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Question Fyne Audio F301 or Klipsch R-51M speakers

willsurvive

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Hi 👋

I’m about to upgrade my hifi set up and I’m trying to decide between Fyne Audio F301s and the Klipsch R-51Ms. Does anyone have any experience with either? They’ll be paired with a Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 and an Audio Technica AT LP5 turntable.

A lot of my vinyl is reggae so bass performance is a concern for me. Obviously I’ll only get so much bass for my buck with bookshelf speakers but that’s what’ll fit!

Also interested to know of other recommendations in the same sort of price range. I must admit that I love the look of the Klipsch speakers so I’m trying not to be swayed by appearances.
 

Al ears

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Hi, welcome to this forum.
Can you actually audition any of these speakers?
It would be good to get something that you like the sound of in your room rather than having many different opinions as to what we think you should buy.
For what it's worth your amplifier should be able to drive either of your choice of speakers reasonably well.
Having said that if it is bass you're after the Klipsch are probably the better choice in this case, but the Fyne is the better "all round" speaker if you can give it some space away from rear wall.
Please note this is simply my opinion
 

record_spot

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You might, instead of separate passive speakers and amp, get more bang for your buck looking at the active version of the Klipsch speakers, the R-51PM. Mentioned as they're well reviewed, but also enjoy good deep bass apparently.

Techradar review here :-

About £400 a pair. Worth a look and likely rather better than your Topaz AM10 amp I'd say.

Edit: just noticed these might be truly active and might have the amplification in one speaker only, and the other is the "slave". Worth checking.
 
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record_spot

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Not if you do go the active route you may require a preamp to add devices other than your turntable and a volume control in place of the Topaz
Product details suggest the onboard preamp enables volume control and input selector too via the remote control handset.
 

willsurvive

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Thanks for the advice. Will take a look a the powered option though it might overstretch my budget a bit (don’t think I could sell the existing Topaz for much). Luckily I only listen to vinyl so as long as I get the input right the first time I could afford to lose the remote 😀

Shame it’s a bit tricky to demo speakers at the moment with all the Covid restrictions. I’ll have to take a punt!
 

Kpierce

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The Klipsch fives and sixes are also extremely attractive speakers that are well reviewed. Have basically any and all connections you might need. Pricey, but incredibly gorgeous.
 

Geoff777

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I am in a somewhat similar position with this choice. I actually have 2 systems and one of them has the Klispch R 51M which I love, I have them coupled with a Cambridge SX 120 Sub which with fine tuning blends seamlessly.
My other system has floor stander Monitor Audios and I need to sell them on as I cannot have them out into the room where they would breath better, So I am considering the Klipsch R 51 M or the Fyne F 301 and maybe adding a sub - however the Receiver in that room has no 'Sub out' so need a sub that takes speaker level ( separate issue!)
I love the Klipsch R 51 M's they play music and sound nice at all levels with, or without, the sub!
I am interested to hear them side by side with the Fyne Audio F 301's which sound great in online reviews.
I will be interested to see how you get along!
 
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