RT85W Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable - Life Style

RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT85W Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable - LIfe Style 2
Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, Acrylic Platter, Speed Control Motor, Solid Wood Plinth, Vibration Isolation Feet

$499.99 USD

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RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable


The definitive vinyl record listening experience for beautifully warm and natural music, transporting you into the center of the performance


Immerse yourself in the detailed high resolution sound of the Ortofon 2M Blue elliptical cartridge delivering improved linearity, higher channel separation and reduced distortion


The greater mass of the acrylic platter damps unwanted vibrations resulting in a more 3-dimentional sound with tighter bass, a fuller midrange, and overall improved clarity


The isolated motor prevents unwanted vibrations and noise while the speed control mechanism ensures consistent platter velocity (0.07% Wow/Flutter)


Revel in the gorgeous solid wood cabinet and adjustable resonance damping feet, ensuring superior isolation from unwanted micro-vibrations (Note: phono preamp not included)




RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Cabinet Specifications
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Walnut Real Wood Veneer
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications
Drive System Belt Drive
Motor DC Motor with Servo Controller Analyzes motor speed 500 times/sec
Motor Isolation Under-mounted 7-point silicone isolation with decoupling isolation ring
Speed 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM (78 RPM - No)
Speed Variation 0.10%
Wow and Flutter 0.07%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted) 76 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted) 65 dB
Platter Acrylic
Diameter of Platter 12 inches (30 cm)
Weight of Platter 3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Height of Platter 0.62 inches (16 mm)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Not Required
Tonearm Specifications
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 0.18 – 0.25 oz (5.0 – 7.5 g)
Counterweight Yes – 3.60 oz (102 g) - Adjustable
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes – Adjustable
Pivot Bearing Yes
Cueing Lever Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Tonearm Wire 36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand
Effective Tonearm Mass 0.97 oz (27.5 g)
Overhang 0.76 inches (19.2 mm)
Effective Tonearm Length 8.82 inches (224 mm)
Headshell Mount H-4 Bayonet Mount
Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge Type Moving Magnet (MM)
Cartridge Model Ortofon: 2M Blue
Replacement Stylus 2M Blue
Stylus 0.3 x 0.7 mil
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half-inch
Frequency Response 20 - 20,000 Hz (+2/-1 dB)
Frequency Range 20 - 25,000 Hz (-3 dB)
Channel Separation 25 dB at 1 kHz
Channel Balance < 1.5 dB @ 1 kHz
Load Impedance/Capacitance 47k Ohms/150 - 300 pF
Output Voltage 5.5 mV
Cartridge Weight 0.25 oz (7.2g)
Headshell Weight 0.35 oz (9g)
Cartridge Height 0.71 inches (18 mm)
Recommended Tracking Force 0.06 - 0.07 oz (1.6 - 2.0 g)
Vertical Tracking Angle 20°
Rubber Belt Specifications
Rubber Belt Design Continuous loop (joint-less)
Width 0.17 inches (4.5 mm)
Length 36.02 inches (915 mm)
Thickness 0.02 inches (0.6 mm)
Output Specifications
Connector RCA (Gold-plated)
Preamp No - Separate Phono Preamp Required
Phono Output 5.5 mV
Ground Terminal Yes
Power Specification
Input 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
Output 12 V / 500 mA
Consumption 1.5 W
General Specifications
Dimensions 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)
Unit Weight 16.76 lb (7.6 kg)
Operating Temperature 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
Wireless Playback No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)
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What's Included

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  • RT85W Turntable
  • Dust Cover + Hinges
  • Bubble Level
  • Headshell with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge
  • Counterweight
  • Acrylic Platter with Belt
  • 5ft 100 - 240 V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • 3ft 90pF RCA Cable
  • 3ft Ground Wire
  • 45 Adaptor
  • Motor Pulley Cap
  • User Manual
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Direct Warranty
  • Press

    Ty Pendlebury of CNET Reviews the RT82

    The Fluance RT82 "is the best overall turntable under $300... offers everything you could want"

