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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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:

    Gary W. December 18, 2017 Virginia, United States

    I am very pleased with this turntable. Setup was a breeze after watching the setup video a couple of times. It took less than 15 minutes. The AT-95E cartridge is an excellent choice. It has a very wide frequency response. Overall this is a fantastic value.

    Sean O December 17, 2017 California, United States

    Been using this beauty for almost 2 days straight now. No issues whatsoever, setup was a breeze, instructions were clear and easy to follow. Turntable sounds fantastic hooked up to my bookshelf speakers, and the diamond stylus really makes a huge difference in sound quality. Highly recommend.

    Wesley c November 6, 2017

    The fit and finish is beyond words!Amazing sound! - Verified Store

    zan October 4, 2017

    I've had this table for about three weeks and so far it has turned out to be exactly what I anticipated. I did have a little trouble with speed issues as you will see in other comments but once I burned the table in for 24 hours (as the manufacturer suggests) it corrected itself. Set-up was painless and packaging was very well done. The built in pre-amp (another reason for choosing this table) made it easy for immediate listening after set-up. This table has an amazing look and sounds as good as it looks. I decided on this table over the pro-ject DC and as of now I couldn't be happier with my purchase. - Verified Store

    Chris October 3, 2017

    Beautiful. Sometimes I just enjoy staring at it. Works great as well.Only drawback is the internal preamp is not too great...muffles the sound a bit. So, if you're relying on that, you may want to include an external amp in your budget. - Verified Store

    Kevin J October 3, 2017

    My first turntable was a Philips belt drive semi-automatic (circa 1980) that I bought with money I earned with a paper route as a teen and loved it. I loved it so much that I amassed a 300+ library of vinyl. Then came CDs and I jumped on that band wagon. Well, here I am back to the turntable. I read the many reviews here for the Fluance 81 and decided to take the plunge, Well...It is visually beautiful/expensive looking. It is physically heavy/solid/feels well made. The sound is warm and the stereo separation with included Audio Technical cartridge & stylus is wonderful. I am really enjoying rediscovery my albums again. - Verified Store

    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!

    Christopher B September 29, 2017

    First off, this is a stunningly beautiful turntable. Seriously, the pictures don't do it justice. The fit and finish is top notch. Nearly everything, save the 45 rpm adapter which is made of plastic, feels of quality. The problem is I've never been a fan of Alvin and the Chipmunks and with this record player, that's pretty much all I got. There are fine tuning adjustments located on the bottom of this turntable that allow for some correction if the speed is off. Unfortunately, the corrections I was able to get came nowhere near to fixing the problem. In fact, if I turned the pot too far, it would suddenly jump to something approaching 78 rpm. This was with the 33 rpm selected.Follow that up with calls to Fluance resulting in being returned to the main menu over and over again and it's more than a little frustrating. Also, I've already been through two samples of another even more highly regarded turntable, each of which didn't operate property, and you can understand why my patience is beginning to run a tad short.I would think that since record players are one of the oldest methods of playing back music we'd have the technology mastered by now. But, no. Apparently, turntables are still cause for head scratching and decades of R&D to get these vinyl discs to play properly. I weep for the poor aliens who come across our golden disc floating through interstellar space and have to try and figure out how to get the damn thing to play. They'll either think we're a planet of singing chipmunks or end up committing mass suicide as they drink themselves into the blackest depression the universe has ever seen trying to conjure up the technology required to play the darn thing.Okay, hyperbole aside, I understand that defects happen. I'm giving it 2 stars because I know there are good samples of this product out there. But I'm not the only one that has experienced speed issues with this unit and I feel I need to add my experience to the pool. I wish I had gotten a good sample of this beautiful product. Perhaps, I'll try another order someday but for now, I've got to just leave this here. - Verified Store

    Amazon Customer September 13, 2017

    Super crisp sound, the weight works wonders, wicked sleek. It's deffs a good but for the price. - Verified Store

