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    Fyne 702 and 502sp

    This past February I flew out to Suncoast Audio to listen to the Fyne 702 and 502sp speakers as I am wanting to replace my Magnepan 1.6's as the wife is getting tired of having doors in the family room.

    After hearing a pair of 702's at RMAF that had only 24 hours on them I was smitten, so when Mike became a dealer I decided to fly out to give them a listen once the were broken in. Fyne recommends 500 hours of breakin.

    The 502sp's are a special edition of the 502's using the drivers and crossovers of the 702 in a 502 cabinet which is smaller and rectangular vs the larger tear dropped shape cabinets of the 702.

    The 702 presents a huge soundstage with a large sweet spot that I estimate to be about 5 feet wide. It has a musical, full rich midrange with good texture. Bass digs deep and is well controlled. The top end is smooth and non fatiguing, but not as extended as some other speakers in this price. I found the speakers to be neutral with a bit of warmth. Fyne did an excellent job integrating the drivers as he sound was coherent and no driver drew attention to themselves.

    The 502sp's have a similar sound but the midrange was not as full and bass was not quiet as deep. Every other aspect of the sound was similar to the 702's.

    The electronics used were a Pass Integrated and an Aqua DAC. I don't remember the models.

    I am still undecided on which speaker I am going to buy because I want to audition a pair of the new Monitor Audio 300 5G gold speakers. I was supposed to fly to St. Louis to audition them but COVID hit and I cancelled the trip. I was going to wait to post a review of all 3 speakers. It may be another 6 months to a year before I feel it is safe to fly. Or I may end up driving down before then.

    I have been corresponding with someone that just replaced his Magnepan 3.6's with the MA's as he was in a similar situation as I. He loves the MA's better than the 3.6's. I am sure it will be a tough decision as I love the 702's and really like the 502sps.

    By the way, it was a pleasure meeting Mike and I appreciate the time he took on a Sunday morning.
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    Re: Fyne 702 and 502sp

    so if the 502's are basically the 702 equipment in the 502 box, are you basically paying double for the cabinet?

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    Re: Fyne 702 and 502sp

    Quote Originally Posted by gwnm2 View Post
    so if the 502's are basically the 702 equipment in the 502 box, are you basically paying double for the cabinet?
    The size and shape of the cabinet is what takes them to another level in a similar way the 502SPs do over the stock 502s. Also the Xovers are not 100% identical, but pretty close from what I have read.

    The 702 will probably play better in a larger room because the 502SPs are more than enough for most rooms. My room and ability to set mine up properly is nil, but they surprise me with each disk I have not played thru them. Would I have liked to have the 702s? For sure, but budget is always a factor and with the price increases now, the 502SPs are still one of the best $6K (no longer $5K) speakers out there.
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    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Tara Labs Cables


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    Re: Fyne 702 and 502sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    The size and shape of the cabinet is what takes them to another level in a similar way the 502SPs do over the stock 502s. Also the Xovers are not 100% identical, but pretty close from what I have read.

    The 702 will probably play better in a larger room because the 502SPs are more than enough for most rooms. My room and ability to set mine up properly is nil, but they surprise me with each disk I have not played thru them. Would I have liked to have the 702s? For sure, but budget is always a factor and with the price increases now, the 502SPs are still one of the best $6K (no longer $5K) speakers out there.
    This nails it. We have both. The 702 is definitely better, but the 502SP remains the best value in the lineup.


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    Re: Fyne 702 and 502sp

    so am i correct in saying that to go from the 502 to the 702 or even the 703 what you're gaining is the ability to better fill the room, not necessarily detail etc?

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    Re: Fyne 702 and 502sp

    Quote Originally Posted by gwnm2 View Post
    so am i correct in saying that to go from the 502 to the 702 or even the 703 what you're gaining is the ability to better fill the room, not necessarily detail etc?
    I did not get to compare the 502SPs to the 702s. I did get to hear the F1-8s and preferred the 502SPs. I guess it all comes down to your goals, room size and what you will drive them with.

    I will have to let those who heard both in question comment further.
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    Rotel RCD-1572 / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Fyne Audio F502SPs > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Tara Labs Cables


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