“Fyne has provided us with another class-leader
belying its meagre price tag at every turn”
Best Floorstanding Speaker under £500
What Hi-Fi Awards October 2018
OUR VERDICT - British Audio is famous all over the world and Fyne Audio are set to be one of the big brands that audiophiles from all parts of the planet crave for.
As you know, we test and assess all products before we agree to offer them to you and these Fyne Audio F 302 passed with flying colours. As Fyne Audio are a relatively new brand ( With 200 years experience ! ) we didn't know which partnering kit would work best so we dived straight in with the Denon PMA 800 NE, the results are.....impeccable.
The F302 manage to immerse you in the music with a beautifully wide and deep soundstage meaning that if you were to close your eyes you could pinpoint where the instrumentalists are sat on stage when listening to an orchestral piece. Their ability to render even poor quality recordings into an enjoyable experience is simply sublime. Normally a budget floorstander can sound brittle but there is no evidence of that with the F302 as they never sound too bright. The integration between the bass and treble drivers is seamless lending vocals a beautiful fluidity without making them too prominent. And then there's the bass, and a talented dose it is.
When we unboxed the F302 I must admit that we didn't expect much in the form of low end presence due to the relatively small cabinet, I can assure you now, I was wrong. Play something with a deep low end such as Marian Hill - Down, and you are treated to a tight, punchy and deep bass with lots of texture. Even when driven hard by the Denon integrated the Fyne Audio F302 simply keep giving, to the point that the floor starts to vibrate.
All in all we cannot recommend the F302 highly enough. If you are building a budget system or upgrading your old kit these speakers will deliver an experience that will entertain everyone by simply allowing you to enjoy the music. These traits mean that the F302 will be a fine asset to any Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system - Thoroughly Recommended.
Power, Precision & Detail
Taking the performance characteristic of its sibling F301 bookshelf design, the floorstanding F302, with its increased cabinet volume, takes the music listening experience to an altogether more dynamic level. The enhanced depth of bass will be appreciated even if listening to the speaker at relatively low volume levels. And the increased power handling capacity ensures that the What HiFi 5 Star F302 won’t suffer from musical compression or distortion for those times when you just have to turn up the volume.
Premium Performance, Modest Price
The price may be entry level but the F300 range benefits from the very best technical and acoustic expertise in the loudspeaker industry. Offering a scale of specification and audiophile performance unrivalled at its price, the line-up provides versatility for music lovers or movie enthusiasts. With a choice of two bookshelf or stand-mount models, two floorstanders, a centre channel and dipole speaker, there are plenty of options to suit a wide variety of listening environments.
A well-constructed cabinet is the starting point for any high-performance loudspeaker. Exceptional rigidity is provided on all F300 models through a combination of MDF panels which are cross-braced internally. Additional stiffness is achieved by coupling the low frequency driver’s magnet to the cabinet bracing using a resonant-absorbing mastic. Widening the footprint on the floor standing models, using a plinth with floor coupling spikes, provides stability for tight bass and accurate stereo imaging
Fyne Audio aims to provide best in class performance at all price levels and the careful component selection for the F300 drivers helps to meet this goal. Utilising a multifibre paper cone on the bass / midrange drivers delivers a natural sounding midrange and clean transient behaviour. Fitted to the centre of the driver is a phase plug which provides smooth midrange roll-off characteristics. FyneFluteTM technology, used on the driver’s roll rubber surround, provides a non-homogeneous interface which very effectively terminates cone energy.
The tweeter combines a powerful Neodymium magnet system with a 25mm Polyester dome producing crisp and controlled high frequency detail. Integrated within the protective mesh cover is a phase loss compensator which delays the output from specific areas of the dome to give a smooth and extended response.
|Frequency Response||36 - 28 kHz -6dB In Room|
|Bass Driver||150mm Multi-Fibre|
|Treble Driver||25mm Dome|
|Sensitivity||90 dB @ 2.83V / 1m|
|Recommended Amp Power||30 - 120 Watts|
|Nominal Impedance||8 Ohm Compatible|
|Dimensions||932 x 190 x 271 MM ( H x W x D )|
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After several decades of trusty service my Tannoy floorstanders needed replacing. I auditioned the Fyne 302s alongside some similarly priced standmounts and it was absolutely no contest. They flew over £700 Missions and it was only against the unfair comparison of their big brothers the Fyne F501s did they sound inferior. Incredibly detailed sound, warm low end - amazing value for the price. My only gripes are that the cabinet veneer doesnt bear close inspection for quality - but these are very well put together and good looking speakers.
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|