
0.15
SNR, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Output level, LINE, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
150
Output level, PHONO, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
2.5
Pre-amp gain, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Could play older LP without skipping
-
Measured tracking force
-g

More Info

Notes

Standard turntables in our database have been tested to a different method than USB turntables.