F&D (Fenda) A520 Speaker System – Is It Any Good ?

With F&D A510’s review garnering good response, I encouraged myself to write yet another article on its close cousin F&D A520 which I discovered soon after having bought myself the former model. But, given that both models are so identical in performance & core components, I’d just like the readers to redirect to aforesaid review and take it as if they are reading it for the F&D A520’s.

F&D A520

F&D A520 & F&D A520 Multimedia Speakers

 

The only difference between both the models are the Satellite Speakers unit. Whereas A510 sports thermoset hemispherical satellites, A520 comes coupled with wooden babies in cubical form factor. Guys probably would also fall for A520 as they might look more aesthetically appealing to them (quite subjective though). The sound output of the satellites in tandem with the identical subwoofer produces the same soundstage. For me, there was no audible differences between the two despite of the varied satellite units. Conclusively, I again highlight the indistinguishability of both the products when it comes to sonic performance. So, considering F&D A520 as an iterative model of F&D A510, the buying decision will be solely based on looks rather than performance. The only difference is Vintage vs Modern design of satellites with difference in material used with little or no perceivable acoustic differences. Read F&D A510 Review here …

The Verdict :

 

Model F&D (Fenda) A520
Features * * *
Build Quality * * * 1/2
Performance * * * * 1/2
Value for Money * * * * 1/2

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  • Ankit

    Hi Amit,

    Read your F&D A-510 review and liked it.
    As you have tried both A-510 & A-520, I wish that you please tell me is there any difference in the audio between the two.
    I am able to get A-510 at Rs. 300 lesser than A-520 so just wanted a First hand user experience as Flipkart user reviews have been rave for A-520 and NOT the same for A-510.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Well, at this juncture, even I’d go for A520 because of its wooden satellite enclosures. BUT – if you compare them by listening separately, I don’t think if you’d notice any difference. And this is the reason why I didn’t write the separate review similar to A510. Also, I have already stated that they have just a cosmetic difference. Even the wooden satellite is producing superior sound, it is not much audible and noticeable. As for the price, the difference ranges from 100-300 on different stores. And you are reading rave reviews over Flipkart just because A520 stepped in just after A510 and stole the show !!!

  • Ankit

    So should Go for A520 just because of wooden satellite enclosures and A510 for the price difference.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Yes, or maybe because of the looks too. You can also see that performance chart is all same. As for the price, I don’t think if there is much of the difference. So yes, F&D A520 !

  • ankit

    i buy A510 and have little doubt

    when i switch them off directly from main power. it produce some weird sounds while shutdown. but when i shutdown it from switch which is on woofer it don’t produce sound and shutdown properly. so is it good to shutdown it from main switch or power off from woofer switch and then main ?

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      I personally switch it off from mains only because I’ll have to lean against the corner everytime where my subwoofer is placed and had no problem till date. There is no rule of thumb by the way, but while switching it on, go for the mains first – then woofer switch. Explanation here is more of an electrical engineering which goes beyond the scope of this article. Will mail you personally though !

  • Kinshuk

    As per Flipkart page, in additional feature its mention – USB Reader Control. Aamit could you please tell me about its other features too and does it support USB device too?

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Both F&D A510 & A520 has NO USB support for the purpose of direct playback from USB (Pendrives) devices. You can check in different models from F&D for for that particular feature. Also, there are few speakers which are USB powered than normal audio output unit – I guess you are talking about V520 then.

      • Arpit Garg

        Hi. Undoubtedly a superb review. Every cm of it is worth its length in Platinum.
        Regarding USB support, I think Fenda A510 comes with USB as well as SD card port. Also i saw one of these being played directly by a pen drive today itself. Regarding the price..there is a supposedly wholesale outlet “BestPrice” at my place ( Vijayawada AP). They are selling Fenda A510 for 1400 rs in retail. Yes. Price at Reliance store in 1798 rs. Amit i still have my doubts regarding “fullness of sound as compared to Altec Lansing VS2621. I am leaning towards Fenda just because of the capablity to play pen drive. Thanx again for fantastic review making me more confident towards Fenda. Will check out AL VS 2621 and Fenda A510 once more at store before buying though.

        • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

          Thanks Arpit !
          I again confirm that F&D A510 doesn’t have any USB/SDCard slots (I personally own this piece). Though they have other series and models which have all those features. Yes, you can compare between both this brands and can make your conclusions as per your taste. I’ll, if possible, will also try to add review of Altec Lansing AL VS 2621 (or maybe the comparative one).

  • ATUL AMIT

    SUPERB REVIEW…

  • Ketan

    Hello Amit, you really write as you’re website states. Good blog. Coming to point . I am having creative 2.1 which I bought 5 years back with wired remote. sub woofer started making noise something like Grrrrr and i need to switch off and switch on if i’m lucky it will stop what would be the reason?

  • Jayaram

    Hello Mr.Amit,
    I want to buy a decent 2.1 set. I have a couple of sets in my mind =(Creative Gigaworks T3, Logitech Z623, Sonodyne PQube). Since you already own A510 and say that the sound is similar to A520, could you please help me in deciding. I want to know how good/sweet it sounds (the frequency response of A520 is really impressive-if we take their word for it – 20HZ-20000 KHZ which is perhaps the absolute limit and too good to be true – In fact, I remember having heard Creative Gigaworks(Cambridge) 2.1 some years ago and also the THX Certified Razer Mako 2.1 (both of which claimed to have a frequency response of 25Hz to 20000 Khz and they sounded really good). Recently I heard the Logitech Z623 (which was not that impressive – and though Logitech did not mention the frequency response anywhere, I read in some review that it is in the range of 35Hz to 20000 Khz – which again is doubtful as their earlier Z2300 had the same frequency but sounded much better-). I am sure you must have heard any of these speakers. Now, can you compare the sound of A520 with any of the above sets (thought they all are costlier models) or is is anywhere near the Creative T3 (again a costly model). This is just for comparison sake. What I am actually looking for is for a 2.1 system with good range – with the bass that we can not only hear but also ‘feel’ and with a good clarity at the higher frequency.

    Thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Jayaram.K.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Tricky question to reply with, as though they may fall in same category (2.1 channel) but are of different league and performance. I’d indeed answer it with an analogy of two-wheeler with different segments:

      F&D A510/520 : Honda Splendor and any other 100CC bike you think was a bang for the buck in every aspect.

      Creative T3, Logitech Z623 & Altec MX5021 (Discontinued now) : CBZ, Pulsar & Karizma.

      As for the frequency response and ratings, personally speaking, just believe your ears than anything.

      Hope I made my point !

      • Jayaram

        Thanks for the reply. However, I am not a bike freak so I feel stuck. Anyway, please let me know if the bass of A520 is something that we can ‘feel’ – you know how it hits you on the chest – clean, strong, punchy without unnatural boom and the middle and high ranges are sufficiently clear. I agree with you that frequency response and ratings are nothing and the ultimate proof is in hearing. Since you have heard the A510 (which is supposed to be similar to A520 except for the cosmetic difference) what is your judgment on A520? Does it sound like a good competitor to the ones mentioned above.

        Thanks.

        • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

          Well, it indeed have some raw power to produce rumbling bass around the desktop and rattle it too. But feeling thump on the chest is occasional which depends over the kind of beat you are playing (and the player itself). After all, one can’t expect something more out of with this 52 RMS mini-beast and it will be like asking for too much with sub 2K price. But my 8×10 room enjoys all its sonic bliss with commendable clarity.

          Maybe you can try its superior sibling F6000 which comes with 8inch woofer and shall suffice what you are looking for (5.1 channel though but you can configure it for stereo output). And like A520/510, this too will give you a bang for buck with its colossal performance.

          I’ve also written to F&D to launch something in Audiophile or Premium category for which I wont mind shelling out few extra grands and will have REAL competition with the brands and models we both have mentioned above.

          • Jayaram

            Thanks again for the quick reply. I agree that it would be asking for too much to compare a 2.1 speaker costing around 2k with costlier brands costing 4 or 5 times more, but sometimes we do find some really good sets which sound better than their costlier competitors.A520 may be one such set. I do not mind paying a little extra but I expect to get some quality for the amount paid (bang for the buck). That is why all these queries. F6000 looks crowded, and I would prefer a 2.1 any day.

            By the way, I saw the photograph of its successor (?) A521 in their website which has some additional features including a 1.5 inch tweeter in the sat which must give a better detail of the sound. I do not know if this is available in India. I am glad that you have written to F&D to bring out a premium audiophile quality 2.1 system and I sincerely hope that they listen to this. I am sure with the price advantage of F&D it could be the largest selling 2.1 in India. I too do not mind waiting for that.

            Thanks.

            • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

              With my personal experience (that I’ve wrote in my review of A510), I was willing to buy z623 (sad that ultra successful MX5021 is no more in production) but when I listened to this piece, I chose to stick with it only. The reason – Price vs Performance index. The performance which these sets delivers in the given budget is truly impressive. And same can’t be said about its pricier counterparts. So this is what helped me make my decision (though I’m still looking out for premium sets in audiophile range). A510/520 are definitely not of audiophile grade but the BEST (I repeat – THE BEST) in its category and budget or even more. So my last take would be to take it as an intermediate piece for those who cant afford premium beasts but wouldn’t want to miss the bang & boom at the same time.

              • jayaram

                Thanks again. You mentioned that you were willing to buy Z623 but after hearing A520 decided for the latter based on the price vs performance index. Frankly, I found the sound of Z623 loose (loud but not well defined, taught). Did you like the sound of Z623 (even at its current price)? Or you feel that the A520 sound is better compared to Z623? What is the premium/audiophile system you have heard and liked? What is the price quoted?
                Do you think M5021 is a good buy if it is available.I read that it has some hissing problem. By the way, M5021 is available in Naptol for about 8k. I do not know if this is a reliable site.

                • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

                  Well, I was primarily looking out for MX5021. But the later models were little compromised as compared to its earlier siblings (if some online reviews are to be believed). And discontinuation of it also brought down the further hope to purchase it (I too saw it over the site you mentioned but I’m skeptical about it availability). Coming to Z263, yes it is little loud followed by overpowered bass, but I was looking out for THX certified speakers after MX5021 and zeroed in over this. Since I didn’t audition it over my own system with various samples and settings, I’ll reserve it for the future comments. With no sense of comparision, Fenda’s unit gave much of the desired clarity which makes for a good and detailed listening.

                  For you second query, with budget as no constraint, one can go for Denon, Onkyo, Diamond Audio, Wharfedale etc. (I don’t like Bose as all, they are just overpriced units). Personally, the best listening pleasure for me will be out of 2.0 configuration (Subs+Mids+Tweeters in each) than 2.1. And I just hate something like what they call ‘gaming speakers’ – all that they manufacture above 10K bears the name as a marketing gimmick as if gamers are the only one with fat wallet. You can also go for brands like Edifier which also manufactures good sets of speakers in mid range i.e. 2-20 K. And if you take my words for 2.0, then M-audio, Audio Engine, Wharfedale etc are the way to go.

