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RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT85T 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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RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable


The definitive vinyl record listening experience for beautifully warm and natural music, transporting you into the center of the performance


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


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


The isolated motor prevents unwanted vibrations and noise while the speed control mechanism ensures consistent platter velocity (0.07% Wow/Flutter)


Revel in the gorgeous solid wood cabinet and adjustable resonance damping feet, ensuring superior isolation from unwanted micro-vibrations (Note: phono preamp not included)




RT85 Reference 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 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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What's Included

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RT83 Reference Turntable Line Out

  • RT85T Turntable
  • Dust Cover + Hinges
  • Bubble Level
  • Headshell with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge
  • Counterweight
  • Acrylic Platter with Belt
  • 100 - 240 V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • 3ft 90pF RCA Cable
  • 3ft Ground Wire
  • 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" *please note: the RT84 model now includes the 2M Blue and aluminum platter

    RT84 Review by Colin from This Does Not Compute

    "If you're looking to improve your vinyl setting, Fluance's reference series is worth considering, to take your records to the next level" *please note: the RT84 model now includes the 2M Blue and aluminum platter

    Matt Kessler of Too Many Records Reviews the RT85

    "My favorite turntable under $1000 "

    "Beautiful, Well-Thought-Out Table" - Napier Lopez of The Next Web

    "The experience was a bit of a revelation... I finally understood why some people have such an affinity for vinyl"

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    Audioholics Raves the RT85 "Punches Above Its Class"

    "The RT85 is my new 'go-to' turntable recommendation for the excited music enthusiast. High-quality features, build quality, and ease of setup"

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Craig L March 31, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Wow! Had no idea how much a turntable could improve the sound. So happy with my RT85.

    Dominique N. March 26, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years California, United States

    I've owned my RT85 since August 2019. I've waited a while to review it in order to give a honest long term ownership review (7 months). It arrived safely and it was packed very carefully in order to make sure nothing was damaged or scratched. The white gloves inside was a nice touch. Assembling the turntable was easy. I had an issue with the metal cap covering the belt spindle, but eventually I figured it out. The dust cover can also take a bit to install properly. The two speeds was tested and was pretty much on the mark. Turntable is quiet during operation. I have this paired with a Schitt phone preamp and headphone amp. I mainly listen to Americana & Metalcore vinyls. Everything sounds great. I spend a lot of time decompressing by listening to music. I rarely listen to digital anymore (unless I'm in the car). Everything is now being listened to with my walnut RT85 (which looks gorgeous btw) and my headphones. Very happy with this investment. Thanks Fluance!

    Colin F March 25, 2020 Advanced Listener - 16 Years Michigan, United States

    I have collected vinyl for years but have always had a sub par turntable. I wanted to upgrade to something that would keep me happy for the long haul and I made the right choice with the Fluance RT85. I am about 3 weeks into using this turntable and absolutely love it. It was easy to setup, the build quality is incredible for the price, and it has brought new life to my records.

    Christopher March 25, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    It's a beautiful piece of equipment and exhibits elegant ease of use, sure, but any buyer of this product needs to be aware that unless you have a pre-amp, your sound levels, i.e. decibel level of your sound output will be at about 30% of what it could and should be. The Fluance PA10 high-fidelity pre-amp is currently OUT OF STOCK, so unless you already have one, you will be extremely confused, dismayed, and disappointed at the thin, small sound you will get from this high-end turntable! I sure was, and have set back up my Denon and will be returning the RT85, likely.

    terry March 23, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New Brunswick, Canada

    i upgraded from my old Technics and i love my new Fluance rt85.. would recomend this turntable all day long.. first albume i played was Dire straits Brothers in arms and it blew me a way.. talk at yous later i got vinyl to spin lol peace out

    Neil R March 19, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Michigan, United States

    I opened the box last Sunday. Easy setup, very appealing looks and solid-feeling. It has exceeded my expectations, and re-introduced me to my record collection. The opening up of the midrange and treble is a revelation.

    Robert B. March 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Illinois, United States

    I am very pleased with the build quality and sound of this turntable. It was a breeze to set up. The directions were clear and concise. It was very well packaged and delivery was speedy. Overall, very happy. I just wish there were more hours in the day to listen to my records.

    Fred B March 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Northwest Territories, Canada

    Money well spent, haven't got that much enjoyment out of my vinyl for over 20 years.

    Mark S March 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    Was a bit skeptical with all the positive reviews but was delighted to find they where right. The RT85 looks and sounds great! It is exactly what I was looking for, a no nonsense turntable that was easy to set up, accurate and had a good cartridge right out of the box. Highly recommend this turntable.

