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Fluance RT80 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player with Premium Cartridge, Diamond Stylus, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Adjustable Counterweight & Anti-Skating, Glossy Black Wood Cabinet
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- 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 Audio Technica cartridge produces outstanding clarity. The diamond tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with 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
- Each turntable is beautifully crafted with thick, engineered wood, incorporating isolation feet & an aluminum platter which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations
- Captivating signal clarity is produced with a high quality Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures warm, true sound
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Fluance’s RT80 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 RT80 Record Player. Your soul will be captivated by the crisp, smooth sounds 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 - whether you’re playing a record from your father’s vintage collection or a freshly pressed album.
Superior Stylus Makes for a Pure Analog Listening Experience
Your music will sound richer when the Audio Technica AT91 Stylus rests in the grooves of your favorite vinyl record at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The included conical stylus is renowned for its freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks, and channel balance.
Smooth Playback Ideal for Long Listening Sessions
You'll experience 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 crafted wood cabinet reduces vibrations to ensure the stylus provides all of the signal. Sound isolation feet & an aluminum platter significantly reduce reverberation, leaving you with pure stereophonic sound.
Captivating signal clarity is produced with features like gold plated RCA line outputs, high quality Texas Instruments preamp, and a grounding terminal that ensures high fidelity sound in its truest form.
Felt Slip Mat
3 ft. Rca Cable With Ground Wire
100v - 240v (50/60hz) AC Power Adapter
Quick Start Guide
Lifetime Customer Support
Cabinet Material: MDF
Finish: Painted High Gloss (Black)
Dust Cover: Yes - Tinted
Drive System: Belt Drive
Motor: DC Motor
Speed: 33 1/3 Rpm, 45 Rpm
WOW and Flutter: 0.2%
Signal-To-Noise Ratio (Weighted): 67db or Higher (A-Weighted, 20 kHz LPF)
Signal-To-Noise Ratio (Unweighted): 60db or Higher (Unweighted, 20 kHz LPF)
Diameter of Platter: 12", 30cm
Turntable Mat: Felt
Tonearm Type: Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight: 3.5 To 6.5g
Anti-Skating Adjustment: Yes
Pivot Bearing: Yes
Tonearm Material: Aluminum
Effective Tonearm Mass: 28.2 Grams
Effective Tonearm Length: 224mm
Headshell Mount: H-4 Bayonet Mount
Tonearm Height: 17mm
Tonearm Wire: 4 x 33 AWG Litz Cable
Cartridge Type: Moving Magnet (Mm)
Cartridge Model: Audio Technica: At91
Replacement Stylus: Atn91
Stylus: 0.6mil Bonded Conical (Diamond)
Cantilever: Carbon Fiber
Mount: Half Inch
Frequency Response: 20-20,000hz
Channel Separation: 18db At 1khz
Channel Balance: 2.5db Or Less At 1khz
Load Impedance/Capacitance: 47k Ohms/100pf
Output Voltage: 2.5mv +/–3db
Cartridge Weight: 5.0g (+/- 0.5g)
Headshell Weight : 10g
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0g (+/–0.5g)
Vertical Tracking Angle: 20 Degrees
Rubber Belt Specifications
Connector: RCA (Gold-Plated)
Preamp: Yes, Phono/Line Switchable
Phono Output: 2.5mv +/–3db
Line Output: 140mv (–17dbv)
Ground Terminal: Yes
Input: 100v - 240v Ac (50/60hz)
Output: 12v / 500ma
Dimensions: 16.5” X 5.5” X 13.75”
Unit Weight: 4.5 Kg (9.9 lbs.)
Optimal Operating Temperature: 20°C
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However, I did find that the turntable speed is not quite as stable as I would like to see it. I allowed it to "burn-in" for 48 hours running on the 33RPM setting and played a record, halfway through the sound became distorted so I went to check the RPM and found that it was spinning at ~29.8RPM. So I lifted the turntable and adjusted the speed using the trimpots on the bottom, but I just cannot get it to spin at a constant or acceptable mean average of 33.3RPM. I just measured it again as I am posting this review and it fluctuates between ~32.8-33.5RPM. Fluance does provide two trimpots at the bottom of the turntable to adjust the speed but it requires me to unplug everything and move it somewhere high enough for me to adjust, so far I had to do this four times. The speed discrepancy does not bother my wife, but I can tell clearly when listening to piano or orchestral pieces that the pitch and speed of the notes is fluctuating so it becomes a small distraction during focused listening sessions. I will say that I am using an iOS application to measure RPM and do not have another turntable around to test it's accuracy, but from other online reviews I saw this seems to be an issue that is not isolated to me.
After saying that, would I recommend this turntable? Absolutely. I checked the competition and did not find the same amount of value I found with this. From the cartridge, build materials, helpful Youtube tutorials (check out their channel), and aesthetics I don't think you will find a better bang for your buck for the $200-$300 price range. While the RPM issue is distracting when listening to delicate pieces you do not notice it as much when listening to more modern "louder" records.
- Looks great
- Built solid
- Quality tonearm and cartridge
- Good sounding preamp
- Rotation speed not as accurate as I would like it to be
- The adjustment for the RPM is located on the bottom and is hard to reach
Built quality as well as fit/finish is very, very good. I went with the polished ebony RT-80 as I had every intention to upgrade the cartridge (one difference between this as the RT-81), I was pleased with the felt platter mat and I was 50/50 split on the walnut over solid base / plinth vs. piano finish over a hollow plinth. Both have the same arm, the same DC servo motor with electronic speed selection (vs. changing the belt position) and have a built in preamplifier that can be defeated. The platter is aluminum with a black finish, which matches the metal arm. All rests on compliant feet. The finish is truly beautiful!
Setup was quick and easy, and I had the unit playing in a matter of minutes out of the box. Performance in every way is quite good by audiophile standards - this feels like a 1970's turntable. Speed is dead-on with no detectable flutter and I heard no rumble at reasonable volume levels - and I was actually surprised at how good the base level Audio Technica AT91 sounds when in a good arm as it had no tracking issues at 2 grams and is quite forgiving of worn recordings that my other turntables honestly are not forgiving of. Sound is dynamic with a crisp treble and punchy bass - don't dismiss this cartridge, especially if you don't mind having a second high-end cartridge for those mint albums (which we often did "back in the day".
Only issues were a minor feedback issue that I suspect the slightly heavier RT-81 with it's solid base might be more forgiving of, and I found that the auto stop takes several revolutions before stopping the motor. This turns out to be normal. A note that the phono preamplifier turns on when you select the speed - platter rotation is activated when you move the arm off the rest just as most turntables were "back in the day".
Overall I am very pleased, glad I backed this project, and it's good to see a quality turntable that is a real audiophile product and not a DJ wannabee at a very good price. Outside of the walnut RT-81, the only real competitor would be the base level U-Turn Orbit at this price point. Everything else is either plastic or at a higher price point with very little added performance.
UPDATE: The Fluance customer service staff immediately responded to my review and after some back&forth questions, we were sent a new belt for free under the warranty. I also learned that you have to call Fluance if you need a new belt, which I didn't realize because replacement needle cartridges are available for purchase from their website. Calling customer support is always my last resort, so this should be made known to customers that new belts are only available through Fluance and that you have to call them for replacements (pretty expensive at $19.95). Hopefully they will add this item to their webstore and hopefully we will not need another one anytime soon. The new belt is working great.