                  • Jayaram

                    Your reply is very revealing. I too have heard Bose (companion 5) and feel that though it sounds soft and sweet, it lacks the punch. Yes, Denon, Onkyo, Diamond Audio etc. are clean sounding speakers but are they available in India and if yes, can you be a little more specific about the model numbers of these and availability?

                    Secondly, I also find the specifications of Edifier S730 attractive. I am sure it sounds good too. Have you heard this? Where it is available on/offline?

                    Thirdly, since you mentioned about 2.0 speakers, I happen to have a set of Mission MK70 speakers, made in Great Britain, with a 6.5 inch PP cone speaker and 1.5 inch tweeter (frequency response 35-20000) but without an amplifier. Can you enlighten me as to how I can connect these to my desktop.

                    • jayaram.k.

                      Dear Mr Amit,

                      Thanks to your superb review and valuable suggestions, I have finally bought A520 and I must say that it is worth every penny. No regrets. It can definitely stand the competition from any 2.1 system in that price range (I got it through Flipkart and it was Rs.1983 when I ordered but later I find it has gone up by another Rs.56/- for reasons best known to Flipkart. The sound is good, full range, excellent mid and decent high, though the bass could have been a little tighter, but since the sub box is very light, it cannot be expected. I too wish they had made the SW a little heavier for that size of the sub-woofer (6.5 inch) which would have made it real hi fi class,but even now it is not a bad bass. The first set I ordered had some volume problem and when contacted Flipkart they immediately replaced the set and took back the defective one.

                      You had queried about the SN ratio of this model – i found it in the leaflet of the second set (it is around 65 db) but all the technical specifications of these sets should be taken with a pinch of salt (except for the sub/sat size).

                      I hope F&D come out with a premium set soon with audiophile quality and with a reasonable price. If you get any positive clue or response from them, please send me a mail.

                      Regards,
                      Jayaram.K.

                      Regards,

                    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

                      You’ve exactly echoed my sentiment !!! I too agree with you for that SubWoofer could have been little heavier, but it all boils down with a single concern – the price it comes for ! And for the price, Flikpart is perhaps exploiting demand-and-supply theory. It was around 1.7K when launched (I bought it for 1.8K in local market).So, contrary to price going down by the time for electronic items, F&D has witnessed reverse trend over Flipkart.

                      Secondly, it would be interesting to see their premium model launched with same price-to-performance ratio keeping we audiophile satiated (have also written them in this regard as a suggestion if they want to have an edge over competition in every segment)…
                      Keeping my fingers crossed till then !

                      And thanks for the feedback, it encourages me to write further …

          • Jayaram

            Hi Amit,

            I wonder if the recently launched F&D F680 is the result of your communication with F&D to launch an audiophile grade 2.1 speaker system. The appearance of F680 is similar to Bose Companion 3 and Creative’s T3 speaker systems. I hope the satellite speakers of F680 which is 2.25 inches like the above two companies is able to handle both midrange and treble and unless they are audiophile grade like Creative T3, they will have a hard time belting out a decent midrange. The subwoofer cabinet size is bigger than A520 and therefore, hopefully the bass should be better. I hope the overall sound quality is as good as or at least nearer to these heavyweights.
            Based on your reviews and comments, I had bought my A520 six months ago and I am very happy with its performance. Though the F&D specification is 20HZ – 20000 KHZ for this, I found out that it sounds best between 40HZ to 16000 KHZ ) and the sound becomes weak and inaudible beyond this range. Yet it sounds quite impressive in the near field. Since I was craving for a little extra treble, I replaced the satellite speakers with two car speakers that I had – a 3 way – 6 inch woofer – 2 inch aluminum mid-range and 1 inch aluminum tweeter – 4 ohms impedance like original satellite speakers- and with a little tweaking with the VLC equalizer sounds much better.Hope it lasts.
            When I saw the news that F&D have launched F680, I remembered your comments. I am sure this is what we were waiting for. An audiophile grade 2.1 system at a competitive price. Please try to review F680 and let us have your valuable suggestions/comments. I am sure, there are so many music hungry souls like us waiting for an audiophile grade 2.1 at a good price.

            Regards,
            Jayaram

  • Kinshuk bajpai

    Do anyone have idea how to save and store FM frequency as well the Bass and treble, Whenever I switched on my A555U it starts with the default settings….

  • BHUPENDER SINGH

    hi amit,
    could you suggest me amongst Fenda A520,521 or A555U.
    thanks in advance.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      For A520 & 521, I guess you missed my lines where I said “the buying decision will be solely based on looks rather than performance” (I also request you the read comments of both the articles which will perhaps answer it all). Both are same car with different headlights !!! So you need worry about how the ride quality will be which is solely based upon engine and other major parts …

      As for A555U (compared to above models), its is little week on bass but rich in features.

  • Susheel

    Good review amith. I got a510 yesterday after a lot of research on 2.1 class. Indeed i was a bit confused bw 510 and 520. My friend owns 520 and i own 510. Wat we observed was treble is quite good in 510 than that of 520. Nd remaining features almost same. No doubt both are great performers for the budget.

  • BHUPENDER SINGH

    thanks a lot Amit, u made my choice much easier now :)

  • BHUPENDER SINGH PANWAR

    Hi Amit,
    one last doubt if could clesr it..
    is it also equally good for watching movies with crisp and clear vocals?..

