Niagara Falls, ON-based Fluance has developed a pair of new turntables that will both sell for under $300: the RT80 and the RT81.
Both turntables can play traditional LP and EP vinyle albums that are 33 1/3 or 45 RPM. The RT80 incorporates an AT91 Audio Technica needle, while the more advanced RT81 features an AT95E Audio Technica needle. Both included styluses, and the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the needle is rested deep in the record's groove, says Fluance.
The RT80 and RT81 are crafted with Fluance's proprietary audiophile-grade MDF wood cabinet, which incorporates isolation feet and a die-cast aluminum platter. This, says the company, results in a significant reduction in reverberation.
The RT80 boasts a lightweight, hollow cabinet design, while the RT81 is built with a fully solid body cabinet to further eliminate vibrations.
Additional premium components include high-quality Texas Instruments preamp and gold plated RCA line outputs.
Both turntables are currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter: the RT80 for $195 CAD and the RT81 for $265. Fluance expects to ship to backers by this May.