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Fluance RT81 Turntable

Fluance RT81 Turntable

Summary

  • Product Name: RT80 & RT81
  • Manufacturer: Fluance
  • Review Date: April 08, 2016 10:00
  • MSRP: $199 (RT80); $249 (RT81)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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RT80 SPECS

CABINET SPECIFICATIONS

CABINET MATERIAL:     MDF

FINISH:     Painted High Gloss (Black)

DUST COVER:     Yes - Tinted

TURNTABLE SPECIFICATIONS

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, 20kHz LPF)

SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO (UNWEIGHTED):     60dB or higher (unweighted, 20kHz LPF)

PLATTER:     Die-cast Aluminum

DIAMETER OF PLATTER:     12", 30cm

AUTO-STOP:     Yes

TURNTABLE MAT:     Felt

TONEARM SPECIFICATIONS:    

TONEARM TYPE:     Static Balanced, S-Type

SUPPORTED CARTRIDGE WEIGHT:     3.5 to 6.5g

ANTI-SKATING ADJUSTMENT:     Yes

PIVOT BEARING:     Yes

TONEARM MATERIAL:     Metal

CARTRIDGE SPECIFICATIONS

CARTRIDGE TYPE:     Moving Magnet (MM)

CATRIDGE 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

HEADSHELL WEIGHT:     10g

RECOMMENDED TRACKING FORCE:     2.0g +/–0.5g

VERTICAL TRACKING ANGLE:     20 degrees

OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS

CONNECTOR:     RCA (Gold-plated)

PREAMP:     Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable

PHONO OUTPUT:     2.5mV +/–3dB

LINE OUTPUT:     140mV (–17dBV)

GROUND TERMINAL:     Yes

POWER SPECIFICATION

INPUT:     100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)

OUTPUT:     12V / 500mA

CONSUMPTION:     1.5W

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS:     16.5” x 5.5” x 13.75”

CERTIFICATIONS:     FCC Certified, CE Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL

UNIT WEIGHT:     4.5 kg

OPERATING TEMPERATURE:     5°C to 35°C

 

RT81 SPECS

 

CABINET SPECIFICATIONS

CABINET MATERIAL:   MDF

FINISH:   Walnut high Gloss

DUST COVER:   Yes - Tinted

TURNTABLE SPECIFICATIONS

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, 20kHz LPF)

SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO (UNWEIGHTED):   60dB or higher (unweighted, 20kHz LPF)

PLATTER:   Die-cast Aluminum

DIAMETER OF PLATTER:   12", 30cm

AUTO-STOP:   Yes

TURNTABLE MAT:   Rubber

TONEARM SPECIFICATIONS:  

TONEARM TYPE:   Static Balanced, S-Type

SUPPORTED CARTRIDGE WEIGHT:   3.5 to 6.5g

ANTI-SKATING ADJUSTMENT:   Yes

PIVOT BEARING:   Yes

TONEARM MATERIAL:   Metal

CARTRIDGE SPECIFICATIONS

CARTRIDGE TYPE:   Moving Magnet (MM)

CATRIDGE MODEL:   Audio Technica: AT95

REPLACEMENT STYLUS:   ATN95

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

HEADSHELL WEIGHT:   10g

RECOMMENDED TRACKING FORCE:   2.0g +/–0.5g

VERTICAL TRACKING ANGLE:   20 degrees

OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS

CONNECTOR:   RCA (Gold-plated)

PREAMP:   Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable

PHONO OUTPUT:   2.5mV +/–3dB

LINE OUTPUT:   140mV (–17dBV)

GROUND TERMINAL:   Yes

POWER SPECIFICATION

INPUT:   100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)

OUTPUT:   12V / 500mA

CONSUMPTION:   1.5W

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS:   16.5” x 5.5” x 13.75”

CERTIFICATIONS:   FCC Certified, CE Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL

UNIT WEIGHT:   6.4 kg

OPERATING TEMPERATURE:   5°C to 35°C

Executive Overview

Fluance is dabbling into the audiophile market, first by unveiling their Signature Series speaker like with high end aspirations and now with two turntables.  That's right, Fluance wants you to spin vinyl with them and best of all, they are helping you do it affordably with the RT80 ($199) and RT81 ($249), respectively.

Engineered with only premium components, the high-fidelity, belt driven RT80 and RT81 are said to produce a pure analog listening experience that authentically recreates artists’ performances. The RT80 and RT81 play traditional LP and EP vinyl albums (33 1/3 or 45 RPM). Whether a user is dusting off a classic album from their parent’s collection, or discovering vinyl for the first time with Adele’s 25, Fluance’s new turntables will transport them through a stunning adventure down the sonic spectrum.

Fluance Turntable Back View conn

Backview of Fluance RT81 Turntable - Notice the RCA Connectors

We're happy to see Fluance incorporated RCA phono connectors instead of non removable cables of fixed length like so many turntables often do.  This will surely allow for better placement and installation flexibility.  We are equally happy that both turntables include covers to minimize dust build up.  So many higher priced turntables either charge you a premium for a cover or don't offer that option at all.