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Yes it is ! Also make sure that you keep the tonal level with optimum settings (the equalizer settings of player & bass settings of speakers itself)

  • BHUPENDER SINGH PANWAR

    great then… i’m ordering these speakers now… and joining ur league of Fenda A520 speakers :)

  • Deepak K Sajnani

    Hey amit what are ur thoughts on fenda’s new model F680.. it has better output that A520
    F680 is 70W and A520 is 52W.
    Bass drivers are same for both but f680 has better ouput. F680 – 35W, A520 – 20W
    A520 4″ full range driver for the sattelite speakers n f680 has 2.25″ but f680 has a better output of 17.5x2W whereas A520 has an output of 16x2W
    I think F680 costs more that A520
    But purelybased on performance which one would you suggest ??

  • Rohit Checker

    My Question is same as above from Mr Deepak. We hope you can also enlighten over this also.

    Wish to receive a quick reply if possible.

    Thanks

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Rohit & Deepak, F680 quiet a new model over which I’m yet to lay my hands upon. But the specs sounds quiet convincing. Yes, the price is on little higher side but I presume that F&D must have justified them as it did with A510 & A520. Will publish a review as soon as I audition them.

      • Louis

        Hi Amit,
        I was also going to buy F&D’s F680 from Flipkart, but one suspicious thing I see is that Flipkart added this F680, later they marked it as discontinued! Any idea? Did they get any info that F680 does not perform?

  • Rohit Checker

    Dear Amit,

    Thanks for answering the query.
    Also I would like to ask if you could comment about a similar hardware 42RMS 2.1 system of edifier if compared to f&d and the quality of sound difference between edifier and f&d.

    A similar range 2.1 system of edifier is better or f&d. Which one is superior over the other in terms of sound Quality.

    Thanks

  • Louis

    Finally I bought F&D A520 through flipkart.

    Frankly, I bought this 2.1 for movies and so I am happy. As far as its performance in music is concerned, it appears cannot even defeat Creative SBS A300’s bass and treble reproduction. I am telling again, I am very happy as it delivers excellent midrange as well as clear sharp deep bass.

    Let me say the reasons and see the comparisons below after my testing. I have been using SBS A300 for 4 years.

    SBS A300 Vs F&D A520 —->

    – Mix of Tight and Boomy bass Vs slightly Boomy bass with fully lacking tight bass.

    – Average midrange Vs Excellent midrange reproduction. This makes movies much real and enjoyable.

    – Average deep bass clarity Vs Sharp deep bass clarity (theater feeling.)

    – Fair treble reproduction Vs just average treble reproduction.

    – Overwhelming bass Vs Well balanced bass and impressive midranges (Makes overall listening experience stunning)

    No tight bass. Such a bass range appears not reproducible by the subwoofer. I remember many songs that has tight bass sounds as well as vibrations clearly pronounced by SBS A300, but completly disappearing in A520. Maybe the sub specializes in deep bass only (20Hz to 120Hz), then the upper bass end probably suffers. Those deep bass and vibrations SBS A300 struggled to reproduce are well heard and clear in A520. Overall in my view, this makes A520 not up to the mark for music. However the deep bass makes movies real and we feel we are in a theater. It also males us think the frequency reproduction gap between sub and satellites is somewhat large to get noticed while listening.

    For the money we pay, this is excellent for movies and may not be good for music. Also a refreshing experience for all who used Creative in the past days.

    It is also clear that from its specs… A520 will behave like this. Build quality is excellent and amazed to see the stuff.

    Also since the bass is not tight, we may have to give more bass via SRS trubass, DFX etc for a heart thumping bass from the sub. I think, tweaking equalizer bands can affect a frequency that is reproducible and cannot affect that is not reproducible at all.

    Anyway, I really really enjoy it for movies.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Good observations Louis !!! But after few tweaks and thoughtful placements, I’ve managed to squeeze great music performance (I primarily use my sets for music only with casual movies) out of my A510 unit.

      • Louis

        Dear Amit,

        Very hopeful to see your reply stating that A520 can be well tuned from an equalizer. This is really a good news for music lovers owning A520. Could you please share the optimal EQ settings that brought the best out of the drivers? Also please mention how many bands does the equalizer have which you used to fine tune A520?

        I saw at several sites that corner placement of sub and sitting diagonally to it brings more energy towards the listener. Have you discovered any new ideas of positioning the subwoofers for optimal listening experience?

        Regards,
        Louis

        • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

          Shared here is the screenshot of the equalizer settings for better reference. Be advised that it may also depend on the source track like its genre and format. I used FLAC sample for this club music.

          http://i50.tinypic.com/21bkaw1.jpg

          As for the speakers placement, its more of a room acoustics which may be quite subjective in nature. But general rule is – have the Subs placed beneath the table (ground) and the distance between both the satellites should be equal to the distance between you and monitor. A general placement diagram below:

          http://www.gamingnexus.com/Images/Article/jzwxjq3553/1.jpg

          • Louis

            Thank You Very Much Amit; you are so generous to share this with us. The custom preset setting on 10-band EQ is very informative, in this case for club genre, so we all can get into fine tuning A520 with our custom presets for various genres!

            The placement of drivers will be very useful to all of us.

            Once again thanking you Amit.

            • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

              Glad it helped !!! (though mine is A510 – its acoustic twin)

              • Louis

                Amit, I will be back with results after testing A520 sub with frequencies from 10Hz to 300Hz

  • Aseem Patni

    Thank you Amit for your valuable reviews and comments.

