In this era when countless companies are making audio products from bluetooth speakers to headphones, it’s smart for any manufacturer to diversify. That has to be the thinking at Fluance as the firm’s line covers everything from the latest in home entertainment needs to products required to relive audio nostalgia.
Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player: It is officially not a fad or some cultural cul de sac powered by obnoxious, insecure hipsters desperate to prove their sensory superiority. There are scores of music lovers who miss the days of analog music. They insist vinyl provided a warmer, richer sound than the digitized tones of CDs and consider MP3s a war crime. Those purists need quality turntables, and Fluance makes two models available — the RT80 ($249) and RT81 ($199).
These high fidelity, belt-driven turntables employ an AudioTechnica cartridge with a diamond tipped stylus attached to an aluminum S-Type tonearm. And, the wood casing includes a Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs for clean connections to extended components. It’s undeniable that the musical experience is somehow more satisfying than digital sounds, and vinyl encourages the listener to return to the era of complete album listening.
Fluance AB40 High Performance Soundbase Home Theater System: Moving away from components that let us look backward, Fluance also works to stay in the modern world with this compact, efficient Soundbase. Capable of turning any room into a home entertainment theater, the AB40 takes a room too small for multiple speakers or wiring and powers satisfying sound through it.
Like all soundbars, it takes up position under a television or on a shelf and lays a wall of music or film and TV audio flowing forward without the need of surround sound speakers. However, the most appealing feature of the AB40 could be its price. Devices with similar features from rival manufacturers can push north of $500, while this Fluance unit will settle up with you for $250.