Review: Fluance RT82


It is no secret that Fluance is known for turning out value-focused audio products. The Fluance RT82 turntable is no different. Our editors said that the Fluance RT81 was the best starter turntable a person could buy, and we still think so. It’s still advisable to get the RT82 if you’re looking to have a good set up in sound quality. Even though the RT82 doesn’t include a phono preamp, it still offers a much better cartridge and motor than its predecessor. We list 5 reasons why it is one of the best turntables you can purchase

Price and Availability

There are a number of retailers around the world that sell the Fluance RT82 for $299 and £299 (ABZ $539).


You can choose from three different finishes for the Fluance RT82 These products come in a variety of colours (as seen in the picture). In inches, the turntable measures 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 cm (HxWxD) / 14 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm. Featuring a tone arm spherical in shape and an aluminum speed control knob that lets you select between 33 13.1 and 45 RPM, the RT82 looks great and sounds great. As with the RT81, it comes with automatic start and stop features that help preserve your stylus as you reach the end of a record. The platter is made of aluminum with a flat belt attached to the motor and a rubber mat to top the platter is provided with the package. It comes equipped with three RCA outputs, a grounding post, a switch to activate autostop, and a power port. The included power supply is a mini wall-wart. There are three pointed rubber feet that can be adjusted to help get the turntable level. Fluidity includes a relatively small bubble level for users to adjust the turntable to their liking. For your record collection to sound its best, you must make sure your turntable is completely level. When the platter runs at different speeds, the pitch changes.


The RT82 and its baby brother, the RT81, may seem similar at first glance. You can tell the two apart based on the motor and cartridge included in each. As the RT82’s motor is separated from the platter, it helps isolate any motor hum from the platter, making it significantly superior to other equipment. Also included is the Ortofon OM 10 which is a clear upgrade from the Audio-Technica AT95E in In comparison with the RT81, the motor is considerably more powerful. RT82’s motor is a direct current servo-controlled motor which has been isolated from the platter so there is no unwanted hum from it. It features a flat rubber belt that connects the platter to the motor, like the RT81. Like the RT81, the RT82 supports auto start/stop, which can be disabled at the back using the switch. As a result of the phono preamp on the RT82 not being present, the RT82 is the most distinguishing factor between the two models. Contrary to what might seem obvious (why would a more expensive turntable lack a built-in amplifier), it actually makes A better motor and cartridge on the RT82 can be included if you do not opt for the RT81’s phono preamp. It’s obvious that the sound quality has been improved with both of these updates. To protect your turntable from dust, Fluance has supplied a nice dust cover, but we agree that it should be removed completely for best sound quality.

Audio Quality

In comparison to the excellent sound of the RT81 with its Audio-Technica cartridge, the RT82 is detectably superior. The details are more vivid, the separation is clearer, and the dynamics are more evident. If you pair this with a good phono preamp, the step up in sound quality is very worthwhile, even at just $50 more than the RT81. We connected the Fluance RT82 to the Vincent PHO-8 preamp feeding a pair of KEF LS50 Wireless speakers in our test setup. Warmth is the overall sound quality of the Fluance RT82. A great deal of bass is present in the included Ortofon OM 10 cartridge, which leads to relaxing and enjoyable audio. In general, we thought the sound could have been a little more neutral in order to work with a wider range of music styles. Although the bass isn’t overpowering, some of the vocals tend to sound smeared due to its bleed into the midrange. The highs did not match higher end turntables and cartridges, but in this price category that’s to be expected. RT81 was clearly inferior in speed consistency, so we didn’t give it a high rating. While it did a good job of keeping up on some acoustic tracks, the upgraded motor did hunt a bit on others. It is great to hear music on the Fluance RT82 thanks to its rubber feet and separate motor, as this produces a nice black background to listen to. When testing, we noticed that a ground hum could be heard, even when the turntable was grounded to the Vincent Flownce’s documentation says you need to connect the preamp to the RT82 turntable, then you need to connect the preamp to the speaker, which is odd as 1) most speakers do not have grounding posts and 2) most turntables do not have this requirement. As a result, we grounded the preamp via an RCA output on another device and the problem was resolved.


This RT82 turntable is created by Fluance, a manufacturer of audio products with a reputation for providing excellent value. In spite of its baby brother, the Fluance RT81, providing a better beginner-friendly audio experience since it includes a phono preamp, the Fluance RT82 provides a notable audio experience. you will need to provide your own phono preamp, but that gives the RT82 the ability to grow with your system as you budget allows. As far as future upgrades are concerned, the RT82 has excellent prospects, such as an acrylic platter, a better cartridge, and an improved preamplifier. It is recommended to get the Behringer Microphono PP400 external phono preamp, priced at This Schiit Audio Mani is an excellent deal for $129 if you can stretch your budget that far. It’s true that the RT82 is a little too warm-sounding on the inside, but it is easy to listen to, and the ease of use makes it an easy recommendation for a cheap.