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RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

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)




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:

    Dave H. February 26, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Tennessee, United States

    What an amazing turntable. The sound is flawless. Set up was so easy, and well instructed. The white gloves were a nice touch. My wife insisted it be in the living room because it looks so good. Paired it with a 1978 pioneer sx 780 and am eyeing some fluance speakers to complete the set up. New records, 40 year old record sound perfect!

    Jim G February 25, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Pennsylvania, United States

    Love my RT85. Spent hours researching all $500 turntables and this one checks all the boxes. I love the acrylic platters weight and the Ortofon blue sounds amazing. Easy to set up within minutes and immediately stepped up my vinyl game.

    Donald February 25, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Georgia, United States

    Great sound quality and super value & performance for the price!!!!Thanks very much.

    Julio, R February 24, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year North Carolina, United States

    As someone fairly new to record players I took a great deal of time researching different turntables. The name "Fluance" kept popping up. After watching many reviews and comparing it to other similar turntables at the same price point as the RT-85. I arrived at the decision to purchase the RT-85.

    The set up was surprisingly easy and was up and running in a matter of 10 or so minutes. The sound quality was just as described by many and was clean and concise. The turn table itself is beautiful. I went with the wood finish and it blends in fantastically with the rest of my furniture.

    All told I do not regret splurging on this turntable. I can confidently recommend this to anyone new to the scene or looking for an upgrade. The cartridge and acrylic platter alone makes this a step above.

    Dale M February 24, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years New Hampshire, United States

    I recently purchased the RT85 turntable direct from Fluance. Incredible piece of equipment for $500. The platter and cartridge (Ortofon 2M Blue!) are worth over $300 alone. The table itself is pure HiFi quality. Isolation is excellent with not a hint of rumble from the pounding sound from my SVS Pinnacles. You will be hard pressed to match this table for less than a grand elsewhere. Thanks Fluance!

    Casey T. February 18, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    This turntable in piano black is not only classy but the sound is amazing! Sold my vintage bang and olufsen for a newer better sound and have not looked back. I considered the audio Technica Brand but just couldn’t get myself to buy Chinese. This RT85 is Highly recommended!

    Lam L February 10, 2020 Audiophile - 12 Years Texas, United States

    this is my fist turntable . that make me happy , very detail ,and look very good . I feel that solid

    Steve H February 8, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    Where to start, this is my 6th turntable; Garrard SL95B, Pioneer PL-514, JVC QL-7, Denon DP-30, Project 1expression Classic in Olive wood, and this RT-85. This is my second systems turntable. The main reason I bought this table was to play used records as my MC cartridge in the Project cost more than the RT-85. The best feature on the RT-85 is the SME H-4 tone-arm mount allowing the user to change the head shell. I also bought extra head shells for other cartridges, I found the supplied wires to be of lesser quality than the head shell that came on the RT-85, which is disappointing. On the Project is a true pain to change and realign a cartridge: due to it single piece tone-arm which requires a complex alignment tool. The Fluance table should come with a real gage not a paper one you cut out of the manual; I used my mirror gage to check alignment. Denon has really nice gage set-up device that come with their cartridges look (Fluance Engineering) at a DL-110 sometime, just need the overhang dimension. The next feature on the RT-85 the acrylic platter due to increased rotating mass was a no brainer, IMO it’s still too light, should be at least 6# or roughly 2.7Kg, but 3# is better than the lighter aluminum platters of the other models. The table is missing VTL and azimuth adjustment. As for the supplied cartridge, it was a surprise that it sounds as well as it does.
    Matching audio equipment together makes or breaks the final sound that is reproduced, two components are the key: speakers and the cartridge. The turntable needs to have stability i.e. damping (from vibration) and rotational speed consistency, to allow the cartridge to recreate the signal from the record groove keeping the proper tonal pitch and not adding noise from vibration created by the stylus due to the vibration of the turntable. Amplification is also important distortion of the signal in gain stages of the amplifier also creates noise. I use a vintage Sony TA-F60 integrated amp. with 75 watts per channel and a THD of 0.008% at 10 watts, rarely using more than 3 watts of power. This system speakers are not the best but are Morel driver modified Bose 201 from the late seventies wall mounted. My plan is to test this RT-85/2MBlue on my main system with my Merlin Music System speakers and the Sony TA-F808ES integrated amp. The Merlin’s are unforgiving speakers when it comes to weak components upstream and that a double edge sword.
    On the TA-F60 system I do hear the rotational noise from the turn-table’s main bearing, I expect to be more present with the Merlin’s, so I’m going to us my Nakamichi SF-100 in an adapter loop to filter out this noise.
    Final words: Fit and finish: I have the Walnut plinth and the edges are darker than the surface which means the stain was unevenly applied to the “WOOD”, however the gloss finish looks very uniform. In general it’s a very nice turntable. The S-shaped tone-arm is typical of many modern tables, too short and the bearing seems tight, at the inner grooves of the record it is likely to have ±3° of tracking error, as where a 9” arm would reduce this to ±1.5° for those who don’t know this tracking error creates distortion. The dust cover it very nice as are the hinges, clue lever is plastic and has marginal damping effect when raising or lowering the arm. My table was missing parts which Julie at Fluance did send them out to me, Thanks Julie.

