Fyne Au­dio F302 £400

The new­com­ers get off to a fine start

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It’s early days for the com­pany, but if we were in charge of mar­ket­ing we’d be con­sid­er­ing chang­ing the moniker to Damn Fyne Au­dio – as a de­scrip­tor, not an in­struc­tion, you un­der­stand.

Tan­noy’s Eclipse Three speak­ers re­main a sen­sa­tional deal at a much lower price, but Fyne Au­dio’s F302s rep­re­sent an up­grade in just about ev­ery way.

Against the grain

De­spite an in­sa­tiable ap­petite for en­ter­tain­ment, they’re as ma­ture a per­former as you’re likely to find for un­der that magic £500 thresh­old, com­bin­ing punch and en­thu­si­asm with gran­u­lar de­tail, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and sub­tlety.

That’s not to men­tion their ver­sa­til­ity in po­si­tion­ing. While the Tannoys re­quire a bit of space to breathe, with low end be­com­ing a tad con­gested when they’re close to a wall, Fyne of­fers a class-lead­ing pre­sen­ta­tion wher­ever the F302s are sta­tioned.

The only caveat is a lit­tle bright­ness in the top end that re­quires some care with sys­tem match­ing. It’s an easy thing to tem­per, though, and be­comes ap­par­ent re­ally only if paired with coarse­ness down the chain.

The party line

How­ever, there are plenty of per­fectly good rea­sons you may not opt for ei­ther of these. If en­ergy is not the be all and end all, and you pre­fer a bit more con­trol and ar­tic­u­la­tion, Mis­sion’s straight-laced and straight faced LX 3s may be more to your lik­ing. At the other end of the spec­trum, Jamo’s S 805s just want to have a party with your mu­sic, and they give you lit­tle choice but to join in.

As an all-rounder, though, the leader in terms of sound-per-pound is Fyne Au­dio. Just get your skates on be­fore every­one catches wind of the news.

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