Fluance RT81 vs Denon DP-300F

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Fluance RT81 vs Denon DP-300F

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Features & Performance

The Fluance RT81 vs Denon DP-300F features comparison shows that these two models are close to each other. Both models have built-in pre-amps – both have 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz.

These two models use the same type of the cartridge – moving magnet. However, the RT81 has a lighter headshell – compare its 6.4 g headshell with a 10 g headshell used in the Denon DP-300F. The appropriate needle pressure is 3.5 g and 5 g respectively.

Both models have 2-speed options – 33.3 and 45 RPM. These turntables use the belt drive method.

Design & build quality

The Denon DP-300F vs Fluance RT81 design review shows that the RT81 preserves the classic look, and the DP-300F looks modern. The RT81 has knobs and a curved tonearm. The wood finish makes it look like a model from the past.

The Denon DP-300F looks like a modern solution with small knobs and a straight tonearm. Both models have dust covers made of durable transparent plastic.

The dimensions are 13.8x16.5x5.5 in for the Fluance RT81 versus 15x17.1x4.8 in for the DP-300F. The weight is 14.1 and 12.1 pounds respectively.

Fluance RT81

Pros:

  • Easy to configure. The manual is well-detailed.
  • The build quality is very high – all ports assure a perfect connection, so you get no noise.
  • The built-in pre-amp is quite powerful. Customers recommend considering getting a high-end solution (a receiver, speakers, sound bars, etc.).

Cons:

  • The rotation speed is not very accurate and the RPM adjustment is located on the bottom so it is difficult to reach. Some customers claim that the motor is not reliable and it starts failing after a short period of usage.
  • Some customers find the cueing lever to be not precise.

Denon DP-300F

Pros:

  • Automatic features (start/stop). The rubber material guarantees no slipping.
  • The output sound is clear and natural. This turntable is easy to operate.

Cons:

  • Issues with speed stability. The motor is unreliable.
  • Some customers state that the provided cartridge is good, but they still prefer to replace it with a better option.
  • The tonearm does not lift high enough to clear the album when you use the automatic mode. The lift lever does not lift the tonearm high enough to set it on a record.

Fluance RT81

Fluance RT81 review

Mar 27, 2019

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Denon DP-300F

Denon DP-300F review

Mar 27, 2019

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Common

Product

Fluance RT81
Denon DP-300F

Model

RT81
DP-300F

Brand

Fluance
Denon

Rating

4.6 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

371
192

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

3,5
5

Supplied headshell weight, g

6,4
10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

AT95E
DSN-85

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 – 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

67
60

Gain

39-45

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 140 mV nominal at 1 kHz
Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 150 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
DC

Power consumption, W

1,5
2

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/5.5 x 16.5 x 13.8
12.4 x 43.4 x 38/4.8 x 17.1 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

6.4/14.1
5.5/12.1

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • 13.3
  • 8.7
  • 13.3Fluance RT81
  • 8.7Denon DP-300F

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