Fluance introduces its first budget turntables

Both decks are belt-driven and have an automatic speed change between 33 1/3 and 45rpm, but are supplied with different cartridges.

The Fluance RT80 comes with Audio Technica’s AT91 while the Fluance RT81 is supplied with the Audio Technica AT95E. Both attach to a balanced aluminium S-shaped tonearm which, says Fluance, “coupled with its advanced anti-skating system, caresses each record to conserve and protect a user’s vinyl collection”.

Other differences include a felt slip mat on the RT80 and a rubber one on the RT81, but both models have been made using Fluance’s proprietary “audiophile-grade” MDF for the plinth with built-in isolation feet and an aluminium platter. Fluance says the materials help to reduce interference to leave you with a “pure stereophonic sound”.

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The RT80 features a lightweight, hollow plinth while the RT81 has a solid one to help reduce interference further. Fluance has also fitted a Texas Instruments preamp and gold plated RCA line outputs.

You can pre-order either the Fluance RT80 in piano black or the Fluance RT81 in walnut from Kickstarter now for $180 and $230 respectively, with shipping expected from May 2016. Fluance has confirmed the turntables will ship to the UK, with prices expected to be around £141 and £177 respectively.

Fluance is a relatively new name to us here at What Hi-Fi? with the only other products we've reported on being the affordable XL5F floorstanding speakers, designed for home cinema use.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.