    I wanted a 2.1 ch speaker for long but never got a perfect mix of performance with price.

    After going through a lots of reviews i had shortlisted Altec Lansing VS2621 as my final choice. But after going through each and every word of your article and comments, i realised that i should change my decision.

    So now i’ll definitely buy F&D A520.

    Your comments were very helpful in makin my decision. And the speakers placement diagram is also very helpful.

    Thanks a lot. Please comtinue your work by reviewing more products like this. Regards.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Well Aseem, I presume you must have gone through this link for VS2621. They nearly comes up for the same price which may put you into the dilemma. The major difference is power output and subwoofer size where F&D has an edge. You can also go for comments over Flipkart to make the final decision where almost all the purchasers have given it a thumbs up !!!

  • Louis

    I have checked the A520 sub woofer using sounds from 10Hz to 300Hz. It clearly reproduces frequencies from 30Hz to about 130Hz. Above that the reproduction weakens as the range goes up, however it managed to reproduce up to 300Hz. We can hope by using a 10 band EQ or above, tune A520’s subwoofer for tight bass. Then it would be more enjoyable for music too.

    • Tany

      Hey, people same observation as above on my A520. For, Music it needs 10 band eq. with ~125 ~250 ~500Hz notched up. Still the responsibility of tight bass production lies solely with the 4 inch drivers on the satellites which turns out only satisfactory. Treble output is also at most satisfactory. All in all one can never get better speakers for movie viewing but audiophiles may want to look for something in this range by altec-lansing, sony or maybe even edifier.

    • Jayaram

      Hi Louis,
      Can you please share the info as to how you checked the A520 subwoofer sound from 10Hz to 300Hz. I too own A520 and want to know how it sounds in this range( between 10 and 30Hz. In fact, I tried different frequencies and found out that it starts sounding good only from and above 40Hz onwards (30Hz sounds almost inaudible). If I could tune my A520 to 10 Hz (or at least 20Hz onwards) with your help, it would be an added dimension to this set, which has perhaps one of the most sought after 2.1 sets with best and loads of positive reviews.

      Regards,
      Jayaram

      • Louis

        Hi Jayaram,
        I got mp3 files from internet to test subs (not remembering from which website I got it). I played them from a Asus HD media player connected to A520. No equalizer used. I hear frequencies from 20Hz-30Hz on playback but at a higher volume and that is not well audible because we may have some limitation in perceiving them or A520 may not do the job well in this range. Unfortunately, we need to have an equalizer comprising of 30 bands to do such a fine tune (I remember Ashampoo media player have 30 band EQ). 10 band slider boosts frequencies belong to a wide range and is not pretty accurate.

        • Jayaram

          Hi Louis,

          Thanks for the reply. I am unable to download Ashampoo media player (it gets disconnected with the message ‘ an error occured…’. May be it has some virus. Can you please suggest a reliable link to download this player.

          Jayaram

  • Rohit Checker

    Hey Amit,

    Excellent work above. Also would appreciate if you our anyone of the users could comment upon the overall all built and music clarity from similar powered and similar price ranged 2.1 speaker sets from f&d, creative and edifier.

    Which one would be worth a buy and does high watt RMS makes a big difference if u compare 28 w RMS to 34 w RMS to 54 w RMS.

    Thanks

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Thanks Rohit for your word of appreciation ! Well, I’m on my way to check couple of Altec Lansing models which will be published anytime soon. As far as Edifier is concerned, I’ve been hearing of it among some respectable names, so I myself is willing to get my hands dirty over it. Stay tuned for the same !

  • SANJAY

    how about F&D A555U,
    IT IS WITH REMOTE CONTROL,USB AND FM RADIO
    WHICH IS MY REQUIRNMENT.
    PLEASE HELP
    AWAITING REPLY

  • Sid

    Hi Amith,

    I am caught between 520A and 555U. For me 555u is clearly feature rich with USB, radio and even a remote control. Its available for similar price as of 520 via ebay. Why is it similarly priced? is555 a big compromise in terms of sound/ build quality? compared to 520? Have u heard both the models? Please comment

  • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

    I have searched all over the net but couldn’t find its S/N Ratio . Any one know it?
    Amit , please reply.

    • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

      I got it – Signal to noise ratio: ≥ 65dB

  • Louis

    Guys, I have seen a review on flipkart that the volume of the A520 is low (something 20-20W RMS). I felt the same thing even at max volume on source and on A520; then I was using MP3 player on Nokia 3110 handset. But one day for a change, when I switched to my Sanyo MP3 discman.. it was a surprise, unbelievably, with max volume on A520 and only 6 of 32 volume level on discman, our babies started to show the power of 52W RMS. “True Value For Money”

  • vivek

    I just bought a 555U, I”m not an audiophile, but what I hear now is one my best music experience ever. May be because I haven’t tried anything else. I will recommend 555U to anyone. I read through their frequency range. A520 scores 20Hz-20000Hz in full, 555U is sensitive to only 30Hz-90Hz and 140Hz-20000Hz. So, probably A520 caters to the entire audible frequency spectrum, while 555U doesn’t But I feel very happy with 555U so far, with its features like FM and remote.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      Congrats on your maiden purchase ! The satellites of A55U looks slightly better than mine ! Though maybe not as loud as A510/520, but still gives out acceptable quality and features.

