|Thickness||0.62 inches (16 mm)|
|Dimensions||Diameter of Platter: 12 inches (30 cm)|
|Weight||3 lbs (1.36 kg)|
|Compatible With||RT82, RT83, RT84, RT85|
|Not Compatible With||RT80, RT81|
Much higher mass than the stock platter, which keeps speeds even more stable (and W&F is already pretty good with the stock platter.) Looks pretty slick when the turntable's sitting there without a record on it.Jeff W 4
Only criticism I have is that mine isn't quite cut with diamond precision... when it's spinning, there are noticeable dips and valleys on the edges that don't affect performance but just don't look very good, especially because light is refracted really well through the sides. Again, not a performance issue, and the top is perfectly flat. It's mainly just the corners of the edges where I notice it. Just a cosmetic thing; you can see the little imperfections going around and around endlessly, and it's hard not to look at it.
A solid upgrade from the standard and lighter aluminum platters. Several advantages here: extra weight, reduced vibration transmission, elimination of the need for a TT mat.... and beauty. Best feature is probably the extra mass of the platter for that fly-wheel effect to assist the motor/belt drive to keep the platter turning at the correct speed consistently. And it certainly adds an extra flair or pizzazz to an already beautiful table. 5-stars.Pete 5
I picked this platter up for my RT 83 because of the supposed benefits of acrylic (sound dampening, improved frequency response, speed stability, etc.) and found that it didn't really improve on any of these aspects of the listening experience over the stock aluminum platter in any significant way. Speed stabiity was the only measureable (but still marginal) improvment of the acrylic platter; however, the speed accuracy and stability of the RT83 when equipped with the stock platter was already averaging slightly above Fluance's advertised specs so the turntable was already performing very well in this area. The one area of turntable performance where I noticed a pretty significant improvment was in the reduction of pops and crackle resulting from the greatly reduced accumulation of static during playback. The platter also looks very nice paired with the walnut of the turntable so, aesthetically, it in an improvement. Overall, I would say that my experience thus far with the platter, it does not signficantly improve the sound or performance of the turntable and I don't think that the $160 price is worth it if you are already happy with the performance of your Reference series turntable with the aluminum platter.Andrew S 3
TL;DR: Looks nice, reduces static, but not much else to justify the high price.
Nothing to add other that has already been said.Yannis S. 5
Static is eliminated a lot. There are some believers on Audioholics that claim that the whole acrylic platter is a joke. Too sad to hear so poor statements.
I’m very happy with the acrylic platter, I don’t know though if I need to readjust the cartridge.
I bought an RT84 about two months ago. It sounded great, but I noticed a lot of static, both from some excess clicks and pops and pretty substantial cling when removing records from the platter. About a quarter of the time, the rubber mat would come off with the record.Ben K. 5
The acrylic platter eliminates the static almost completely. It also improves the overall soundstage quite a bit, especially the character and clarity of the bass.
If I had to do it again, I'd buy an RT85 off the bat. But if you have an RT84 or below, spring for this when you can. It's well worth it.
Upgraded an Rt83 with this platter. Sound quality improved. It appears 'cleaner'.Hedley D 5
I exclusively listen to records through headphones because I don't have space for speakers right now. This killed a lot of the small sounds and fuzziness encountered during playback so things sound way better and clearer. I barely even have to use my brushes anymore.Kenneth 5
Is bass better? Sure, but stereo imaging greatly improves, as does the reduction of noise. It doesn't hurt that the platter looks simply amazing on the walnut table. Easy install....maybe 5 min. Without reading instructions....Don't wait. Buy it!Jason, A 5
I bought this as an upgrade to my Fluance RT 83 turntable. It did not disappoint! I was expecting better bass, and more detail, however, I noticed greater stereo imaging.Kenneth 5
I love the look of this very simple upgrade. The acrylic platter adds an extra touch of class Plus the sonic benefit is is the perfect compliment to my RT82 turntableMark D. 5
This is a very easy upgrade and does absolutely make a positive audible difference compared to the standard aluminum platter and mat. Unlike the aluminum set-up, with the new acrylic platter there is almost zero transmission of sound when you set the dust cover down gently or lightly contact the plinth. I used to get a soft "thump" through the speakers but no more! Static clicks and pops are essentially eliminated with the acrylic as well - can't do anything about the scratches of course... The acrylic is great as no mat is needed and the record stays in direct contact with the platter and the added weight just makes the whole system seem more stable. I would say this is a very worthwhile upgrade after the cartridge and stylus which are probably the best bang for the buck. I would like to see the acrylic platter a bit less expensive (and more available to upgrade - i waited 6 months to get one) but the quality is top notch and well worth the wait.Greg 5
Easy installation. Immediately noticed both a visual and sonic improvement. Buy it if you can get one...David 5