Fyne Audio F303
OUR VERDICT - Now we aren't being lazy ( Maybe a little bit ) As you read on you may find that our verdict is the same for all the Fyne Audio F300 series speakers whether its the F300, F301, F302 or F303. That's because Fyne Audio have made the tonality of the speaker exactly the same through the range the only thing that changes is how big the sound is. A good comparison would be an Audi A3, they all have the same body and spectacular performance but as you step up from the A3 Sportback to the A3 RS3 Sportback, all aspects of performance are bigger and better.
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.
The F303 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 F303 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.
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 Edwards Audio integrated the Fyne Audio F303 simply keep giving, to the point that the floor starts to vibrate.
All in all we cannot recommend the F303 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 F303 will be a fine asset to any Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system - Thoroughly Recommended.
The flagship of the F300 series is an impressive floor standing loudspeaker capable of huge scale dynamics and highly detailed top end articulation. Featuring two potent 150mm (6”) mid/bass drivers, and a 25mm polyester dome tweeter delivering an authoritative performance with power and passion. High output levels and an easy to drive load make the F303 suitable for a wide range of home entertainment amplifiers and applications. Employing a D’Appolito driver configuration, positioning the tweeter centrally between the two bass / midrange drivers, provides a smooth dispersion characteristic through the critical crossover region. The sweet spot is widened, resulting in enhanced musical performance on or off the loudspeaker’s main axis.
Taking the performance characteristic of its sibling F301 bookshelf design, the floorstanding F303, 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 F303 won’t suffer from musical compression or distortion for those times when you just have to turn up the volume.
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||32 - 28 kHz -6dB In Room|
|Bass Driver||Dual 150mm Multi-Fibre|
|Treble Driver||25mm Dome|
|Sensitivity||91 dB @ 2.83V / 1m|
|Recommended Amp Power||35 - 150 Watts|
|Nominal Impedance||8 Ohm Compatible|
|Dimensions||962 x 190 x 271 MM ( H x W x D )|
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The F303 is lighter and faster with tauter low frequencies, a more incisive and open treble and marginally more transparent midrange. More quality sonics in a highly competitive sector, a terrific debut from Fyne Audio.
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|