Fluance RT81 vs Rega Planar 1

Rega Planar 1 vs Fluance RT81: who will be the winner?

Rega Planar 1 vs Fluance RT81

Let's start our comparison of $475 TT versus $250 TT with my first impression on P-1. It did perform very well, but it left off one key feature - anti-skate. They claim it "auto-adjusts," but it's actually just a magnet glued in place. This is an apparent cost-cutting measure for Rega. And of course, RT doesn't have this issue. But what are the other aspects? Let's compare Fluance RT81 vs Rega Planar 1 below.

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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. Each device has an output level of 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, but the key feature is that Fluance has a built-in preamp. So it turns out that Fluance RT81 is a more appropriate candidate when looking at these features.

Design & build quality

RT comes with a good stylus. However, I installed an Ortofon 2M Blue onto mine, and after a few minor adjustments, it works great! It's a real improvement over the ATN95E that's included. The included Fluance Headshell will even fit a better Ortofon cartridge, but I still chose to buy the Ortofon Blue headshell for aesthetic reasons. It is clear that Rega went out of its way to design every element of this stellar plug-n-play table to ensure you enjoy scintillating fidelity from your LPs.

Rega Planar 1

Pros

  • It had low-end grunt, dynamism and a good amount of attack and excitement.
  • It also sounded detailed and had an airy silky treble. All of this from an entry-level turntable albeit a bit overpriced entry level.

Cons

  • I noticed a slight motor pattern noise, but that went away completely after leaving the platter running for about 6 hours (a google search fix, recommending 48 hours of run-in on the P1).

Fluance RT81

Pros

  • Audio Technica cartridge is clear and mostly uncolored.
  • A built-in preamp is enough to get you started and to enjoy your favorite records.
  • 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

  • Rotation speed not as accurate as I would like it to be.
  • The adjustment for the RPM is located on the bottom and is hard to reach.
  • The turntable speed is not quite as stable as I would like to see it.
  • I can tell clearly when listening to piano or orchestral pieces that the pitch and speed of the notes is fluctuating, so it becomes a small distraction during focused listening sessions.

Fluance RT81

Fluance RT81 review

Mar 27, 2019

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Rega Planar 1

Rega Planar 1 review

Jun 10, 2019

The Rega Planar 1 has a significant number of modifications, but in spite of this, the signature sound of the British company is preserved. Almost all the elements were modified to some extent, to ma...

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Common

Product

Fluance RT81
Rega Planar 1

Model

RT81
Planar 1

Brand

Fluance
Rega

Rating

4.6 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

364
47

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

6,4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

AT95E
Rega Carbon

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
plastic

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

67
75

Gain

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 140 mV nominal at 1 kHz
2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

automatic
full manual

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
AC

Power consumption, W

1,5
5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/5.5 x 16.5 x 13.8
11.7 x 44.7 x 36/4.6 x 17.6 x 14.2

Weight, kg/pounds

6.4/14.1
4.2/9.2

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 13.3
  • 9.3
  • 13.3Fluance RT81
  • 9.3Rega Planar 1

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