Audio-Technica AT-LP3 vs Fluance RT81

Which one to choose: Audio-Technica AT-LP3 vs Fluance RT81

Audio-Technica AT-LP3 vs Fluance RT81

The comparison of Fluance RT81 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP3 is really pressing as far as both turntables worth our attention. Audio-Technica AT-LP3, for the money, has quality, really looks good, good sounds, boasts the ease of use and easy set-up if you will follow to clearly written instructions. The same can be named about Fluance RT81. So let's compare the real differences.

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Features & Performance

Both devices have moving magnet (MM) types of cartridge and the same speed levels starting at 33.3, 45 RPM. But a noticeable difference comes when looking at the output level.

Here we have Preamp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz in Fluance versus 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec in his opponent's arsenal. So the winner in this race is obvious as well.

Design & build quality

The tonearm of RT81 is superb, the Audio Technica cartridge is clear and mostly uncolored, the rubber mat is high-quality, the base is solid and heavy (this is a really good thing), the built-in preamp is enough to get you started and enjoying your favorite records, and the turntable just overall looks fantastic. And that's no surprise that AT-LP3 can't boast the same qualities due to lower price.

Audio-Technica AT-LP3 pros & cons

Pros

  • Weight on the tonearm is pretty accurate (double checked with a digital tracking force scale).
  • I like the addition of the ground wire – keeps things quiet
  • Alignment for the cartridge is easy by following the measurements given in the instruction manual
  • Nice set of vibration damping/absorbing feet.
  • Stylus drops softly onto the record (controlled descent)
  • Simple design, easy to use. All of the buttons and switches are clearly marked and easy to read
  • A dedicated spot for the 45 adaptor
  • Responds very well to a cartridge upgrade

Cons

  • Hardwired RCA cables cannot be changed or upgraded (if you need longer or shorter terminations)
  • Accessories were not easy to unpack (taped to styrofoam and difficult to extract)
  • I foresee the white buttons on the front getting dirty easily or even turning yellow over time as white plastics/resins have a tendency to do this as they age due to repeated contact with the oils, dirt, and sweat we produce.

Fluance RT81 pros & cons

Pros

  • It stops turning the record when a side is done, rather than going on and on as I get distracted with other things, or forget it's on, etc
  • The tonearm doesn't lift and return to its cradle

Cons

  • I did find that the turntable speed is not quite as stable as I would like to see it

Audio-Technica AT-LP3

Audio-Technica AT-LP3 review

Jun 10, 2019

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Fluance RT81

Fluance RT81 review

Mar 27, 2019

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP3
Fluance RT81

Model

AT-LP3
RT81

Brand

Audio-Technica
Fluance

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.6 of 5

Reviews

109
371

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2
3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

11
6,4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

AT91R
AT95E

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.25
0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

60
67

Gain

36

Output level

3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 140 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full automatic
automatic

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

0
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

2
1,5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

12.8 x 43.5 x 35.3/5 x 17.1 x 13.9
13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/5.5 x 16.5 x 13.8

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
6.4/14.1

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 9.5
  • 13.3
  • 9.5Audio-Technica AT-LP3
  • 13.3Fluance RT81

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