We tested the Fyne Audio F302 floorstanding speaker!

Fyne Audio has a design and engineering team based in Scotland. Fyne Audio in Scotland offers several speaker models, but one of the most popular is the Fyne F302. The F302 delivers the smallest frequency response between 36 Hz and 28 kHz at 90 dB (8 Ohm), the smallest of the two stand-alone speaker models in the entry-level 300 speaker series. The F302 does not have all the modern features of Fyne Audio, such as the IsoFlare driver or the BassTrax diffuser, but it does have the FyneFluting feature, which eliminates unwanted echoes and improves music accuracy.

Fyne Audio F302 speaker specifications:

Speaker type: two-way, rear

Recommended amplifier power (Watt RMS): 30-120

Sensitivity (2.83 V @ 1 m): 90dB

Rated impedance: 8 ohms

Frequency transmission: 36Hz-28kHz

Crossing frequency: 3.2 kHz

Dimensions: 932 x 190 x 271 mm

Weight: 13.3 kg

Design and construction

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The two-way, rear-facing F302 speaker features a 25mm polyester dome tweeter and a 15cm multi-wire midrange / subwoofer, made with a specially strong speaker case.

The F302 measures 932 x 233 x 308 mm (height x width x depth) and weighs approximately 13.3 kg and is available in three designs; walnuts, black ash and light oak. The midrange and bass are driven by a ferrite magnetic system. The polyester dome is located on a black plastic part, is covered by a speaker grille, and below it is a deep-centered radiator with a notched (Fyne Flute), rubber-covered, fiber-reinforced membrane. The bass reflex port is on the back of the speaker, so it is necessary to place the speaker at least 25-30 cm from the wall. The overall look of the speaker is modern in style and can be easily integrated into almost any interior.

F302-back panelIt provides exceptional rigidity through a combination of stiffened MDF panels. Additional rigidity was achieved by connecting the low frequency drive magnet to the cabinet brace using a resonant absorber. For floor-standing models, the spiked plinth provides stability for tight bass and accurate stereo imaging. High quality, precision components were used in the manufacturing, including low loss LF laminated core inductance and HF polypropylene capacitor. Gold-plated speaker clips provide a clear signal path.

With the multi-threaded paper cone, the F300 driver for deep- and mid-range devices has been further developed by FyneFlute technology. Through the conductor rubber coil, it provides a non-homogeneous surface that is very effective in eliminating cone resonances.

The tweeter is a combination of a strong neodymium magnetic system and a 25mm polyester dome, creating sharp and controlled, high-frequency detail. The guard grille housing includes a phase loss compensator that delays output from certain areas of the dome to provide a smooth and longer response.

The F300 series is the perfect choice for those looking for a premium performance floor-standing speaker at an affordable price.

Sound performance

The speaker pair was tested in a medium-sized room, where the owner developed near-sound acoustics thanks to sound-absorbing, printed panels and diffuser acoustic panels placed on the walls. Since one of the walls of the room is almost a glass surface all the way, it will be still needed acoustic curtains to achieve the perfect sound. The window and other glass surfaces reflect the sounds and thus create an unpleasant echo, which significantly degrades the sound, so it is definitely worth eliminating the echo by using thick, densely woven curtains.

Fynes offered a subtle, surround sound, and the stereo effect was also optimal. We heard dynamic sounds, tight, powerful deep sounds. They stand out from their category due to their simple design and performance.

The treble was sometimes a little too faint, so it is definitely recommended to pair it with a good quality amplifier in order to eliminate this error. In the test, we tested the F302 with a Marantz NR-1200 stereo receiver. The bass was tight and directional, the dynamics were fine too, but for those who like real wall-shattering bass, it was recommended to get a subwoofer. The stable housing prevents resonances. The central provinces spoke emphatically.

Verdict

This Scottish speaker is available at a really affordable price, yet the manufacturer has paid attention to high quality components, rugged design and strong performance. The modern, sleek design will appeal to many and can be integrated into almost any style of room. The sound is clear and dynamic, the bass is intense, precise and directional. The mid-range was accentuated enough, and the stereo sound and spatiality were also ideal. However, the high tones did not sound perfect, they were faint. We also lacked detail, it was not always possible to distinguish instruments in orchestral songs. We absolutely recommend the Fyne Audio F302 in this price range.

Written by Róbert Polgár