  • Viperwolve

    Heyy I just bought a520 :D I must say its awesome and review here helped me a lot :) Having problem at high volumes though but just with heavy metal songs. Bollywood is just awesome at all level…One suggestion though. If you really wanna feel the power of these babies, Get winamp and install http://www.winamp.com/plugin/enhancer-017/81361 … power it on with boost and set aggressive as preset….In Realtek, set to Powerfull and listen xD Trust me, you would see a whole new side of this. When I play “Aur Ho” from Rockstar, my keyboard buttons tend to jump out :D Would have never gotten this without this fine review here :D

  • Viperwolve

    Here it is as it should be ;)

    http://i45.tinypic.com/n4iqms.jpg

  • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

    Amit , recently , I red the first negative review about A520 in flipcart.
    One guy hays it has only bass and the treble levels are too low..
    The main drawback of this product is the Midrange and the Treble range.. is it true ?

    • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

      And what about those 100s of positive reviews who are going gaga over this piece ? I think the guy was expecting too much from that unit or its just an act of mischief.

      • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

        ya , I have contacted a Fenda official , he told me each and everything about Fenda , I am going with those good reviews…
        Including your’s .
        Amit , how long have you been using it ?

        • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

          Made my first purchase a year ago.

          • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

            So … You have been using Fenda A 520 for about 1 year now .. right ?

            • http://www.amitwrites.com Amit

              I own A510. A520 is what my friend owns and I auditioned it with him only and both gives out the same acoustic performance.

          • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

            I mean 510 u r using 510 r8 ?

  • abhilash

    hi,
    “sony srs d5″ or “F & D a520″??

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      If I’d have been you, I’d go for A520/A510 !

  • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

    There is a new model from Fenda !!
    A520 + USB/SD card reader = A521 !1
    it has same look as A520 , only the satellites looks different.
    All other features are the same.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      I came across this model couple of months ago but not readily available everywhere except on eBay.

  • WRC

    Thanks for the review.I bought myself an F&D A555U today. For a similar price i also had the option of buying an F&D A521. I chose the A555U because i (Read:my girlfriend) needed remote control. However, the bass response on the A521 was just unbeatable.It also has USB/MMC reader and the build quality and looks are pretty hardcore.The only reason i chose the A555U, as mentioned before, is the remote, and i just might go back tomorrow and get it changed again…the indecision is killing me.
    Anyways, the A555U sounds really good too…even at high volumes.The vocals and guitars are crystal clear when i listen to rock music and the bass guitars and drums give a good enough thump.The output is quite a bit higher when you play from the USB, but you need to turn the volume slightly higher when you connect the laptop through the 3.5mm jack.This, however is not significant.Both Bass and treble can be adjusted between a scale of +/-5, and they get reset to 0 when you turn off the power.The LCD display shows the time elapsed and you can directly choose the track no. from the remote. The satellites can be mounted via in-built clips onto the wall if required.The remote has a good enough range and its supposed to glow in the dark (the salesman found THAT the most exciting feature btw), but i have not as yet ventured into a deep forest with it so i can not comment on that.
    BUT…the bass…well, i’ll admit the bass is good…and i would have been really happy with it…if not for 2 reasons: 1.Dubstep; 2:The A521.
    I listen to a lot of dubstep music, which uses some really low frequency sounds….and i mean LOW!!!So i turned the low frequencies up on foobar2000 equalizer, disconnected the satellites, and turned the bass to +5…the subwoofer distorted at pretty low volumes too.As a control test, i also listened to the same track (Manhattan Blues by Cyrus) on a pair of Sennheiser HD202 and i could not hear any distortion.
    This is where the A521 simply SHINES!It can take the low frequency sounds to a much higher level, mainly because its subwoofer frequency range goes as low as 20Hz and the driver is a 6.5″. IF YOU ARE A BASS HEAD, GO BUY THE A521 NOW! If you are lazy and need remote, go for the A555U.I also found the sound in the A521 a little too sparkly, and it does not have treble control, which was another reason i chose the A555U.The A521 is, however, SOLIDLY built.The build quality of the subwoofer is as good as my really expensive Marshall guitar amp and it looks really cool too, especially when you watch the diaphragm move behind the steel mesh every time the drummer hits the bass pedal. The knobs look like they’ll last a good 10 years at least.The size of the woofer is bigger than the A555U.
    Hope this was useful.Now i just need to go and think of ways to convince my girlfriend why ultra-bass is more important than remote control.

    • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

      That was a really useful review dude. I really appreciate you for sharing your experience here..

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      Very good response and addition to the main article as a whole. Hope others will benefit from your experience too (I’m getting too much of queries for the same). Happy Listening !!!

      • WRC

        Thank You.Reading the 70 odd comments above, i felt the necessity of a write up on the A555U.Plus F&D seems to have a cult following these days, and I for one would vouch for this underdog speaker company any day.Peace.

    • human

      i also had same condition..but after read ur experience i definately go for a 520…thanks man.

    • Rudra Sinha

      I just bought 521 obviously after taking the demo! It is awesome. The bass response simply unbeatable and cannot be compared to speakers of any other brand within a range of 7k-10k.
      It is the best speaker I fell one can have.

  • Viperwolve

    Can anyone of you please tell me how you’ve positioned your satellites and woofer as I am having a lil problems in heavy metals and hard rock genres…everything gets rough and mixed and gets irritating. I believe the positive reviews so I think I have positioned my set wrong. Also I would say, soft songs sound pretty perfect…Having problems in heavy musics though :/

    • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

      Two speakers on front at listening level with the sub on floor. You will have to experiment with sub placement, crossover setting and gain to make it blend well and sound good with the full range speakers.Subwoofers are usually shown to be setup on a left side for a default.
      http://www.gadgetpedia.in/2012/08/basic-surround-sound-setup.html

      • Viperwolve

        I can’t seem to figure out how to setup crossover setting and gain in my subwoofer… :/

        • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

          Where did you place your Sub ?
          many says it will be good to place it in corner , but it is wrong, when we place the sub in a corner , it will start to make louder booming bass , that is not pleasant thing to hear..

