My love for Fendas begun with its model F&D A510 when I was really awed with its surprise performance. So that was just an experience altogether than a flat review ! But, after an aural honeymoon for nearly a year with them, I was looking for a change and was willing to compliment my shelves with new sets of speakers. And since my belief with Fenda (F&D) got firm with every new models I auditioned, it was obvious for me to go with that brand again (they really made a returning customer out of me !).

And for an upgrade, I zeroed in on much touted and promoted F&D F680 for the two key reasons:

1. If F&D A510/A520 can deliver stellar performance with sub 2K budget, I was excited to learn how F&D F680 would sound like with almost 1.5 times the price.
2. They have been promoting it vehemently and I too got the numerous requests to audition the same.

F680
F&D F680

Luckily, the vendor this time again let me to spend good half hour with speakers prior to buying. And since I went fully prepared, I had few of the test tracks with me to exploit their acoustic ability.

Package Content

As usual with F&D, the sets came neatly packed with 2 mini satellites with not-so-massive woofer unit. This was also accompanied by an alien-ship like (wired) remote with volume knob over the top. A RCA cable was a welcome piece for those who’d be willing to couple it with their standalone CD Players.

Build Quality

satellite-speaker
Satellite Speaker with Metallic Neck

Maiden Impression – it justified the price tag ! The first thing to catch my fancy was the sturdy built of satellites. They came with metallic neck (thus giving it a comfortable weight) and slightly sticky rubberized base for nudge free grip over the surface ruling out any slippage. Their upward tilted posture also assured me of enveloping performance with acute throw.

The design of Subwoofer unit was simple yet elegant with flat metal grill in front. For this size, I didn’t expect to be that heavy and I was not wrong.Then came the remote (wired control pod) which was big enough to give some tangible feel in hand while churning with the volume adjustments. A bigger knob is always appreciated as it opens up the room for minute volume iteration with good precision, so I went happy with what was provided. Overall look was compact with very less visible foorprint but promising.

Features & Specification

wired remote
Wired Remote (Control Pod)

The manufacturer boasts of having Class D amplifier as the product’s USP.Since majority of F&D products comes with USB or card reader support, I was rather disappointed to see none existed here. I presume they again focused much in acoustics than frills. Wired remote was a good addition itself for the sake of ergonomics with headphone out and line-in connectivity.

Coming over the specifications, 17.5Wx2 (for satellites) + 35W (Subwoofer) summed up to hefty 70W RMS (18 W richer than A510 & A520). I didn’t go for SNR and other sonic specs as I believe my ears & real world tests first.

AVR is something which is common to all F&D products which may be a life saver if you notice soft voltage  fluctuations with your area (I’m skeptical if it will address the problem of surges & spikes, but gives you a wide operating voltage limit).

Performance

With drum set on rolls, I was all set to fire up all the tracks while having it connected to the laptop (and my Tab eventually). A red light switch glowing at the rear greeted me for the go ! When it played the first track, few onlookers over the shop also gathered to get the feel of it (Success !).

The sound were pretty clear and detailed. Woofer was oozing out thumps and thuds with no sign of distortion at all (even with volume knob cranked at max). Seeing significant power being delivered with the speaker of this size was clear sign of Class D amplifier in business (They are generally for low power consumption & high power output even with smaller size). Though not as loud as I expected it to be, but clarity came in for the compensation. Satellite in its full glory were keeping up with its aesthetics – they were not only good looking but sounded equally well. But again, I was wee bit disappointed for its size. By no means higher notes were on compromise, but the mid frequency was struggling a bit to mark its presence out of few vocal laden tracks (and the problem of upper mids is inherent with most of the speaker sets with 2.1 channel configuration). This is where a slightly bigger satellite (3-4 inch than existing 2.25 inch) could have made it a musical rockstar. Those with electronicas and pop would not find any octaves to complain about as no matter what music I threw, they lived up to the reputation of their predecessors. Listening string instrumentals over them was a pure bliss.

Contrary to its minuscule visible footprint, these are the babies with ability to scream ….

Not sure if this will come out with flying colors in living room dimension, but they have enough juices to set a bedroom on shake. Neither a thunderer, nor a bass rumbling monster – sharp, balanced and accurate are the words that best defines its tonal characteristic. To sum up, F680 is a  sweet treat for both eyes and ears at the same time.

