Fyne Au­dio F302 £399

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

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

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