RT83 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Record Player with Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge, Speed Control Motor, Solid Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet
PURE ANALOG PERFORMANCE
The definitive vinyl record listening experience for beautifully warm and natural music, transporting you into the center of the performance
EXCEPTIONAL MUSICAL ACCURACY
Immerse yourself in the open, dynamic and warm sound of the Ortofon 2M Red elliptical cartridge delivering improved linearity, higher channel separation and reduced distortion
SPEED CONTROL FOR PRECISION PLAYBACK
The isolated motor prevents unwanted vibrations and noise while the speed control mechanism ensures consistent platter velocity (0.07% Wow/Flutter)
SOLID WOOD PLINTH
Revel in the gorgeous solid wood cabinet with a highly precise metal platter and adjustable resonance damping feet, ensuring superior isolation from unwanted micro-vibrations
SPECTACULAR SIGNAL CLARITY
Caress your records with the balanced S-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking of the record groove and no electronics in the signal path for a cleaner, exceptionally detailed sound (Note: phono preamp not included)
unparalleled vinyl music playback
|Finish||High Gloss Piano Black|
|Dust Cover||Yes - Tinted|
|Drive System||Belt Drive|
|Motor||DC Motor with Servo Controller Analyzes motor speed 500 times/sec|
|Motor Isolation||Under-mounted 7-point silicone isolation with decoupling isolation ring|
|Speed||33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM|
|Wow and Flutter||0.07%|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted)||76 dB|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted)||65 dB|
|Diameter of Platter||12 inches (30 cm)|
|Weight of Platter||1.22 lbs (553 g)|
|Height of Platter||0.62 inches (16 mm)|
|Tonearm Type||Static Balanced, S-Type|
|Supported Cartridge Weight||0.18 – 0.25 oz (5.0 – 7.5 g)|
|Counterweight||Yes – 3.60 oz (102 g) - Adjustable|
|Anti-skating Adjustment||Yes – Adjustable|
|Tonearm Wire||36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand|
|Effective Tonearm Mass||0.97 oz (27.5 g)|
|Overhang||0.76 inches (19.2 mm)|
|Effective Tonearm Length||8.82 inches (224 mm)|
|Headshell Mount||H-4 Bayonet Mount|
|Cartridge Type||Moving Magnet (MM)|
|Cartridge Model||Ortofon: 2M Red|
|Replacement Stylus||Stylus 2M Red|
|Stylus||0.3 x 0.7 mil|
|Frequency Response||20 - 20,000 Hz (+3/-1 dB)|
|Frequency Range||20 - 22,000 Hz (-3 dB)|
|Channel Separation||22 dB at 1 kHz|
|Channel Balance||< 1.5 dB @ 1 kHz|
|Load Impedance/Capacitance||47k Ohms/150 - 300 pF|
|Output Voltage||5.5 mV|
|Cartridge Weight||0.25 oz (7.2g)|
|Headshell Weight||0.35 oz (9 g)|
|Cartridge Height||0.71 inches (18 mm)|
|Recommended Tracking Force||0.06 - 0.07 oz (1.6 - 2.0 g)|
|Vertical Tracking Angle||20°|
|Rubber Belt Specifications||▼|
|Rubber Belt Design||Continuous loop (joint-less)|
|Width||0.17 inches (4.5 mm)|
|Length||36.02 inches (915 mm)|
|Thickness||0.02 inches (0.6 mm)|
|Preamp||No - Separate Phono Preamp Required|
|Phono Output||5.5 mV|
|Input||100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)|
|Output||12 V / 500 mA|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)|
|Unit Weight||14.99 lb (6.8 kg)|
|Operating Temperature||41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)|
|Wireless Playback||No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)|
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Ty Pendlebury of CNET Reviews the RT82
The Fluance RT82 "is the best overall turntable under $300... offers everything you could want"
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Vinyl Rewind Reviews the RT85
"I give this my highest rating of 5 pompadours out of 5"
Joe N Tell Reviews the RT82
Follow along as Joe Mariano unboxes and sets up his new RT82
I purchased the RT83 after considering the different Fluance models as well as other brands. I first considered the RT82 based on the list of features: great sounds, no built in pre-amp, ease of set up, ease of upgrade. I then decided that the Ortofon 2M Red was worth the immediate upgrade, so I sprang for the RT83. The set up went smoothly as expected, and the sound quality is top notch. I expect to upgrade to the acrylic platter down the line, but for now the RT83 works wonderfully right out of the box.Hung L 5
I did a lot of research in my quest to find a new turntable, and I finally chose the RT83. I honestly could not be more pleased with my purchase. The build quality is impressive, the sound is amazing and it looks fantastic. Thank you Fluance for providing me with another high quality product that I plan to enjoy for years to come.Gordon M. 5
I've quickly become a big fan of Fluance products. The quality of the RT83 table rivals those of $400-500 tables I've seen elsewhere. It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful, and I've already received multiple compliments from friends who are talking about purchasing this table for themselves.Jeremy A 5
As an old audio lover, I have had a number of tables back in the 70's and 80's but not had a table since. Did a lot of research before deciding on this model and I am blown away by the quality and value.Will G 5
I started my turntable journey about six weeks ago. I started with a very popular introductory model and was not very impressed with it for many reasons including skipping and lack of adjustments.Jeff T 5
I returned it for a more advanced model of the same brand and was initially impressed with it's performance, but for the price I wasn't impressed with the build quality and attention to detail on it.