Verdict

Model F&D (Fenda) F680
Features ★ ★ ★
Build Quality ★ ★ ★ ★
Performance ★ ★ ★ ★
Value for Money ★ ★ ★ ½

Having said above, I for my own matter of preference chose to stick with current speakers only. Reason – I found no considerable upgrade gain while replacing A510 with F680 while shelling out extra 1.5K (I was looking out for major boost in acoustic domain than visual delicacy). But since these speakers go with its USP of big-sound-in-small-package, this makes a worthy purchase for fresh buyer who is not looking out for any replacements like me. So, for those who is in a hunt for compact & aesthetic solution with enough punch would not regret owning it.

Meanwhile, I’m better off with my year old bombastic bride till I find yet another piece to lay my love on it !

Note: Be advised that every speaker does have a burn in period. Since I was auditioning a fresh piece, maybe they were not delivering complete open performance which they are ought to do after prolonged usage of 1-2 weeks.


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58 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the detailed review of F680. I was impressed with its looks and anxious to know if there is a big difference in the sound of this set as compared to A510/A520 both of which are nearly 40% cheaper. It appears the F&D team has spent much time on visuals only, trying to imitate the Bose Companion 5 and Creative T3, and did not care to upgrade the audio part, except increasing the wattage by 18W. The Chinese website of this product touts of a 5.1 effect (like the Bose Companion 5) which is doubtful and to be taken with a pinch of salt. Having said this, it would still be a good buy for a fresh buyer who would want looks also, apart from impressive performance like A510/A520, but not good enough to persuade a A510/A520 owner to replace it with this.

      • By the way, have you heard Creative T3 ? If yes, what is your expert opinion on the same? If you ever come across any 2.1 sets (F&D or others) with a better audio quality than A510/A520/F680, please do write a detailed review so that many music hungry souls will be happy and secondly, nobody can write a review on speakers like you do.

        • To be honest, I myself is looking out to go for some premium models bidding adieu to F&D (no doubt they are still over the top in the given price bracket). I’d be most interested in sound quality itself than thunderous or loud performance (unlike T3 or Z623). My only gripe with any 2.1 system is the compromised mids – so Im not sure if I’ll be going again with same configuration (until & unless the speaker set has 2 way satellites). I was also eyeing on PQube by Sonodyne, but a negative comment on HiFiVision held me back again. Will pen down my review once my hunt for newer system is materialized !

          And thanks for your word of appreciation 🙂

        • Thanks for the reply. I have a small query. Since you have heard both A510 and F680 you are the best person to enlighten me. The frequency response of A520/510 is mentioned as 20hz-20000 Khz whereas F680 shows a frequency response of 65hz – 20000khz. The PMPO/RMS power is no doubt higher in F680. The Woofer size is same but the volume of the box of F680 is a bit smaller compared to A510/520. Now how do you differentiate the sound quality, in your own preference. Is F680 better sounding in the lower segment of sound? Is it boomy or full bodied (the wet, thud kind of sound which hits the chest without sounding boomy)? I feel, it might sound sharper than A510/520 as the satellites have 2.5 inch speakers instead of 4 inch but that will make the midrange missing. I shall be glad to hear from you. Please let me know.
          Thanks,
          Jayaram.K.

          On Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:34:04 +0530 wrote

        • The chest punching sound you are mentioning may not be found such systems with weak power outputs (and weight). Though they may get loud enough to induce vibrations in window panes which is because of different sonic reason (as mine does !).

          F680 sports the woofer size identical to A510/520, but the enclosure is visibly small. Its not boomy and the bass is tight. But as we agreed, I found no compelling reason to replace my A510 with F680 (when talking about low end solution).

        • Please help
          In a confussion to buy A520 or F680 ?
          I will get A520 for 2200 RS and F680 for 3000RS .
          Both will be ok for me in my budget , But I need the best one .

          I need a boomy bass not a tight one ? so which one should i choose .

          Hope you will reply even though this conversation starts before one year .

          I searched all over all blogs for the review for this product . Its only your blog tells the review of F&D products in the best way and comparison

        • I’ve already mentioned it in my concluding statement as I knew that guys will be looking at it in the sharp contrast of A510/A520. If looking at compactness and style, F680 is the way to go. If you can bear little greater woofer (compared to F680) which may go boomy when bass level kept at max, A520 is the choice.

          I too personally stayed with my A510 as I saw no significant improvement with F680 with extra 1.5K at that time. You can also consider A521/A511 over both the models which is an enhanced version of A510 as per me with new good looking satellites and few frills like USB reader for direct mp3 playback.

          Bonus tips : Also look at the various other websites to get better bargain. Flipkart seeing the good sales have escalated the costs by greater margin.

        • Thanks a lot . . Finally one more Doubt
          I jus checked A511 , It has stunning looks , Comes with USB features .

          Have you used 511 ?

          I am not considering looks , but both has similar price range ?which is the good one considering sound and bass ?