          Place the Sub anywhere in the room (keep it in a distance of max 6 feet from your speakers.), according to which you likes most..

          • viperwolve

            the speakers are on my table and sub is placed on another table half the height btween speakers and floor. It seems like conjusted though. The problem seems in high frequency. The treble is too bad. And flat eq gives crap sound. Maybe its my audio driver which happens to be realtek alc883 :/

            • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

              You are using Fenda A520 ?
              it doesn’t even have a tweeter to give out extreme treble sound!1
              i think you are right about your drivers…
              try to update it from the motherboard’s manufacture’s website.
              Do you have the same problem with other speakers ?

              I recommend you to put the sub on the ground , otherwise it will create some vibrations on the wood….

  • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

    Amit , what is your opinion about “Philips SPA5300 2.1″?
    It seems to have a 30 W sub @ 3000 RS , not a bad deal at all…
    May be you had any experience with it .. ?

  • Dominic A.

    Dude, hope you try this

    buy/try 2.0 speaker fenda v620

    connect your A510 and v620 with 2in1 3.5jack

    @You wont miss vocals when connecting tv.

    @you will get lil above average results without equalizer in pc

    i was very much satisfied

  • viperwolve

    Yeah, its a520…is there any chance I could use a separate tweeter. Maybe I’d get an Asus dg soundcard. And btw its glass table and i’m satisfied with bass. The satellite don’t sound sweet when i put bass to 0. I can’t get another speaker but i might be able to hear on any laptop with higher soundcard. I guess it would clarify if its the speakers or soundcard

    • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

      What about connecting with a phone ? have you checked it ?

  • Peter

    I happened to read this review last year and decided that if ever I bought a 2.1, it’s gonna be an F&D A520. I then decided to go for it but was seeing lot of price fluctuations in Flipkart which was putting me off–a bargain hunter by nature. I finally could find a good deal at around Rs. 1600 today and presto I ordered it. Waiting for it to be delivered now. I think this page has sold more F&D A520s than any other review/page/advertisement out there. I observed that Flipkart reviews started increasing only after this review. Thanks Amit for your efforts, and thanks to all the rejoinder posts.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      LOLz !!! Either Flipkart or F&D should oblige me with good share as it brought them few good sales !

  • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

    Today I got my Fenda A 520 from Flipkart.I decided to buy it coz my PC can give only 4 channel output , two channels are damaged..So a 5.1 is not possible ..
    I did expect a good tight bass from it , but what I got is a booming bass…
    Today my friend also received his Creative SBS A520 , it is 5.1 channel , its bass is not louder as Fenda’s , but it is tight bass, music lovers , don’t buy this Fenda A 520.. Just get creative … or any other… The booming bass is not that enjoyable for me , don’t know how other think of it , I think many seems to like this boom boom bass…
    Creative SBS A 520 ‘s 12 W sub , gives a better experience than Fenda A 520 for me..
    But , these speakers are also good in some other factors..
    These has very loud sound, I put its sound to 75% and my PC’s volume to 50% , played some Basshunter songs, the window glasses began to shake !!!
    Its sub and Speakers are not mag shielded, so if you use a CRT monitor , you will notice some color changes if you put the speakers / sub within 1 feet to the monitor..
    And , do not put the sub 2 feet near the CPU/laptop..
    it can wipe out your Hard Disk data slowly , later you will experience some damaged files/ file missing…

    For 2200 RS , it is a good one.

    • Viperwolve

      Whats your say on the higher frequencies Shijil ? Leaving bass apart, are you satisfied with this model ?

      • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

        I am satisfied with the treble , I am not a treble lover at all, but the bass made me disappoint.
        This system does not produce the real bass , which we hear in speakers like Creative !!
        This gives bommwmwmwmm bass !!!

    • Louis

      Friend,
      Low end Creative subs often output muddy bass and cause unwanted reverberation, which is not noticed with Fenda A520. Since the medium range for many SBS variants are not satisfactory, along with muddy bass the music sounds dull and very inferior. I have SBS A300. When I first used A520 I was never impressed. When I used it for movie, I was very impressed, then for music… finally found its bass is deep, cool and with no reverberations in room unlike from my SBS A300 variants. Now I don’t use SBS A300 neither for music nor for movies. A520 has a different definition for sound output very different from Creative speakers where bass overwhelms everything.

      • http://www.gadgetpedia.in Shijil

        Yes Louis , you are right .
        Creative’s SBS A 520’s BASS does crack at higher volume.
        But you dont need to put it in higher volume.
        We do know the differences between noise and music , right ?
        In my opinion Fenda A 520 produces noise rather than music.
        we need speakers that can produce bass , vocals , and higher frequencies balanced, but Fenda produces just booooooom bass…
        I have heard the sound of Creative SBS A 300 , it sucks !
        Don’t compare it with Creative SBS A 520 , which is 5.1 ch and produces much much better sound effects and is very cool to hear its sound.
        You have to connect it to a 5.1 source to get the best of it.
        What I felt is , creative’s sound is more natural , in Movies , music and Gaming.

