The Canadian-based company Fluance has presented its first budget vinyl player – the RT80 that combine decent sound and high-quality materials with the most affordable price for a turntable – under $200.
The Fluance turntables are always engineered with solid components and the RT80 is not the exception. The cabinet of the player is made of MDF and has anti-vibration feet, a felt mat, and swivel discs that are made from aluminum. The chassis of the RT81 is heavy and also made from the MDF. There are RIAA preamplifier (Texas Instruments) and RCA output connectors with gold-plated contacts. The player is made of a thick wood that provides isolation from unwanted vibrations. The 13.8 x 16.5 x 5.5 size dimensions make the turntable portable.
The setup will be quick and easy if you follow the detailed instructions. If you are not familiar with all these terms, don’t worry: the Fluance website provides an online tutorial that allows you to build and set up the player efficiently, simplifying the process as much as it is possible.
I had the turntable playing in a matter of minutes when I got it from the box. The RT80 has a built-in preamp, so you can use the player “out of the box”, putting, of course, your own amplifier and speakers.
The RT80 has the Audio Technica AT91 cartridge that provides clarity of sound. Its stylus has got a diamond tip that is designed to accurately reproduce tracks in a high definition sound The turntable has a balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm, with advanced anti-roll system that is known for careful reproducing of vinyl records.
The included conical stylus provides freedom from noise and distortion, the clarity of musical peaks and the balance of channels. The RT80 automatically stops at the end of the recording – this is a handy feature that prevents unnecessary wear of the stylus.
Many turntables have fixed cables, but the RT80 has RCS phono connectors, so you can turn it on to set up the device in the optimal position. Automatic switching speeds of rotation between 33.3 and 45 RMP is also available.
Fluance RT80 review is a good way to find out that Fluance has left its premium-class components in their budget turntable, which allows the RT80 to reproduce pure analog sound that recreates the sound as the artist intended. The Fluance RT80 reproduces traditional LP, as well as traditional EP vinyl records.
This turntable by Fluance fits perfectly within the asking price – it is not better and not worse. The Fluance RT80 specs are traditional for a budget vinyl player.