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Steven Restivo 2019-05-23
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One of the hidden gems of the audio world is Fluance, a Canadian manufacturer of premium speakers, which boasts a 20-year pedigree.

As you’d expect from any aspirational brand, its kit isn’t exactly cheap.

But you won’t have to empty your wallet to pick up the Fluance Fi20, which is now available for $100, rather than the usual $150.

With a 360-degree omnidirectional system, the Fluance Fi20 is capable of drenching a room with sound, ensuring your favorite tunes can be heard by all.

Its 20-hour battery promises to last even the most demanding of events, while its AUX port lets you easily connect it to a laptop or vinyl player.

The Fluance Fi20 boasts an eye-catching design, which incorporates open elements, allowing you to see inside the speaker.

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Bessie Scavotto 2019-08-23
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And once again the fabulous Fluance folks are offering Cheapskate readers a shot at some fantastic audio gear.

Welcome to the Fluance Sound Sweeps!

Here's what the grand prize winner will bring home:

A limited-edition RT81 record player (white)

A pair of limited-edition Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers (white)

An Fi20 Bluetooth speaker (bamboo)

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Frances Hill 2018-04-20
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If sales are any indicator, vinyl appreciation is now reaching far beyond audiophiles and hipsters looking for that new, old sound.

Record album sales hit 14.32 million in 2017, the most since Neilsen started tracking sales in 1991.

For all the LP aficionados, April 21st is one of the best holidays of the year to add to the collection.

We’ve got a shopping list of the top 10 albums to pick up but it wouldn’t do much good without a turntable and speakers to play them.

We’ve partnered with Fluance to bring two lucky, aspiring collectors a Fluance RT81 Turntable and Fluance Signature Series bookshelf speakers.

We took both the turntable ($250) and speakers ($200) for a spin and for an entry-level priced record player, the sound and quality are much bigger than the price point.

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Roy Shannon 2016-05-31
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Fluance is known mainly for speakers, but earlier this year the company decided to branch out a little with a new product category: turntables.

The company took to Kickstarter to gauge interest in two new turntables — the RT80 and RT81 — and based on the campaign s success, it was clear that listeners were indeed interested.

At the time, Fluance said it expected for models to begin shipping in May, and the company managed to meet its target, but only barely, as both turntables are shipping now.

Both are equipped with a Texas Instruments-designed preamp, allowing them to be used with a standard auxiliary input via the gold-plated RCA jacks, while a ground terminal helps keep background hum to a minimum.

Both models come with isolation feet and feature an aluminum platter and rubber slip mat in order to cut down on vibration and resonance.

The RT80 sells for $200 and is the comparatively base model of the two.

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Kenneth Mulcahy 2016-12-07
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The Fi50's build and wood veneer are top notch.

Shipping is free and if you don t like the product after trying it out in your home, you can return it without penalty or even shipping costs—so long is it is within the 30-day return window.

By building a good product and keeping its distribution costs in check, Fluance has gained a reputation for delivering audio products at prices far below their value.

A big engine under the hood

The Fi50 is a two-way speaker system fabricated from MDF to suppress cabinet resonances that can cause distortion.

The replacement Fluance sent featured the black ash finish, so now I know first hand that those two finishes are of high quality and they look great.

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Jason Kowalski 2017-02-24
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Fluance F150: When Portability Isn’t a Concern

Fluance is making a habit out of flouting Bluetooth speaker norms.

That’s why most Bluetooth speakers are relatively small, with plastic cases, compact drivers and somewhat sterile sound.

The ultimate example of this freedom can be seen in the Fi70, the company’s 80-pound, three foot tall Bluetooth speaker that I reviewed last year.

It’s also a Canadian company, another oddity in an industry dominated by Chinese entries along with a handful of well-known American companies.

This Bluetooth speaker incorporates some of the same design principles as its larger sibling --including a rounded MDF wood cabinet, touch controls and high performance amp drivers-- but it's a more compact speaker.

