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    Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    I had been hunting for a new pair of speakers for a while. I sold my Clearfield Continentals, but still have my 20 y/o Dynaudio 82s that I always loved but they lack top end that the CFs had. The CFs lacked in Bass. I was looking for something to handle both top and bottom well.

    Budget wise, I started looking at the F502s and finally got a chance to drive 3 hours each way in the rain to hear them. I took a bunch of my own music to demo. They were using a Rogue integrated which was a decent unit. My wife and I listened for about an hour and were both underwhelmed with what we heard. Vocals were in the middle of the room, bass was in the back corner and so on. I had planned to listen to the SP version just to see what I would be missing so we took a break while the guy swapped out the two pairs.

    We spun the same music again and it was night and day differences. Everything wrong with the 502s was there in spades with the SPs. After deliberation, I decided to double my budget and go for the SPs in Black. After many delays, bad info on timing, tracking sent that was for someone else, then my pair never showing up in the second delivery, Suncoast had the distributor to send me a pair of SPs in Walnut as they were sitting there in the warehouse. Then UPS screwed up with the delivery day and I took off from work for nothing.

    They finally arrived, and they are just gorgeous. The High Gloss Walnut is one of the best finishes on speakers I have ever seen. Packaging was great, and unboxing was easy. I also purchased a set of IsoAcoustic G3 Footers which I mounted before flipping the boxes over. I then used furniture sliders to get them in place.

    When I initially wrote this, they were not yet 3 weeks old yet and probably only 50 hours on them so far so impressions are not from a fully broken in pair yet. I now have about 120 hours max and will note differences where noticed.

    So here are my initial thoughts....

    If you don't like Bass, don't get these speakers. (I have at times had to engage my Tone Controls on my Luxman 505UXII and back off the bass a little)
    If you don't like lots of Detail, don't get these speakers.
    If you prefer hearing the sound from boxes as opposed to the band being in your room, don't get these speakers.

    Out of the box, the Bass was bloated and boomy as to be expected. I used disk after disk of Bass Heavy music and when playing Marcus Miller M Squared, you could hear changes between the start and end of the disk.

    Note: The Bass has been tightening up as Mike told me it would. I will give it more time.

    Before I go any further, my room and gear placement sucks.
    Due to my room and how I have to setup on a 45 degree angle, I have an issue with the bass overloading both front and back corners and have started figuring out some crude bass trap experimenting. I have just learned that the better your speakers are, the more you notice just how bad your room sounds.

    Note: Both opposing corners are overloaded. The so-called sweet spot is the corner seat of my sectional, but it puts your head too close to the rear corner. I found if I place a seat directly in front of the corner sofa seat, the overload is mostly un-noticeable.

    The Fynes are very close in size to my Dyns which I thought they had bass. The Fynes are an inch taller and wider and an inch shallower in depth. Speakers of this size should not have this much bass but this is one of the selling points for these beauties. Some have called these the best $5K speakers out there now. They may be right.

    The top end detail is unbelievable. Many disks I have listened to so far are sounding like different versions than what they really are. Vocals are realistic, big and airy, and right there.

    The imaging is killer, with eyes closed nothing can be pinpointed to a specific speaker. The band is in the room with you. It is taller and wider than the placement of the speakers.

    That said, at this point in break in, they are still a little punchy, meaning the combo of Bass Note and Kick Drum come at you harder than other notes or instruments and you feel them. I am hoping this mellows a little but being a bass head, I somewhat like it. Is this what they call Mid Bass Slam?

    Note: Either I am getting more used to the presentation (yes my ears are breaking in along with the drivers) but hoping the punchiness diminishes a little more. It is not an issue at lower volume. And that is another thing about these speakers, they sound great at low volume.

    For reference, the 502SP takes the drivers and much of the Xovers from the 700 series and put them into the 502 box, with a few other changes. At this point in time, it feels like it is too much speaker for the box but again, I got the trickle down so to say.

    As far as build quality goes, from the 501sp and 502sp up, they are all made in Scotland. Everything down from the SPs are made in China. The speakers are a matched pair. They have one serial number appended with A and B. The real statement they made making them a true Matched Pair, is that they used consecutive slices of the veneer on each speaker. All sides and top are basically identical as much as 2 slices of veneer can be. Truly amazing craftsmanship goes into these speakers. They look great with and without the grills which use magnets on the back to hold them when not in use. The do suppress the sound a little bit but not much.

