RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Stylus, Preamp, Solid Cabinet - Natural Walnut

$249.99 USD

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Ships by: 2017-12-15


RT81 High Fidelity Turntable


  • Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to produce a pure analog listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended
  • High performance AT95E Audio Technica cartridge produces outstanding clarity. The diamond elliptical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision & accuracy for high definition audio
  • Perfect playback using the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the stylus is rested deep in your record’s groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording
  • The beautiful walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (MDF) wood, incorporates isolation feet, an aluminum platter, & a rubber slip mat which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations
  • Captivating signal clarity is produced with a high quality Texas Instruments preamp, gold plated RCA line outputs, and a ground terminal that ensure warm, true sound

RT81 HiFi Turntable

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.

Superior Stylus

Superior Stylus Makes for a Pure Analog Listening Experience

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.

RT81 S-type Tone Arm

Complete Clarity Without Compromising Your Collection

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.

RT81 Walnut Cabinet Designed for Serious Performance

Designed for Serious Performance

The walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (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.

RT81 Turntable Premium Components

Premium Components

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.

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Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Walnut
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications
Drive System Belt Drive
Motor DC Motor
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)
Platter Aluminum
Diameter of Platter 12", 30cm
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Rubber
Tonearm Specifications
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 3.5 to 6.5g
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes
Pivot Bearing Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Effective Tonearm Mass 28.2 grams
Overhang 19.2mm
Effective Tonearm Length 224mm
Headshell Mount H-4 Bayonet Mount
Tonearm Height 17mm
Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge Type Dual Moving Magnet (MM)
Catridge Model Audio Technica: AT95E
Replacement Stylus ATN95E
Stylus 0.4 × 0.7mil Bonded Elliptical (Diamond)
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half inch
Frequency Response 20-20,000Hz
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)
Headshell Weight 10.7g
Recommended Tracking Force 2.0g +/–0.5g
Vertical Tracking Angle 20 degrees
Rubber Belt Specifications
Width 4.5mm
Length 534.07mm
Thickness 0.6mm
Output Specifications
Connector RCA (Gold-plated)
Preamp Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable
Phono Output 2.5mV +/–3dB
Line Output 140mV (–17dBV)
Ground Terminal Yes
Power Specification
Input 100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)
Output 12V / 500mA
Consumption 1.5W
General Specifications
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 20°C
UPC 061783264362
What's Included
  • RT81 Turntable
  • Dust Cover
  • 45 Adapter
  • Rubber Slip Mat
  • 3ft RCA Cable With Ground Wire
  • 100V - 240V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Pro Reviews

    Slash Gear review of the fluance rt81 rt80

    Slash Gear Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "Playback from the RT81 was quite good, with even the deeper bass of hip-hop and some electronic music coming through smooth and clear. "

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    CNET review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    CNET Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "it feels like a $400-$500 turntable. I guess you can tell by now I'm impressed."

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    Tech Crunch review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    Tech Crunch Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "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. "

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    Digital Trends Preview of the RT81

    Digital Trends Review of the RT81

    "Music played on the record player was deep and smooth with excellent clarity. In general, there was low distortion, sparkling treble, and strong bass across the records we listened to, from Broadway to Drake."

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    David Policansky October 2, 2017 NM

    In 1968 I bought complete AR (Acoustic Research) set-up; turntable, amplifier, and 2a speakers. It's been quite a while since I had to replace the amplifier--AR tried to do too much and it was even less reliable than the space shuttle--and finally it seemed time to bite the bullet and get a new turntable. Based on reviews, price, looks, and everything else I could devour I chose the Fluance RT 81. It arrived today and I forced myself to read the set-up instructions al the way through and yes, it's easy. I turned it on and put on a record and it truly sounded like hell; rumbling, muddy, and awful. My amplifier includes a pre-amp and I'd carefully set the switch on the turntable to phono. But I'd fiddled around and decided I needed to check again, and bingo, it was somehow set at line. So I re-set the switch to phono, put on another record and I have to say I'm blown away. It is absolutely quiet--no background noise, no rumbling, and clear as can be. I'm listening to Glenn Gould playing Bach keyboard concertos, and I can hear every note, every string in the orchestra, and all his singing (he was famous for singing along as he played). I don't remember what things sounded like when my whole AR set-up was brand new, but I can say with confidence my records haven't sounded this good in more than 20 years at least. And now I don't need to go get a hearing test! Let me say again how easy this TT is to set up if you follow the instructions, how absolutely lovely it sounds, and how happy I am with this TT. But you absolutely DO have to make sure the line-phono switch is set to match your amplifier!

    Luciano May 18, 2017 Lubbock, TX

    I am very pleased to finally find out a turntable that reflects my taste for good things and personality. After buying TWO others entry level turntables - and returned them - I got the RT81, and that's is all I need.

    First off, I will start talking about the packaging: I noticed the attention to detail even when I was unpacking that beauty. I could see that I was about to come across a big deal, and I was really excited even without see the turntable itself. It came very well packaged and with a nice flyer inside. High, high professional work.

