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In honor of Fluance's 20 year anniversary they are discounting all (in stock) items on their website by 20% with coupon code "FLUANCE20"

http://fluance.com

For example:

Signature Series Hi-Fi 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System With Bipolar Speakers [fluance.com]

Original price : $1059.99
Price after coupon: $847.99

RT83 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable [fluance.com]

Original price: $349.99
Price after coupon: $279.99

RT80 HIGH FIDELITY VINYL TURNTABLE [fluance.com]

Original Price: $199.99
Price after coupon: $159.99

Before taxes.

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Is this better than crossley?
Anything is better than Crosley.
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Anything is better than Crosley.
Scratching your vinyl with a fork sounds better than Crossley
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Does anyone with any of the Fluance turntables know if you can clean a disc while it is spinning on the TT without the platter literally coming to a stop? I mean using something like a Discwasher with very light pressure or even dusting it with a carbon fiber brush.

I have a U-Turn TT and am unable to clean or dust without the platter stopping, which makes cleaning/dusting my vinyl difficult.
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personally would rather get direct drive but how reliable is their RT80 for budget build?
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Is the Teac TN-350 still available??

Pretty sure that's the better deal for $169 if its still available.....

Strange, I cannot find the Teac deal using the search function, wtf? It was through Buydig...
The TN-350 deal expires a while ago, however the TN-300 is still active for $139, which is even better
https://slickdeals.net/f/13286155-teac-tn-300se-analog-belt-drive-turntable-139-free-shipping?v=1

For reference, the Fluance RT80, RT81, Teac TN300, and Teac TN350 all use the same motor, control board, etc and are made in the same factory. In general, all these will perform nearly identically if equipped with the same cartridge. The TN350 and Fluance models use the identical S-shaped tonearm, while the TN300 use straight version, but there is no difference in sound quality and performance from this (the identical straight arm is also used on the Elac 50 and Thorens TD201 so if it's good enough for them...). The preamp is also the same in all these as is the platter. The Teac and Fluance RT81 both use the AT95e cartridge.

Differences beyond cosmetic choices - The Teac models have a USB out for ripping, fluance does not. The fluance has an auto-stop feature and the Teac does not. Fluance has better warranty and customer service. Fluance has a thicker plinth.

I would choose the Teac over the RT81 given the price difference with the sale.

Now the RT82 and above are a bit different animal. Still made in the same factory but they change up the motor and spindle assemblies to incorporate an optical speed sensor. This helps to reduce speed inconsistency and reduce wow and flutter. The other design changes they made should improve isolation, too, in theory. Given that the RT84 and RT85 are unavailable, largely due to the lack of availability of the acrylic platters (the only difference of these models besides cartridge choice), the RT82 is really the best deal out of the turntable offerings. You can always upgrade an RT82 into an RT85 later, too, as the only differences are the acrylic platter and the cartridge.

In short, go with the RT82 for the upgrade or go with the Teac TN300 for the basic (unless the auto-stop is critical for you to spend extra for).

Note that the Fluance auto-stop only stops the motor/platter from turning, it does not return the tonearm (which is a good thing where audiophiles are concerned)
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personally would rather get direct drive but how reliable is their RT80 for budget build?
Overall pretty good as the same mechanicals are used in many other brand name turntables. The recurring flaw that has cropped up in a percentage of tables based on this platform is speed inconsistency. This does not afflict all of them but has occurred repeatedly and in models across all brands (Teac, Fluance, Monoprice, Reloop, Denon, etc) I'd go with the TEAC TN300 deal for $139 if you are interested in this platform and want the lowest cost.
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Any thoughts on the Fluance RT81 for $200 vs. the Teac TN-350 for $169? Similar features: S-type tone arm, aluminum platter, MDF plinth, built-in preamp, the same same cartridge (AT95E).

Is there anything that makes the Fluance more appealing? Build quality, better preamp, customer support, anything like that? Or should I just save $30 and go with the Teac?

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Of course I don't notice until after I comment, but the guy 2 comments above answers this question in great detail. Still welcoming other thoughts and opinions, though!
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Any thoughts on the Fluance RT81 for $200 vs. the Teac TN-350 for $169? Similar features: S-type tone arm, aluminum platter, MDF plinth, built-in preamp, the same same cartridge (AT95E).

Is there anything that makes the Fluance more appealing? Build quality, better preamp, customer support, anything like that? Or should I just save $30 and go with the Teac?
See my rundown in the post two above yours. I'd go with the TN300 for $139 before the RT81, unless the differences I mention above are worth it for you.
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See my rundown in the post two above yours. I'd go with the TN300 for $139 before the RT81, unless the differences I mention above are worth it for you.
Thanks! Just saw your comment and edited mine to reflect that. I appreciate the info. Reps incoming!
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Does anyone with any of the Fluance turntables know if you can clean a disc while it is spinning on the TT without the platter literally coming to a stop? I mean using something like a Discwasher with very light pressure or even dusting it with a carbon fiber brush.

I have a U-Turn TT and am unable to clean or dust without the platter stopping, which makes cleaning/dusting my vinyl difficult.
I have the RT83 and use a carbon fiber brush without any problems. The speed of the Reference Series (RT83,RT84,RT85) is continuously monitored by the sensor to maintain speed lock.
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The speed of the Reference Series (RT83,RT84,RT85) is continuously monitored by the sensor to maintain speed lock.
RT82 as well. AFAIK the only difference between the RT82 and the RT83 is the cartridge upgrade (OM 10 to 2M Red).
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just got email from fluance, r84 and r85 will be available tomorrow 11:00 am EST, which of course by that time this 20% off deal expires...
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Is it easy to remove the dust cover? Reason I ask is I have 9 1/2 inch clearance on my shelf for the record player. And while not ideal would like to use it there. Also the other option is the Teac TN-350-MB for almost half the price. Is the Ortofon 2 Red cartridge that much better? Thanks
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the other option is the Teac TN-350-MB for almost half the price. Is the Ortofon 2 Red needle that much better? Thanks
If you want an upgrade to the TN-350 you don't have to go all the way to the RT83. The RT82 is $240 after coupon. The OM 10 is not quite as good as the Red but it's better than the AT on the Teac and otherwise the RT82 is the same as the RT83 (note both of these have no preamp built in, which for me is a good thing, and both have the servo-controlled motor, which the Teac doesn't have).
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If you want an upgrade to the TN-350 you don't have to go all the way to the RT83. The RT82 is $240 after coupon. The OM 10 is not quite as good as the Red but it's better than the AT on the Teac and otherwise the RT82 is the same as the RT83 (note both of these have no preamp built in, which for me is a good thing, and both have the servo-controlled motor, which the Teac doesn't have).
RT82 is out of stock. The only one that seems to make sense is the RT83 in black which is still available. Comes out to $300 after Tax.
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