Audiophile Parts

The RT80 incorporates an AT91 Audio Technica stylus that is known to produce the rich sounds audiophiles associate with vinyl. Users will rest in the grooves of their favorite vinyl records at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The slightly more advanced RT81 features an AT95E Audio Technica stylus. Both included styluses are renowned for their freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks and channel balance.

Fluance Turntable Top View 

Top View of Fluance RT80 Turntable with Audio  Technica Stylus

The balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the stylus is rested deep in the record’s groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original record and creating pristine playback. The fluid movement of the bearings within the tonearm, coupled with its advanced anti-skating system, caresses each record to conserve and protect a user’s beloved vinyl collection.

The RT80 and RT81 are crafted with Fluance’s proprietary audiophile-grade MDF wood cabinet, which incorporates isolation feet and a die-cast aluminum platter. This results in a significant reduction in reverberation, leaving listeners with pure stereophonic sound. The RT80 boasts a lightweight, hollow cabinet design, while the RT81 is built with a fully solid body cabinet to further eliminate vibrations.

Additional premium components include high-quality Texas Instruments preamp and gold plated RCA line outputs for captivating signal clarity, and a ground terminal that ensures warm, true sound.

Comparison of Features

Model RT80
RT81
Stylus AT91
AT95E
Construction Hollowbody Wood

Solidbody Wood
Mat Felt
Rubber
Finish Piano Black

Walnut

 

The RT80 and RT81 are available now for pre-order on Kickstarter for $195 CAD/ $150 USD and $265 CAD / $200 USD, respectively.

Fluance expects to ship to backers and be fully available by May 2016 for $199 and $249 respectively. For more information, please visit Fluance's RT80 and RT81 Kickstarter page.

Join the vinyl movement on social media with the #RespectTheRecord hashtag. For more information on the RT81, RT81 and all of Fluance’s high-quality audio products, “like” Facebook.com/FluanceSpeakers and follow @Fluance.

About Fluance:
Fluance is a North American-based speaker brand that produces high-end home theater speaker systems. Established in 1999 and based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, it markets to both USA and Canada. Known for Serious Performance, Fluance prides itself on pushing cutting-edge technology to its limits based on five key aspects: Sound Quality, Solid Construction, Performance, Style, and Value while using only premium components in the construction of its speaker systems. Fluance encourages its customers to buy direct so they can provide their products at a price point well below those of its main competitors. Fluance Speakers can be purchased directly at www.Fluance.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

j_garcia posts on June 07, 2016 13:19
3db, post: 1140524, member: 3560
Needles hurt

In both cases, it is still understood what is meant
3db posts on June 07, 2016 13:10
j_garcia, post: 1140519, member: 10856
I think that is only because it became a sort of slang term since they are directly related. The fact is most do not even know there is a difference.

Needles hurt
j_garcia posts on June 07, 2016 12:27
YammyFan72, post: 1140466, member: 79450
It's kinda like the gun guys who get all hot and bothered when someone ignorant in the knowledge of all things firearms calls a magazine a “clip”. Actually, they have a legitimate gripe, as a clip is something altogether different then a magazine.

I think that is only because it became a sort of slang term since they are directly related. The fact is most do not even know there is a difference.
3db posts on June 07, 2016 11:54
DLeague, post: 1139157, member: 46539
Since I started with an AR Turntable when I was just a baby, this looks similar conceptually with minimum stuff that doesn't turn on or off the platter. It's very good Fluance used magnetic anti-skate instead of dangling weights (sine are trying to bring back the 1950s). I just wish someone would do an honest review about the performance, strengths and weaknesses. My old Denon is 7 years old (second turntable), so the 81 is price right and looks good.

Nothing wrong with dangling weights. They are very effective and accurate. They just don't look nice is all.
YammyFan72 posts on June 07, 2016 05:34
sterling shoote, post: 1133252, member: 48878
Gene,
Needle or Stylus, everybody here knows exactly what you're talking about. I kinda like the use of the word Needle, it's as charming as it is a refreshing getaway from the too often use of too serious words to describe an apparatus for entertainment. Get some balls Gene, stick to Needle. I also like Record Player instead of Turntable. Now, I wonder how much it would cost to replace the needle for my Shure V15V-MR? A Needle is surely less expensive than a Stylus. After all, it sounds less complex. Don't things less complex cost less? Hmmm, maybe the word Stylus is the means with which marketers can better persuade suckers to part with thousands of dollars for a Needle.
It's kinda like the gun guys who get all hot and bothered when someone ignorant in the knowledge of all things firearms calls a magazine a “clip”. Actually, they have a legitimate gripe, as a clip is something altogether different then a magazine.

A “stylus” and “needle” however is basically the same thing, just like a “violin” and “fiddle” are the same thing, the only difference is that one is played by a guy in a suit and the other by a guy in overalls.
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