RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
Fluance RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Stylus, Preamp, Solid Cabinet - Natural Walnut

$249.99 USD

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RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player


Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to recreate the performance the way the artist intended


The Audio Technica AT95E featuring a diamond elliptical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision & accuracy for high definition audio


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


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

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Incorporating a high quality built-in Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures warm, true sound




RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Walnut
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications
Drive System Belt Drive
Motor DC Motor
Motor Isolation Three Point Rubber Isolation
Speed 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
Speed Variation +/-1.00% - Speed Adjustment Guide
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 Aluminum
Diameter of Platter 12", 30cm
Weight of Platter 1.22 lbs (553 g)
Height of Platter 0.62 inches (16 mm)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Rubber
Tonearm Specifications
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 3.5 to 6.5g
Counterweight Yes – 3.53 oz (100 g) - Adjustable
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes
Pivot Bearing Yes
Cueing Lever Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Tonearm Wire 36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand
Effective Tonearm Mass 28.2 grams
Overhang 19.2mm
Effective Tonearm Length 224mm
Headshell Mount H-4 Bayonet Mount
Tonearm Height 17mm
Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge Type Dual Moving Magnet (MM)
Cartridge Model Audio Technica: AT95E
Replacement Stylus ATN95E
Stylus 0.4 × 0.7mil Bonded Elliptical (Diamond)
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half inch
Frequency Response 20-20,000Hz
Channel Separation 20dB at 1kHz
Channel Balance 2.0dB or less at 1kHz
Load Impedance/Capacitance 47k Ohms/100pF
Output Voltage 2.5mV +/–3dB
Cartridge Weight 5.7g (+/- 0.5g)
Headshell Weight 10.7g
Cartridge Height 0.67 inches (17 mm)
Recommended Tracking Force 2.0g +/–0.5g
Vertical Tracking Angle 20 degrees
Rubber Belt Specifications
Rubber Belt Design Continuous loop (joint-less)
Width 4.5mm
Length 534.07mm
Thickness 0.6mm
Output Specifications
Connector RCA (Gold-plated)
Preamp Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable
Phono Output 2.5mV +/–3dB
Phono Bypass Yes, all electronics bypassed when using external preamp
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 or 14.1 lbs
Operating Temperature 20°C
Wireless Playback No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)
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UPC 061783264362
What's Included
  • RT81 Turntable
  • Dust Cover
  • 45 Adapter
  • Rubber Slip Mat
  • 6ft RCA Cable With Ground Wire
  • 100V - 240V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Press

    Slash Gear review of the fluance rt81 rt80

    Slash Gear Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "Playback from the RT81 was quite good, with even the deeper bass of hip-hop and some electronic music coming through smooth and clear. "

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    CNET review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    CNET Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "it feels like a $400-$500 turntable. I guess you can tell by now I'm impressed."

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    Tech Crunch review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    Tech Crunch Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "The walnut finish gives the RT81 one of the best looks of any entry-level turntable I’ve seen. It’s sturdier and heavier than some of the cheaper turntables out there from brands like Crosley and Denon. "

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    Digital Trends Preview of the RT81

    Digital Trends Review of the RT81

    "Music played on the record player was deep and smooth with excellent clarity. In general, there was low distortion, sparkling treble, and strong bass across the records we listened to, from Broadway to Drake."

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Andrew S June 2, 2023 California, United States

    Fantastic record player really a step up from anything else I've tried in the mid-range under or at a similar price

    Rob T May 20, 2023 British Columbia, Canada

    Incredible sounding turntable , it replaced an expensive 1972 Luxman that finally crapped out and the sound difference is incredible . It arrived in 4 business days , set up was super easy and when I did have an issue that turned out to be interference from a modem being to close , Brent in customer support was awesome ! .

    Bill W May 3, 2023 North Carolina, United States

    Nothing more to say. Just an amazing turntable for the price.

    Sean S. April 20, 2023 Tennessee, United States

    incredible turntable!!!! among the best i've heard sure the components are upgrade ready but you don't need to upgrade anything its good to go right out of the box. No hiss, no pops, great range and dynamics the platter and the AT cartridge are legit folks you won't find a better table under 500.00 bucks hands down. The RT81 is the real deal from Fluance

    Gord W April 16, 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    I was surprised with the whole Fluance experience, to be honest & happy to be buying from a Canadian company.
    I was looking for a decent, but affordable turntable and the research led me to the Fluance website. For me the RT81 has the right combination of features, pricing & sound reproduction. Looks beautiful also!