    Highly recommended but for sure, listen to them before buying as the Point Source Design is much different than what most people are used to. Having the Tweeter in the middle of the Midrange is baffling to the eye and ear, but it works and Tannoy has been doing it for a long time.

    More to come when I get more hours on them.

    If they are anything like Jim’s F703s, they may keep changing for a while before the final settling in happens. I sure hope it’s not 1000 hours.
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    Brian

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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 Audio F502SP Review Thread

    Update-

    I think I have about 200 or more hours on the SPs now. I should have kept track somehow.

    So, my room still sucks and is the only downside. These are a lot of speaker and my room is not all that small, just a poor setup but no other real choice. I was able to play around with positioning for better results. They are still dead level and I have not tried any tilting yet but do notice the changes between seated, standing and sitting on the floor.

    I think so far at this point, I still prefer a Silk Tweeter. But, the sizzle and detail from the Fynes is awesome.

    The Bass is still clearing up and becoming more detailed, but again my room is fighting back.
    Vocals may still be the one area I am truly amazed. I sometimes think I am listening to an alternate version.
    The Snare-Kick Drum-Bass Note punch appears to be diminishing some too, which is a good thing. These speakers are just in your face live sounding. Something I am not used to.
    I have had the Grills on for a few weeks and they look Fyne, but I like them both ways. Grills on does muffle the sound ever so slightly.
    Imaging is super, soundstage is bigger than expected and lots and lots of detail between the Luxman and Fynes.

    I was listening to some old Yes the other night and was blown away like I had never heard it before. One track has Jon Anderson singing the same thing in 2 tracks but in about a halve octave off and each track was in it's own channel allowing you to hear them both distinctly where in the past it always sounded like a single track.

    I am still waiting for the angle of the setting sun to change another few feet so I can see the Walnut in the sunlight. They look great in any lighting tho.

    More updates with more hours.
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    Brian

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    Re: Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    Coming up on about 300 hours now. Things have and still appear to be changing.

    The Punchiness seems to have backed off some, or I am now more used to it....I am thinking both. I have had to re-learn how to listen since these speakers are so different than anything I ever owned, or still own. I was not used to super detailed highs or vocals that sound life like. I was not used to Being There, or more the Band being here. I fired up my VAC-Odyssey-Dynaudio system yesterday for the first time in 2 months. As much as I love/ed my Dynes, I realized that they threw the sound from up on the stage, not from across the room. Also, as much as I prefer a Soft Tweeter, I realized the detail was more than lacking with the Dynes.

    The Bass is becoming more detailed each week. I am amazed at the resonance of Bass Strings and these speakers have plenty of Bass for their size. Drums, Cymbols, and Rim Shots are super clear but sometimes too up front. At some point I will hook the Fynes up to something other than the Lux just to see if they change any.

    As I work thru my hundreds of CDs I sometimes think I am listening to Alternate Takes and also liking and appreciating some disks I never play. Even Triumph - Stages, a live CD that sounded like it was recorded in a trash can, now is listenable for the first time in many years.

    As of right now, these speakers have not been touched by human hands since they were built and packaged. I have worn silk gloves during setup and any moving. Yesterday I was dusting them and found the fingerprints of the builder on the metal frames around the drivers and removed them. Yesterday the sun finally set in a spot that threw sunlight on these beauties. The Walnut is just a super awesome finish aside from letting you know when it's time to dust

    I am really liking these speakers and even if they didn't sound as good as they do, they are works of beauty to just stare at, even when not playing.

    How is everyone else enjoying their Fyne Purchases?
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    Brian

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    Re: Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    With the addition of the new Rotel 1572, most of any Bass issues have cleared up. I now realize the that as good as the 1072 is, it was the weak link in the system. I doubt that both my ears breaking in along with the drivers breaking in accounted for the dramatic changes all around.

    I will say tho, my ears and new listening break-in period is pretty much over. I have gotten used to the new sound and am loving it. Now that the Bass is cleaned up, the detail and highs are not over shadowing. Now if I could only blow my room up and setup different....but for now I deal with what I have and lucky it's all in the living room.
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    Re: Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    Congratulations Brian! Beautiful speakers and well written review. Enjoy.
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    Re: Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    Awesome! How’s that finish looking?


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    Re: Fyne Audio F502SP Review Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Awesome! How’s that finish looking?
    Mike, even if these speakers sounded like crap, they are a thing of beauty to just look at. I would have hated the black Only downside is the combo of Sunlight and Dust.
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