RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

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


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)




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
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)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Not Required
Tonearm Specifications
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 0.12 – 0.25 oz (3.5 – 7.5 g)
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes – Adjustable
Pivot Bearing Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Tonearm Wire 36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand
Effective Tonearm Mass 0.99 oz (28.2 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)
Catridge Model Ortofon: 2M Blue
Replacement Stylus 2M Blue
Stylus 0.3 x 0.7 mil
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half-inch
Frequency Response 20 - 25,000 Hz
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 (10 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
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 16.5 x 5.5 x 13.75 inches (419.1 x 139.7 x 349.25 mm)
Unit Weight 14.1 lbs (6.4 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)
UPC 061783268414
What's Included

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  • 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 RCA Cable
  • 2x 3 ft Ground Wire
  • 45 Adaptor
  • Motor Pulley Cap
  • User Manual
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Direct Warranty
  • Pro Reviews

    Steve Guttenberg of CNET Reviews the RT84

    "The Fluance RT84 turntable looks, feels and sounds like a winner"

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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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    Craig Farraway from Vinyl TV Reviews the RT84

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

    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"

    "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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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Gerry S March 19, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New Jersey, United States

    I had the rt81 for seven months when the 85 came out , and I had to have it. The ortofon 2m blue sealed the deal for me. It’s a beautiful TT, solid and well built. The acrylic platter is a must have and the servo controllable speed is right on, unlike the 81. The cueing lever has more control than the 81. I’ve only had it for about two weeks, so it’s not fully broken it , but so far, it sounds great. Setup was a breeze. It’s a well thought out piece of equipment

    Jordan Z March 19, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    All I can say is wow! I didn’t think it was going to be as good as it is for the price and it is.
    They really found a way to make a great product that everybody can afford.

    Rob Hewitt March 13, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years British Columbia, Canada

    My god this is the turntable i have waited my whole life for. I had a Music Hall 5.1 turntable with a Ortofon black cartridge so all together about a 2000 dollar turntable and im totally serious the Fluance RT85 blows it away. Fluance i dont know how you do it but from the bottom of my heart Thank You Thank You Thank You for letting my record collection sound so sublime.

    David G. March 8, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years New York, United States

    In a nutshell, the sound emanating from this turntable is extraordinary. The beautiful high gloss black piano finish of the plinth is as well. My only criticism would be the 3 ft. length of the audio cables. It would seem that a 6 ft. length would be more appropriate as a standard to make it easier to set the table on a separate surface away from the receiver and speakers. For me, it wasn't a problem as I simply used the 6 ft. cables I already had connected to my RT 81, but it might be something potential buyers might want to be aware of.

    In any event, the RT 85 is one magnificent turntable. This buyer would recommend it highly to you all. It is a beautiful sounding and beautiful looking piece of audio equipment.

    Tyler W March 7, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years Minnesota, United States

    I just got this today, I'm already so blown away.

    I've had a couple cheaper turntables over the past few years and I have to say this thing feels well worth the money after only 6 hours of use.

    Steven K March 5, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Nevada, United States

    I had been researching turntables for about three years and could find nothing I liked at my price point. They all seemed flimsy and cheaply made.

    Fluance Reference turntables were mentioned in a thread on the Steve Hoffman Music Forum. I did some research and really liked what I saw. After even more careful consideration, I decided to buy a RT85T.

    I am so glad I did. Build quality is top notch, features abound, and the sound is awesome. You're listening to music within 30 minutes of un-boxing it is set up so well. While still well within the 50 hour break-in point, the sound is rich, deep, detailed, and immensely satisfying. And it's going to sound better. What a treat.

    Thanks to Julie and Sean for their top notch customer service along the way. Also, thanks to Fluance for sending me the gift of an wall mount album display frame. An unexpected gesture of appreciation that further exemplifies their commitment to customer service.

    Ed T March 5, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    This is a great turntable and an excellent value. I upgraded from a LP60 and this is way above that. Setup was quick and easy and I was playing music within 20 minutes. The design is fantastic and the turntable feels very solid. It will be the counterpoint of my sound system for a ver long time.

    Shawn O. March 3, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    I upgraded from a lesser turntable, and when I opened up the RT85 and began to set it up (which was a breeze) I thought the quality way beyond exceeded what I was expecting. The hardware is beautiful, the sound is amazing. I love everything about it.

    Steve, L March 3, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Washington, United States

    The gloss black RT85 came packaged well, was easy to setup, and sounds excellent.

    Shawn O. March 2, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    This turntable is a thing of beauty. The quality is top notch. I upgraded from a lesser turntable, but didn't realize how amazing the RT85 was until I set it up (which was a breeze) and listened to a few albums. I love it. Would buy it again and would highly recommend it !!

    Walter K March 2, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years Georgia, United States

    If you did your research like I did, this gives you the best bang for the buck out there. Nothing else comes close. The only weakness is you can't adjust the VTA; it is set for the 2M series, which has a cartridge height of 18.0 mm. So if you want to try a different cartridge, you need to find one with 18.0 mm height. When I upgrade carts down the road, I'll probably go with the 2M bronze or black.

    Rod D February 28, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years British Columbia, Canada

    The RT 85 is an excellent unit, visually it is impressive but the sound is beyond what I was expecting. It is well build, good looking and great sounding.

    Jeff K February 28, 2019 Audiophile - 10 Years North Carolina, United States

    Very well built, highly recommend to anyone wanting to step up to a higher end turntable.
    Sound is amazing, well worth the price.
    A purchase that you will be glad you made.

    Peter February 27, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years New York, United States

    Overall, I’m very satisfied with this turntable. I like the simple, elegant look.
    Setup was a breeze. Dust cover did come with a scuff on it. After just a week of use records sound warm with clarity , which I’m sure will improve further as the cartridge breaks in. So far, no speed fluctuations at all, and absolutely no motor noise, which is very important to me. Testing anti-skate on a grooveless record showed it was a little weak and needed to be increased a little past two. No big deal. I’m looking forward to enjoying my decades old vinyl collection on this turntable.

    David L February 27, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Quebec, Canada

    My first experience with a turntable was back in the 80s when I was a child. I've been looking to fulfill my dream to set up my new listening space with a great (excellent) turntable. Well, this exceeds my expectation. If you are looking for a perfect "form vs. fonction" item, the RT85 is the way to go. To top things off, Fluance customer service care and communication is top notch, just like their products. Sit back and enjoy! Don't waste your time and money elsewhere. Period. From one happy music listener ;)

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