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Phillip Willis 2020-08-19
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Fluance's new lineup of home theater speakers ranges in price from $150 to $600
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Reginald Carson 2019-08-23

Fluance is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in style with the release of a limited edition turntable and bookshelf speaker set, in a sleek, all-white finish.

The stark new model is a re-release of the Fluance RT81 turntable that we reviewed last year, calling it "the best starter turntable you can buy."

As a beginner's product, the RT81 doesn't have the same detail or finesse of some more expensive models such as the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, but for sound quality and general usability at this price, it's unbeaten.

That new all-white coloring looks set to give the RT81 that that extra level of prestige, too.

Best turntables 2019: need some new decks?

But that's not all, as the RT81 will also be bundled with the Ai60 bookshelf speakers for a complete audio package, with everything matching in color.

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Glenn Vedder 2016-12-28
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Fluance is a maker of all kinds of audio gear, from Bluetooth speakers to turntables and while we ve covered quite a few of the company s releases this year, it s been a while since we ve seen a new item in its home theater lineup.

That s no longer the case, as on Wednesday, the company unveiled its new DB10 subwoofer.

The company says the DB10 is the first entry in its new lineup of powered subwoofers, with another model — the DB12 — coming in spring 2017.

Both subwoofers will be sold both individually and as part of surround sound packages.

The DB10 will likely be the smaller of the two, aiming to provide powerful bass with a compact footprint, allowing for two speakers to be used more easily, making for a 5.2 or 7.2-channel setup.

More: Fluance wants you to RespectTheRecord with two affordable new turntables, out now

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Joseph White 2020-08-19
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Fluance's latest affordable home theater speakers include center and bipolar speakers and start at $150.
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Ryan Pak 2019-02-05
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Fluance has announced a brand new omni-directional wireless speaker, the Fi20.

With a sophisticated wooden design, this portable speaker is designed to blast music in every direction, thanks to powerful up-firing tweeters.

The Fi20 comes with a 15W Class D amplifier and supports aptX Bluetooth, which should provide a full, vigorous sound, with rich bass and and vibrant highs.

Fluance claims the new wireless speaker has a battery life of 24 hours, although that's based on listening at a "moderate volume", so if you like to blast your music, you can expect that battery life to come down a little.

Aside from providing an elegant look, the wooden cabinet is designed to suppress resonance for a more accurate reproduction of your music, and a warm soundstage.

It also features a convenient handle so you can take it with you on the go and take advantage of that long battery life.

collect
0
Michael Webster 2019-01-29
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Sure, I’ve owned a few budget tables over the years, and I’ve quietly admired the Regas, Technics, and VPIs of the world at audio events.

Then Fluance sent over the RT85, the $500 flagship of its new ‘Reference’ turntable family.

The RT85 is a beautiful, well-thought-out table, and for this relative vinyl noob, its sound quality was good enough to make me a bit of a convert.

Other reviewers will be able to do that, but for now, I hope this review can prove valuable from the perspective of a newcomer to hi-fi turntables, or other vinyl noobs looking to make a purchase.

That out of the way, if you’re not familiar with Fluance, the Canadian audio company has made a name for itself by offering high performance per dollar.

The pricing structure reflects the relative performance of the cartridges, and I recommend you read reviews and comparison of each online to see which suits your needs.

collect
0
David Carter 2019-01-28
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If you’re in the market for a great pair of bookshelf speakers to pair with that classy new turntable, you’re in luck: Fluance, the popular audio brand that has long made one of our favorite entry-level turntables and other affordable audio gear, has announced the Ai60, a pair of powered speakers that should help bring your favorite tunes to life.

With built-in 6.5-inch woofers and integrated 100-watt class D amplifiers, the compact speakers should provide a vivid full-frequency image of your music, and are aimed at those who are just getting into the world of high-end sound, but who don’t quite have the budget to leap into the deep end, where audio gear can quickly eat up their vacation (or even car) fund.