        • This is an over-repeat, WOOFERS (the main unit), is all same for all models suggested with USB reader as an extra. Satellites again is more of a cosmetic difference than acoustic. Hence its all identical at the core, you can make a choice as per your own featurelist and budget.

  2. Hi Aamit nic review about the product,
    Are these speakers good for connecting to a LED TV.?
    I m thinking of buying these so please help me…
    Thank you in advance.

    • It will rather depend on the room size and the source by which you will feed input. And if you have made up your mind with nothing more than 2.1 system, I’d be still with A510/A520. But if want to compliment your LED TV’s sleek looks, F680 will live up to the expectation. And if you can stretch your budget till 7-8K, give no second thought to F6000U – the 5.1 channel earth rattler !!!

      • Thank you Aamit for your reply..
        You cleared my doubts..because i heard some reviews that its not good
        for connecting to tv. As u said i am mainly choosing these for the awesome looks…And 1 more question is whether we can connect it with a RCA cables or

        should i have 3.5mm female to RCA connector..?

        • Well, its the configuration itself (2.1 channel) which is the actual culprit than the speakers. Though it’s not a thumb-rule that 2.1 channel should not sound good with AV stuffs. A good 2.1 shall perform better than mediocre 5.1 ! It also depends upon your budget as I said.

          As for the cables, its no issue with F&D as it comes bundled with both RCA & 3.5mm cables separately !

          PS : I primarily use my A510 with laptop. And seeing movies (especially BDRips) never disappointed me over the audio front.

        • Thank you once again Aamit..
          It was a good experince discussing with you..!!
          how would you compare these with F&D F3000U 5.1 Multimedia Speakers..?
          Which 1 should i be choosing?

        • There is major price difference between the two (6000u & 3000u), so straight comparison would be a sin. But if budget is the constraint, one can take 3000u as a lite edition of its big brother who may be little weak in power but has enough juices within to keep you entertained !

  3. Nice review Amit…
    I wanted you to give your opinion
    on Sony SRS-D9 2.1 Multimedia Speakers ..
    And how would you compare the performance of F&D F680 with sony D9
    when connecting with a LED TV

    • Well, I haven’t compared both the sets side by side but have listened to SRS-D9 for a brief moment and it didn’t disappoint me. I wish I fiddled the set for more time with different music genre and different sound levels but the sales guy seemed to be little reserved for that freedom. And ‘how does it fare with LED TV’ is a very generalized question. It certainly means you’d be using it for all purpose i.e. movies, music, games, soaps, news etc. If the sound quality convinces you (most of the user reviews on Flipkart were positive), then go for it ! Plus, it also has built in USB playback which is a definite advantage. But price may be the yet another factor while taking a pick (~ 1K difference as of now).

  4. Nice review Amit Sir,
    According To You Which One Has More Deeper Bass:
    F&D A520/521 Or F&D F680 ?
    Because I Prefer Quality Over Quantity 😉
    Reply ASAP..

    • Personally speaking, I’d still prefer F&D A520/521 over F&D F680 for the reason stated in conclusion. I saw no extra punch in additional 1500/- that one will pay. BTW, you can also hunt for F&D A511 which seems quite promising as a new entrant.

      • Again,F&D A511 Looks Good But It Doesn’t Have A Good Frequency Response 🙁
        F&D A521 Is Best In This Price Range..!
        Please Share Your Personal Experience With F&D A511

    • Reviving a age old thread but, if you’re still active.., Im confused between F&D A111U and F&D A521 as I’m much more concerned abput bluetooth and remote functionality.
      Having a usb option is enough because i plan to buy a rs. 100 bluetooth dongle for wireless operation.
      And also having a remote will be useful.
      With features aside, how do these two compare on performance front, yes i do understand that A111U is lower powered 35w RMS and A521 is a 52w model.. Will the difference in performance be very noticeable ?

        • Hi Amit
          Its been long since you have written the review for a521 and f680. I am sure there have been a lot of new models come in the market after your review. I am planning to buy 2.1 speaker in budget 2-3K. Do you think a521 is still the best bang for the buck even today? Are there newer models which you feel are better today?

        • Well, I indeed came across few more potent models from the same brand afterwards. But there were few queries if I’m ‘paidvertizing’ F&D in disguise. Comments punched in with all my reviews honestly reflects if I wrote my own experiences or is it a paid campaign. I of late also had an article theft issue with Fenda’s official blog (they removed it after I raised the matter). Fenda itself never acknowledged my work which passively boosted their sales with given models (better than what they are doing on official Facebook page).

          With all experiences above, I ceased to write over the newer models I bought further. I’m though available for all types of queries – be it here or by mail.

