Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Fluance RT81

For those who value quality – Fluance RT81 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Fluance RT81 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Features & Performance

The Fluance RT81 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 features comparison shows that both manufacturers aim to deliver pure and natural sound. These two models have built-in pre-amps – 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz.

The RT81 uses the cartridge with the moving magnet technology while the AT-LP120 uses the dual magnet cartridge technology. The RT81 also has bigger appropriate needle pressure – compare its 3.5 g versus 1.5 g in the Audio-Technica AT-LP120.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 is more flexible when it comes to the speed, since it supports 33.3, 45 and 78, while the RT81 supports 33.3 and 45 RPM only.

Design & build quality

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Fluance RT81 design comparison shows two different approaches. The Fluance RT81 looks classic with its high gloss walnut finish, while the AT-LP120 looks more modern.

The Fluance RT81 has small knobs, while the AT-LP120 has knobs and slider to control the playback. Both models have a transparent dust cover.

Both models are built well – thee have stable legs that help to avoid any resonance. Both turntables have lightweight, slightly-curved tonearms.

The dimensions are 13.8x16.5x5.5 in for the Fluance RT81 versus 13.9x17.8x6 in for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120. The weight is 14.1 and 23.5 pounds respectively.

Fluance RT81 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The initial set up is easy and fast due to a very detailed manual. It does not have many functions so it is a perfect option for people who are not familiar with turntables.
  • The reliable “auto stop” feature.

Cons:

  • You may have issues with the speed – it was inconsistent (it may be due to the belt drive).
  • Some units may start slowing down after a short period of exploitation.
  • You may get some hum noise (due to the headshell, no matter whether it is grounded or not, so some customers consider replacing it).

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 pros & cons

Pros:

  • This model is flexible in terms of connections – it has a well-built USB port.
  • The stylus is very precise and it does not have any issue with tracking (however, some customers consider replacing the cartridge, but it is not necessary). Tonearm adjusting is not challenging.
  • It has many features, so it is a good option for professionals.

Cons:

  • Some customers find the tonearm assembly not great for cueing control – it has a special lever on the tonearm assembly.
  • The RCA audio cables are internally connected, so it is difficult to replace them.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Fluance RT81

Model

AT-LP120
RT81

Brand

Audio-Technica
Fluance

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.6 of 5

Reviews

2790
371

Cartridge

Type

dual magnet
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

1,5
3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

2,5
6,4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

ATN95E
AT95E

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
6.4/14.1

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • 11.8
  • 12.3
  • 11.8Audio-Technica AT-LP120
  • 12.3Fluance RT81

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