RT85W 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

RT85W 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 Walnut 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)
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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  • RT85W 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:

    Kevin W April 14, 2021 Intermediate Listener - 13 Years Ontario, Canada

    Excellent sound. Works so well with the Fluance preamp, great delivery, well packaged, excellent functionality.

    Tyler, D April 13, 2021 Pennsylvania, United States

    Amazing turntable for the price. Shipped fast, packed well, and setup is straightforward. I also bought the Fluance preamp and it's great for the price

    Mark G. April 8, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Missouri, United States

    You know all those professional reviews you see that say this is the best turntable for under $500? They're right.

    David M April 7, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Puerto Rico, United States

    I am very happy with my purchase. The turntable looks elegant and of high quality. The sound is at the height of the company.

    Dave C April 7, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Saskatchewan, Canada

    Speedy delivery, great packaging, not only an amazing turntable, but a beautiful piece of art to play music.

    Tony H April 7, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    Did alot of research before buying. After 1month of use we continue to be thrilled with our purchase. Excellent addition to our audio system. Exceeded our expectations.

    Jim D April 6, 2021 Audiophile - 19 Years New Hampshire, United States

    The Fluance RT 85 is a work of art. Just standing back and gazing at this turntable you know you have something special. The attention to detail is far beyond its competition . I've had many high-end turntables but this is the sweetest , warmest sounding turntable I've owned. It start you out with all the upgrades ( Ortofon 2M Blue, Acrylic platter,) that you would normally expect on a $1000 turntable. I just cant say enough nice things about the sound and craftsmanship of this gem. I am running the RT85 through 2 hot-rodded Carver amps and a C-1 Carver pre-amp with both Klipsch 8000's and Bose 901's speakers depending on my music selection. Also the sales women Laura is just as kind as one could only hope for. I have had zero issues and setup was a breeze. This turntable is all i will ever need . Do yourself a favor and buy this now you wont be disappointed .....

    Dano O March 30, 2021 Audiophile - 20+ Years Massachusetts, United States

    Heard of the Fluance name on marketplace, and took interest. Via word on the web, it is the best, or others are. I sat in. Bought the marketplace RT80 to get introduced. Joined a Fluance site, and bought a few updates. Before I ever placed a record on it0, I bought my RT85. In this price range, and for this price, as an audiphile , this is near perfect. My winner for life.

    Mark P March 25, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Michigan, United States

    I've had the RT85 for a couple weeks now and it is performing great. I have the walnut base and it looks great. easy and straightforward setup. I've coupled it with a Schiit Mani phono preamp which performs admirably. The Ortofon 2M blue is a nice cartridge. I'm also using a AT VM95ML. I was also considering a similarly priced Pro-ject turntable...I believe I made the best decision going with the RT85...I have several different cartridges and swapping is a breeze with the Fluance tonearm. I'm a totally satisfied customer!

    Daniel N March 23, 2021 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years other

    Amazing turntable superb value,looks and sounds fantastic.

    Chris B March 21, 2021 Audiophile - 20+ Years Minnesota, United States

    Amazing turntable that will just blow you away. Best bang for your buck with a turntable.

    YH March 20, 2021 Novice Listener - 3 Years Quebec, Canada

    Loving it

    Robert L March 19, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Well, I am going to start this review off differently. Most of you have probably already read many glowing reviews on the RT-85 Turntable submitted by the hundreds of fans. I will also write a quick review of the turntable itself in a bit, but let me start off a bit differently and discuss the company and their service.

    I received my turntable a couple weeks back and was so excited to unbox it and get it going. When I unboxed it, I noticed a small very light (hardly noticeable) 6” scratch on the dust cover. Other than that, the turntable was in perfect condition. I contacted Fluance via their website and told them about the scratch and sent pictures. Within one day, they contacted me back and offered to give me a 5% discount to make up for the problem. I explained to them that I appreciated the offer, but I was not looking for money and how the scratch, although it was so small, bothered me. I explained to them that I knew it sounds petty, but that I had just gotten a NEW, beautiful and fantastic TT, but the scratch just drove me nuts.

    They LISTENED….. and within 10 days or so, they sent me a brand-new dust cover. Now, I don’t know about you but being in sales most of my life, you can’t beat service like that. Most companies today have lost all sense of fairness and service. But not Fluance. Any company that will take care of their customers like they took care of me is a company that I want to do business with, recommend to others, and will continue to do business with. Excellent and Thank You Fluance!!

    Now for the review:
    I have had a few TT’s in my life, most notable was the Technics 1200. As life goes, I got rid of it and most of my record collection during the 90’s. The last year with having to be locked-up all the time with Covid, I decided to get back into music. I got a cheap beginner’s Sony TT and started collecting so of my old favorite records. Within 6 mouths I was enjoying the return to vinyl so much, I decided to get a new TT, did my research and settled on Fluance RT-85. I ordered my RT-85 a few weeks after Christmas and had to weight about 4 weeks to get it in. I guess the holiday sales and Covid had them backed up. Was it ever worth the wait!!

    The RT-85 comes well boxed. There was no visible damage on the outside of the box. When unboxed, all the parts were there and setup was more than simple. The TT is just beautiful and I highly recommend the RT-85 for not only the Ortofon Blue cartridge, but also the acrylic platter. If nothing else, the acrylic platter really enhances the look and feel of the turntable. Anyway, I used the online video for setup which is quite useful and makes it simple. I balanced the tonearm/cartridges, installed the weight and set it at the required weight. I then checked the weight with a separate arm load meter and it was spot on. I also checked headshell alignment and it too was spot on. Fluance couldn’t have made the whole process easier. Be sure and use the provided white gloves because the high gloss finish will readily show fingerprints.

    When I turned it on, it is absolutely deadly quite with no auditable HUM what-so-ever, like I had in the Sony. Hooked up the Sony TT also and compared the two. The sound is incredible from the RT-85. You get higher highs and lower lows, better separation and distinct, crisp sounds, and it presents a bigger stage. I couldn’t be happier.

    My only negative if you could call it one is the wall-wart plug. I would have preferred a standard plug with the transformer inside the TT itself. But that is me just being picky to come up with a con. We got a jillion wall-warts on everything these days.

    In Summary, I know you can’t get a better turntable for the price out there today. It is every bit as good if not better than the Technics I had back in the day and 1000% easier to set up. It does all that I need in a TT to do and does it outstandingly. That combined with the impeccable service I got from Fluance, makes this purchase and company a hands down winner in my mind. It really is a no-brainer. Just do it.

    And by the way, as soon as my daughter heard it, she was so impressed that she wants one too! Looks like I have a second Fluance TT to buy before Christmas this year.

    Matt B March 19, 2021 Audiophile - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Beautiful turntable that sounds amazing. My vinyl collection has never sounded better.

    Andrew K March 19, 2021 Intermediate Listener - 5 Years Virginia, United States

    Really loving my RT-85 so far. Feels like I've got a worthy set up now. The ortofon blue sounds great. I'm still getting a little static but I think its because I need to clean my records. Would definitely recommend buying to anyone who has the money. Great value.

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