    Charlie C. March 6, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New Hampshire, United States

    I have been a serious listener for over 50 years and have moved through vinyl, reel to reel, cassette, cd and even download formats. All have some advantages. About 5 years ago, I bought a higher level audio techics tt (my old tt was irretrievable) and started returning to vinyl for the sound and vinyl experience. Although I was immediately hooked on vinyl sound quality, I was never happy with the tt.

    I did a LOT of research before deciding to try Fluance. The ortofon cartridges and auto stop functionality (note, record stops after 15-30 seconds) convinced me to try a RT83 (Red ortofon) and I fell in love with fluance. Note: fluance tt's do NOT have preamps. Any older amplifier with phono jack will work. Some modern amplifiers will require additional phono amplifier. They are cheap and easy to install. Fluance manufacturing quality is incredible. Set up easy with clear instructions. Couple years later, I ordered a RT84 for friend. Once I heard the ortofon blue cartridge on his system, there was no turning back. I held out for a couple months before I purchased the RT85 for my main music system. I was even happier than I expected. Worth every penny. Low background noise, tremendous frequency response, and what I can only describe as typical fluance quality. I hear sounds that I forgot were there! I had some issues with the ground on my old hafler amplifier. When I called fluance customer support, they were as courteous, skilled and effective. I thought the days of this type of service were long gone. I was wrong.

    In summary, you will not find a better tt than the RT85, at least for under $1,000. The sound and manufacturing quality exceeds older top tier tt's and certainly anything else I've heard on today's market. I am not sure the acrylic platter is worth the extra cost (difference between RT84 & RT85) although I'm glad I bought it. If money is a concern, you may want to go for the RT84. The RT83 is also impressive, but the ortofon blue cartridge is well worth the additional cost. Ordering direct from fluance is a fantastic experience. I have nothing but positive things to say about Fluance. If you are considering a tt, don't hesitate. You won't be sorry!

    chris March 4, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years British Columbia, Canada

    RT85 - Awesome turntable. Came on the delivery date. Easy set up (even for intermediate Hi-Fi person), easy to follow instructions walked me through process. The acrylic platter and and Ortofon 2m Blue stylus are amazing for the price and would be costly upgrades down the road.
    Turntable sounds amazing and blows away my previous vintage 1970 rig. Had a few questions (emailed them) to Fluance about a preamp (currently out of stock) and they responded within a day and a customer rep even called to provide an update - amazing service and a great product.

    Aaron S. March 3, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Oklahoma, United States

    Turn table was delivered perfect condition. Set up was easy. Turntable sounds great!

    Geno P March 2, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years New York, United States

    Ok I have own a few turntables in my life .AR ,Technics, Marantz, Pioneer, Dual .This RT 85 is Beautiful, and Plays Great .My albums never sounded better .Ok I never liked a manual turntable ,but I'm getting used to it and If I can anybody can .I Love it.

    Kevin R February 28, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States

    This turntable is amazing! The RT-85 was a replacement for my vintage Onkyo which I had in storage for many many years and was irreparable as parts are no longer available. I have a vinyl album and 12” singles collection from years ago that I brought out of storage and needed a decent turntable that wouldn’t break the bank. I spent quite a while researching turntables and found the RT-85 to have some very impressive reviews from many different sources. Online ordering was extremely easy and I opted for free shipping. The product was delivered sooner than expected which was a pleasant surprise. It was packaged very securely. Since it had been quite a long time since I played anything on my turntable let alone set it up, I was a bit scared at the challenge with the Fluance, but was quickly relieved to find that setup was a breeze with the directions written so clearly. Within 20 minutes, I was listening to my favorites. The sound is incredible and would highly recommend the Fluance RT-85 to anyone interested.

    Jackson F February 28, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year Utah, United States

    The RT-85 was a great value for the cartridge, vinyl platter, and overall sound and aesthetic for the turntable. I am new to vinyl and was excited to try these out with what I was getting for the price compared to other turntables. I have been very pleased with the sound, and am planning to further test it out by getting some Ai40 speakers. I appreciate that the turntable not only sounds good, but is beautifully designed compared to other turntables available in the same price point. I found out about these turntables and had to wait a few months to be able to order one, but I have been so glad that I waited rather than getting a turntable elsewhere. The turntable was easy to setup and get running in a short amount of time.

    On top of a quality product, the customer service when ordering the turntable was great, and I even got a coupon code when I was only calling to find out what was happening because the site had crashed because so many people wanted to buy this turntable. I would recommend these turntables to anyone, whether they are experienced with vinyl, or just getting into it.

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