TVD Radar: Fluance’s RT80 and RT81 High Fidelity Turntables

Over the 10 years that we’ve been behind this vinyl endeavor, we’ve seen our fair share of turntables. From the lightweight plastic variations that one could kick down the length of a football field, to the mega high-end models you’d need to take out a second mortgage to afford, we’ve seen quite a number.

However, there’s been one recurring question we’ve received over the years from folks just getting into the vinyl thing to the old hands with years of experience—what’s your pick for a reasonably priced turntable that delivers higher end, quality fidelity? For a long time we didn’t quite have a solid position in regard to a price point paired with said turntable coming with a touch of elegance and superior stability and sound which would lend itself as a go-to recommendation—then these Fluance models came upon our radar.

Now, candidly, having felt a touch burned by the aforementioned plastic turntables more than once, we’ve become of the mind that seeing and hearing is believing, and to Fluance’s confidence in their product, they zipped one off to us in the mail that we’ve put to work in the office over the past few weeks—and we’re highly (and pleasantly) impressed.

Firstly, the turntable is gorgeous. Fluance shared with us their RT81 model and the natural walnut finish is a stunner. (Closer up, detail photos can be found here.) From the Audio Technica AT95E stylus to the Texas Instruments preamp and gold-plated RCA line outputs, the audio response is deep and warm and dynamic, and the ease of switching from 33 to 45RPM is a mere twist of a knob. All this and the set up and balancing of the tonearm was a snap.

We make no bones about it around here—we’re in this gig to move product, and of course 99.9% of the time we recommend you spend your dollars at your local mom and pop indie brick and mortar shops, but when you get home you’ll need something to spin those records upon, and we’re pleased to put these Fluance models on your radar.

RT81 HIFI TURNTABLE | Fluance’s RT81 High Fidelity Turntable plays traditional LP and EP vinyl records with stunning quality that achieves the purest sound reproduction. When you want the absolute best in music performance, pull out your favorite 33 1/3 or 45 RPM records, hook up your sound system, drop the needle, and immerse yourself in the Fluance RT81 Record Player. Your soul will be captivated by the crisp, distinguishing characteristics of the music you love. Premium components allow this belt driven turntable to produce a pure uncompressed listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended.

PREMIUM FEATURES | Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to produce a pure analog listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended

High performance AT95E Audio Technica cartridge produces outstanding clarity. The diamond elliptical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision & accuracy for high definition audio

Perfect playback using the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the stylus is rested deep in your record’s groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording

The beautiful walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (MDF) wood, incorporates isolation feet, an aluminum platter, & a rubber slip mat which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations

Captivating signal clarity is produced with a high quality Texas Instruments preamp, gold plated RCA line outputs, and a ground terminal that ensure warm, true sound

SUPERIOR STYLUS MAKES FOR A PURE ANALOG LISTENING EXPERIENCE | Your music will sound richer when the Audio Technica AT95E stylus rests in the grooves of your favorite vinyl record at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The upgraded elliptical diamond stylus is renowned for its freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks, and channel balance.

COMPLETE CLARITY WITHOUT COMPROMISING YOUR COLLECTION | You’ll savor every note thanks to the balanced and adjustable counterweight of the S-Type tonearm. The fluid movement of the bearings within the tonearm coupled with the advanced anti-skating system practically caresses your record, preventing scratching and ensuring the stylus is perfectly rested deep in your record’s groove while splendidly coaxing the music out of your vinyl.

DESIGNED FOR SERIOUS PERFORMANCE | The walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (MDF) wood which reduces vibrations to ensure the stylus provides the best possible signal. Sound isolation feet, an aluminum platter and a rubber slip mat significantly reduce reverberation, leaving you with pure stereophonic sound.

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