    Tim A. March 13, 2023 Maine, United States

    The RT81 replaced my 40 year old Technics. Very impressed with the quality and looks. Does an excellent job, very pleased with it so far.

    MJ Basco December 31, 2022 Louisiana, United States

    went own from Thorns td165, but this Fluance will hold it's own in quality and sound. Not a Thorns, but nice for the price. A quality product.

    Nonna December 29, 2022

    When assembled (not very difficult), I tried playing my Lab Cut LP (Donald Fagen's Nightfly) and he sounded more like Alvin of "The Chipmunks". After doing a speed test it showed the 33 1/3 speed was actually playing above 45 RPM and the 45 speed was almost 60! I set out to perform a speed adjustment (with a jewelers screw driver set) only to discover that the adjustment nuts on the rheostat of the speed controller were such cheap plastic that one had broken off at the first attempt. The whole unit itself looks gorgeous but unfortunately the internal components are very cheap. Don't waste your time or money. Look for a direct drive with a built in strobe and speed controller right next to the platter so each speed can be easily and accurately adjusted.

    Danyal W December 29, 2022

    I grew up with a record player but was always too scared to learn to use it. Now in my 30s I wanted to have my own. Did research and pulled the trigger on this one. Christmas morning I bring it over and my 64 yr old dad is happily teaching me all the part names and such. First he rips the ribbon holding the belt so we struggle a little to install that (oops) and when we get to balancing the tone arm we fight with the thing for almost half an hour listening to the opening of Ghost's Impera album god knows how many times. We achieve music and I take it home. I FINALLY read the instructions all the way and figure out where we went wrong. It's a nice solid and heavy player so far I love it! If I had one complaint and this is minor the power plug feels a bit on the cheaper side and it's a little bulky but that's seriously my ONLY complaint. Definitely recommend!

    FJ December 25, 2022

    The variable speed controls are extremely tiny screws that can only be accessed underneath the plinth while the platter is spinning, so precise speed adjustments have to be made with an optical disk or an awkward rpm app while the turntable is up on some kind of risers that allow access to the bottom. This is a very difficult adjustment to make, and since the factory speed settings on mine were off enough to notice, I effectively ruined the tuning screws and guides while blindly (due to design) poking around trying to fit and fine tune speed. Maybe the assumption is that someone buying this model doesn't need fine speed/pitch control, but that doesn't comport with the other premium positioning, components, etc. It's a frustrating inconsistency, as I like the turntable in all other respects. Buyer beware.

    Lexi December 24, 2022

    I absolutely love this! The quality is absolutely amazing for the price and is seriously worth every penny. I haven't had a single issue and I've had her for a few months now. It's also very easy to put together (directions are included thankfully!).

    Steven F December 21, 2022

    love it

    Jen December 20, 2022

    Bought this for a gift for myself back to using my LPs. I love it had a little bit of difficulty pairing speakers together because you need to make sure the preamp is on the right spot other than that love it

    Jack M December 17, 2022 Georgia, United States

    At the price (and especially the $50 off sale price I recently got mine for) I think there's few if any other tables that can compete. Build quality is exceptional and the feet have it perfectly level. There are just a few caveats though. First i wish the power/speed knob had a better grip like perhaps a diamond pattern instead of the concentric grooves that make it kind of slippery to turn. Also can't believe nobody noticed but the little clip that holds the arm in place on the rest....when it's flipped out it kind of gets in the way of the cueing lever. This is not the case on my other Fluance an RT83. And lastly WHY are they not putting the newer version of the AT cartridge on these, the AT-VM95e?? It replaced the AT95e about four years ago!! My best guess is they got a deal to buy up the old stock from Audio Technica and are still using what they have. But what comes on it is perfectly fine and for the $$ this is still a great turntable.

    Rick December 16, 2022

    Had the rt85, and returned it.Rt82 I less prone to rumble due to the less sensitive needle.It sounds amazing throught my HK 730 and Klipsch rf620's.Highs are crisp, and the lows really dip.This reciever is rated at4hz to 35k hz., so the room for the wide range is there.Great buy at this price for a vintage nut like me.

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