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, High Mass MDF 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, High Mass MDF Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet

$499.99 USD

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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)

HIGH MASS MDF WOOD PLINTH

Revel in the gorgeously crafted cabinet with real wood finish and a highly precise metal platter with 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 (78 RPM - No)
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)
Certifications FCC Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL
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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What's Included

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  • RT85B Turntable
  • Dust Cover + Hinges
  • Bubble Level
  • Headshell with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge
  • Counterweight (CW02)
  • Acrylic Platter (AP03) with Belt (RB35)
  • 5ft 100 - 240 V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • 3ft 90pF RCA Cable (CA03)
  • 3ft Ground Wire (GW03)
  • 45 Adaptor
  • Motor Pulley Cap
  • User Manual
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Direct Warranty
  • Press

    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

    Brad Moon of Forbes Reviews the RT85

    "It didn’t matter the genre... it all just plain sounds noticeably better on this turntable"

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    Jarrett New from Vinyl Eyezz Reviews the RT85

    "For the price, this is the best sounding turntable that I've come across"



    Craig Farraway from Vinyl TV Reviews the RT84

    "I haven't found anything about this turntable that I don't like"

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Luis D August 5, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Purchased the RT85 to replace my (still working) Yamaha PF-30 with an Ortofon OM 10 stylus that I purchased in 1986.
    So far, I am very pleased with the RT85 and its performance!
    Setting it up was relatively easy (thanks YouTubers).
    It helps if you have a Digital Turntable Stylus Force Scale Gauge (about $20) to be certain you are setting the correct manufacturer stylus force adjustment .
    Once set up and plugged into my Denon receiver's Phono inputs, I tested different types of LP's: Amadeus soundtrack, Santana, Santana Abraxas, The Zombies Odessey and Oracle (mono and stereo) and Analogue Productions version of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds in mono. I'm waiting for a few more hours of break-in use before I play The Beatles in MONO LP's.
    I also purchased the Fluance Vinyl Record Accessory Kit. I never knew that the HiFi Vinyl Record Weight Stabilizer would make a difference - it does for me (although without it, it still sounded good)!
    The only issue so far is the placing the 'stylus guard' back unto the Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge. Removing it is easy. Returning it back to its place took a little work, especially while making certain I don't bend/break the stylus nor the cantilever.
    Thank you for your patience in reading my lengthy assessment.
    Good music listening to all of you!

    5
    Joe C August 3, 2022 Audiophile - 20+ Years New Jersey, United States

    Outstanding entry-level turntable. High quality across-the-board in terms of workmanship material Quality value ratio in my opinion is outstanding. So far I have no concerns and love the way it sounds. Is sleek and fits in nicely with the set up. Let me hear more!

    5
    Sam W July 26, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Absolutely outstanding turntable, great sound great customer service what more can you ask for.

    5
    Chuck H July 20, 2022 Audiophile - 20+ Years Maryland, United States

    I am extremely happy with my RT85. Fluance has hit a home run! This will be my last turntable. This turntable is truly the best value and is audiophile quality. Well done Fluance!

    5
    Michael L. July 12, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Kentucky, United States

    I love the RT 85N - mine worked perfectly right out out of the box. The stylus setup was easy, the feet isolate the TT from hum, and the Ortofon Blue is a great match.

    Is this a $1500 turntable? Nope. But it sounds great - better than the competition at this price. The tonearm isn’t tweakable but it is perfect for the cartridge.

    5
    Rich B June 30, 2022 Audiophile - 20+ Years Wisconsin, United States

    Awesome turntable and Ortofon Blue M2, huge sound stage from the Blue compared to the Red. I purchased the Red to play my old records...going back and forth from Blue to Red is a breeze. Thanks for a great product.

    5
    John S June 25, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    Great value. With Blue Ortofon as shipped it edges out some far more expensive tables I've had. I'm impressed.

    5
    Josh N June 24, 2022 Intermediate Listener - 6 Years Colorado, United States

    The build quality is superb, it looks elegant, it shipped quickly, I couldn't be happier.

    5
    Marc-André F June 16, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

    To say that I love it is an understatement. Greats looks, great sound. I didn’t experience any of the issues other buyers have reported (cover hinges, speed selection button, etc). So far, it’s does the job perfectly.

    5
    Michael G June 16, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Florida, United States

    Love my new turntable. Looks gorgeous & sounds great! The Ortofon Blue has enhanced everything I play. It's been a thrill re-listening to my records and hearing new details.

    5
    Kevin M. June 13, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New York, United States

    The RT85 has a lovely fluidity of function. The output is aurally quite pleasant.

    5
    Shant June 10, 2022 Advanced Listener - 1 Year Massachusetts, United States

    I have been using this turntable for about 5 months now. I listen mainly at night, when the family is asleep, about 3-4 nights a week.

    I accumulated, in the past months, about 135 records, mostly used, some mint, some poor, and most above average. Many classical music, operas, symphonies, concertos, some pop, rock, jazz, etc.
    Before listening, I clean the records, because they usually come with little to a lot of dirt.

    Objective observations: on the mechanical side of the turntable:
    I had only one record to get stuck at a location where the record groove is visually damaged, likely a cigarette burn. Otherwise, I never had any record skip or get stuck. So, I can say with great confidence that the mechanics of the turntable are excellent.

    Regarding pops, I read two contradicting arguments about the needle: if it is tick, then will not get into scratches, and be more forgiving to imperfections or scratches. The other argument is that, if the needle is thin, will go deeper into the groove, and will not be impacted by surface scratches. Yes, I get pops, especially in classical music, depending on the record. 50-60's records tend to have more imperfections (perhaps dust baked into the groove, or the technology is poor), 70-80's records tend to be of higher acoustic quality. I don't think the cartridge is good or bad in this regard. Cleaning almost always improves, unless there are visible scratches.

    Subjective observations:
    Since I listen late at night, at very low volumes, I need the loudness curve. So I use an analogue equalizer, which gives about 22 db boost to the bass and some boost to the highs. I say this to explain why I will not comment on the tone of the turntable. This is easily controlled with the turn of a knob on the equalizer. If too bright, or bass is lacking, which varies greatly from record to record, this is solved with the equalizer.

    Beyond the tone, the turntable produces very clear sound, and if the record is stereo, it has very nice separation, producing amazing spatial qualities.

    As for the scratches on the body and the dust cover: I have young kids at home, so I constructed a heavy duty wood cover on top of the turntable. It is protected when not in use. I have not had issues with scratches, but I tend to agree that the dust cover gets tiny scratches very easily.

    Overall, I am very happy with this turntable and the choice of cartridge (Ortofon 2M Blue).

    5
    Robert O. June 9, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Manitoba, Canada

    I was considering replacing my av receiver due to poor sound quality with my old technics turntable. I read the reviews for the RT85 and decided this would be my first upgrade. Turns out that this will be the only upgrade required. Beautiful sound tone and quality of workmanship.

    5
    Tonny J June 8, 2022 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years Georgia, United States

    I got it with the preamp. Happy with it. If you're on the fence, this thing sounds very nice. A very good upgrade from my AT120!

    5
    Thomas M June 3, 2022 Intermediate Listener Florida, United States

    Love the turntable. Gorgeous look and sounds amazing.

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