RT85B Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable - Life Style

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, Acrylic Platter, Speed Control Motor, Solid Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet

RT85B Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable - LIfe Style 2
RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, Acrylic Platter, Speed Control Motor, Solid Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet

$499.99 USD

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Lucky Bamboo swatch

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RT85

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

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 detailed high resolution sound of the Ortofon 2M Blue elliptical cartridge delivering improved linearity, higher channel separation and reduced distortion

HIGH DENSITY ACRYLIC PLATTER

The greater mass of the acrylic platter damps unwanted vibrations resulting in a more 3-dimentional sound with tighter bass, a fuller midrange, and overall improved clarity

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 and adjustable resonance damping feet, ensuring superior isolation from unwanted micro-vibrations (Note: phono preamp not included)

Overview

UNPARALLELED VINYL MUSIC PLAYBACK

Specifications

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish Matte Bamboo Real Wood Veneer
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications
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
Speed Variation 0.10%
Wow and Flutter 0.07%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted) 76 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted) 65 dB
Platter Acrylic
Diameter of Platter 12 inches (30 cm)
Weight of Platter 3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Height of Platter 0.62 inches (16 mm)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Not Required
Tonearm Specifications
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
Pivot Bearing Yes
Cueing Lever Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
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 Specifications
Cartridge Type Moving Magnet (MM)
Cartridge Model Ortofon: 2M Blue
Replacement Stylus 2M Blue
Stylus 0.3 x 0.7 mil
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half-inch
Frequency Response 20 - 20,000 Hz (+2/-1 dB)
Frequency Range 20 - 25,000 Hz (-3 dB)
Channel Separation 25 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 (9g)
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)
Output Specifications
Connector RCA (Gold-plated)
Preamp No - Separate Phono Preamp Required
Phono Output 5.5 mV
Ground Terminal Yes
Power Specification
Input 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
Output 12 V / 500 mA
Consumption 1.5 W
General Specifications
Dimensions 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)
Unit Weight 16.76 lb (7.6 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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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating:

Bill W September 25, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States

After several decades of not having a turn table, I recently purchased a Fluance RT-85. I don't remember my vinyl ever sounding this good! The sound quality is outstanding, the bass especially, is so pleasing. Very happy with my purchase, have been enjoying it every day.

5
Mark S. September 24, 2020 Advanced Listener - 12 Years Illinois, United States

I had a great turntable before that I had upgraded with an Ortofon 2m Blue. Being familiar with the cartridge made evaluating the table/arm much easier as I was hearing the differences between the tables and not trying to eliminate the influence of a new, unheard cart.

The RT-85 is simply sublime for the price. My ONLY minor gripe is that I wish the tone arm lift lever was all metal and not plastic. There is nothing functionally wrong with it and it's merely a feel thing for me.

To me, this table/cart combination is the new line for the point of diminishing returns.

5
Chris September 24, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Michigan, United States

I was blown away on the first needle drop. I've always owned cheaper turntables. You know that expectation you have when you make that leap to a higher-end piece of gear? This one exceeded that expectation. I'm very happy with the RT85. Do yourself a favor and get one... and enjoy. Cheers.

5
John L September 23, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years New York, United States

My Piano Black RT-85 is a champ! Wonderful upgrade from my old TT. It has amazing clarity and separation, you hear things in the mix you have never heard before. The Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge isolates each instrument and presents the sound stage with elegance. Let the cartridge break in for at least 30 hours, the whole spectrum opens up.

5
Suraj J September 23, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years Washington, United States

The Fluance RT-85 is a work of art both aesthetically and sonically. I ordered mine in walnut finish. It looks and sounds like a table that typically costs two or three times. The 2M Blue renders details in a very pleasing manner. Overall, I could not be happier with my purchase!

5
Michael P September 23, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Maryland, United States

This is my second turntable after purchasing and entry level automatic turnable. The sound quality and features of the RT85 are great. I'm still new to vinyl and the setup was very clear and concise. Overall I'm very happy with this turnable and would purchase it again.

5
Kurt P September 19, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year California, United States

This is the smoothest, most high fidelity turntable I have ever heard in a home setting. For vintage enthusiasts the piano black finish plays elegantly against the black of the vinyl and the brushed aluminum of vintage amplifiers. For those first getting in on the vinyl renaissance, with colorful records to boot, the clear acrylic platter showcases the record as the work of art, with no obscuring slip mat or platter texture underneath, just the semi reflective surface of the piano black plinth. For a home listening experience that is aesthetically pleasing on even unanticipated fronts, this is the best offer at this price point anywhere I’ve found. Fluance may well be loosing money on the whole just to offer this magnificent model—the Ortophone Blue cartridge and acrylic platter alone retail upwards of $150. If you can save just a little longer, getting in with this model will set you up for many rewarding analogue listening experiences going forward. 5/5.

5
Theresa R September 19, 2020 Advanced Listener - 10 Years British Columbia, Canada

Very high quality, solid turntable. Looks and sounds great.

5
David B. September 19, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Illinois, United States

This is an incredibly well made turntable. It takes some extra effort to set it up out of the box and you’ll need some accessories to help assist the set up process, but you’ll be happy with the end result. The modular RCA connections in the back make it easy to repair if the RCA cables go bad and also enables more variety of positioning of the turntable, because you choose to purchase a different or longer RCA cable.

5
Kyle W September 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Wisconsin, United States

Elegant and excellent sound reproduction. The upgrades of the player and phono cartridge are nearly worth the price alone. This is an excellent record player. I would recommend to everyone!

5
Tony C September 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Virginia, United States

The entire Fluance customer experience has been terrific.

After 6 months as a satisfied RT-81/Ai40 bundle listener, I was ready to upgrade to the Reference Series RT-85 and it lives up to all the buzz. It's stunning in its design, construction and sound. The gloss walnut finish is flawless and the Ortofon 2M Blue delivers dynamic sounds - great with rock, jazz, acoustic and classical (vintage LPs as well as new). Previously I added a Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge and Schiit Mani pre-amp and they remain part of my vinyl.

For a 100% online buying experience Fluance really delivers 5 Star value.

5
Sudsakorn B. September 17, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

It's too early to talk about the performance of the RT85 Lucky Bamboo as I've just received it on 09/14/2020. But there are some points, which I wish to express.
1. The order was promptly executed by Fluance.
2. The shipping UPS took only 5 days from Canada to Thailand with a little delay due to severe weather in Mount Hope, ON according to the report and a Sunday in Thailand.
3. The package was very well packed. There is a list of contents printed on the flap of the box.
4. The set up is so easy. I checked the alignment of the cartridge. It was already correctly aligned.
It will take a while to tell how good the RT85 is. Let it spin.
* I live in Thailand.

5
Brie G. September 16, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Washington, United States

My husband had been researching turntables and was really excited when he learned about the Fluance RT85. I knew he really wanted it, but it wasn't really in the budget at the time and then he ended up getting laid off due to Covid after 22 years at his company. The one he wanted wasn't available for awhile so I was so happy to find it available and surprised him for out 10 Yr anniversary. He's been very pleased with it! I must say, it sounds amazing and looks classy! Very happy with it!

5
Arthur R September 16, 2020 Ontario, Canada

I'm very happy with my purchase of my RT85. Amazing Walnut finish and sound.

5
Aleksander September 16, 2020 Advanced Listener Alberta, Canada

I was a bit scared when ordering this turntable to Norway. I took a risk and I have no regrets. Beautiful workmanship and good sound.

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