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

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)

SOLID WOOD PLINTH

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

Overview

UNPARALLELED VINYL MUSIC PLAYBACK

Specifications

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
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
  • 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
  • Pro Reviews

    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:

    Nick B January 23, 2020 Advanced Listener - 14 Years Massachusetts, United States

    This table is well worth the money and then some.. comparatively speaking. The quality and the hardware it comes with can’t be beat at this price. I

    5
    Rob D January 21, 2020 Advanced Listener - 12 Years North Carolina, United States

    Was on the fence about upgrading. Made a semi impulse purchase in December and haven't looked back. This was well worth it for the plunge into audiophile territory.
    The main tipping point was the candid yet glowing review from Vinyl Rewind on YouTube. That was the one thing that turned me from a shopper to a buyer.
    A++!

    5
    Sam R January 16, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Virginia, United States

    After getting a desire for a new turntable, reading countless reviews, and watching way too many videos to mention, I became aware that the Fluance RT 85 kept making the short lists. Obviously, there are less and less brick and mortar dealers in 2019, a test listen was unfortunately out of the question. The only places to purchase were on-line. I committed sight unseen and unheard.
    I ordered from your company on November 8th, received November 11th. I opened an extremely well packaged collection of various components to assemble, and never once did I feel overwhelmed during assembly. The manual was on top, exactly where it should be. After well less than maybe a half of an hour, it was playing. The Ortofon 2m Blue was mounted and aligned perfectly, while the white linen gloves were a must to attach the acrylic platter. There is no type of platter mat, however I do not see the need for one. The belt used to drive the turntable was an easy install around the platter and the shaft on the servo motor shaft. The specs said the motor adjusts the RPM’s 500 times per second. I love the look of the walnut on the very substantial plinth. There are no mechanical or electrical extras included save the auto-stop. After the end of the play, the platter spins about 20 seconds and then the platter stops. First impression was that this was a keeper.
    I must add that during the break-in, my Klipsch tweeters were replaced, the speakers were bi-wired, and lastly the “too lively, too harsh” new receiver was replaced with a one-owner beautifulfuly warm sounding Harman/Kardon 730 from 1976. This latter combo has been in use most for the majority of my listening.
    I’m listening to as many variables as possible (for me) concerning my vinyl. Old, new, NM condition, good condition, rock, country, folk, etc., etc. I’ll admit that I’m no audiophile, just the beast that needs soothing by pleasant sounds. I love listening, and the RT 85 with the Ortofon 2m Blue is an answer to a question that I had really never asked. This combination is fabulous! Yes, the cart is very sensitive and surface noise and trapped particulates are audible, but not so much to the degradation of the playback. It is vinyl, after all.
    I can not call this turntable entry level, nor can I call it audiophile level. I can call it one of the best points of diminishing return purchases I have ever made. It simply oozes with a retro feel, a great inclusion of quality, and a sound that I can live with for quite a while.

    5
    Ernesto January 15, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years New Jersey, United States

    Blew my Holiday bonus on this new turntable because of all the good reviews from YouTube audiophiles. I have it connected to a crappy speaker but I have never heard anything sound so good on that speaker before, so I cannot wait to get a proper set of speakers for it.

    5
    ronald b January 11, 2020 Advanced Listener - 13 Years Illinois, United States

    sounds and looks beautiful!!

    5
    Dan January 10, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    I love this turntable. Super easy set up. It looks great and sounds wonderful. I'm hearing details in my albums that I've never heard before. Spend the extra $ for the T85!

    5
    Jason, F January 7, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Nice turntable, highlight is the auto stop after 30 sec.

    5
    Charles L January 2, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years Ontario, Canada

    This is my first purchase of this company. Great purchase! Easy to set it up by following the instructions.

    4
    Lisa F. January 1, 2020 Advanced Listener - 1 Year Kansas, United States

    What a beautiful piece of equipment! And the sound! Amazing! We dug our (from under the pool table) 25-30 year old vinyl. Fantastic sound! And CS rocks! Our soundbar didn’t have the RCA hookups and CS gave us options to hookup and get great sound. Thank you and highly recommended!

    5
    Scott L December 19, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Illinois, United States

    I'd been looking at the RT85 for about 6 months before buying one last month. It arrived in well protective packaging. When i got it out i was stunned at how beautiful it is. Setup took about 45 mins to adjust the counterweight and correct the settings, mount the cart, etc. From the high gloss plinth to the matte black tone arm, ortofon blue cart, and acrylic platter. Amazing. The sound is equally impressive, and it seems to especially excel at the detail in 180 gm records. This has become my favorite deck, and i have 4 including a Thorens, Pioneer, and AT. I highly recommend this turntable. Best bang for the buck out there and def punches above its weight!

    5
    Tom W. December 19, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years North Carolina, United States

    Shipping was great, and packaging well protected the turntable. Set up was simple and easy to understand. Do things in the order Fluance recommends, hook up the cables last, it will make the tonearm adjustments easier.

    4
    Chris M December 19, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    These speakers are okay. Not as mindblowing as I expected from a friend's endorsement and probably not worth the price considering. There is a noticeable ambient hiss from them that detracts from listening

    3
    Sergey P December 18, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ontario, Canada

    Before placing an order for Fluance RT85 I did a research by reading and watching different reviews, including a popular Craig’s channel for vinyl enthusiasts. I saw plenty of positive opinions that helped me in making a final decision. The key points there were an acrylic platter and the Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge promising an excellent sound quality. I was not disappointed. The turntable looks great (I selected a black piano finish) and sounds great as well. I tried to compare it with the sound of a tape recorder, which is also analog, or a CD player. I found myself having more pleasure in listening to records. Overall, I am happy with the purchase. The reasons that I am not giving 5 stars are:
    1. This is a high-end turntable, top in the line of Fluance products, so the quality assurance should be on a top side as well. Not exactly, unfortunately. One of the adjustable legs created a creaking sound, when pressed, as if it was touching something inside. While another required significantly stronger force (torque) for adjustment than two others.
    2. On one of the records I noticed a sibilant sound distortion. It was a Louis Armstrong Audio Fidelity clean record from 60s. I can not say if it was a cartridge problem or an early days technology problem (recording equipment). Honestly, I suspect the latter.
    At the end I would suggest a small improvement from customer’s prospective: Rather than use one LED for ON/OFF indication it would be better to split it in two, each lined up with 33 RPM or 45 RPM mark. Such way it is easier to recognize the selected speed and figure out in what direction to rotate the knob to turn the table off in dim room conditions, preferable for listening by many audiophiles.

    4
    Daniel B December 18, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 2 Years California, United States

    You really can’t beat the price for what you get in this turntable. Beautiful looks, excellent cartridge and stylus, easy to put together and start spinning. The stylus still needs a little more break in time but the sound compared to my old dual with shure v15 cartridge is outstanding. Detailed highs and lows. My older beat up records even sounded better on this. Solid build with good weight.

    5
    Marc R December 18, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 8 Years California, United States

    This turntable converts our house to like a music studio. I just had it for a couple of weeks and the sound is crisp and the base is so amazing. Just the price of the cartridge and the acrylic this is really worth the price. This product is built to last.

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