A box arrived at my front door the other day. Inside was a production prototype of the new Fluance belt drive turntable. I unpacked it, set it up and have been testing it my studio.
Unlike my Technics SL-12oo (a 2010 vintage model that sold for more than $1,000 CAD; the new SL-1200s coming later this year will sell for more than $4,000 USD), the Fluance is belt drive but is just as stripped-down and no-nonsense. It’s also made in Canada.
The Fluance comes in two flavours: the RT80 (estimated early bird retail price of less than $200 CAD, a great price) via the company’s Kickstarter campaign) and the RT81 (early bird around $265 CAD–another great value). Both deliver excellent sound quality and feature a nice solid build. (And you can buy both for $525 CAD.)
If you want to get on board with the vinyl resurrection (which just keep going and going and getting bigger and bigger), you need a turntable. Fluance offers a great option.