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    Vinyl Rewind Reviews the RT85

    "I give this my highest rating of 5 pompadours out of 5"

    Joe N Tell Reviews the RT82

    Follow along as Joe Mariano unboxes and sets up his new RT82

    Brad Moon of Forbes Reviews the RT85

    "It didn’t matter the genre... it all just plain sounds noticeably better on this turntable"

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    Jarrett New from Vinyl Eyezz Reviews the RT85

    "For the price, this is the best sounding turntable that I've come across"

    Craig Farraway from Vinyl TV Reviews the RT84

    "I haven't found anything about this turntable that I don't like"

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Patrick B March 5, 2021 New York, United States

    I was in the market because I wanted to upgrade my cartridge and stylus for my stereo system. After a lot of research it seemed more prudent to get a new turntable as opposed to a new cartridge. The RT85, came with one of the cartridges I was interested in and it had additional features I find necessary like a 33 and 45 toggle that does not require a manual belt switch. That seems perhaps insignifanct but it has a discernable enjoyment in ease of use. I was impressed that it had an acrylic platter and after watching and reading several reviews it was clear that for the price this was the way to go. I have only been using it for about 10 days, but my instincts are that this turntable is remarkably underpriced and in general should allow for additional easy cartridge swaps and upgrades should I desire to go in that direction. With other highly regarded turntables going for $750, $1,000 or $1,500 that are considred affordable entry level, I simply don't see what you get in those ranges that the RT-85 doesn't deliver.

    Ed K. March 5, 2021 Illinois, United States

    Could not love this turntable more. On first play it was immediately clear how big an improvement it was from my previous one. It reveals more details and color on records I thought I knew well. l Beautiful and easy to setup, and the auto stop is a great bonus.

    James S March 5, 2021 Ontario, Canada

    Amazed by the quality. Sound is so clean and clear. Walnut looks great. Set-up was easy but still had a few questions and service got back to me right away with good guidance.

    Rayan D March 5, 2021 Pennsylvania, United States

    If your looking for top audio gear from a top notch company look no further! Fluance is such a great company to deal with, they care about their customers and in my opinion the products are beyond amazing at a price that is unbeatable! I will be doing all my future audio purchases with Fluance.

    Gary M March 4, 2021 British Columbia, Canada

    I've had my new RT85 for almost 2 weeks now and I absolutely love it. Set up was very straightforward. The detailed manual helped although I had seen a number of youtubers post set up instructions before.

    I chose this unit as I felt it had a great blend of audiphile components, classic design with just enough ease of use to make playing records most enjoyable.

    The sound is rich, full and warm. I have a first 10 list of albums to play and with the great sound it's like I'm hearing some of them again for the first time. I've already recommended the Fluance Reference line to a few of my friends who are in the market to upgrade their old turntables.

    Wes K March 4, 2021 Connecticut, United States

    Easy setup, packaged well, sounds outstanding. Wish I had bought this sooner.

    Donn March 1, 2021 Florida, United States

    I spent months researching turntables and comparing options and upgrades. The RT85 offers so much with its beautiful black finish (and 2 other options), the acrylic platter and the amazing Ortofon 2M Blue cartirdge. I could find no other turntable at this price point that offered both an acrylic platter and an equivalent cartridge to the 2M Blue. This was the first turntable that I had to set up on my own, and it was pretty straight forward. My family and I were listening to some of our favorites in around 30 minutes from box opening to power up. I absolutely love this product!

    John February 27, 2021 Ontario, Canada

    I was looking for a replacement for my shure m95ed cartridge on an older sony ps5520 turntable that was very attractive.

    I read all the reviews and with the features and price of the RT85 could not substantiate replacing the shure cartride.

    I have waited a few months to write this review for the cartridge to be broken in and was very very surprised at the difference in sound quality of this turntable. The other thing is that it is so quite when running.

    If you can afford this it is a very high end turntable for a budget price.