    R. S September 5, 2017

    I’ve had the Fluance RT-81 for a few weeks now, which is enough to form a considered opinion. It’s a really, really good turntable, and pretty much a steal at $250.You’ve seen how the Fluance looks, know that it has an internal preamp (I don’t use it) and an auto-stop function (though no auto-return) – the auto-stop has worked for me every time, on several dozen LPs. And it really is nice-looking, with a heavy, solid plinth. I ran the platter for the 24-hour recommended “burn-in” period and haven’t had any of the speed issues others encountered a few months ago, which is worth noting.But how does it stack up against a good vintage turntable?I had been running a Pioneer PL-514, a wonderful old warhorse than I bought around ’02-’03 for only $25 (the glory days before the hipster vinyl resurgence). Now, one of those in good condition will cost you at least $100, and often considerably more. And that’s with 14-15 years of extra age on the motor and components. I loved that turntable, but the motor started to squeal – she almost made it to 40!How does the Fluance sound? Excellent – punchy, bright but rounded, nice and detailed. I should note, though, that I’m using an AT 100E cartridge w/an ATN 120E stylus, and haven’t used the 95E/headshell combo that came with it. But to compare, the AT 100E cartridge/headshell/stylus sounds as full and punchy on the RT-81 as it did on the Pioneer; maybe a little brighter, but clearer and more detailed. Newer/better wiring probably has something to do with this – it’s not miles better than the Pioneer, but as someone who was a bit apprehensive about a newer, affordable turntable (was afraid it would sound tinny or otherwise weak) I was very pleasantly surprised. (I should also note that I’m running it through a cherished old Pioneer SX-550, which is why I’m not using the preamp).The one problem is that the Fluance counterweight wasn’t heavy enough to deal with the AT 100E, which (with the AT MG-10 magnesium headshell I use) is 3 grams heavier than the included 95E/headshell combo – it might be a good idea for Fluance to consider making heavier counterweights, at least for separate purchase, for those who want to upgrade their cartridge/stylus down the line (the build quality on the Fluance suggests that this might become a warhorse too). But my old Pioneer counterweight snapped right onto the Fluance tonearm like it should – problem solved. So it’s good to know that these older, heavier counterweights are compatible, as they’re easy enough to find online.In sum, then, I’ve been totally pleased with the RT-81 – it’s a phenomenal deal for the money and easily comparable in build and sound reproduction with the old ’70s turntables so many of us love. If it holds up for the long haul, so much the better! - Verified Store

    Eric D September 4, 2017

    Super simple turntable, sounds great. - Verified Store

    Anna August 31, 2017

    Purchased as a gift. Looks amazing- sturdy and classy. Hooked up to Bluetooth speakers easily - Verified Store

    drunkennewfiemidget August 28, 2017

    This thing sounds like something that costs far far more money.With one caveat: when you use it on phono out.Its built-in preamp sounds like pure unadulterated buttjuice. Don't use it. Get a proper preamp.Trust me on this. Then: it's incredible. - Verified Store

    Scott B August 21, 2017

    I have had this turntable for several weeks now, and have put at least 20 hours of play on it. I have had none of the speed issues that other people have written about. It has tracked perfectly and the playback has been spot-on from the first time stylus met vinyl.The turntable is packaged extremely well, impressively well I would say. The assembly and calibration is easy and actually fun to do. The turntable itself is gorgeous. The furniture-grade finish is flawless, and the overall quality is very high-end. One of the reasons I chose this turntable was that it is easily upgraded in terms of cartridge, but after this initial period of play I can't justify it. It sounds fantastic as-is.The only thing I have had issue with, and it's not a big enough deal to subtract an entire star (maybe a quarter star) is that the auto-stop doesn't seem to be very consistent. This may be due to how each album is pressed, but I would say that more times than not the stylus will be bouncing off of the label. I have not contacted Fluance support to see if the stopping point can be adjusted, so it might just be a matter of making a little tweak under the platter. The auto-stop is a nice feature, but it was not a real tipping point that influenced the purchase.The only other turntable I was considering was the Denon DP300-F, which is now priced lower than the Fluance. I have heard horror stories about that table, but also know people who have zero issues, and my previous, very low-end DP29-F operated flawlessly. I did check out the 300 in person and the Fluance has a much more hand-crafted, retro look to it. It reminds me of the high-end units the stereo salesmen used to chase me away from when I was a kid. - Verified Store

    William H August 21, 2017

    Really enjoying this player. Quality construction, easy setup, some good adjustability, and very nice stylus at this price point. Built in pre-amp helps with playability right out of the box.I'd put this up against players costing twice as much. - Verified Store

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