Review Details

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Product Review (submitted on March 27, 2023):
The RT85 is a stellar turntable. I think that it is under-rated.

For the purchase price, it is OUTSTANDING. I bought mine in March, 2019, and I couldn't be happier. The fit & finish is pleasant, and the RT85 is virtually flawless in design. HOWEVER... the instructions for setting the anti-skate value weren't correct for me. Setting the anti-skate to the same value as the tracking force (which was stated in the manual) resulted in over-correction.

Ultimately, I used an audiophile-grade test record that had a blank side with no grooves. Only then was I able to set the anti-skate value properly.

To be fair, that was four years ago. But I tend to use "old-school" measures to configure my turntables, despite the instructions in manuals.

NOTE: Be mindful to replace the belts and the styli regularly, and remember to check the tracking force and anti-skate once in a while.