Fluance RT82 vs Technics SL-QD33

Great sound quality
Ease of setup
Solid build
Included cartridge with option for stylus upgrades
Value for money
Great value for the price
Well-made with good trickle-down technology from nicer Technics models
Quartz-locked speed control
Not all accessories may be included
Minor design flaws (e.g. tone arm lift placement)
Exclusive color option may not be appealing to all customers
Not great built-quality
Restricted cartridge selection due to P-mount tonearm
Known to have capacitors fail


Overall, the Fluance RT82 turntable receives positive reviews for its sound quality, ease of setup, and solid build. Many reviewers appreciate the included cartridge and the option for stylus upgrades. Some reviewers mention missing accessories or minor design flaws, but these do not detract from the overall positive experience. The RT82 is recommended as a great entry-level turntable for those new to the hobby or returning after a hiatus.


The Technics SL-QD33 is a well-made turntable that is available at a low price point. It lacks adjustability but does not require it. The built-quality is not great and the tonearm uses snap-on T4P cartridges. The QD33 has a separate motor to move the tonearm, whereas the Q200 is mechanically linked to the main motor to return the arm. The QD33 is known to have capacitors fail. It has a restricted cartridge selection due to its P-mount tonearm, but it has good trickle-down technology from the nicer Technics models of the time, like quartz-locked speed control. The QD33 should pair well with the built-in preamp's unusual specs, which seem like Technics tuned them specifically for the 2M series. Overall, the QD33 is a very underrated turntable that performs well if sited carefully.


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