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Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player w/ Cartridge EXPIRED

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Fluance Audio via Amazon has Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Belt-Driven Turntable Record Player w/ Audio Technica Cartridge + Diamond Stylus (RT80) on sale for $169.96. Shipping is free. Thanks hizzledizzle
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Major edit:
Some of the information below was submitted in error. Even though they're on the same Amazon page, apparently there are some differences between the RT80 (this item) and the RT81 which Wirecutter reviewed. The RT81 has a solid wood finish, a rubber mat, and an Audio Technica AT95E cartridge. The RT80 is particle board, has a felt mat, and Audio Technica's AT91 cartridge. Read the following with that in mind.

This turntable is compared favorably by The Wirecutter to the popular $300 Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB, which uses very similar components.

According to The Wirecutter: [thewirecutter.com]
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...the Fluance RT81 sounded identical to our main pick in testing. Both use the same cartridge, have similar tonearm designs, and have built-in phono preamps, so it isn't surprising we couldn't tell them apart when listening.
It does lack the USB output of the AT LP120-USB, however.

$170 is $10 higher than the all-time low hit back in November according to CCC, and $30 less than standard.

Features:
  • Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to produce a pure analog listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended
  • High performance Audio Technica cartridge produces outstanding clarity. The diamond tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with precision & accuracy for high definition audio
  • Perfect playback using the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the stylus is rested deep in your record's groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording
  • Each turntable is beautifully crafted with thick, engineered wood, incorporating isolation feet & an aluminum platter which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations
  • Captivating signal clarity is produced with a high quality Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures warm, true sound

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F2B3...AAJHy&th=1
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Last Edited by kwadguy February 7, 2018 at 06:32 PM
FakeSpot gives this a "C". Lots of fake reviews.

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Unless you are a DJ scratching records, you want belt.
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Recommending a turntable really depends on your style. Direct drives are great for reliability but aren't always audiophile grade due to slight motor noise that the stylus (needle) might pickup. Again, it's usually very slight, virtually unnoticeable especially on higher end units, but it's there. Belt drives are better with that motor noise as the motor is positioned away from the stylus and moves a belt giving a quieter presentation. The belt will degrade over time for sure and will need to be replaced. I'd personally take either as long as I knew it was quality. With $500 to throw down you'll find a nice turntable for sure but I hope that you have a receiver with a phono stage (preamp) that you can plug it into. If the receiver doesn't have a phono input you need a separate one. The Art II phono preamp is a decent choice for around $50. Some turntables have a preamps built in such as the Audio Technica someone recommended. That's a solid deck but more geared for DJing especially with a Shure M447 cartridge. Nothing wrong with that and it will sound great and last for years but there are other options in that price range that may suit your style better. Pro-ject turntables are decent quality and feature a more minimal design. I personally have 2 technics 1200s with Ortofon DJ cartridges in my music room and a mid 60s Dual 1019 in my bedroom. I could go on and on and this info is very general but I hope this helps a little
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If I had the money laying around I'd get one!
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Why aren't you a fan of belt driven turntables? I see most non-dj turntables actually say it's a good thing to have a belt.
Unless you are a DJ scratching records, you want belt.
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if i had a budget of $500, what would you recommend? looking for a turn table for my wife and i don't have much time to devote to this so if you could give me some pointers, would really appreciate.
Buy Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive; you will never regret it. Just keep in mind it doesn't come with a cartridge. For cartridge I would recommend Shure M44-7: very decent and affordable.
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if i had a budget of $500, what would you recommend? looking for a turn table for my wife and i don't have much time to devote to this so if you could give me some pointers, would really appreciate.
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Buy Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive; you will never regret it. Just keep in mind it doesn't come with a cartridge. For cartridge I would recommend Shure M44-7: very decent and affordable.

...or, he COULD buy a Denon 300F that can take any modern cartridge, replace it with a $100 dollar Ortofon Red if he really finds it necessary, and still have cash to actually buy some records.
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if i had a budget of $500, what would you recommend? looking for a turn table for my wife and i don't have much time to devote to this so if you could give me some pointers, would really appreciate.
Recommending a turntable really depends on your style. Direct drives are great for reliability but aren't always audiophile grade due to slight motor noise that the stylus (needle) might pickup. Again, it's usually very slight, virtually unnoticeable especially on higher end units, but it's there. Belt drives are better with that motor noise as the motor is positioned away from the stylus and moves a belt giving a quieter presentation. The belt will degrade over time for sure and will need to be replaced. I'd personally take either as long as I knew it was quality. With $500 to throw down you'll find a nice turntable for sure but I hope that you have a receiver with a phono stage (preamp) that you can plug it into. If the receiver doesn't have a phono input you need a separate one. The Art II phono preamp is a decent choice for around $50. Some turntables have a preamps built in such as the Audio Technica someone recommended. That's a solid deck but more geared for DJing especially with a Shure M447 cartridge. Nothing wrong with that and it will sound great and last for years but there are other options in that price range that may suit your style better. Pro-ject turntables are decent quality and feature a more minimal design. I personally have 2 technics 1200s with Ortofon DJ cartridges in my music room and a mid 60s Dual 1019 in my bedroom. I could go on and on and this info is very general but I hope this helps a little
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That cartridge is not premium, its the same one AT and others use on their cheapest units.
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...or, he COULD buy a Denon 300F that can take any modern cartridge, replace it with a $100 dollar Ortofon Red if he really finds it necessary, and still have cash to actually buy some records.
Exactly what I did! Love it.

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Can I use my headphones instead of speakers?
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if i had a budget of $500, what would you recommend? looking for a turn table for my wife and i don't have much time to devote to this so if you could give me some pointers, would really appreciate.
I would look at carbon pro-ject.
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I don't get this record album trend
What's old is new. People like new things, new toys. There are multiple generations now who never had vinyl growing up, so it's new to them. For others it brings back nostalgia of when they were young. I think it's great, even though I'm not really into it myself.
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