    Jim S February 27, 2021 Wisconsin, United States

    Amazed... stunned... WOW! The RT85 is without a doubt the best turntable I've heard under $1000.00. I was a LINN BASIK with a Denon DL-110 Cartridge owner for years and loved it. I started having wow/flutter issues so I was on the hunt for a new turntable. I've purchased vintage equipment for years and was ready to consider a new turntable. I began seeing folks talk about Fluance on blogs and mentioning the amazing RT85 turntable with the Ortofon Blue cartridge and acrylic platter, not as upgrades but installed! I decided to give the RT85 a try and I am so happy I did. I'm listening right now and I can't stop smiling. I chose the Walnut plinth and it is drop-dead gorgeous! The 85 also comes with adjustable vibration feet, another amazing feature. The unit ships beautifully packaged. The setup is easy and fun. A little tweak of the Ortofon Blue (it was 95% there, excellent for a shipped install) and I simply could not believe my ears. The RT85 sounds better than any CD player I've owned. The speed control motor is incredible, with spot-on accuracy. There is an auto shut-off feature which I love. At the end of the album after 6 rotations or so, the platter stops, keeping the stylus from wear in case I'm out of the room. The cue function is smooth and gentle, too. I also purchased the Preamp, even though my receiver has a phono input. If you need one, get this one. The hinges are steady and smooth and the dust cover is elegant. This turntable looks as great as it sounds!

    George February 26, 2021 Illinois, United States

    So I tried to resurrect my Beogram 1600 recently. It worked, but most of the albums sounded muddy. Washed out cymbals, muffled voices, muddy bass. And the sound was extra crispy in the crackle and pop department despite deep cleaning. So I bought the RT85 (because I wanted the acrylic platter and blue cartridge). Set up was EZPZ, although I had to use my phone camera on magnify to see the calibration marks on the weight and anti-skate adjustments. I cleaned the first record I tested (Led Zepplin, The Song Remains the Same) with the Fluance kit. Very nice. EZPZ. So, I lowered the needle and let it rip. AMAZING SOUND! Chills, tingling, smiling, giggling. This is what I wanted my stereo to sound like! And I'm 65, so my reference point is one night in San Francisco in 1967 listening to my sister's boyfriend's stereo. I just remember tubes and huge speakers. I have never been able to replicate the clarity of his system, until now. So thanks Fluance, thanks Ortofon! I can go peacefully now.....

    Neil N February 21, 2021 Ontario, Canada

    The RT85 is the bomb! Paired with an NAD external phono preamp, the RT85 lit up my vinyl and made it fresh again. Solid quality and the piano black looks great! I replaced a Project Carbon with the RT85 and there is no comparison. The Ortofon 2M Blue is sublime! Highly recommend this table.

    Hal A February 10, 2021 Tennessee, United States

    I love this table. I sold my "High-End" player because it required so much tinkering all the time. The dust cover alone was $300!! The Fluance RT85 sounds just as good, comes with everything I need including a great stylus and it's beautiful.

    Jose M. G. February 10, 2021 Texas, United States

    Amazing product!!! Love the finish and outstanding performance.

    David M February 9, 2021 Ohio, United States

    I really like my RT85. Like others have written, the setup was straight forward and super easy. I have a collection of vintage vinyl ranging from Andre Segovia, to Santana, to Pink Floyd and ELP... great to hear them again... I continue to have a feedback problem however. I have reseated all the connections (Denon AVR X3600H) through Klipsch Forte IIIs and a Rythmik FV15HP sub), the ground and the headshell. I have isolated my hum to a proximity issue... I will be getting longer RCA and ground cables to move the RT85 as far from my receiver as possible...

    Gary G February 5, 2021 Texas, United States

    Great turntable and speakers. However, what really impressed me was the people at Fluance. I ordered this as a Christmas present, which I also get to hear. USA customs held this up in Detroit and it was nearly impossible to get it to Texas by Christmas. However, Fluance made it happen.

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