Don’t be surprised when you see some recognizable similarities in Fyne Audio F501, it is after all designed and made by a few of the experienced ex-Tannoy employees. Ever since its debut, the F501 floor-standing speaker has garnered quite a number of accolades due to its exceptional sonic performance and the modest pricing makes it an attractive loudspeaker to get your hands on.
We will definitely need an equally remarkable amplifier to drive this pair of award-winning floor-standing speakers. The amplifier partner of the Fyne Audio F501 must be matching and compatible. To find such a matching amp, we will need to learn more about the F501’s sonic characteristics. With this knowledge in your hands, you can even look for amplifiers on your own.
Sonic Characteristics and Strengths of Fyne Audio F501
The Fyne Audio F501 has a stylish and elegant speaker design, especially the down-firing bass port which looks extremely cool and sleek. There is also a dedicated plinth that integrates the bass energy uniformly into the listening room, making it easier when it comes to speaker placements. Taking off the speaker grille, you will notice a similar driver design that reminds you of a Tannoy loudspeaker. The top speaker driver is a 6″ (150mm) IsoFlare multi-fibre mid/bass unit with a 1″ (25mm) titanium dome compression tweeter right at the center of it. Below the IsoFlare coaxial drive unit will be a 6″ (150mm) multi-fibre bass speaker driver.
The speaker sensitivity of 90dB and with a nominal impedance of 8 Ohms does indicate that the Fyne Audio F501 floor-standing speakers are quite easy to drive. Still, when we look at the recommended amplifier power of 35W to 150W and the frequency response of 36Hz-34kHz (-6dB), it will be wise to get an amplifier that has at least around 75W RMS power output. Going for HiFi separates like the preamp and power amp combo may be an ideal choice for the Fyne Audio F501 speakers.
The stereo imaging of the Fyne Audio F501 loudspeakers is immaculate with highly distinct separations and precision, allowing the musicians to come alive on a wide and deep soundstage. The spacious and focused soundstage is filled with rich details that dazzle our ears, we are truly impressed by the sonic performance so far. The level of sound quality you are getting from a speaker at this price point is really incredible and is definitely one of the very best loudspeakers in their price range. The transparent sonic characteristic and its revealing nature, bombard our ears with plenty of details but never sounding clinical.
They do scale well with power as they sound their absolute best at high volume levels, and it doesn’t sound overly bright. The performance at higher volumes is even more energetic and the bass performance does become a bit punchier. The low ends delivery is tight and agile, it may sound a bit lacking to bass fanatics but the bass does work cohesively with the rest of the frequencies and adhere to the Fyne Audio F501 snappy timings. The pacing and music timing are superb as well, giving an engaging music presentation. This also shows the speaker’s class-leading control in handling music.
This is a pair of entertaining floor-standing speakers that allows us to enjoy our favorite tunes without sacrificing the sound quality. The Fyne Audio F501 never once gave us a dull moment during our listening session, we are constantly tapping our feet and were impressed by their high-resolution sound reproduction. For music, the F501 floor-standers will be sufficient but for HT use, you might need to add an active subwoofer. The overall sonic characteristics are neutral sounding with just a tad of brightness and never once sounded harsh. We have gathered enough data and details about the Fyne Audio F501 floor-standing speakers, it is now time for us to share with you the list of the best amplifiers that you can go for and match with these Fyne floor-standers.
Fyne Audio F501 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2.5-Way (with BassTrax Tractrix diffuser)
- Drive Units: 6″ (150mm) IsoFlare multi-fibre mid/bass unit with a 1″ (25mm) titanium dome compression tweeter, 6″ (150mm) multi-fibre bass unit
- Frequency Response (-6dB): 36Hz-34kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 35-150 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83v/1m): 90dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 984mm x 270mm x 318mm | 38.7″ x 10.6″ x 12.5″
- Weight: 18.9kg (41.7lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Fyne Audio F501
The Cambridge Audio CXA81 will match well with the Fyne Audio F501 floor-standing speakers. The sonic characteristics of both HiFi components are quite similar, they have amazing music timings and the drive to entertain their listeners without compromising the details. The enthusiastic music presentation is cohesive and focused, no matter how complex or sophisticated the music passage is, they would be able to handle it with confidence. If you want a bold music presentation with an energetic performance, you should pair the Fyne Audio F501 loudspeakers with the Cambridge Audio CXA81 integrated amplifier.
The Rotel RA-1572MKII is a powerful integrated amplifier with up to 200 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms which can easily drive the Fyne Audio F501 loudspeakers. This robust integrated amplifier will introduce a bit more musical refinement into the overall sound reproduction without sacrificing the dynamics, making it a suitable match with the F501 speakers. The bass control and delivery are taut as well with a weightier response that complements the Fyne Audio F501 floor-standing speakers. This pairing does give us a slightly more balanced and a touch less forward-sounding music delivery.
The Rega Elex-R will be an exciting amplifier partner to pair with the Fyne Audio F501. Like the articulate F501, the Elex-R has amazing agility and timing to deliver an engaging music presentation without sounding reckless. The energetic sonic performance of the integrated amplifier and the lively sound reproduction of the Fyne Audio F501 speakers will just make you want to feed them more of your favorite tunes. For listeners who don’t like listening to lean sound quality, you might want to look elsewhere. Still, the exciting and entertaining music delivery which the Rega Elex-R can provide is well worth your time to hear them out first.
For a warmer sonic signature, the Parasound Halo Hint 6 integrated amplifier will be an excellent choice. It also has the muscles to power the Fyne Audio F501 loudspeakers with ease. The Halo Hint 6 also adds more musicality and refinement into the overall sound reproduction, slightly mellowing down the sonic delivery. The music presentation also becomes more full-bodied with a meatier bass response and it does dig deep into the bass extension. The deep bass reproduction of the Parasound Halo Hint 6 will be a good match with the Fyne Audio F501 and if you want a more laid-back music delivery then this is the amplifier to go for.
Parasound NewClassic series of preamps and power amps will be a suitable match for your Fyne Audio F501 speakers too. The modestly priced Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre will be the preamplifier to go for as it comes with a plethora of useful features such as Burr-Brown D/A Converter (192kHz/24bit), Bypass input, MM/MC Phono input, and more. Coupled with a matching Parasound NewClassic 2125 v.2 which is a stereo power amplifier with 150 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms. This preamp/power amp combo will be able to drive the Fyne Audio F501s and provide you with high sound quality without breaking the bank.
There are other integrated amplifiers to check out such as the Yamaha A-S1100 which matches really well with the Fyne Audio F501. The Peachtree Audio Nova150 will be a more affordable option and has plenty of power to boot, not to mention, it is loaded with features as well. There is another integrated amplifier that uses ICEPower amplification just like the Nova150 and that will be the Wyred 4 Sound STI-500. They may be using Class D amplifiers but they are still musical sounding and a worthy match to your Fyne Audio F501 floor-standers. Furthermore, the Peachtree Audio Nova150 and Wyred 4 Sound STI-500 have high power outputs which can drive the F501 speakers to loud volume levels.
You can easily be charmed by the alacrity performance of the Fyne Audio F501 and we really do enjoy listening to our favorite songs through these brilliant speakers. You can run through the listed amplifiers here and see which one best fit your requirements. Once you have chosen the amplifiers, you should arrange an audition and see if you like what you are hearing. Even if they don’t sound that great to you, the audition results can serve as a reference when comparing with other amplifiers.