Fyne Audio, the renowned Scottish audio specialists, are making a significant sonic statement with the introduction of their latest marvel - the F1-8S. This new addition to the esteemed F1 Series offers both an elevation in height compared to the F1-8 standmount and a more accessible option within the realm of high-end audio.
While it's important to note that the F1-8S doesn't quite tread into budget territory, it offers a more wallet-friendly alternative at an MSRP of £12,999 per pair, compared to its more substantial siblings, the F1-10S and F1-12S, which command considerably higher price tags. Joining the F1-8 standmount, introduced back in 2020, as well as the F1-5, the F1-8S introduces a sleeker and more conventional design that diverges from the distinctive vintage aesthetics found in Fyne Audio's other collections, including the captivating Classic VIII.
Despite the price differential, the F1-8S maintains a robust set of high-tech features, with the primary divergence being the upgraded 8-inch IsoFlare driver (the model number hints at the larger driver sizes in the F1-10S and F1-12S). Though marginally smaller, it retains the core attributes that define Fyne Audio's signature sound quality - a multi-fiber mid/bass cone, a 25mm magnesium tweeter, and an array of refinements. These refinements include Fyne Audio's proprietary FyneFlute roll surround, a newly designed cast aluminum chassis, and ferrite high-frequency magnets.
Moreover, the F1-8S incorporates Fyne's own BassTrax technology, featuring a dual-layered aluminum plinth and a Tractrix diffuser cone, contributing to enhanced low-frequency performance. This innovative design approach ensures that the speaker delivers substantial bass depth and weight, making it more forgiving in terms of room positioning and placement.
The F1-8S doesn't stop at pure audio quality. It also offers intuitive front-mounted controls - 'Energy' and 'Presence.' The 'Presence' control, in particular, allows adjustments of up to +/- 3dB in the 2.5kHz to 5kHz range without compromising the speaker's overall balance or its faithful reproduction of the original recording.
The Fyne Audio F1-8S is available now, inviting audiophiles to indulge in high-end audio excellence at a price of £12,999 per pair. The speaker showcases the same meticulous craftsmanship found throughout the F1 Series, featuring an elegant Piano Walnut Veneer finish. With dimensions of 1086 x 335 x 445mm and a weight of 30kg each, the F1-8S is not just an auditory masterpiece but a visual one as well.
For more information, including details on local retailers and demo rooms, visit the official Fyne Audio website. So, if you've woken up today with an insatiable craving for exceptional audio, the F1-8S promises to deliver an auditory journey that transcends expectations.