The Ai60 will retail for just $300.

In addition to offering the ability to directly connect to a source device like a turntable, mp3 player, or CD player via RCA cables, the Ai60 also features a built-in aptX Bluetooth connection, allowing you to wirelessly stream your favorite tunes in high fidelity.

In addition, you can connect with optical and USB, and the speakers even have a subwoofer output port, should you want a bit more rumble.

One thing we do wish that was included is a remote — as it can be annoying using bookshelf speakers as TV speakers (via the optical port) if you have to get up and change the input selection to do so.

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Clifford Ketcham 2018-05-14
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Back in my day, that's how we consumed music.

We trolled record stores for new releases, pored over liner notes and carefully arranged our albums in stacks of milk crates.

Today, in the era of Spotify and all the music of the world at your fingertips, what could anyone possibly want with vinyl records?

Beats me, but they're hip and super-popular again -- and today you've got the chance to win a fantastic record player.

(I wasn't cool then and I'm not going to start now.)

The fine folks at Fluance have put together three sweet prize packages for Cheapskate readers:

collect
0
Zachary Stell 2019-09-06
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Undoubtedly the superstar of IFA 2019, Samsung announced the return of its ill-fated foldable, the Galaxy Fold, during this week's show.

It will come back to market in Korea first this week, then the rest of the world soon afterwards.

T-Mobile voice calls go down on the east coast

Enter for your chance to win* a Fluance audio system

Google confirms DOJ scrutiny, preps for investigation from states

Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which is right for you?

collect
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Anthony Breedlove 2019-09-03
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That's a rare beer I'm holding

It's actually the last bottle of its kind.

It's called Reuse Brew and it was made from recycled water.

We went to the wastewater treatment plant in Berlin to see the high-tech water cleansing project behind the beer in action.

Amazon reportedly testing hand-scanning payment system

Enter for your chance to win* a Fluance audio system

collect
0
Steven Restivo 2019-05-23
img

One of the hidden gems of the audio world is Fluance, a Canadian manufacturer of premium speakers, which boasts a 20-year pedigree.

As you’d expect from any aspirational brand, its kit isn’t exactly cheap.

But you won’t have to empty your wallet to pick up the Fluance Fi20, which is now available for $100, rather than the usual $150.

With a 360-degree omnidirectional system, the Fluance Fi20 is capable of drenching a room with sound, ensuring your favorite tunes can be heard by all.

Its 20-hour battery promises to last even the most demanding of events, while its AUX port lets you easily connect it to a laptop or vinyl player.

The Fluance Fi20 boasts an eye-catching design, which incorporates open elements, allowing you to see inside the speaker.

Frances Hill 2018-04-20
img

If sales are any indicator, vinyl appreciation is now reaching far beyond audiophiles and hipsters looking for that new, old sound.

Record album sales hit 14.32 million in 2017, the most since Neilsen started tracking sales in 1991.

For all the LP aficionados, April 21st is one of the best holidays of the year to add to the collection.

We’ve got a shopping list of the top 10 albums to pick up but it wouldn’t do much good without a turntable and speakers to play them.

We’ve partnered with Fluance to bring two lucky, aspiring collectors a Fluance RT81 Turntable and Fluance Signature Series bookshelf speakers.

We took both the turntable ($250) and speakers ($200) for a spin and for an entry-level priced record player, the sound and quality are much bigger than the price point.

Kenneth Mulcahy 2016-12-07
img

The Fi50's build and wood veneer are top notch.

Shipping is free and if you don t like the product after trying it out in your home, you can return it without penalty or even shipping costs—so long is it is within the 30-day return window.

By building a good product and keeping its distribution costs in check, Fluance has gained a reputation for delivering audio products at prices far below their value.

A big engine under the hood

The Fi50 is a two-way speaker system fabricated from MDF to suppress cabinet resonances that can cause distortion.

