Fyne Audio has been making waves with its wide range of loudspeakers, ranging from entry-level all the way to 5 digits high-end speakers. The Fyne Audio F302 will belong in the modest pricing category where this pair of floor-standing speakers would fit most listeners’ budgets. Pricewise is just one major attraction about the F302, the next main feature will be how well they perform and it is simply amazing.
To enable the Fyne Audio F302 loudspeakers to perform exceptionally and sound their best, a matching amplifier is needed. In order to find the right amplifier, we must learn how well the F302s sound. Once we have a better grasp of the floor-standing speakers’ sonic characteristics, we will then list out the best amplifiers in which you can go for.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Fyne Audio F302
The Fyne Audio F302 has a distinct and unique look to it, as the very first thing you’ll notice will be the 1″ (25mm) polyester dome tweeter resting on the “headband” which is wrapped around the top of the speaker cabinet. This makes the floor-standing speaker look stylish as well. Below the 1″ tweeter, you will find a 6″ (150mm) multi-fibre mid/bass driver. Behind the speaker cabinet, there is a decent-sized rear-firing bass port. You can position the Fyne Audio F302 speakers closer to the walls for higher bass reinforcement or move them away for a more balanced tonality.
The aesthetic design and visual feel of the Fyne Audio F302 will allow the floor-standing speakers to fit in nicely into most home interiors. They should look good standing beside most modern amplifiers too. The frequency response of the F302 is quite impressive, it is 36Hz-28kHz. The speaker sensitivity is 90dB and a nominal impedance of 8 Ohms is fantastic as well. The recommended amplifier power starts from 30W to 120W (RMS), they may be quite easy to drive but we should be looking at amplifiers that have decent power outputs of 60WPC and above.
These are surprisingly entertaining loudspeakers to listen to, the engaging rhythms and dynamics of the Fyne Audio F302 provided us with an energetic musical performance. They are not reckless music presentations delivered by the F302 floor-standers, there is refinement and control as well. Especially the timing which captures the emotions of each track and delivers them out in spades. We just kept feeding the F302s with our favorite tunes and simply enjoying the sound quality we are getting from them. For a pair of floor-standing speakers at this price point and to have so much fun in them is quite rare to find.
The size of the soundstage is decent and the stereo imaging is amazing. The stereo separation is well-defined and the sonic imageries stay well-focused too. The bass performance is agile and tightly delivered, it never oversteps its boundaries, giving us a balanced sonic delivery. For music, we find the low frequencies reproduction of the Fyne Audio F302 is sufficient but for home theater use, we will suggest adding in a subwoofer. The sub will help deliver the very deep bass frequencies with more prominence and impact. For a speaker at this price point, the Fyne Audio F302 is doing really well and we got nothing to really complain about.
The overall sound reproduction is neutral and leans toward the bright side but the Fyne Audio F302 does not sound harsh even when we crank up the volume levels. The bass reproduction is sufficient in a stereo setup but may not be enough for bass fanatics. This is a pair of forward-sounding floor-standing speakers and has an engaging charismatic sound quality which makes it quite easy to fall in love with them. We have gotten enough information about these loudspeakers and we will now list out the best amplifiers to pair with the Fyne Audio F302 floor-standers.
Fyne Audio F302 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) polyester dome tweeter, 6″ (150mm) multi-fibre mid/bass driver
- Frequency Response (-6dB): 36Hz-28kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 30-120 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83v/1m): 90dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 932mm x 233mm x 308mm | 36.7″ x 9.2″ x 12.1″
- Weight: 13.3kg (29.3lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Fyne Audio F302
The Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated will be one of the best amplifiers to match with the Fyne Audio F302. The power output of up to 125W per channel into 8/4 Ohms will be more than enough to really drive the floor-standing speakers. The built-in features of the NewClassic 200 Integrated will come in handy such as the Burr-Brown DAC, MM/MC Phono input, Headphone amplifier, and many more. The sonic characteristics of the Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated is a really good match with the F302s, thanks to its neutrality with a hint of warmth. The NewClassic 200 integrated amplifier is able to deliver a clean and punchy music presentation too.
If you are worried that your stereo system may not be warm sounding enough then the Marantz PM7000N is an ideal choice to go for. It is a musical-sounding integrated amplifier that has the muscles to drive the Fyne Audio F302. The PM7000N is masterfully tuned by the Marantz engineers to ensure the most musical sound you can get from this amplifier. The Marantz house sound is warm and pleasing to the ears which smooth the hard edges of the Fyne Audio F302. The Marantz PM7000N large soundstage also complements the Fyne Audio speakers. The amplifier also has a built-in Asahi-Kasei AK4490EQ DAC.
The PS Audio Sprout 100 is one of the best amplifiers to pair with the Fyne Audio F302 floor-standers. It is a modestly priced integrated amplifier with a power output of 100W per channel into 4 Ohms (both channels driven), not to mention, there are plenty of features that come with the amp. There is a powerful DAC that supports up to 384KHz/24Bits resolution or double rate DSD, headphone amplifier, MM Phono preamp, and many more. The compact amplifier’s neutral-sounding characteristic with a touch of warmth is a suitable match to your Fyne Audio F302 as it does not add brightness to the overall sound reproduction.
The Cambridge Audio CXA61 will be an amazing amplifier to go for especially if you want to have an exciting and lively music presentation of your favorite songs. The CXA61 has an alacrity and punchy sonic delivery which simply engages you. The overall sound reproduction has plenty of details to boot and delivering a rich enthusiastic music delivery. The Cambridge Audio CXA61 has the power to drive the Fyne Audio F302 speakers and both of them have similar sonic characteristics. For listeners who do not like bright or lean-sounding systems, you might want to audition them first before deciding.
Denon AVR-X2700H will be an excellent choice if you are planning to set up a home theater system. It is a 7.2 channel AV receiver that is 8K ready and has a power output of 95 WPC (2 channels driven). Denon AV receivers are amazing all-rounders and their sonic characteristics are well suited for Fyne Audio F302 as they do not sound overly bright. When it comes to surround sound, the accuracy of the Denon AVR-X2700H is great and delivers quite an immersive sound field. The bass control of the AVR-X2700H is taut and can land an impact when it needs to. We definitely recommend at least adding 1 or 2 active subwoofers into your home theater system.
For subwoofers, you can either choose to go with Fyne Audio active subs such as the F3-12 so to get a more cohesive and seamless sonic performance or choose brands that specialize in making powerful subs. These brands are SVS, Rythmik Audio, and HSU Research. They have a wide range of powered subwoofers to choose from and for entry-level active subs, you can start with the SVS PB-1000 Pro, Rythmik Audio LV12F, and HSU Research VTF-2 MK5. If you have a medium to large size home theater room, you might want to get a bigger and more powerful sub or go for dual subwoofers if your AVR has those connectivities.
To Sum It Up
If you like loudspeakers with energy and enthusiasm when playing your favorite music, the Fyne Audio F302 is definitely one of the top choices in their price range. You should also match them with the right amplifiers, and the ones listed here are really suitable. We will suggest arranging an audition to hear them out first before making your final decision. It is also recommended to host the audition at your own listening room if it is possible as this would give you a more accurate result.