          Hope this answers others’ question as well …

        • Thanks for your response. This is sad indeed, especially because I find your reviews very honest.
          With your current knowledge of the speakers value, can you suggest me a VFM f&d 2.1 speaker? Would it still be the a520 for a budget around 2-2.5K?

  5. Hi Amit, I guess this message comes a bit too late considering how long back this blog/ post was penned down 🙂

    Nonetheless, here goes.

    I was looking for a good quality audio solution involving a Marantz 15xx series AVR and a couple of Bookshelves (Cambridge Audio S30). This I was told would suffice for excellent quality movies and music both. But a slight change in my fiscal balance is making me consider low cost alternatives (VFM) for the time being. Say for the next 1-1.5 yrs and so.

    Budget presently is under 10K.

    Have noted down the Fenda F&D F6000 and the F&D F3000. What is the major difference between both? Are these sensible considering what I am looking for?

    I am also not sure if to go for the “U” version of the products or the regular. What type of inputs are accepted in either case? I plan to use USB/ Laptop green cord connection to play.

    I am based out of Goa. In case of any service/ RMA requirement, what will I have to end up doing? I dont think they have a base in Goa.

  6. Hey Amit,

    Couldnt see my previous comment displayed. If you are posting it/ responding please delete this present one.

    I have heard only good things about F&D speakers since a while. And presently tied up between the F&D F6000 and the F&D F3000U units. What is the major difference between both?

    I am also not sure if to go for the “U” version of the products or the regular. What type of inputs are accepted in either case? I plan to use USB/ Laptop green cord connection to play.

    I am based out of Goa. In case of any service/ RMA requirement, what will I have to end up doing?

    • Apologies for delay in response and making you wait ! Will answer your concern one by one :

      1. That was exactly my case and changed my purchase plan in the last hour as an interim piece until I go for full blown audiophile setup (yet to do so as the budget is constantly shooting up with my own desire to have a monster at home !!!)

      2. F6000u indeed is a good piece with enough loudness and punch to keep your neighbors shouting at you. But I’m quite skeptical of its surround sound capability as you wot find any real splitting of different channels with speakers in this budget (they are pseudo-surround). But this indeed is a mega performer in its category given that you manage to get it within 7.5K (prices have been revised).

      3. Why don’t you go for Norge or Nibbana combination which have budget category speakers (2.0) and does a commendable job.

      4. For the reason cited above in Ravi’s reply, I also have F&D A570 with me, but didn’t write the review as I ceased to. This is a good decor item with good sound (will post screenshots if you’d like to !!!)

  7. Thanks for excellent reviews Amit. I recently bought F&D A510 after reading your review. Got good offer from snapdeal (at 1.7K). I am stunned with amazing sound quality of these speakers!

    I paired them with my plasma tv too. But I feel these speakers are weaker for large living room. Will you please suggest me 2.1 channel speakers within 6K?

    • F&D A570U has an ability to fill the living room with enough loudness. Its a unique combo 2.1 speaker and a home theatre as because of it satellites as towers. Woofer unit is bigger and louder than what you have purchased. It also have USB or Card reader as extra feature which gives you a bang for the buck in the given price bracket.

  8. hello amit, thanks for taking such pain in writing detailed reviews like this. I need help from you in selecting speakers. I wanted to buy F680 2.1 but as they are out of stock in market, shall I go for A520.? It is clear from your review that these are good value for money speakers but this review was written a year ago, so I need input from you as if they are still the best option under 3k budget?? You can reply here or at my email as well. anilraj.narooka@gmail.com I’ll be thankful to you for your time and suggestions.

    • F680 was something which was high on styles but similar on decibels. And since that is out of stock, A510 shall keep you happy ! And if you want some extra features like USB & Card readers for direct playback (of course at few extra bucks), this will again meet your sonic expectations. Also read the reviews of (certified buyers) the same at Flipkart which compliments my review. Happy listening !

  9. I want to purchase a 2.1 audio system of F&D .I want FM /USB /REMOTE facility. I selected these models ..
    A111F
    A530 U
    A520 U

    which is good audio quality and please sujjest one for me .

    Jayaprakash
    kerala

  10. Hi Aamit and other readers,

    Ther is a new model of F&D F690 priced betweek 4.1K and 4.9K.
    The model seems to have good reviews online . It has 60 W RMS .
    Any idea whether this is a execllent speaker in its range .
    Also what difference it will make if I have 2.1 or 5.1 in an average sized room

    Thanks in advance

  11. Hi Amit,

    Quite good reviews you have written for Fenda audio systems…
    I am planning to buy F550x – 2.1 speakers, any suggestion on whether it is worth to
    spend around 3500/- on this?