The replacement Fluance sent featured the black ash finish, so now I know first hand that those two finishes are of high quality and they look great.

Phillip Willis 2020-08-19
img
Fluance's new lineup of home theater speakers ranges in price from $150 to $600
Glenn Vedder 2016-12-28
img

Fluance is a maker of all kinds of audio gear, from Bluetooth speakers to turntables and while we ve covered quite a few of the company s releases this year, it s been a while since we ve seen a new item in its home theater lineup.

That s no longer the case, as on Wednesday, the company unveiled its new DB10 subwoofer.

The company says the DB10 is the first entry in its new lineup of powered subwoofers, with another model — the DB12 — coming in spring 2017.

Both subwoofers will be sold both individually and as part of surround sound packages.

The DB10 will likely be the smaller of the two, aiming to provide powerful bass with a compact footprint, allowing for two speakers to be used more easily, making for a 5.2 or 7.2-channel setup.

More: Fluance wants you to RespectTheRecord with two affordable new turntables, out now

Ryan Pak 2019-02-05
img

Fluance has announced a brand new omni-directional wireless speaker, the Fi20.

With a sophisticated wooden design, this portable speaker is designed to blast music in every direction, thanks to powerful up-firing tweeters.

The Fi20 comes with a 15W Class D amplifier and supports aptX Bluetooth, which should provide a full, vigorous sound, with rich bass and and vibrant highs.

Fluance claims the new wireless speaker has a battery life of 24 hours, although that's based on listening at a "moderate volume", so if you like to blast your music, you can expect that battery life to come down a little.

Aside from providing an elegant look, the wooden cabinet is designed to suppress resonance for a more accurate reproduction of your music, and a warm soundstage.

It also features a convenient handle so you can take it with you on the go and take advantage of that long battery life.

David Carter 2019-01-28
img

If you’re in the market for a great pair of bookshelf speakers to pair with that classy new turntable, you’re in luck: Fluance, the popular audio brand that has long made one of our favorite entry-level turntables and other affordable audio gear, has announced the Ai60, a pair of powered speakers that should help bring your favorite tunes to life.

With built-in 6.5-inch woofers and integrated 100-watt class D amplifiers, the compact speakers should provide a vivid full-frequency image of your music, and are aimed at those who are just getting into the world of high-end sound, but who don’t quite have the budget to leap into the deep end, where audio gear can quickly eat up their vacation (or even car) fund.

The Ai60 will retail for just $300.

In addition to offering the ability to directly connect to a source device like a turntable, mp3 player, or CD player via RCA cables, the Ai60 also features a built-in aptX Bluetooth connection, allowing you to wirelessly stream your favorite tunes in high fidelity.

In addition, you can connect with optical and USB, and the speakers even have a subwoofer output port, should you want a bit more rumble.

One thing we do wish that was included is a remote — as it can be annoying using bookshelf speakers as TV speakers (via the optical port) if you have to get up and change the input selection to do so.

Zachary Stell 2019-09-06
img

Undoubtedly the superstar of IFA 2019, Samsung announced the return of its ill-fated foldable, the Galaxy Fold, during this week's show.

It will come back to market in Korea first this week, then the rest of the world soon afterwards.

T-Mobile voice calls go down on the east coast

Enter for your chance to win* a Fluance audio system

Google confirms DOJ scrutiny, preps for investigation from states

Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which is right for you?

Bessie Scavotto 2019-08-23
img

And once again the fabulous Fluance folks are offering Cheapskate readers a shot at some fantastic audio gear.

Welcome to the Fluance Sound Sweeps!

Here's what the grand prize winner will bring home:

A limited-edition RT81 record player (white)

A pair of limited-edition Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers (white)

An Fi20 Bluetooth speaker (bamboo)

Roy Shannon 2016-05-31
img

Fluance is known mainly for speakers, but earlier this year the company decided to branch out a little with a new product category: turntables.

