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 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 0.12 – 0.25 oz (3.5 – 7.5 g)
Counterweight Yes – 3.95 oz (112 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 0.99 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)
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 (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
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 16.5 x 5.5 x 13.75 inches (419.1 x 139.7 x 349.25 mm)
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)
UPC 061783270523
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 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:

    M. Shaffer June 17, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Pennsylvania, United States

    I’ve had continuous problems with volume fluctuation that has yet to be resolved and today the right rca out stopped working. It’s possible I have a defective product, but we’ll see what customer service says now.

    Julien June 1, 2019 Advanced Listener - 10 Years New York, United States

    This is a beautiful turntable and sounds amazing. Couldn’t be happier with it. Did a lot of research before buying and there is nothing that comes close to this for the price. Was a no brainer for me and worth the long wait to get it

    Raul C May 31, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years California, United States

    FANTASTIC PLAYER! I loved my RT81 but when I heard there would be more table upgrades coming out I knew I had to get one. I quickly sold my turntable but unfortunately Fluance had sold out of there RT85 models and I was stuck without a turntable. Apparently the word is out. These tables are the best in there class. I waited months without a table refusing to buy from somewhere else. I knew I would regret it especially since I had already experienced their RT81. This didn't stop me from buying records. I amassed a ton of LP's and I couldn't wait to hear them. Finally, I got word that there would be a new shipment coming in and in my haste I accidentally ordered two! LOL. So now that I've had the RT85 and have listen to it I can honestly say I'm glad I waited. You can't beat what you get for the money. Upgrades everywhere from the 2M Blue cartridge, the acrylic platter, the new tripod legs and it looks phenomenal as well. For those who are still waiting for there chance to purchase one I say don't give up - it's definitely worth the wait. Now to be fair I do have one small criticism. And that might be because I'm left handed. But I don't like the exposed belt outside - I've accidentally removed it from the platter twice. Oh, well still a great turntable.

    Jared B May 24, 2019 Audiophile - 6 Years New York, United States

    Incredible sound and quality for a great price. Built well and easy to assemble. Sounds great from the first spin, no issue with speed or wobble. Ortofon 2m blue is detailed and clear and only gets better as it opens up. Definitely worth the wait!

    Kevin R March 25, 2019 Intermediate Listener New Hampshire, United States

    This turntable offers an abundance of features that you'll be hard pressed to find on other brands in a similar price point. I'm not sure how Fluance managed to design the RT85 so well while keeping prices down, but I'm grateful. Theres a small amount of setup involved with the table but it's all rather straight forward and the music sounds great. I had one small hiccup with my power adapter giving me a whining noise when the turntable was plugged in but not on. Fluance customer service was able to help me resolve this issue very quickly. The RT85 is an amazing turntable for the value, and Fluance is a great company to deal with.

    Mike B March 16, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    I had been waiting to purchase a new turntable to replace the one I had (a very well known and popular brand) that I was really unhappy with for numerous reasons.

    I decided to go with the RT85 after hearing so much about it and I am absolutely thrilled with this turntable. The sound is amazing, the build quality outstanding and I'm looking forward to years of listening.

    If you can afford it, BUY THIS TURNTABLE!

    Julien R March 7, 2019 Advanced Listener - 10 Years New York, United States

    Was finally able to get my hands on the RT85 and it was well worth the wait. Sound quality is superb and looks even better in person than in the pictures. Also can’t beat the price as it is the only table on the market that I could get every feature that I wanted in my budget.

    LUIS P February 26, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years Nevada, United States

    Amazing product and very happy here

    Sheila W February 17, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States

    Very detailed sound. Much the same looks as the RT81. I couldn't be happier with this turntable.

    Patrice February 15, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

    I am extremely happy with the Fluance RT85. I wanted to start listening to vinyls again after many years of only listening to CDs and other digital formats. I was missing the experience and sound of listening to an LP.
    After spending a few months researching online I decided on the Fluance RT85 because it had everything I was looking for at an affordable price: Ortofon 2M Blue, Acrylic platter, easy change between 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, auto stop...
    Ordering process was very easy and efficient. I received the turntable 2 days after ordering it. Assembly was also quick and straightforward.
    After two weeks of listening, I can say that it exceeded my expectation. The sound was very nice right from the start, but after 10-15 hours of listening, the sound started to open up even more and get warmer. This is very exciting. As a bonus, the RT85 is a really beautiful turntable.
    Overall, this is a great turntable with an excellent sound. I would recommend the RT85 without hesitation.
    Current setup: Fluance RT85 > Cambridge Solo > Yamaha RXV > Paradigm Monitor 9. Waiting for the Fluance preamp to come out to try it.

    Mike N. February 14, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Worth the wait. The RT85 is beautifully designed and crafted. Everything was well thought out. Setup was easy and balancing the tonearm & setting anti-skate there were no other tweaks needed. Looks great, sounds better. I'm very happy with my RT85.

    Mark T. February 1, 2019 Intermediate Listener - 5 Years North Carolina, United States

    Been listening to vinyl for the past 5 years on a Denon DP-300F w/Ortofon Red...an excellent table to initiate anyone into the world of vinyl bliss. Just completed setup of my RT85 w/Art DJPRE II and am currently rocking Nevermind...wow wow wow!!! I just entered a whole new level of audio consciousness. The turntable is beautiful to eye eye and heavenly to the ear. Highly recommend this table...probably the last one I'll ever need. Don't hesitate...just do it.

    Mike M January 20, 2019 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Upgraded from the RT81 (which is a great table) to the RT85 and love it. The 2M Blue needs time to break-in, but as it does (currently only have about 15-20 hrs) the sound starts filling in and the details start shining through. If you’re on the fence, you owe it to yourself to give them a listen. Currently have the RT85 hooked up to a Schiit Mani > Onkyo A9010 > Elac B6’s and loving it!

    Mike R January 10, 2019 Audiophile - 20+ Years South Carolina, United States

    I am happy to be the first buyer to complete the feedback loop and state unequivocally that the new Fluance RT-85 is an absolutely awesome product with excellent quality and sonic performance.
    1st: upgraded acrylic high impetus platter,
    2nd: new 500 times/sec automatic speed adjustment,
    3rd: leaving out the phono stage means 100% pure analogue, and
    4th: moving way up to the Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge means greatly expanded soundstage, purer sonic response and perfect price performance leading to my "home run" declaration!

    After just a few days of critical listening both my wife and I are truly impressed and excited about the opportunity to try the new top of the line RT-85 of the Reference Turntable series. It arrived a day early (Monday), easily and straightforward setup meant it was already providing pure stereo vinyl audio with nothing but ease. This weekend will provide an even longer / larger stream of sessions with true critical listening, but it is obvious to both of us that we made an excellent investment in our new TT!

    Kudos to the team for putting together a real winning combination of improvements and we encourage everyone to "go deep" along with us!