Fyne Audio F302 £400
The newcomers get off to a fine start
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.