RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Record Player with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, Acrylic Platter, Speed Control Motor, Solid Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet
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)
UNPARALLELED VINYL MUSIC PLAYBACK
|Finish||High Gloss Walnut Real Wood Veneer|
|Dust Cover||Yes - Tinted|
|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)|
|Wow and Flutter||0.07%|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted)||76 dB|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted)||65 dB|
|Diameter of Platter||12 inches (30 cm)|
|Weight of Platter||3 lbs (1.5 kg)|
|Height of Platter||0.62 inches (16 mm)|
|Turntable Mat||Not Required|
|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|
|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 Type||Moving Magnet (MM)|
|Cartridge Model||Ortofon: 2M Blue|
|Replacement Stylus||2M Blue|
|Stylus||0.3 x 0.7 mil|
|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)|
|Preamp||No - Separate Phono Preamp Required|
|Phono Output||5.5 mV|
|Input||100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)|
|Output||12 V / 500 mA|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)|
|Certifications||FCC Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL|
|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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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
I did lots of research before making my purchase. My max price point was $600, with all the features the RT85 had I decided to purchase it. I am not disappointed in my choice. Set was simple and quick, and it sounds amazing. It also looks pretty darn good lookin to. I would have no problem recommending this to anyone looking for a great turntable at an affordable price.Daniel E T 5
First turntable since I was a kid. Love it. Refreshing to see a product that is designed with intelligence, made with pride, and priced with integrity.William T 5
What a nice turntable! Quick delivery and well packaged. Dead silent and good sound right out of the box. Thank-you for a great product.Adam R 5
My system: PS Audio Sprout 100, Elac DB 6.2, Elac Sub 3010 (I think), Audiolab 6000 CD transport, and the Fluance RT85 Reference turntable. Couldn’t be happier with a system that totaled roughly $2500 US. The RT85 was the last addition and well worth the investment; very high quality and performance for modest cost (especially as turntables go!) highly recommended!Mike N 5
This turntable is not only beautiful to look at, it's easy to use and sounds excellent.Richard S 5
I got my RT85 and is all and more than I expected. The Otto con blue cartridge sounds greatRobert,H 5
Great experience start to finish.Dave 5
Fluance seems to have nailed everything but the finish which wasn't completely free of defects but still looks great from a distance.Nick M 4
beautiful sound and appearance.Dallas R. 5
I purchased the RT85N turntable, best sounding ever!! I Love it so much! It's what vinyl record should be sound like!! Thanks -fluance!! Hope you will soon have replacement stylus NagaokaMP-110, so I could buy from you for backup!!Ken K Ho 5
I gave 4 stars because this review won't let me give 4.5. The turntable is almost perfect but not quite. I'm doing this review because I hope the Fluance people are reading and want to improve their product. The Fluance line of turntables is excellent and just a few details could put them head and shoulders above the rest. I also think that many reviews focus on the sound of a turntable but the real job of a turntable is to provide a blank slate for the phono cartridge to do it's job and a review of the sound is really a review of the cartridge. Years ago when you bought a new turntable the cartridge was purchased separately. I have bought and replaced many cartridges in my time and they are all very different in sound and configuration. I will try to focus on the turntable itself.Dirk P 4
I bought a new Fluance RT85 turntable to replace my trusty Dual 1229Q bought new in 1975. Don't get me wrong I've owned many turntables over the years but the Dual was that tank that was all metal and made in Germany. There just isn't anything like it but even though I thought it would be my lifetime turntable it broke and I was told it was irrepairable because no parts are available. I was drawn to the fluance because of it's feature of stopping at the end of the record. I searched high and low for a decent automatic turntable but it seems that if you want a fully automatic turntable you must compromise on quality. I purchased the fluance RT85 thinking I would just have to live with the compromise of a basically manual turntable. After using it for about a month I don't really feel like it's a compromise at all. If fact I've come to like this turntable very much and don't miss my old turntable as much as I thought I would.
I will start with the pros.
1. This turntable is very nice to look at. Whatever finish you choose (I chose bamboo) it looks well made, almost like a piece of furniture. And that polycarbonate platter really makes it look high tech. Your friends will notice and your wife won't complain about it's presense in the living room.
2. The servo motor. Constant accurate speed. Enough said.
3. The aforementioned mechanism to stop the turntable at the end of the record. It isn't perfect in it's operation but it's nice to have something to stop things when you can't get back to it in a timely manner. While I wouldn't consider this a semi-automatic turntable because the tonearm isn't lifted and I would prefer that things were fully automatic this is much better than fully manual.
4. The mass. Finally a substantial turntable. That heft adds to the quality feel and doesn't hurt the sound isolation either. The platter on my Dual was a 9 pound machined piece of aluminum.
5.The silence. One of the first things I noticed was how quiet things were when I played a record. Between tracks is just slience (except for the occasional snap crackle pop, but that is the record's fault). I've been listening to records for many years and this really stood out to me. Who knew that a 50 year old record could sound so quiet.
6. The tonearm pivot. The specifications say that the tonearm pivot has actual ball bearings for low friction. One thing I've noticed about turntables with lesser tonearm mechanisms is that the don't track well and this causes distortion, especially close to the center of the record. No audible distortion here.
7. No phono stage. I know many think this is a con but the simple fact is that most phono stages these days aren't very good and buying you own or using the one in your amplifier is far superior to any that might come with a turntable. I think a lot of people don't realize just how important the phono stage is. It's usually called a preamp but it does much more. The recording on the record is compressed and must be restored using the RIAA equalization curve. Most modern phono stages fail to do this well so choose wisely. I use a Shitt Mani. That clear signal path fluance lists as a feature is indeed so.
