RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Solid Wood Plinth

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Solid Wood Plinth

$249.99 USD

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RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable


Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to recreate the performance the way the artist intended


The Audio Technica AT95E featuring a diamond elliptical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision & accuracy for high definition audio


Enjoy perfect playback using the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensuring the stylus is rested deep in your record’s groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording


The beautiful piano black finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (MDF) wood, incorporates isolation feet, an aluminum platter and a rubber slip mat which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations


Incorporating a high quality built-in Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures warm, true sound




RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Walnut Real Wood Veneer
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications
Drive System Belt Drive
Motor DC Motor
Motor Isolation Three Point Rubber Isolation
Speed 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
Speed Variation +/-1.00% - Speed Adjustment Guide
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
Weight of Platter 1.22 lbs (553 g)
Height of Platter 0.62 inches (16 mm)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Rubber
Tonearm Specifications
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 3.5 to 6.5g
Counterweight Yes – 3.53 oz (100 g) - Adjustable
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes
Pivot Bearing Yes
Cueing Lever Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Tonearm Wire 36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand
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)
Cartridge 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
Cartridge Height 0.67 inches (17 mm)
Recommended Tracking Force 2.0g +/–0.5g
Vertical Tracking Angle 20 degrees
Rubber Belt Specifications
Rubber Belt Design Continuous loop (joint-less)
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
Phono Bypass Yes, all electronics bypassed when using external preamp
Line Output 140mV (–17dBV)
Ground Terminal Yes
Power Specification
Input 100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)
Output 12V / 500mA
Consumption 1.5W
General Specifications
Dimensions 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)
Certifications FCC Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL
Unit Weight 14.1 lb (6.4 kg)
Operating Temperature 20°C
Wireless Playback No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)
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UPC 061783264362
What's Included
  • RT81 Turntable
  • Dust Cover
  • 2x Dust Cover Hinges
  • Headshell with Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge
  • Counterweight
  • Aluminum Platter
  • Rubber Belt
  • 45 Adapter
  • Rubber Slip Mat
  • 3ft RCA Cable With Ground Wire
  • 5ft 100V - 240V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Press

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    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 September 20, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Nevada, United States

    Purchased an RT 81, very pleased with this Quality Turn Table, Not only is it a beautiful unit, it tracks very well and easy to Setup!!! Thank You Very Much!!! I used To own a Garrard, what a waste of money, used it for target practice, although I did keep the Cartridge and Stylus>>>!!!!

    David E. September 20, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Nevada, United States

    I purchased a new RT 81 Turn Table, best turntable I have ever purchased!!! Service was GREAT!!! Excellent and this unit is very beautiful!!! 5 Stars I give this Turn Table and Customer Service also scores 5 Stars!!! I am now considering some Book Self Speakers to compliment my Stereo System as it will drive 12 Speakers!!! Thank You Very Much Fluance for 5 Star Service!!!

    Cielle T September 16, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 4 Years Washington, United States

    I purchased this turntable as an apartment warming gift for my partner, and it couldn't have been more perfect. This is a well made turntable that sounds great, and is a steal at this price. If you're looking to get something a little nicer for your first, or even second record player, this is the one for you. The wood finish looks even better in person as well.

    Angelo M September 16, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Florida, United States

    Being an Amazon customer i rely on their opinion when it came to purchase a Fluance RT80. The manual doesn't say that you need an amplified and speakers and which one is adaptable and requested for the RT80 . In additional to that what wires you need to connect the all system. I was trying to call the 1-888-617 6863 but no answer. No good service at all. If you are just a beginner make sure you buying from reliable source.

    Joel N September 15, 2020 Novice Listener - 2 Years California, United States

    First off, the product arrived extremely well-packaged so you can be assured this item will ship to your door safely. Overall good experience so far! Very simple setup, clean appearance, and sounds awesome. We're having some issues with our speaker system and the bass isn't firing correctly (not Fluance related) but even with those issues the sound was far better than our prior turntable on the same setup.

    Tim L September 12, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    The internal preamp of the RT81 is flawed; interference can be heard at even moderately low volume levels. I believe this is universal for all RT81 units- the same was found in the replacement Fluance sent. It was easier (and less expensive) to purchase an external preamp, rather than send the unit in for an upgrade to a higher model or refund. Do not purchase this model if you intend to use its preamp.

    Daniel, M August 31, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Wisconsin, United States

    I bought this as my first turntable and I am loving it! I didn't want to spend an absurd price for an entry-level system, so I found out about the RT81 through some professional reviews online and decided to order one. I have had it for several weeks so far and love how it sounds, plus it was super easy to setup. I look forward to happily use my RT81 for years to come, or at least until I decide to upgrade to a better system.

    Singh, A. August 29, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

    Great product and very happy with the Canadian choice.

    Evaristo S August 23, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 18 Years California, United States

    My turntable (rt81) came beautifully packaged and had no damage, the assembly was a easy and fast process and im loving the cartridge sound quality. Would definitely recommend.

    Sarah G August 22, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Maryland, United States

    This is a beautiful turn table! The wood finish is stylish and feels expensive. I did a lot of research on what should be my first introduction to vinyl and this was definitely worth the investment!

    Matthias B August 6, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 4 Years New Jersey, United States

    Shipped fast, sounds good, feels solid. I've had a small collection of records that I used to play, but haven't had a turntable in a long time, purchased this turntable as an entry turntable

    Ethan N August 1, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year New York, United States

    This was an excellent purchase. High quality product that performs really well, and comes with an easy to follow manual. Also provides room for some upgrades which is really exciting.

    Jerome Triplett July 31, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Alabama, United States

    Like others it's been a long time since I bought a turntable and was unsure about what was out there. After doing a fair amount of research and seeing positive reviews I decided to go with Fluance. I'm happy to say that was the correct decision. The turntable looks, works and sounds beautifully. To anyone wanting to enjoy vinyl again and is on the fence about what to buy - go with Fluance and spend the extra money you would have spent on other turntables to upgrade your speakers a notch and on some new records.

    Derek W July 30, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Performs well beyond price point.

    Angel R July 30, 2020

    I purchased my turntable, directly from Fluance (less $), and because of poor speed stability, after few hours of use, undamaged, clean, perfectly re-packed, and after a painful week of calling and reaching got to send it back. Then no refund... I am in my 2nd week of dispute over a perfectly executed return, waiting on my refund. They even dare to ask me twice to close my claim/dispute. If you make a return, and end up opening a case/claim, DO NOT CLOSE IT until you get your money. If you do, you will lose the right to force a refund.

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