RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Stylus, Preamp, Solid Cabinet - Walnut (RT81)

$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
Speed Variation +/-1.00%
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
Tonearm Wire 4 x 33 AWG Litz Cable
Effective Tonearm Mass 28.2 grams
Overhang 19.2mm
Effective Tonearm Length 224mm
Headshell Mount H-4 Bayonet Mount
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
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 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
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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:

    Doug W. June 8, 2018 Tennessee, United States

    It's literally perfect. The turntable is quiet, the speed is accurate, the cartridge was calibrated correctly from the factory (I checked), the instructions are clear and easy to follow, the components are ALL high quality, it looks quite nice, and the sound is amazing, with the built in preamp being noise free and of good quality. Absolutely nothing to complain about, ESPECIALLY at this price point. All my vinyl, new and old sounds really good. I'm extremely satisfied, and if you're going back and forth trying to figure out which turntable to buy, I think you will be very happy if you stop the searching and just buy the RT81. I have no regrets at all. You REALLY WOULD need to spend a LOT more to get much more.

    Patrick B. May 29, 2018 Kansas, United States

    I love my RT81. I just got back into vinyl and this has a truly excellent sound and feel. This is high quality! I have also had some questions which Sean and the others at Fluance has helped me with.

    David May 24, 2018 California, United States

    First, note to Rod Jassman: Any company regardless of price point, can have a defective item come off the line. It seems you got one when most did not, but did not give Fluance an opportunity to make it right. I think you were unfair. Now, I can say I love my turntable, and overall think you-all put out an amazingly high end line of products compared to your price point - bravo! I will be looking for some of your surround speakers soon. If ever you want to send me something pro-bono for an honest review, I am up for that! Keep up the good work!

    David H May 23, 2018 Ontario, Canada

    Sean, I love this turntable. Elegant, beautiful and it sounds superb. I am loving listening to vinyl regularly again!

    Gary S May 18, 2018 New York, United States

    I was a little hesitant with the reviews about speed problems. Allowed burn in time for the motor as stated in directions. Sounds and looks great. No speed variance and I play alot of jazz and blues where I would think change in speed would effect pitch. Great turntable.

    Zach K. May 17, 2018 Georgia, United States

    I’ve been the proud owner of this turntable for about a month now. It’s classic design makes it look as good as it sounds. It was perfect out of the box, no calibration needed, no adjusting the RPM’s. After the initial 24 hour “burn in” I was ready to rock. I can’t recommend this turntable enough! For the price you can’t beat it.

    Patrick, B. May 2, 2018 Kansas, United States

    This turntable is amazing for the price.

    Jacob L. April 25, 2018 California, United States

    I purchased my Fluance RT81 recently and at first sight I was pleased with its design. There isn’t any other turntable out there with this design quality. I set up the tone arm and installed the belt. I was now ready to listen to my records. I was then blown away by its magnificent sound. The auido technica stylus and s-tone arm are magnificent additions to this turntable that makes your home audio set up sound professional and look stylish. Fluance followed with a phone call from their employee Sean. He was informative and the call made me feel like they’re a company that cares about their customers satisfaction.

    Lisa t April 15, 2018 Illinois, United States

    Super turntable under 500! Set up,packaging and customer service was was smooth. I really love the looks of the table! The Audio Tecnica cartridge was aligned perfectly on arrival. I've swapped it for my Nagoaka mp110 stylus and it's sounds really nice also. Don't think you will find a better table at this price. Quality Solid table. If I were to change anything it would be to add some kind of lighting on top and to paint the counter weight numbers so that you could see them better. I had 0 speed issues (I measured) and did not need to do any break in period. Thanks Fluance

    Mary M April 8, 2018 Florida, United States

    I’ve had this turntable for a year now. It sounds and plays great with both new and used vinyl. It was well packaged and easy to set up. I’m using it with the built in preamp but I like that you can disable that and use a receiver if you want. The auto stop is also nice, since you don’t always want to jump up when the side is done. It’s a sharp looking turntable and is well made. I’m not an expert but I grew up with albums and have had a couple of different turntables. Getting back into records has been very rewarding.

    Shane April 3, 2018 Alberta, Canada

    Amazing Sound, Awesome product!! The RT81 blew my mind. Thanks so much for such an incredible and affordable Turntable.

    Lloyd R Seamon March 29, 2018 New York, United States

    Let me say right off the bat this is a beautiful looking turntable. Set up was very easy 10 minutes or less. For the price I don’t think you can beat the quality that fluence produces. After the burn in process I put on classical opera and it couldn’t sound better. I encountered no problems with the speed whatsoever. My only complaint is not understanding why the turntable has an on off switch. In the past my turntables would automatically turn off once I returned the arm to its cradle. Besides that no other complaints. I highly recommend this turntable for someone with then limited Financial means. What surprised me the most was a call from Julie making sure I was happy with the machine and do I have any questions. I thought that was very Thoughtful.

    John R. March 18, 2018 Texas, United States

    Love it. The only down is 17 revolutions before shut off? Is there any way to adjust that?

    Ivan S. March 16, 2018 Washington, United States

    This is one of the most aesthetically handsome looking turntables I have ever seen (under $500). The Walnut cabinet is polished to a glass like finish. The sound the RT81 turntable produces is crisp and true highs & punchy but accurate bass. Steely Dan's "Gold" & Michael Jackson's "Thriller" have never sounded so good & life-like! The set up of the RT81 was a snap, following the YouTube instructional video. My entire buying experience was made painless when I ran into a problem buying online (my billing & shipping address were different) and couldn't complete my order, I contacted Customer Service and Whitney guided me through the purchasing process to completion with ease. Even hooked me up with the free handsome looking Fluance RT10 Vinyl Carrying Case promotion that was running at the time. Truly, in my opinion, this think this RT81 Turntable is the Rolls Royce of turntables (under $500) and couldn't be happier with mine.

    Rod Jassman March 13, 2018 Alberta, Canada

    I have been thinking about this turntable since it was first announced. I finally picked one up 2 weeks ago. It should sound good BUT:
    1)Speed fluctuates so much that it is utterly impossible to listen to.
    2) Loud pop when it is turned off or on. So much so that my receiver goes into protect mode!
    3) Automatic shut off doesn't work. Ever. It makes no difference which of my albums I play. It just doesn't work.

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