8. The pointy rubber feet. How nice to have such substantial feet that are adjustable. The turntable stays planted and level. I threw away all the little pieces of cardboard I used to level my old turntable.
9. The packaging. OK I realize that the box it came in might seem like the least important thing here but I do appreciate that someone spent a good deal of time thinking about how to package things. All came undamaged, was easy to remove from the box, and the turntable assembled quickly and easily. My cat also appreciated the box once I was done.
Now for the cons (warning: nitpicking to follow).
1. What is up with that cueing mechanism? First of all the cueing lever is the same color of black as the rest of the tonearm base and becomes virtually invisible and difficult to find when you need it, especially when the lights are low. Second, lifting the cue lever barely lifts the tonearm off of it's perch and the tonearm doesn't rise until moved toward the platter. At this point the arm is so high that it's difficult to determine weather it's over the lead in groove or not. This often results in missing the record lead in groove. If the tonearm would rise to it's height when the lever is lifted it would be easy to judge how height to lift the tonearm before moving it over to the platter. Or the cueing height could be adjustable like many I've used in the past.
2. Plastic back panel. The panel in the back that holds all the connections seems thin and flexes quite a bit. When attaching the cables and the power connection I was concerned that I would break it. Also the power plug lacked that positive click to let you know that it is in place. Perhaps thicker plastic and slightly more premium connectors would bring this up to the standard of the rest of the plinth.
3. The tonearm. The tonearm works well and seems to be of good quality but definitely doesn't look as premium as the plinth. Being S shaped, with a headshell much like many lesser turntables, and painted black it looks like a generic Japanese tonearm. It's obvious that this setup is not low mass (however I played a very warped record with no issue proving that it's not high mass) and is perhaps a cost saving measure. Even a headshell of a different color or maybe carbon fiber would potentially help this look and function.
4. The tiny coarsely marked anti-skate wheel. Now I realize that fluance isn't the only manufacturer to have this but it doesn't make sense to me. When I set the anti-skate I would like to know that I am setting it to correctly match the tracking force and when the anti-skate wheel is so small I can hardly read it and the markings are .2 grams apart with no numbers this can be frustrating. I know I keep going back to my old turntables but they generally had larger wheels with precision markings and sometimes with scales for both elliptical and cd4 styli.
5. The cartridge. Everybody seems to think that the Ortofon 2m blue is a great cartridge and the price (if purchased outright) certainly would seem to reflect it's desirability and while I do think it sounds good it doesn't blow me away and a tracking force of 1.8 grams seems excessive. I'm used to my old shure cartridges that tracked at 1.25 grams. Too bad they went out of business. It would be nice if Fluance offered the option of purchasing the turntable without a cartridge at a reduced price so the end user could use one they already posses or purchase one of their choice.
1. The motor cover plate. The plate that covers the motor seems to be an after thought. I've seen several unboxings on utube where the person assembling the turntable didn't put the plate on before installing the belt on the motor and then wondering why there were two 45 adapters. It should be fastened with screws or snapped on, perhaps at the factory. I have a picture in my mind of the engineer at the factory seeing the first turntables rolling off the line and thinking the motor needed a plate and when it was too late to install it decided to put it in the box for the end user to install.
2. It sure would be nice to see a fully automatic or semi-automatic turntable. Perhaps it's already in the works.
Finally if your on the fence about purchasing go ahead and buy. You won't be disappointed.
Exceptional productcregg w 5
Excellent sound only issue I had was with speed control found knob took a couple of tried to change from one speed to another.Terence M 5
My lucky bamboo RT 85 is absolutely awesome! Came packed perfectly with great set up info. I smile every time I start it up so happy and it's Canadian !Dale R 5
Here are the things I learned with this purchase, acrylic is just a fancy word for plastic, “solid wood” is just a fancy word for MDF, variable speed control I thought I could live without and rely on your components to achieve a consistent and arcuate speed, however I realize this is important to me because over time this would not be correctable. I could have saved $200 with the RT82 and with my system achieved what would probably sound very similar I have a non-digital Yamaha 5.1 channel receiver with its own phono stage, Mission 701LE speakers and a klipsch subwoofer. In researching I found that the $400 to $800 turntables I was looking at were made in North America, UK or central Europe, I mistakenly thought that Fluance turntables were made in Canada form an on-line reviewer, does the “T” in the model number mean Taiwan? The arm lift leaver is flimsily and I could see this fail over time, milling a larger “label well” in the platter I think would be a good feature.See all reviews Eric S. 4
Anyway… enough with the bad here is the good.
The unit sounds great, easy un-packing, assembly and adjusting, despite the arm lift leaver the build is solid, the plinth and feet do an amazing job (thanks for the bubble level), I can tap the table it sits on and here nothing, the subwoofer is only a meter and a half away with no feedback. According to the paper cutout protractor the cartridge was aligned properly. The auto stop feature works fine although could you recommend an auto tone arm lift kit, the fact of the cartridge sitting at the end of the an album triggers a silly anxiety, and the dust cover is well a dust cover… it does the job.
Question, The 2mblue has an output voltage at 5.5 mV, the Yamaha has an input sensitivity of 1.5 mV. I find that a loud recorded boom on a couple of tracks seem over modulated (right word?) Is this a mismatch? Also the retail cartridge ships with a stylus brush, it would be cool if it was included in the kit instead of just thrown away.
Could you send me a paper Turntable Stroboscope to ease my speed control anxiety?
Overall the words describing my experience is “not un-satisfied” this was to be my forever turntable however after the warranty period is over I probably will sell it.
please feel free to edit for review summation.