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Fluance’s RT81 High Fidelity Turntable plays traditional LP and EP vinyl records with stunning quality that achieves the purest sound reproduction. When you want the absolute best in music performance, pull out your favorite 33 1/3 or 45 RPM records, hook up your sound system, drop the needle, and immerse yourself in the Fluance RT81 Record Player. Your soul will be captivated by the crisp, distinguishing characteristics of the music you love. Premium components allow this belt driven turntable to produce a pure uncompressed listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended.
Your music will sound richer when the Audio Technica AT95E stylus rests in the grooves of your favorite vinyl record at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The upgraded elliptical diamond stylus is renowned for its freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks, and channel balance.
You'll savor every note thanks to the balanced and adjustable counterweight of the S-Type tonearm. The fluid movement of the bearings within the tonearm coupled with the advanced anti-skating system practically caresses your record, preventing scratching and ensuring the stylus is perfectly rested deep in your record’s groove while splendidly coaxing the music out of your vinyl.
The walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid audio-grade (MDF) wood which reduces vibrations to ensure the stylus provides the best possible signal. Sound isolation feet, an aluminum platter and a rubber slip mat significantly reduce reverberation, leaving you with pure stereophonic sound.
Captivating signal clarity is produced with a high quality Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures high fidelity sound in its truest form.
|Finish||High Gloss Walnut|
|Dust Cover||Yes - Tinted|
|Drive System||Belt Drive|
|Speed||33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM|
|Wow and Flutter||0.2%|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted)||67dB or higher (A-weighted, 20kHz LPF)|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted)||60dB or higher (unweighted, 20kHz LPF)|
|Diameter of Platter||12", 30cm|
|Tonearm Type||Static Balanced, S-Type|
|Supported Cartridge Weight||3.5 to 6.5g|
|Cartridge Type||Dual Moving Magnet (MM)|
|Catridge Model||Audio Technica: AT95E|
|Stylus||0.4 × 0.7mil Bonded Elliptical (Diamond)|
|Channel Separation||20dB at 1kHz|
|Channel Balance||2.0dB or less at 1kHz|
|Load Impedance/Capacitance||47k Ohms/100pF|
|Output Voltage||2.5mV +/–3dB|
|Cartridge Weight||5.7g (+/- 0.5g)|
|Recommended Tracking Force||2.0g +/–0.5g|
|Vertical Tracking Angle||20 degrees|
|Preamp||Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable|
|Phono Output||2.5mV +/–3dB|
|Line Output||140mV (–17dBV)|
|Input||100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)|
|Output||12V / 500mA|
|Dimensions||16.5” x 5.5” x 13.75”|
|Certifications||FCC Certified, CE Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL|
|Unit Weight||6.4 kg or 14.1 lbs|
|Operating Temperature||5°C to 35°C|
"Playback from the RT81 was quite good, with even the deeper bass of hip-hop and some electronic music coming through smooth and clear. "Read the Full Review
"it feels like a $400-$500 turntable. I guess you can tell by now I'm impressed."Read the Full Review
"The walnut finish gives the RT81 one of the best looks of any entry-level turntable I’ve seen. It’s sturdier and heavier than some of the cheaper turntables out there from brands like Crosley and Denon. "Read the Full Review
My RT-81 arrived a few days ago and I've been playing one record after another ever since. The sound produced by this table is magnificent! It is so sensitive that I had to turn down my bass settings on my receiver significantly to avoid blowing the whole thing up. OK, a bit of an exaggeration there but you get my drift. I use a Panasonic SA-HE100 receiver with Polk Tsi100's speakers. My unit is located in my den which is fairly small. I'm literally hearing bits and small passages on my records which I've never heard before. That's how terrific this turntable is. I'm a child of the 50's and 60's and I've owned many turntables in the past, having never given up vinyl in the first place. This gem just may be the best I've ever owned. In a nutshell, it is gorgeous to look at, the playback is top notch and if there's a better table out there in terms of value for what you get in return, I haven't seen it. Go ahead and spend thousands on a turntable if that's your thing and can afford it, but I'd take this gorgeous, sexy hunk of turntable any day over those overpriced players. And now, back to my record playing. I think the Beatles' "Revolver" is up next.
Great turntable for the price, very pleased. Replaced my old turntable and the difference is very pleasing in the best way possible. I'm using the internal preamp with the RT81, it sounds great, sound output level is very good. My Pioneer SC-95 doesn't have a phono input, so the turntables preamp is a nice feature. I may eventually buy a better external preamp and upgrade the cartridge, but for straight out of the box, this turntable sounds impressive. It also looks every bit as impressive as it sounds.
The tone arm looks to be setup great, but the cartridge is installed in the headshell dead center and square. I check the alignment and it is off a bit. It sounds great as is, but people who know how to align the cartridge will want to do that. I used an alignment tool and there is a very nice slight improvement. I read a professional review for this turntable and the reviewer mentioned the factory alignment being off a bit so I'm guessing they all come that way. Not a big deal for most but important if you want the most out of the turntable.
I don't listen to my album collection often, and as such I muddled along with my 40 year old Sony direct drive TT. If the cue arm hadn't given up I still might be there.
But I digress....
The RT81 is wonderful. I like the auto-stop, and would prefer a semi-automatic, but I couldn't afford a nice TT with that feature. Well, I'm glad I found Fluance.
It's a smaller footprint than my last TT. The sound is great. Easy to set-up. Nice cartridge. OK, the >pop< is annoying when the receiver is on and then you turn on the turntable, but I just have to turn on the turntable first.
I hope for longevity. Time will tell.
No way can you beat this TT for the $. Set up was super easy. Packing was tremendous. Great looking and great sounding! Like others have mentioned, only negative is "pop" when turning on. I just switch my reciever to other source whenever turning power knob, so don't hear it.
If you're on the fence with purchasing this TT, just do it, you will not regret it!
Received the RT81 turntable on Friday. Played Jazz and Classical
all weekend. Conclusion: the sound is excellent, the superb walnut finish looks as great as the turntable sounds. All for a decent price. Well done Fluance!
RT81 is very nice, I would recommend this to anyone wanting a great player for a low price.
I really had a hard time choosing between this unit and the RT80 but i"'m happy I chose this. The packaging in 3 boxes almost had me thinking it was a joke but that only proves Fluance is serious about getting your shipment to you safe and unbroken.
I wasn't going to review this TT. because I just got it yesterday . But it was so very easy hookup ,I did it the same day I got it . So had to say something ; It surpasses TT's that I paid 5 to 7 hundred dollars for. I bought it because of reviews that I read, They where all great reviews So I LIKE IT ALREADY , it's solid IT'S VERY GOOD Looking ' and Very Quiet, and nice touch to MY SYSTEM . Cannot go wrong with the price. Packing was excellent , instructions are easy to read and understand . Great Job FLUANCE !
I really like this turntable!
This is my first turntable, so I can't really compare it to anything else. I got this along with the Fluance bookshelf speakers, and they're a great combo. It's sounds as good as I hoped it would, and the elegant design looks even better in person.
No complaints. Thanks Fluance!
This is the turntable that I have been looking for since I started collecting LPs. Thanks Fluance. Definitely recommending this to my circle!
I love the turntable function and design,Delivery was quite quick,quality unit from top to bottom.One problem though,I did not receive a Quick Set Up guide or any documents.I had to assemble by winging it from memories of 30 years past...
Well made, good sound low wow and flutter. I have only had it a week.The pop when the power button is turned on, but so far very happy with the RT81.See all reviews