Edited February 6, 2018
at 05:47 PM
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]
...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.
- 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