The direct way to good sound

Analogue music playback had never quite disappeared even in times of digitalization. Audiophiles often preferred the musical sound of a record player. This is not only true for the generations who experienced the peak of the record industry in the 70’s and 80’s but also for younger people who grew up with the DJ culture.

The discussions surrounding the best drive principle, belt or direct drive, is almost as old as the record player itself in this regard. The direct drive sounds more dynamic in the ideal scenario and has better synchronisation. However, on account of the motor being located directly on the turntable and therefore having to be extremely smooth running, it is much more complex and therefore more expensive. Magnat has achieved something special with the MTT 990: a high-end drive with all the advantages of the direct drive and with an outstanding price-performance ratio

Knowledge & Passion

A record player from the loudspeaker specialist? Yes. The two different hi-fi components have more in common than might generally be assumed: Both a pickup and a loudspeaker are sound transducers. This is where you hear every quality stage most clearly. And: A lot of passionate hi-fi fans work at Magnat who still prefer a record player for listening to music. So it was an obvious move to design a record player than could incorporate all our knowledge from more than 45 years of hi-fi development.

Motor & record player

There are very few specialists around the world who offer motors for direct-drive units. But we have found a supplier that has been able to realise our ideas with perfection: with a motor that offers three speeds (33, 45, 78 r.p.m.), almost perfect synchronisation (< 0.08%) and a tremendous torque of 2.2 kgf/cm. The 12-inch (30.5 centimeter) record player is made of a special plastic material (POM) that is well-known for its high torsional stiffness and whose resonance behaviour is similar to vinyl - which has proven to be very advantageous in terms of sound. According to our impressions, this then produces the most detailed sound. As sound impressions are always subjective, we have added an extra felt mat. This means that records can also be used directly without any additional turntable mat. The dimensions of the 1.9 kg turntable have been designed specifically and precisely for the motor. In addition, a quartz control system is used to ensure exact synchronisation. This eliminates the need for fine speed adjustment

Resonance-optimised case and feet

Magnat is a loudspeaker manufacturer and has the best technologies at its disposal to detect and reduce resonances. We were able to benefit from this when developing the MTT 990. The case is made of solid MDF wood and is so strong and heavy that it offers optimum conditions for the motor unit.
The feet of the MTT 990 have also been produced according to our specifications and display exceptionally high vibration absorption.
Another detail: The power transformer is of a swinging suspended design to avoid further resonance. The case has a high-gloss black finish.

Tonearm & pickup

The tonearm of the MTT 990 is not a standard design either, with many details having been modified. It is a J-shaped, curved 10-inch arm – which we feel is the best shape for keeping the tracking angle error as low as possible. The tonearm tube is made of special alloyed aluminium, with the internal wiring comprising high-purity copper wires from the Japanese specialist Mogami. The tonearm features four gimbal stainless-steel bearings with carbon-steel ball bearings. To enable different pickups to be fitted without any difficulty, the tonearm of the Magnat MTT 990 is height-adjustable and has a bayonet headshell for the convenient and precise fitting of pickup systems. The tonearm is of the so-called medium-mass category. This means that a very large number of medium and low-compliance MM and MC systems can be used to update or upgrade the MTT 990. However, the quality of the drive and the arm is so high that even high-end pickups find an appropriate environment here. In the “X” version, the Magnat MTT 990 is therefore also available without a pickup.

The Magnat MTT 990 (without the “X”) is a ready-to-play version equipped with an intermediate-class moving magnet system that could almost be called legendary: the Japanese Audio Technica AT 95E pickup. Its vitality and naturalness have made it one of the best-selling hi-fi pickups of all times. It goes without saying that it has already been precisely adjusted in the MTT 990.


Features and special features of this series

MTT 990

Audiophile Direct-Drive Record Player incl. cartridge

  • Quartz-controlled direct drive for the perfect desired speed
  • 10-inch J-tonearm for the lowest possible tracking angle error
  • Thanks to three speeds (33 1/3, 45, 78 r.p.m.) with a corresponding pickup, also suitable for shellac records
  • No belt slippage, unrestrained dynamics
  • Heavyweight turntable with a case made of solid MDF

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MTT 990

Audiophile Direct-Drive Record Player without cartridge

  • Heavyweight turntable with a case made of solid MDF
  • 10-inch J-tonearm for the lowest possible tracking angle error
  • Thanks to three speeds (33 1/3, 45, 78 r.p.m.) with a corresponding pickup, also suitable for shellac records
  • Quartz-controlled direct drive for the perfect desired speed
  • No belt slippage, unrestrained dynamics

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RV 4

High-end hybrid integrated amplifier with valve pre-stage and Bluetooth® aptX™

  • Audiophile high-end stereo hybrid amplifier
  • Valve sound and transistor power harmoniously combined
  • Digital section with Burr-Brown converter and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
  • High-quality solid metal enclosure with 8 mm front panel
  • Pre-out, Main-in, Phono pre-amplifier for MM and MC

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MA 1000

High-end hybrid integrated amplifier with tube preamplifier

  • Perfect synthesis of an audiophile tube preamplifier and high-performance transistor output stage
  • Preselected ECC 82 tubes burnt in for 60 hours
  • Discretely designed power amps with 2 x 115 watts of rated output at 4 ohms
  • Wide variety of connection options including phono pre-amp (MM and MC)
  • Stylish enclosure design and modern operating convenience thanks to a high-quality system remote control

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MCD 1050

High-End CD player with tube output

  • Elaborately designed CD player for highest audiophile demands
  • High-quality Pure CD drive with Sanyo laser unit
  • 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter for loss-free data conversion
  • Audiophile tube output stage with selected ECC 88 tubes
  • Stylish enclosure design and modern operating convenience thanks to a high-quality system remote control

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MR 780

High-end hybrid valve receiver with powerful output stage and Bluetooth® aptX™

  • High-end hybrid receiver with tube preamplifier and a high-performance transistor output stage
  • High-quality DAB+/FM tuner
  • Analogue inputs incl. high-quality MM-phono input
  • Digital input section with 2 optical and 2 coaxial inputs and 1 USB audio input
  • Bluetooth® input (4.0) with the high-end audio standard Qualcomm® aptX™
  • Sturdy full-metal enclosure with solid aluminium front plate and controls

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MCD 750

High-quality CD player with a stylish design.

  • High-quality CD drive with precise and quiet loading mechanism and Toshiba CD controller unit
  • Particularly precise, low-noise digital/analogue conversion through high-quality D/A converter from Wolfson
  • Analogue filter and output stage with low-noise operational amplifiers from Texas Instruments
  • Elaborate power adapter with separate voltage stabiliser for the audio output stage
  • Sturdy solid-metal enclosure with front panel and controls made of solid aluminium

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MC 200

Network player

  • Network player for Spotify, Internet radio and files from the network
  • Amplifier and digital/analogue converter in certified Hi-Res quality
  • High-quality CD drive with precision laser unit and DAB+, FM tuner with a substantial station memory
  • Bluetooth 4.0 streaming with high-end audio stanads upard aptX

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MMS 730

High-end streamer

  • High-end streamer for Spotify, Internet radio and files from a home network
  • DAB+ and FM receiver, each with 40 memory slots
  • USB and Bluetooth® aptX™ HD
  • Multi-room functionality
  • High-end digital/analog converter from Wolfson
  • Sturdy metal housing with a solid, brushed aluminum front panel

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