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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

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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.
The black RT82 is in stock. Unless it shows OOS when you go through the checkout process...
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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.
I bought the RT82 and it came out to just under 260 with tax. Now I'm thinking maybe I should have went with the 83 for 40-odd bucks more to get the red ConfusedLMAO

It's a slippery slope with the kind of marginal upgrades!

If you or anyone else who gets the RT83 happens to be in or near the Atlanta area, PM me and maybe we can compare and contrast. Fluance offers free returns for 30 days, which was a big factor in pulling the trigger.
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I've had a Fluance RT81 for about 18 months now and I absolutely love it.
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Can't you people see? Fluance is a Borkonym for Flatulence!
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How does the RT82 compare to the TEAC TN400?
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Went with the RT-83 seems more future proof. Whether the upgraded cartridge is worth it is up for debate. Pairing this up with a Polk 705 tower pair and Denon x4400h with Outlaw Monoblock 2200's. Pretty excited!
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How does the RT82 compare to the TEAC TN400?
The only upgrades the tn400 has over the TN350 is the upgraded AT100E cartridge and the addition of 78rpm speed. Unless you need the 78rpm, I'd go RT82 over the TN400 for the speed control sensor and better isolation.

If anyone cares about how the speed control sensor works, this german audio mag opened up the back of the Elac 50 which also has this same sensor control system. This link is to the picture of it and gives a good idea of how this operates. What you are looking at is the spindle assembly from the bottom side.
https://www.hifitest.de/test/bild..._16892/6#b
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So much great info, thanks! Just wondering if you, or anyone can speak to how much of an upgrade in sound quality there would be coming from an Audio Technica TT? (The $100 one everyone has.) I use mine regularly and have them set up to some great speakers (old Genelec 6" monitors)
Edit for clarification: still deciding between the two TEACs and this RT80, or nothing and saving for a bigger upgrade. Thanks!

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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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Seems only the RT81 is available on the site.
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RT-82 and RT-83 in black are back in stock. Walnut is still out for both
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Fantastic quality at that price. Been very happy with a 5.1 signature series.
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In for the RT-82 to replace my old Pioneer that's seen better days.
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I've been trying to set up my RT-83 all night..............I've checked everything and have balanced the tone arm three times. No matter what record I put on there, it sounds terribly muddy and distorted.

I've set the tracking force to 1.8g (because I swapped out the 2M red for the 2M blue cartridge) and the anti-skate to 1.8.

Even when I up the tracking force to over 2.2g, it still sounds unlistenably distorted.

I've made sure that all of the wiring is correct polarity and have ground wire going from turntable to pre-amp (Cambridge audio Alva Solo), and also ground wire from pre-amp to receiver (Denon AVR-X4500H).

Not sure what to do...............turntable sounds absolutely terrible right now.......
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As a brief update, I bypassed the Cambridge audio Alva Solo preamp and plugged the turntable directly into my receiver, with ground hooked up between turntable & receiver as well. Sounds great (as great as it can without a preamp). No distortion.

Really not sure what could cause massive distortion from this brand new Cambridge audio Alva Solo, with the turntable correctly hooked up to it, and with ground wire hooked up between the turntable & preamp (as well as between preamp and receiver --- I tried both with and without ground wire between preamp and receiver).
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