Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Fluance RT80

Fluance RT80 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 – for those who value the audio quality

Fluance RT80 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Features & Performance

The Fluance RT80 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 comparison shows that both models are great for people who want to enjoy music. Both models have the pre-amp “phono”. The Fluance RT80 has 140 mV nominal at 1 kHz, while the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 has 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz.

The RT80 uses the moving magnet type cartridge, versus the dual magnet cartridge type used in the AT-LP120. The appropriate needle pressure for the RT80 is 3.5 g, and 1.5 g for the AT-LP120.

The AT-LP120 has 3-speed options – 33.3, 45, 78, while the RT80 has only 2 options – 33.3 and 45.

Design & build quality

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Fluance RT80 design comparison shows that the RT80 looks classic, while the AT-LP120 looks modern.

The RT80 is crafted with thick wood, it has a small knob (to change the speed) and an aluminum S-type tonearm. The back panel features various inputs.

The AT-LP120 has various buttons and a knob and an S-shaped tonearm. Both models are easy to connect and control.

The dimensions are 13.8x16.5x5.5 for the RT80 and 13.9x6x17.8 for the AT-LP120. The weight is 9.9 pounds for the RT80 – compare it with 23.5 pounds, which is the weight of the AT-LP120.

Fluance RT80

Pros:

  • The turntable is easy to set up and tweak. Plus it has amazing compatibly – it can work with modern soundbars (Samsung).
  • The output sound quality is very high – it is clean and it has no distortion.
  • Good building quality and amazing design.

Cons:

  • You may have issues with the turntable so it skips records –even after adjusting the counterweight and anti-skating.
  • You may have speed issues, plus the motor is quite noisy.
  • You may have issues with the pre-amp – it produces the humming sound and the output sound is unbalanced (one of the channels is weaker).

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Pros:

  • The output sound is extremely clear and it does not get distorted.
  • The turntable is easy to use and it is built well.
  • Many features – the tracking works perfectly.

Cons:

  • Some units may be not very durable – they work less than a year. Sometimes the turntable stops working completely and sometimes an audio channel stops working (or it outputs heavily distorted sound).
  • This model does not have an automatic lift-off feature (when one LP side is over).
  • The motor can produce some noise (you can hear it clearly when the music is quiet).

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Fluance RT80

Model

AT-LP120
RT80

Brand

Audio-Technica
Fluance

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.4 of 5

Reviews

2790
155

Cartridge

Type

dual magnet
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

1,5
3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

2,5
6,5

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

ATN95E
AT91

Motor

Drive method

direct
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45, 78
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 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

50
67

Gain

36

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec. Pre-amp "LINE": 150 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 manual
automatic

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

+/-10 or +/-20

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

1
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

11
1,5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.2 x 45.2 x 35.3/ 6 x 17.8 x 13.9
13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/5.5 x 16.5 x 13.8

Weight, kg/pounds

10.6/23.5
4.5/9.9

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