    • Go for it friend !

      It’s a supermodel from Fenda’s stable which not only looks good but sings well too ! Apart from that, you also have an advantage of Bluetooth capability to play music without wires, a FM radio and a remote. A worthy upgrade if you own any of the speakers that I reviewed here.

  12. Hi Aamit

    I am planning to buy a good quality 2.1 system and has zeroed in for Sonodyne Pqube and Logitech Z623. The Z623 is a cheaper one but it is THX certified and has more RMS power than Pqube. So I am more inclined to it and looking for your suggestion if it will be a good buy within the sub 10k bracket.
    I have a F&D F6000 5.1 system. It has a good woofer but the satellites cant deliver much clarity.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Thanks Subhendu for stopping by !

      I too want to come across the sonic performance of Sonodyne PQube but there are both rare in terms of market and any other user review. Try as I may, I didn’t come across them in my city too. I too saw them as a better solution in mid-end audiophile segment if they justify the price. I’ll reserve my review for that until I actually audition them.

      Z623 in many sense is a bass boomer and I didn’t like the highs they produced. Its not mild but overshadowed by the overpowering subwoofer. Good for thuds and thumps, but I personally wont prefer it for music listening.

      The problem with this category is that there is no good speakers available at or around 10K budget. Either stick to what is being offered in plenty around 4-5K or escalate the budget to 15-20K with better performing ones (Like Swan, Boston Acoustics, Cambridge Audio etc).

      I have also heard a lot about Edifier, but again wont be able to comment over that as of now.

  13. Hello Amit,

    I want a 2.1 system for my living room to enahnce the TV output and play music as well.I did see theFendaF550X and F380X.I would love to have good bass and crisp sound for listening to indian music as well. What do you suggest ?If there is a better model I am willing to shell out the extra buck.

    • Out of F&D 500X & F380X, former will be the best pick and you’ll love its geeky appearance followed by packed features. And if you want something a hall piece (little pricier), then go for F&D T-400x (can find it on few online shops) which is both loud & powerful with room filling capability.

  14. Hi Amit,

    Really good reviews about speakers. Thanks for the information you have shared (I was searching reviews about Fenda speakers from 3 days). I am planning to buy a 2.1 for my home where i want to replace my existing Sony SRS D9. I am not able to decide between Harman Kardon Soundsticks 3 and Fenda T200X or T400X.

    As per my knowledge i am not able to see many places which is selling T200X model. I hope you can throw more light on these models. What do you suggest and whats your opinion on the same.

    Soundsticks 3 costs around 15K as per amazon.in, T200X is around 7K – Snapdeal and T400X you have already mentioned so no details required i suppose :).

    Looking forward for your response and eager to hear from you at the earliest.

    Thank you..

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog !

      I’ll directly come to the point.

      F&D T200X : This is yet another stunner by Fenda with interesting soundbar to satellite concept that can be a great television mate. Featurepacked and a real thumper (downfiring 8″ subwoofer), it will be a good listening piece if you can find it (available on ebay though).

      F&D T400X : This is certainly a room filler with enough loudness to accompany the TV sets in living room. But the satellites are little short on sparkles as I would have preferred by listening to the another models. Great but on earth shattering.

      Harman Kardon Soundsticks iii : Overpriced, but its sonic ability is unquestioned. Mostly a desktop material because of it stunning looks. Won’t compare it with T200X because of the obvious reason of double the price. Go for it if happy to keep near computer with no budget constraint ! (Mind you, it dont have frills like bluetooth pairing and USB playback)

  15. Thank you Amit for the quick response.

    I also had the impression i should go for T200X, but i have heard not so good impression about ebay’s delivery and return policies. 🙁

    But i really want to buy this model since it has many features. Satellites are convertible, have bluetooth, FM Radio, Bass and Treble control (not on remote though) and USB port. I feel it is a complete device with this price range. I am in Bangalore and not able to find any store which sells these speakers. I think i have to go out and start searching.
    Do you suggest to buy from ebay? please let me know how was your experience if you have bought anything..

    T400X, as you correctly told it feels tall to use on top of table and feels short to keep it on the floor. but it has advantage of power and remote is having more control than T200X like Bass and Treble control is given along with other features

    Harman Kardon speakers have bluetooth connectivity (Sound sticks III), but does not have remote and USB and is overprice when compared with what F&D is offering for the price.

    Thank you for the response 🙂

  16. Hi.. I am sarang.. I need a f&d speaker. Which is the best speaker?? My budget is 5000. I want a boomy sound like a theater. Not over bass

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