Fluance announced the availability of its first line of Hi-Fi turntables, the RT80 and RT81, through a Kickstarter campaign and based on the campaign’s success, it was clear that listeners were indeed interested.
The affordably priced, RT80 and RT81 belt driven turntables are engineered along with premium components for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. Early Kickstarter backers can get a $50 discount.
The new RT80 incorporates an AT91 Audio Technica needle that produces rich sounds. Users will rest in grooves of their favorite vinyl records at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The slightly more advanced new RT81 features an AT95E Audio Technica needle. Both included styluses are renowned for their freedom from distortion and noise, clarity on musical peaks and channel balance.
Both models are belt driven and provide playback of LP and EP sizes at 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. The turntables are constructed out of MDF wood, a material Fluance often uses in its speaker cabinets, and also feature isolation feet and a die-cast aluminum platter, both of which help cut down on reverberation.
The new RT80 is the more entry-level of the two models, featuring an Audio-Technica AT91 needle, and offering just 2 grams of tracking force. The cabinet here is hollow, which makes for a lighter weight. Like the new RT81, this model features a high-quality Texas Instruments preamp and gold-plated RCA jacks for the line outputs, as well as a ground terminal.
The RT80 sells for $200 and is the comparatively base model of the two. This model ships along with an Audio-Technica AT91 cartridge, and features a lightweight, partially hollow cabinet design. The RT81, on the other hand, sells for $250 and also features an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge. This model also boasts a full solid wood design to help minimize vibration.
Both the RT80 and RT81 are available now from the Fluance website. For those users who backed the campaign, rewards are shipping now.