I found out about Fluance and realized for about the same price I could have a much nicer piece of equipment! A real work of art. A center piece in my audio experience.
I chose the RT83 as the best point of entry in the reference turntable lineup. It had a nice stylus/cartridge in the Ortofon Red and still fit within my budget!
I was very impressed with how fast it shipped out and the level of attention of the packaging it arrived in, the white gloves were a nice touch!
I am blown away on just how good this turntable sounds! Maybe it's the real wood plinth or the needle? either way it's very impressive for the money! Highly recommend Fluance to anyone looking for a new turntable!
Superior quality, superb soundBrian P 5
This unit has everything you want, speed is right on the money and the cartridge supplied is awesome. And if the great sound wasn’t enough, it’s a very handsome looking turntable. The walnut plinth matches the rest of my gear nicely. Don’t fall for those other guys, after weighing all the options, and doing extensive research - there is no question, Fluance rules!Freddy D. 5
What a great turntable. I bought the RT 83 to replace a broken Technics SL-BD22 which was a real workhorse of a turntable.Bill N 5
I'm almost embarrassed to say that I am happy the the Technics broke, because I would have never known what I was missing. The sound quality and workmanship of the RT83 are excellent. Actually I was a bit skeptical about all the great reviews on your website but I am now a believer. I'm playing all my old records and having the same experience that I had 50 years ago when they were new.
I replaced my vintage turntable with the RT-83 after long consideration. I prefer vintage equipment but got tired of the issues that come along with it. So after looking at this table for over a year I decided to take the plunge and Boy am I glad I did!! I went for the walnut cuz it looks like vintage and matches the look of my old one, Except is the RT Is much prettier! I’ve had mine for about 3 weeks and I’ve played almost all my records on it so far. The RT sounds Amazing!! Astonishing! It handles All genres of music Perfectly! I use an acrylic platter and record weight as well. I’m sure it sounds fine without these but it only makes the bass tighter and reduces vibration on old records. The Ortifon Red cart, is absolutely fantastic! I was concerned it would amplify the imperfections of my old records but NO! It makes them sound better! I originally thought that no auto return would be an issue but I actually Love this feature! It just stops after about 30 seconds and stays put. My old one would Rip the needle off the record on my 180 gram records, so the auto return feature was hurting my records on the old table. So I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I am having So much fun throwing on my collection record after record and hearing them sounding better than Ever! Keeping it simple, the RT-83 is such a solid well built turntable! I’m in love!Thomas, Lytle P 5
I was looking for a new turntable for a while. I decided I should give the Fluance a try and I'm really happy about how good it is. I thought I would change the cartridge as I has a Ortofon Red on another table and did not like it that much. To my suprise, the pairing of the Red with the Fluance table is absolutly great, so I'm not thinking about changing it anymore. Maybe I will upgrade for the Blue one day.Francis 4
After years of delaying only to be followed by two weeks of staring at my boxed Fluance, I finally resolved the logistical challenges and set out to unbox and turn on the turntable. It is paired to a Sony STR-DH190 which won me over because of the phono input, the price and the reviews.Jean-Pierre S 5
I chose Fluance because it is gorgeous, it's nothing but positive reviews, the price and it’s Canadian.
Delivery was super rapid after a late evening online order.
Setting it up had me nervously watching videos and I experienced a bit of a challenge balancing the tonearm. This was resolved once I set the tracking to zero as recommended in a user manual tip.
It is wonderful to sit back and listen to my long-forgotten vinyl!
Better than my Rega Planar 2Pietro 5
I am absolutely in love with my RT83 turntable. It has all of the beauty of the older turntables and the features of a turntable 2 or 3 times the price. It is as beautiful as it is warm, crisp, and genuine in sound and sonics.Shawn C 5
Upgrade from Sony Direct Drive due to not much choices in P-mount cartridges.Brian T 4
Set up is straight forward, but I use a digital stylus scale to set the tracking weight accurately.
Noticed the rotation is not consistent. I recorded the same album twice with Audacity, and the duration can differ up to 2 seconds for each side. However it is not noticeable aurally. Using an RPM app shows the wow-flutter up to 0.4% (!). Recording with Sony direct-drive (with Quartz lock) do not have this speed drift problem.
The output level of 2M red is also a bit high compared with my old Grado Black. It drives my Hagerman Bugle-2 phono preamp to clipping at 40dB gain. Have to re-configure via resistor change to 38dB gain.
This higher level output may be why many people find the turntable/cartridge dynamic sounding. It is also a bit on the bright side and sounded dry with classical music. Surface noise is also quite high at around -50dB, worse than Grado cartridge. Quite noticeable with headphone at louder volume. But you have to put your ear near to speaker to hear it.
That's probably the reason Fluance PA10 preamp is set at 38dB gain. However 2M red may have problem with other preamps in the similar price range such as Pro-ject phono box MM (40dB).
Overall, it is value for money and good for listening to rock genre music with deep bass via speaker.
After having not owned a turntable for over 20 years I was told about Fluance from a friend and boy am I glad they directed me here!See all reviews Jim V 5
The turntable is very well built and there is obvious evidence to the attention to detail that they put into their products. The sound quality is superb and the build quality is solid.
Having come back to vinyl after all these years is truly amazing and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a well built, great sounding, and quality turntable at an affordable price!