    Mark T February 7, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Indiana, United States

    It sounded and looked better than I expected. I had no idea what I was missing. My records sound better than ever!

    Mark D. February 7, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Indiana, United States

    Sounds incredible and I have been using top of line vintage turntables for many years. I was pleasantly surprised with this table. Great value for the money and a pleasure to listen to and use on a daily basis. My only comments regarding what could be better have to do with the auto stop. It was be great if it lifted up at the end of the record instead of the 30 second run on record before just stopping, but this works too. This is worth the money and better than most modern tables being offered today.

    John M. February 6, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Pennsylvania, United States

    You get a lot of value for $499. Plays great. Perfect for my old Rotel system. pulled my old vinyl out of storage and even bought some new vinyl. Can’t go wrong.

    Valognes pfs February 2, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

    Great sounding turntable, really easy to set-up. The turntable rt85 with the PA10 is connected on a Hegel Rost with B&W 705 s2. I got real nice deep base with clear mid range and nice details. It is really amazing at this price. The rt85 can be compare with 1500$ to 2000$ turntable range. I'm really impressed. I had to contact the support center and I got and answer right a way. Great service.

    John M January 30, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Texas, United States

    Nicely engineered piece of audio equipment. Arrived a few days earlier then expected. Setup was easy and sound quality was much better than my vintage pioneer pl-600s. I ordered and received the piano black version and the finish was flawless. I can honestly recommend the RT-85. Money well spent

    Phillip W January 30, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Nebraska, United States

    Outstanding Performance. Measured Speed and Noise solidifies the specs claims. There only opportunity in the future is to enhance the tonearm. The table is dead quiet. The suspension is incredible and the inclusion of this great cartridge at this price is unmatched. Checked cartridge alignment and all was spot on. I will suggest the auto-off cycle be less, but an outstanding feature! The very slow needle drop couldn't be smoother. After a few months of enjoyment now, I don't wonder in the slightest about the other tables I was considering at this price point. Congrats to Fluance for their win on the rt85 design and what ever relationship they have with Ortofon to offer the 2M blue in this package. The audio result overall is a detailed and clean uncolored reproduction of your records. Finally it is aesthetically pleasing table to look at. I recommend the walnut finish as dust and smudges are less noticeable. This is the table for the Audiophile that doesn't have the coin to really be one! Very nice.

    Chris G January 28, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 3 Years Ohio, United States

    I never knew vinyl could sound this good! I had an entry level turntable for a few years, but after really getting into understanding turntables, I knew I was ready to step it up. The RT85 was the best reviewed turntable I could find at this price range and it does not disappoint. The beautiful wood, acrylic platter, 3M stylus all make for a beautiful setup but most importantly beautiful sound! Songs I have listened to over and over now have new life. They sound like the artist or band is in my living room with me. Thank you Fluance!

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