    The turntable itself is BEAUTIFUL! It has elegant lines and it's really awesome. As I use to say "less is more", and this turntable does not have all those crap buttons or whatever, it's straightforward and simple to operate. It's smart and sharp. No unnecessary stuff.

    The AT95E style works really well on it. It looks like a marriage. Great sound, great quality, easy to assemble.

    This turntable deserves more than 5 starts for the price you pay. It's gorgeous! I am so happy!!!

    I will be doing some reviews on YouTube about her performance pretty soon.

    Brian April 10, 2017 Calgary

    Great table for this price point. Set up couldn't be easier. So happy with my decision.

    Daniel March 10, 2017 Jackson, MS

    Very good turntable. Cartridge as good as legendary Shure M91ED
    From the 70's. Had slow speed issue, easy correction with adjustment on bottom. Thanks to customer service and Julie. Had other options, this was the best. Start up with arm movement and
    Turn off at end, very nice! Recommend. 4.5 rating due to speed. RT 81 worth extra $s.

    Michael Paredez February 24, 2017 Fresno, CA

    Great turntable haven't seen one this good in 15 years reminds me of how turntables use to be built with extreme quality and very attractive to boot! Great sound this turntable will go far in the vinyl resurgence.

    Joe Vindigni February 21, 2017 ???

    Purchased the RT81 and I don't think you can get a better turntable for the price. Built quality and sound performance is excellent. My opinion is that it performs just as good or better than a higher end turntable. I am not new to vinyl, this replaced my Technics SL D-2 that i had since 1980, but this sounds great. Channel separation is remarkable, and it was an easy set up. Glad I made the right choice

    Geoff February 18, 2017 Baltimore, MD

    Like anyone else recently getting back into vinyl, I was stunned by how swiftly the prices leapt into the thousand-plus for turntables, in addition to receivers and speakers that could easily cost you thousands more. At first I bought an under-$100 table from a major online retailer. It worked, but the sound limitations were just unacceptable -- all of the loudest notes distorted and the sound was just too fuzzy overall. I worried that perhaps you really do get what you pay for with turntables and almost plunked down over $500 for the same model my friend has. But then I found this beauty! Now I can hear far more undistorted detail in the music than my super-cheap first table, with far more warmth and depth conveyed than CDs (and certainly far better than MP3!). To my ear (note: I am an audio enthusiast, but certainly not a snobby audiophile), this table sounds as good as my friend's but for half the price. Two tips: first, when I first unpacked and set this up, the first record I put on definitely had notable static pops and sizzle. I suspect it may have been due to the static electricity generated by all the unpacking in the dry winter home. By the next day, all the static pop was gone. I do recommend that you have good anti-static brush for your records, though, because this needle is very sensitive and will convey that static to your speakers. Second tip: you can set this up pretty cheaply if you have another system with a 3.5 mm Audio In/Input jack. I had an older but still great-sounding table top CD system. I bought an RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter wire and plugged this Fluance into that. Works great without having to buy a new set of powered speakers or a receiver/speaker combo! I plan to upgrade my system eventually to a proper receiver and newer speakers, but my budget dictated that I couldn't do it all at once, so I thought I would pass along that tip if your budget is like mine...

    Dan February 15, 2017 georgia

    great product, received in a timely manner, packaged very good, I'm enjoying my old vinyl..

    Mark February 9, 2017 Buffalo, NY

    Had a concern when speed varied for a short time...but seemed to have straightened itself out. Love the build quality of this turntable. It looks as good as it sounds. I have played record after record and this TT is amazing. Thanks Fluance

    Morgan January 29, 2017 Chicago

    Great record player! Amazing sound with the Fluance speakers.

    Fred January 28, 2017 Orlando Florida

    Okay would give a 5 star just a little disappointed on the counter weight, wish it was heavier then what it is changed my cartridge to a 2m red ortofon and what a pain to dial in .if weight was heavier it be great other then that TT is fine .maybe have an upgrade one in aceseries for people who like a different cartridge all that said it's beautiful sounds great through my Marantz receiver as I said I would have given 5 stars but for the light counter it's a 4. hey guy's try and work on the option to upgrade or buy thanks beautiful TT

    haleemdeen January 25, 2017 Oshawa, Ontario. Canada

    Fluance RT 81 my first turntable. I ordered yesterday and got it today Jan.25th 2017. I looked at so many brands and finally decided to go for RT81 , played few LPs the sound quality is so good for the price you pay. beautiful appearance and easy to handle. I gladly recommend this product.

    MattS December 26, 2016 Leander TX

    I just received yesterday from my wife for Christmas. I was a little worried because i had never heard of this brand. I was completely blown away after hooking it up and hearing it. Sounds better than my brothers $800 player. Nice work Fluance

    David Gena December 22, 2016 Franklinville, NY

    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.

    Douglas Dietiker December 14, 2016 Lacey, WA

    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.

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