Fyne Audio F302 £399
Never heard of Fyne Audio? Don’t feel bad or in any way out of the loop – this is a very new company, whose Scottish background means the word ‘Fyne’ can be legitimately deployed without it becoming a tiresome pun.
These F302 floorstanders were among the first speakers we heard from the company, and what a good impression they made.
A two-way, rear-ported design, they house a 25mm polyester dome tweeter and 15cm multi-fibre mid/bass driver in each of their relatively sturdy cabinets.
With the plinths adding a little more width to the overall footprint, it feels as though you’re getting a lot of speaker for the money – though you won’t be greasing the sides of the door frames to squeeze them in to your living room.
Consumately class leaders
It doesn’t take us long to conclude that these are class leaders. We listen to albums beginning to end – an acid test passed only by the most engaging products – and there’s no greater praise we can offer Fyne Audio than that.
We play Bon Iver’s 22, A Million and from the outset we’re met with a confident, forward presentation – but one with all the detail and refinement we might expect from the best standmounters at this price.
The texture in those opening vocal loops offers a sense of movement and anticipation over a flatlining drone and quite luscious warmth to Justin Vernon’s trademark choral harmonies. The presentation also feels spacious, both in terms of width and depth. While it’s also full bodied, the bass is taut and doesn’t obstruct the F302s’ keen rhythmic sense.
It’s nice to see insight, precise timing and a wide dynamic range given as much prominence as power, bass and a wide soundstage in such a modestly priced floorstander. The Fynes’ skill in this area is demonstrated by the way the grimy percussive loops of tracks such as
10 d E A T h b R E a s T cut through and the meandering 29 #Strafford APTS is allowed to trickle downstream without fear of becoming stagnant.
These tracks also highlight how adept the F302s are at capturing the production as well as the character of the music. This is a mature sonic performance indeed.
It’s rare to find floorstanding allrounders at less than £500 able to compete favourably in every respect with the wealth of quality standmount speakers available at the same price, but the F302s manage it. Welcome, Fyne Audio – your place at the top table is very well deserved.
The F302s offer a mature sonic performance, able to capture the essence of a track