Reimagined retro speakers are most definitely a trend in the hi-fi world right now, and there's plenty of evidence to support that at the High End Munich show taking place this week. Fyne Audio might have even stolen a march on the competition with the launch of its Fyne Vintage range – and the promise of possibly the biggest range of retro-inspired speakers to date.
The company is showing off four Vintage speakers in Munich, with three more models said to be on the way, so there should be something for everyone – everyone who is fond of wooden finishes, that is.
Fyne Audio is dividing its range into Vintage and Vintage Classic. The latter is somewhat more affordable and uses MDF in the construction alongside a real wood veneer, while the more expensive, 'no compromise' Vintage speakers are real wood throughout.
Both use familiar Fyne proprietary technology – the IsoFlare drivers, the FyneFlute surround design, and BassTrax ports. The Vintage models add "deep cryogenically treated" crossovers into the mix, too, which certainly sounds cool. And they have the ability to tune their sound to your room with "the analogue 'dial' Presence and Energy control".
So far we have tech specs for five speakers in the range. At the more affordable end of the price spectrum are the Classic X and Classic XII, which are 2-way designs featuring 25cm and 30cm bass/midrange drivers respectively, paired with 75mm titanium dome tweeters.
Up the ante and the Vintage Ten, Twelve and Fifteen offer 25cm, 30cm and 38cm mid/bass drivers, plus the 75mm titanium tweeters.
Official prices and release dates are TBC but the range is set to span the £4000 to £30,000 range. Fyne is aiming to deliver the speakers by the end of the year.
Retro-modern designs have been in favour in recent years as the likes of the JBL Classic range and Wharfedale Linton have deftly demonstrated how old designs and new technologies can combine to make not only visually gorgeous but also sonically class-leading speakers in today's market.
Considering the success of previous Fyne speakers that use similar technology, such as the F1-8 and F701, we can't wait to hear the finished Vintage article later in the year. (We certainly enjoyed the sound of the demo room in Munich.)
For more news from the show, head over to our Munich High End 2022 round-up.