RT81T High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81T High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
RT81 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 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

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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 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Piano Black
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
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)
Unit Weight 14.1 lb (6.4 kg)
Operating Temperature 20°
Wireless Playback No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)
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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
  • Press

    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:

    Darianna F May 18, 2020 Novice Listener - 2 Years Puerto Rico, United States

    Effortless to assemble, slick look. I'm delighted with my purchase.

    Paul B May 13, 2020 Novice Listener - 5 Years California, United States

    After a lot of research decided on the RT81 turntable and Ai60 speakers. I am very happy I made this decision. The best part of this purchase is my daughter now wants to start collecting vinyl and has taken a liking to my music!-

    Chris P May 12, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Washington, United States

    Sounds great!

    Eugene S. May 9, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Alabama, United States

    I have had the RT81 for a couple weeks now, and so far, I am extremely happy. Shipping was very fast, and customer service quite helpful. I originally hooked the turntable to my Music Hall a15.3 amplifier and really liked the overall sound. Bass was good, especially low end, vocals centered and open, and the soundstage was wide and deep.

    I then switched to the turntable preamp, and I have to say, I like it better. Not only does the bass have a little more "thump", but the midrange is really nice and open. Again, soundstage is wide and deep.

    I listen to alot of jazz and progrock, and the RT81 is definitely working well for me. I love the heft of the turntable, and the fit and finish are excellent. I have the piano black laquer. I'm officially a Fluance fan and look to buy more of your products in the future.

    Eugene S. May 8, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Alabama, United States

    I had my RT81 delivered to my house in record time. It was a breeze to set up. I first tried it using the phono preamp in my Music Hall a15.3 amplifier, then used the built in preamp on the turntable. The sound was really nice using both, but the RT81 preamp had a little better bass (which is really good, solid bass) and the vocals were more forward in the soundstage. Overall, I really like the sound. The finish of the piano black laquer is extremely nice for a turntable that only cost $239.99. The quality of manufacture and solid build were a nice surprise. I have not found anything to complain about at this point. I'm very happy with my purchase and extremely happy with Fluance solid packing and fast shipping. I WILL be purchasing from Fluance again!

    Alexis B May 7, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year North Carolina, United States

    Easy to set up, clear directions, secure packaging. Overall great product. Love the color too!

    Ronald G May 5, 2020 Advanced Listener - 5 Years Kentucky, United States

    This is one great turn table great sound better than anything that I have got before looking forward to getting the RT 84 will be my next turn table would recommend this to anyone that's looking for there first record player for the money it's a great package

    Andy M May 1, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New York, United States

    Love it - it was easy to put together and it sounds great. I had an external pre-amp but the built-in one sounds great.

    Joshua H. April 28, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Illinois, United States

    This is my first record player and I absolutely love it! The finish is a stunner and I have it proudly displayed. Sound is excellent. I can’t wait to order the Fluance speakers to match!

    Judy S. April 28, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Massachusetts, United States

    I couldn't be happier with my new Fluance turntable! I had to replace my 35+ year old Technics turntable and wanted something classic that would perform well with my stereo system (also 'vintage' now)... From some research I saw CNet gave a recommendation, then I found the Vinyl TV channel on You Tube - Craig's demo and recommendation sold me on it. Ordering was easy and my turntable arrived in less than a week. Great packaging, and instructions for setting up. This turntable itself is beautiful with its wood base, and I can't believe the high quality of the materials -even the lid is really nice. I couldn't be happier. The stylus that comes with the turntable is excellent - I was worried I would need to upgrade, but no need. The tonearm was very easy to calibrate using the instructions.

    Joe F April 28, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Florida, United States

    Very impressed with build quality, performance, appearance, and ease of setup. The RT-81 is an excellent product with supporting documentation and even a protractor to align any other cartridges you may have. The cartridge that came with the unit was aligned perfectly! The unit has excellent weight and is completely silent and without any vibration whatsoever. Tested speed and it came in perfectly at 33.3rpm right out of the box. For me the RT-81 is all I'll need (for a long while); this is a long term equipment purchase that will last for years and years!

    Arthur S April 25, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Rhode Island, United States

    it's funny, I've been looking for a reason to return the item but I haven't found one. As for the price it was very good. As for the sound it's also very good although I use my own cartridge. I'm still torn between the mechanism that works the tonearm. It seems very light and plastic. However that too also works very well it's just not made of any metal anymore I guess. So I really can't fault that mechanism either. I originally purchased this turntable to use as my secondary set up however for the in-home home trial course I've been using it as my primary which I have hooked up to my own preamp and again I use my own cartridges I just needed another setup then I could use with my own parts to get a very clear sound. Thank you Fluance. Did I mention the turntable is also Gorgeous looking!!!

    Gordon P April 24, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years British Columbia, Canada

    Purchased the RT81 to replace a lesser quality Audio Technica. Previously purchase A160 Speakers and the DB10 sub. The RT81 is a quality turntable, well built and delivers beyond my expectation. Fluance is a quality company with a great product range.

    Scott C April 24, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Ontario, Canada

    Fantastic turntable, sounds great, easy set up. High end value for close to starter price.

    John C. April 23, 2020 Advanced Listener - 15 Years Colorado, United States

    I am floored what you get for your money with this unit. The sound quality is fantastic. Lots of depth and detail with more bass than I was expecting to boot. I tested with the built in phono stage to start out and it was more than passable. A bit muddy and lacking on the top end, but better than any built in phono stage i have heard in a long time. I then switched the bypass on and ran it through the phono stage on my PS Audio Sprout100, and the table really came to life. Using the built in phono stage to get by would be fine but this table really shines when you get a decent external one. Overall it is a great unit. That said there are some minor issues. If you are sensitive to wow and flutter there is definitely some that can be noticed but it's not terrible by any stretch. The other issue is the speed adjustment being on the bottom. I feel like this is an odd choice, but the table has maintained consistent speed without adjusting it yet so maybe it's not that much of an issue, but just be aware of it. Seriously though, I don't know how they can sell a table this nice for so little. if you are in the market for a nice entry level turntable I'm not sure you could do much better.

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