Summary: I got this as a temporary table, wondering if I would like it. Boy, do I! This is really high-quality engineering, executed well, and you can tell. The platter is so evenly machined that, when spinning without the mat on, it is difficult to tell whether it is moving. The bearing is solid and quiet. The plinth, platter, and tonearm are very non-resonant, all passing the tap and scratch tests very convincingly.
Summary: I purchased this table as a temprary replacement for my Music Hall 5.1. The Music Hall constantly needs motors replaced due to noise and other issues. The table was received in excellent condition with exceptional packaging! The table was the EASIEST I have ever set up, including the catridge. Even taking my time, from unpackaging to playing a LP was maybe 30 minutes, tops. Excellent cartridge for a "inclusive" one. The arm is simple and very effective.
Pros: Good design (Overall). Quiet, great inclusive cartridge. Sound quality above the set price.
Cons: Listener Cannot choose the RCA type connection (preference). Motor design is effective yet convoluted in design. Isolated from table but after power switch usage, motor needs the be moved back as to not touch the plinth. Maunufacturers need to rotate/place the power switch 45 or 90 degrees in placement to resolve the switch issue. Other resolutions needed for motor movement issue. A turntable at this price needs a dust cover. Keep the price what it was and ADD a dusto...
Summary: Most people know this is really made by Clearaudio in Germany. I've owned VPI, ProJect and Rega tables and this one is superior to every one of them in design, construction, fit and most importantly, sound. The cartridge alone costs >$800 and is worth every dollar. My only disappointment is I waited so long and wasted time with the above mentioned 'other' tables.
Pros: Everything but especially the sound - spectacular.
Summary: I agree with the other reviewers here. I purchased through Crutchfield and had the usual excellent purchase experience. I've had it for about 8 months and I use it a lot. In a nutshell, if you want a really high-end vinyl playing experience, but don't want to break the bank, this is your turntable. It sounds great (ditch the mat, and use a proper record clamp/weight). The included MM cartridge is a great value. It's a joy to set up (white gloves included).
Pros: Great sound, build quality, easy non-fussy setup with included cartridge. Excellent value with included cartridge. Beautiful to look at. Inert and resonance-free. Did I say great sound?
Cons: Doesn't come with a dust cover. That's a Con, I suppose.
Summary: The Marantz TT15S1 was designed for Marantz by respected German electronics firm "Clearaudio." My initial impressions of turntables were forged in the '70's (hence the initial "sticker shock," when I initially saw this.) However, a little research on quality turntables quickly dispelled any concerns over the price. In fact, the Marantz TT15S1 represents an excellent value for the cost.
Summary: Amazing value. I looked for a year before settling on this table. The combination of very good motor with high speed stability (unlike many others), which I measurably verified with FFT analysis of precision testing records. The arm is very high grade, very low resonance, superb build quality and uses bearings of the highest grade. Table is relative low resonance, has superb bearing/platter design and is attractive. Other main contender for me was the VPI Scout.
Summary: Built by Clearaudio for Marantz, the TT15S1 appears to be a step between the Emotion and the Champion models. Fit and finish are what one would expect from Clearaudio at this price point. Setup was simple and will take less than 1/2 hour. All of the tools needed were supplied with the table. The Unify tonearm supplied is solid, but the magnetic anti-skate system seems rather hokey.
Summary: The Marantz TT-15S1 is outstanding in both form and function. I was not sure I would find a suitable replacement for my previous turntable that I held in high regard; however, there is no looking back with the Marantz. Well done! My research payed off with this purchase. The reviews on this web page are spot on.
Pros: My vinyl never sounded better.
Cons: I had to purchase a cover for the turntable. Considering the quality of the product, I did not consider this an issue.
Summary: The Marantz TT-15S1 turntable shows clarity of sound, astonishing low resonance, stunning appearance and represents a solid investment. Also it is simple; cartridge has to be attached to the tonearm via a fixed mount. That means correct alignment always. This gem arrived with the acclaimed Clearaudio Virtuoso cartridge which sounds amazing. Audiophile, high end performance at reasonable price. Virtuoso is a close cousin of the legendary Clearaudio Maestro cartridge.