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All Fluance Reference Series turntables are available in glossy black or walnut veneer finish
All Fluance Reference Series turntables are available in glossy black or walnut veneer finish
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The RT82 Reference Series turntable will need cabling to a phono preamp if the hi-fi amplifier doesn't have its own phono stage
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The RT82 Reference Series turntable will need cabling to a phono preamp if the hi-fi amplifier doesn't have its own phono stage
All Fluance Reference Series turntables are available in glossy black or walnut veneer finish
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All Fluance Reference Series turntables are available in glossy black or walnut veneer finish
The RT82 Reference Series turntable comes with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge
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The RT82 Reference Series turntable comes with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge
The RT83 Reference Series turntable features an aluminum platter
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The RT83 Reference Series turntable features an aluminum platter
The RT83 Reference Series turntables comes with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge
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The RT83 Reference Series turntables comes with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge
The RT84 Reference Series turntable comes with an acrylic platter, no rubber mat needed
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The RT84 Reference Series turntable comes with an acrylic platter, no rubber mat needed
The RT84 Reference Series turntable has an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge at the end of its S-shaped tonearm
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The RT84 Reference Series turntable has an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge at the end of its S-shaped tonearm
The Reference Series turntables feature a servo-controlled belt drive motor with an optical sensor that looks for minute changes in linear velocity and acceleration 500 times per second and adjusts the speed accordingly 
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The Reference Series turntables feature a servo-controlled belt drive motor with an optical sensor that looks for minute changes in linear velocity and acceleration 500 times per second and adjusts the speed accordingly 
The RT85 Reference Series turntable comes with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge
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The RT85 Reference Series turntable comes with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge
The RT85 Reference Series turntable has an acrylic platter that's said to offer more speed consistency and cooked-in vibration damping
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The RT85 Reference Series turntable has an acrylic platter that's said to offer more speed consistency and cooked-in vibration damping
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Many vinyl records today are a bit chunkier and a tad heavier than many of those on sale a few decades ago. But such quality improvements are clearly not high quality enough for some listeners, as there are moves to introduce HD vinyl – promising longer playing times per side, more amplitude and improved sound quality. Fluance has clearly seen the writing on the wall, and has today launched its brand new Reference Series High Fidelity Turntables.

The Reference Series shapes up as four models – RT82, RT83, RT84 and RT85 – with Fluance promising a "pure, unparalleled analog experience that immerses the listener right in the heart of the recording."

All models share key design elements, including a multi-layered MDF chassis in glossy black or walnut veneer finish that sits on three height-adjustable rubber spikes. They all have a servo-controlled belt drive motor with an optical sensor that looks for minute changes in linear velocity and acceleration 500 times per second and adjusts the speed accordingly. And Fluance says that it's managed to get wow and flutter down to 0.07 percent.

Though each Reference model comes with an Ortofon cartridge at the end of an S-shaped tonearm, not all turntables groove on the same flavor. The RT82 comes with an OM 10, the RT83 and RT84 make use of a 2M Red and the RT85 includes a 2M Blue.

The RT84 Reference Series turntable comes with an acrylic platter, no rubber mat needed
The RT84 Reference Series turntable comes with an acrylic platter, no rubber mat needed

The RT82 and RT83 rock a 1.22 lb (553 g) aluminum platter, but the RT84 and RT85 come with a 3 lb (1,500 g) frosted acrylic platter that's said to offer more speed consistency and cooked-in vibration damping. As a result, listeners of the 84/85 system can look forward to "a more 3-dimensional sound with tighter bass, a fuller mid-range, and overall improved clarity."

The Reference turntables support 33.3 and 45 rpm playback and they all have gold-plated outputs around back. Buyers will need to shell out extra for a phono preamp if their hi-fi amplifiers don't have their own phono stage, though.

The RT82 turntable is priced at US$299, the RT83 at $349, the RT84 at $449 and the RT85 at $499. They're all available now, and come supplied with a dust cover. The video below has more.

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Fluance Reference Series Turntables

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2 comments
PAV
Fluance says that it's managed to get wow and flutter down to 0.07 percent. What? I don't understand these terms.
Troublesh00ter
@PAV Wow and flutter are variances in the speed of the turntable platter. Wow generally refers to very low-frequency variances. Flutter effects are higher in frequency. Both can impact the quality of sound reproduction, though most modern turntables have W&F numbers which are of the order of magnitude cited in the article.