RT85T 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

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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UPC 061783268414
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
  • 5ft 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"

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Maxime A October 21, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Pennsylvania, United States

    I learned about the Fluance RT 81 when looking up a tube amp on youtube. I have not heard of the brand, so decided to look into it as I was in the market for a new turntable.
    EVERYTHING I read or heard was pointing me towards the RT85. It was beyond my original budget of about 300USD, however, the cartridge that comes with the RT85 alone costs 200USD+. What a bargain.
    The packaging was well made and everything secured. The assembly took 10min, with white gloves (provided!). I love the bubble level that comes with it too.

    Overall, a crisp and clear sound come out of this baby. I could not be any happier.
    I am so glad I purchased this over a Music Hall or U-Turn.

    William W. October 17, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Maryland, United States

    Having started my collection of vinyl and quality equipment starting back in 1983 I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of my RT85. Playing records from the 70s sounded practically new again. I love the simplicity of the bayonet style tone arm which makes swapping cartridges so easy and Ortofon Blue is a fantastic cartridge. I'm still getting use to the acrylic platter as my old Technics SL M3 used direct drive and a rubber platter mat. But the sound that comes from this turntable is just awesome. That makes this turntable amazing for the money!

    Brien H October 16, 2020 Advanced Listener - 10 Years British Columbia, Canada

    I am amazed at the quality, look and function of this turntable. I am very pleased with this choice even after having had a few turntables in the past. I don't believe you can go wrong with the RT 85!

    Donald Lanier October 15, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    This is the nicest turntable I've ever had the pleasure playing my vinyl collection on! The spring loaded adjustable feet are excellent at isolating the table. My turntable sits between 1200 watts of subs and is rock solid no interference from the subs at all with the dust cover closed while playing. The fit and finish on the Walnut wood is awesome. The blue stylus is superb in sound quality. You have definitely built a rock solid turntable with a beautiful finish that sings to my ears. The 3 pound acrylic platter is a very nice touch and no mat required to play an album. The smoked dust cover is a perfect match with the Walnut finish. I coupled the turntable with your preamp and a Schiit Loki and the sounds is excellent thru my Denon to my Klipsch speaker setup. I know the book calls for a 24 hr. burn in period for the unit so I let it burn in till the next evening. My vinyl collection consists of 1975 thru 1985 rock eara all original cut that i collected as a kid. (150 plus vinyl albums all VG+ quality)
    I have been giving this table a work out every day for about 4 to 5 hrs. each day since I got it without 1 hiccup. I did order a spare belt since I don't exactly know how long they last at the rate I'm using this RT85. I checked all measurements and alignment at setup which appeared to be a waste of my time since everything was spot on from the factory. The only thing I had to tweak was the stylus weight by .15 grams to set it spot on at 1.80 grams. Not an issue since I have a stylus scale. I couldn't have asked for a better turntable, it has surpassed all my expectations in quality build and sound. I dought a person could find a better quality turntable at 3x the price.
    Thank you Fluance for what you have produced in the RT85 turntable to bring out the kid in me while playing vinyl on your turntable master piece. You have set the bar very high for all turntables. Thanks again for what do!!!!

    Henry T October 14, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Illinois, United States

    There is no doubt that this is the best decision I have made in purchasing a new product which I am a total newbie.I am a CD guy since the 90s and this is my first venture in records! I am a happy and satisfied guy. Overall from purchase to shipping then unboxing and setup until I play my very first Grover Washington winelight used record, it’s gonna be something I will remember!

    Dominic N October 10, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    Very pleased with the purchase so far. Delivered one day ahead of schedule. Set up was easy with very clear instructions. They even provide a Youtube video.
    I also purchased their PA10 preamp which I know will be perfectly compatible and good quality (based on reviews).
    Very beautiful to look at . The RT85 came with the Orthofon Blue, I am pleased with the sound quality although I don't have anything to compare with. There is room for upgrade (Bronze or Black) but I am not in a hurry.
    I can now enjoy many of the vinyls in my collection from years ago.

    Bill F. October 10, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    The RT-85 arrived well protected and looks beautiful. It took about an hour to assemble, but that's due largely to my limitations.
    The sound is great, but honestly, not a huge amount more than my previous early 90s Technics it's replacing (one that was nowhere near a top of the line Technics). Still, I am quite satisfied.
    The only problem I have is that the turntable doesn't stop at the end of the side even though I set it to do so. It only did it on Sgt. Pepper's, but no other album. That is quite disappointing.

    D.L. October 7, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    What a beautiful and awesome sounding turntable this is! WOW
    I upgraded my entire AVR 7.1 surround system to Denon and Klipsch speakers and the RT85 turntable was the last piece of the puzzle and what a excellent turntable it is! Love the sound it produces thru the Fluance pre amp. Thank you for making this old man happy hearing my 40 year old album collection.

    Alan Lenseigne October 5, 2020 Novice Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States


    Bernie October 5, 2020 Intermediate Listener New Jersey, United States

    After doing months of research I couldn't be happier with the quality of the table. In addition to great sound quality I get positive comments on how good it looks in my family room.

    Jason G October 3, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    This RT85 has made me feel like I am hearing many of my vinyl records for the first time. Incredible detail! I purchased the Piano black and absolutely love the look. My only regret is that I didn’t purchase this sooner.

    ray m October 1, 2020 Advanced Listener - 10 Years Pennsylvania, United States

    This is my long awaited, debated and frustrated-over upgrade to a refurbished Technics SL-1900.

    Arrived quickly, unpacked and assembled easily, totally refreshing experience.

    Only downside is lacking an option for built-in preamp. Not a big deal at all.

    Ken C. October 1, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States

    I looked at specks and features on many turntables and found the RT85 to be the best in it's category. This being my first purchase with Fluance, I found they take great care in packaging their product. As I'm unpacking the RT85 I noticed the parts that make up this turntable and the Walnut Finish is more attractive in person than in the pictures So Now, to make a long story short, Murphy's Law took place as I was setting up the turntable. An internal part was damaged. I had to call Customer Service. Well ! 10 Gold Stars Here ! Brent and Akeem got on top of this issue and took care of the matter immediately. I have to say the Customer Service Is Top - Notch ! Well now I'm waiting for the new replacement and anxious to get this on line ! With All The Great Reviews, I'm sure the turntable will play music just fine. I'll write another review when I get the replacement on line.

    Giovanni C September 30, 2020

    I bought this turntable because of the favorable reviews and features. I have mostly direct drive turntables and i wanted a belt driven one of good quality. And this one convinced me to give it a try. It all started with my search for an Ortofon Blue Phono cartridge for my Technics SL-1210 MK2, a turntable I cherish for many years. Then I came across the Fluance RT85 that came with the Ortofon Blue cartridge, plus an acrylic platter and automatic end of record stop, so the the stylus doesn't get worn out when the record is finished. I also liked how you can see the belt rotating the platter. It is also convenient that it comes with a dust cover. A lot of very expensive turntables do not include one. But when I listen to records I take it off, because I think it sounds better, perhaps there is no extra vibrations. The sound is very clear and quiet. It's very easy to use and I would recommend to any lover of vinyl, even beginners. Because sooner or later if you are starting listening to vinyl you're definitely are going to be happy with this beautiful turntable.

    Ron H September 26, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years New York, United States

    Awesome turntable , love my RT85T , did not set it up due to repainting greatroom , setup with an LR 9090 receiver and AR 310 HO tower speakers. BY the may 36 hours from placing my order to my door, fantasist.

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