RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

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
  • 100V - 240V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • User Manual
  • 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:

    Ericka February 25, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 1 Year North Carolina, United States

    Sleek design

    Steven February 22, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Alberta, Canada

    Very happy owner, getting into playing vinyl. I've got some older albums (the 2 speeds don't allow play of some of those) But either old albums or new reissues- this player has been singing. Good customer support, price point and performance will have me keeping tabs on some future upgrades as well.

    Bill D February 14, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years North Carolina, United States

    The RT81 Is very well made and attractive turntable. I was upgrading from a used Sony that I picked up about 8 years ago. There is no comparison to sound a build quality, the T81 blows the Sony away. I also noticed that Fluance offers a two year warranty vs the other brands that only offer a one year warranty. The built in pre-amp and auto stop where a couple of features that where a bonus on this particular model. i like the fact I can upgrade the stylus and cartridge when I get ready to move up and not buy another turntable.

    Mark L February 12, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Michigan, United States

    I grew up with a nice quality turntable in my house that I loved listening to. I did a lot of homework to find a high quality turntable without spending a fortune. My research kept leading back to Fluance. I ordered the RT81 with a pair of SX6 speakers. I love it. It's a nice heavy turntable that doesn't absorb external vibrations. The black looks modern with a simple nostalgic look to it and it sounds awsome. I never heard of Fluance until recently but they make great stuff for what you pay.

    Ralph T February 12, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Mississippi, United States

    I tried a Fluance turntable after reading dozens of reviews with mostly favorable opinions, but immediately the issues started.
    My biggest complaint is mine doesn't work properly. It turns itself off after playing only 3/4 of the LP, no matter what LP I use.
    I called tech support to report the problem, gave them the serial number and received a case number and was told they would reach back out to me and that it was under warranty.
    I waited, waited and waited but no call. So I called them and was told they had a large list to work through (is that a sign) and was asked what my case number was. After being placed on hold I was asked if I could email a video of the issue, which I did. After a couple of days I email back asking if the video was received- but no reply. I emailed several more times just asking if my information was received and still no reply. So "I the customer" called them again and I reached the same support person. He again apologized for the no response and he looked up my email and confirmed it was received. He stated I would be moved to priority status and that I will be contacted- well that still hasn't happened.
    So today I called THEM again and the same tech person answered. He again confirmed that after watching the video I supplied they had no reason to give for the product malfunction and that a return authorization would be issued, but now I would have to provide full original purchase details, a copy of the original receipt and order number. OK I don't mind following company return policies but to me, in my humble opinion as a customer, I have already done all the work and I did not see that requirement as part of there customer support- not saying it isn't there, I just couldn't find it.
    Lesson learned, maybe. I am still trying to decide if i should just move on and purchase another trusted brand or not.

    Tyler M February 11, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years New York, United States

    I research relentlessly before committing to a purchase like this. While I was pretty confident that I was making the right decision, I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of this very affordable instrument. It’s very well constructed with a classic inspiration that doesn’t offend contemporary sensibility. The quality of the internal preamp is excellent, and the ability to bypass if you desire an upgrade is wonderful. There’s a lot of room for expansion, which only optimizes an already tremendous value. RPM after burn-in was spot on and the cartridge was perfectly aligned out of the box. The silly plastic 45 adapter with no home is a little odd, but in no way detracts from this excellent product.

    canon, c February 5, 2020 Oregon, United States

    The Fluance RT81 is an awesome product with a great sound. I would 100% recommend purchasing this item.

    Marek, K February 2, 2020 Advanced Listener - 4 Years Ontario, Canada

    Amazing for the price. It looks beautiful. Solid plinth provides excellent bass and mids, solid stylus. I have zero complaints with this record player. It is perfect for someone looking to go above an introductory player but has budget considerations. It was an excellent investment and I would gladly do business with Fluance again.

    Curt T February 1, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 8 Years Virginia, United States

    Our RT81 arrived in a damaged box from shipping and showed cracks in the turntable body as well as cover when we opened it. While we recognize this is no fault of Fluance, we filed a claim immediately and took pictures of the damage for a replacement. After two weeks of calls, emails, and a lack of responses from their customer service we are leaving a review in order to get their attention. All we need is a return shipping label from them and despite multiple emails and voice messages we have not heard back. I’m sure the product will sound great when we can use it but unfortunately the customer service has proved lacking.

    Devin M January 30, 2020 Novice Listener - 2 Years Idaho, United States

    Sounds great and easy to use. I had some issues with wow/flutter but I rebalanced the tonearm and that seems to have fixed it.

    Greg M. January 29, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    33 and 45 play at same speed. Customer service is terrible.

    Daryl January 23, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 2 Years Florida, United States

    As a relative newbie to vinyl/turntables/sound equipment, but a lifelong music lover and musician, I wanted to replace an old AT-LP50 with something with a little more quality. I could tell immediately from how the RT81 was shipped that it would be well worth the price tag. Out of the box, the fit and finish is beautiful and the plinth is solid and looks great. As a rookie, i was a bit concerned with setting up a new TT. It took less than 10 mins and was super easy. Upon first listen, the first thing i noticed was the volume difference. The player attains insane levels of volume while remaining crisp and un-muddled. I then began to pay attention to the highs, mids, lows of the records i put on. I was extremely impressed with the detail heard in every instrument and how well the stylus tracked the record compared to my cheapie I was used to. All in all, for what I was trying to accomplish, this when well beyond my expectations and the quality at the price point. I am a Fluance man for life.

    Pat S. January 22, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Indiana, United States

    I am pleased to the point of tears! Listening to my old LPs (heavy on the 60s and 70s) I am amazed at what a quality turntable and matching speakers can do. The artists I heard on my low dollar phono and computer speakers are still recognizable. But what else I hear! Its's as if I was only listening to half the rerecording. Bravo Fluance!

    Henry D January 10, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 1 Year Iowa, United States

    This thing sounds as good as it looks. It is extremely easy to set up and use. I’m really new to vinyl but have had an extremely positive experience so far!

    Kenneth L January 8, 2020 Novice Listener - 4 Years Texas, United States

    Great sound, easy set up. Remarkably different than

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