The company took to Kickstarter to gauge interest in two new turntables — the RT80 and RT81 — and based on the campaign s success, it was clear that listeners were indeed interested.

At the time, Fluance said it expected for models to begin shipping in May, and the company managed to meet its target, but only barely, as both turntables are shipping now.

Both are equipped with a Texas Instruments-designed preamp, allowing them to be used with a standard auxiliary input via the gold-plated RCA jacks, while a ground terminal helps keep background hum to a minimum.

Both models come with isolation feet and feature an aluminum platter and rubber slip mat in order to cut down on vibration and resonance.

The RT80 sells for $200 and is the comparatively base model of the two.

Jason Kowalski 2017-02-24
img

Fluance F150: When Portability Isn’t a Concern

Fluance is making a habit out of flouting Bluetooth speaker norms.

That’s why most Bluetooth speakers are relatively small, with plastic cases, compact drivers and somewhat sterile sound.

The ultimate example of this freedom can be seen in the Fi70, the company’s 80-pound, three foot tall Bluetooth speaker that I reviewed last year.

It’s also a Canadian company, another oddity in an industry dominated by Chinese entries along with a handful of well-known American companies.

This Bluetooth speaker incorporates some of the same design principles as its larger sibling --including a rounded MDF wood cabinet, touch controls and high performance amp drivers-- but it's a more compact speaker.

Reginald Carson 2019-08-23

Fluance is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in style with the release of a limited edition turntable and bookshelf speaker set, in a sleek, all-white finish.

The stark new model is a re-release of the Fluance RT81 turntable that we reviewed last year, calling it "the best starter turntable you can buy."

As a beginner's product, the RT81 doesn't have the same detail or finesse of some more expensive models such as the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, but for sound quality and general usability at this price, it's unbeaten.

That new all-white coloring looks set to give the RT81 that that extra level of prestige, too.

Best turntables 2019: need some new decks?

But that's not all, as the RT81 will also be bundled with the Ai60 bookshelf speakers for a complete audio package, with everything matching in color.

Joseph White 2020-08-19
img
Fluance's latest affordable home theater speakers include center and bipolar speakers and start at $150.
Michael Webster 2019-01-29
img

Sure, I’ve owned a few budget tables over the years, and I’ve quietly admired the Regas, Technics, and VPIs of the world at audio events.

Then Fluance sent over the RT85, the $500 flagship of its new ‘Reference’ turntable family.

The RT85 is a beautiful, well-thought-out table, and for this relative vinyl noob, its sound quality was good enough to make me a bit of a convert.

Other reviewers will be able to do that, but for now, I hope this review can prove valuable from the perspective of a newcomer to hi-fi turntables, or other vinyl noobs looking to make a purchase.

That out of the way, if you’re not familiar with Fluance, the Canadian audio company has made a name for itself by offering high performance per dollar.

The pricing structure reflects the relative performance of the cartridges, and I recommend you read reviews and comparison of each online to see which suits your needs.

Clifford Ketcham 2018-05-14
img

Back in my day, that's how we consumed music.

We trolled record stores for new releases, pored over liner notes and carefully arranged our albums in stacks of milk crates.

Today, in the era of Spotify and all the music of the world at your fingertips, what could anyone possibly want with vinyl records?

Beats me, but they're hip and super-popular again -- and today you've got the chance to win a fantastic record player.

(I wasn't cool then and I'm not going to start now.)

The fine folks at Fluance have put together three sweet prize packages for Cheapskate readers:

Anthony Breedlove 2019-09-03
img

That's a rare beer I'm holding

It's actually the last bottle of its kind.

It's called Reuse Brew and it was made from recycled water.

We went to the wastewater treatment plant in Berlin to see the high-tech water cleansing project behind the beer in action.

Amazon reportedly testing hand-scanning payment system

Enter for your chance to win* a Fluance audio system