        Believe me , I am not saying Fenda has weak bass , Fenda A 520 produces loud bass , that is right , but music is not just bass , I am not even able to hear the vocals of some songs in Fenda , I have to make changes in equlizer each time I play a song..

        Fenda gives Booooom bass and Creative gives boom bass , that is is the matter.

  • Jayaram

    Sep 13, 2012

    Hi Amit,

    I wonder if the recently launched F&D F680 is the result of your communication with F&D to launch an audiophile grade 2.1 speaker system. The appearance of F680 is similar to Bose Companion 3 and Creative’s T3 speaker systems. I hope the satellite speakers of F680 which is 2.25 inches like the above two companies is able to handle both midrange and treble and unless they are audiophile grade like Creative T3, they will have a hard time belting out a decent midrange. The subwoofer cabinet size is bigger than A520 and therefore, hopefully the bass should be better. I hope the overall sound quality is as good as or at least nearer to these heavyweights.
    Based on your reviews and comments, I had bought my A520 six months ago and I am very happy with its performance. Though the F&D specification is 20HZ – 20000 KHZ for this, I found out that it sounds best between 40HZ to 16000 KHZ ) and the sound becomes weak and inaudible beyond this range. Yet it sounds quite impressive in the near field. Since I was craving for a little extra treble, I replaced the satellite speakers with two car speakers that I had – a 3 way – 6 inch woofer – 2 inch aluminum mid-range and 1 inch aluminum tweeter – 4 ohms impedance like original satellite speakers- and with a little tweaking with the VLC equalizer sounds much better.Hope it lasts.
    When I saw the news that F&D have launched F680, I remembered your comments. I am sure this is what we were waiting for. An audiophile grade 2.1 system at a competitive price. Please try to review F680 and let us have your valuable suggestions/comments. I am sure, there are so many music hungry souls like us waiting for an audiophile grade 2.1 at a good price.

    Regards,
    Jayaram

  • ksk549

    Hi Amit,
    Have you experienced M-Audio AV30 speakers..your views on the system will be appreciated.
    I currently own Sony SRS-D5(Very good too) want to update to M-Audio…also suggest some good alternatives….i dont care too much for Bass but sound n instrument clarity is important.
    And will PC sound cards enhance the sound quality?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      Well, I’m definitely in a lookout for an upgrade and will probably go for 2.0 audio configuration this time. As for M-Audio & Audioengine, their USP is stellar sound in compact package. But given that I’ve no issue of spaces, I’d better want my money going for quality than size. And for this, I’m contemplating over Swans M200MKII (2.0) or Swans M50W (2.1). Google for them and you’ll find some rave reviews.

      Pair up these acoustic monsters with Asus Xonar (if budget permits) to unleash their full potential. Happy Listening !

      • Jayaram

        Hi Amit,

        I am fascinated to read that you are contemplating over Swan M200MKII or M50W (unknown angels) – both of which are much costlier than F&D (known devil) F680 or A510 or A520. Fascinated because Swan also appears to be another Chinese company and the technical specifications, especially the frequency response of Swan speakers is nowhere near the F&D specifications. Of course, the technical specifications of these lesser known Chinese brands are to be taken with a pinch of salt, most of the time, though F&D A520 and A510 seemed to do justice, to some extent, besides giving us value for money and undoubtedly the best in its class/price range and their price alone was the determining factor for their acceptance in the market – after all one could take a risk with around Rs.2000 and try these speakers. However, the Swan twins mentioned above cost nearly Creative’s much touted T3 whose specifications are very impressive (and more reliable too) coupled with its innovative SLAM design (with three woofers) and the technical specification of Swan twins is much lower compared to Creative. Frankly, for these reasons, if I were to spend around Rs.15000/- for a speaker system, I would prefer Creative than Swan.

        Anyways, please give us a detailed review if you buy any of the above (Swan M200 MKII or M50W or even F&D F680 ) as I am also eager to upgrade my A520 and there may be many others who are eager to hear from an expert like you, as is evident from the long chain of mails above.

        Thanks and regards,
        Jayaram

      • ksk549

        Suggest some thing under 10000/-
        Also budget but good PC sound cards.

  • blesson

    amit…blogs should be lyk this okay..good work…:-)..pls tel me ur review on f&d a521 which i’m planning to buy tomorrow or in 2 days..i xpect th same from A520..ll be really thankful..

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      Well, this particular model doesn’t shows up on Fenda’s official website but is available with eBay and the likes. A521 again shares a loads of similarity with A510/A520 but with twin advantages i.e. 2 Way Satellite (according to the pic if that tiny circle is not a waveguide) and SD/USB reader slot. I’ll just consider it a superior, featureful and polished cousin of above models with identical woofer unit and power rating (52W RMS). Go for it !

    • Ashwani pandey

      Dude…if u hv already bought A521…pls share yr experience…and let me know whether or not can it be paired with HDTV’s

  • ksk549

    Hi,
    Suggest me a good set of self powered speakers under 10000/-
    Also budget but good PC sound cards.

  • Alok

    Hi Amit,

    I bought A520 afer reading reviews on this portal, when i pluged in the speakers in my system then realized that these speakers are good only for gameing and movies not for music. I have to play with equilizer settings since it treble is realy disappounting.
    one another thing i found in this speaker is power rating. F&d rated it as 16w x 2 + 20w woofer. but i notice that the power distibution to woofer and satellite unit is not separeted. when you dicrease the bass level to 0, the setellites volume increase and when you increase bass to max the satelite become depress over the boom boom bass. you can only feel boom boom from woofer and vocal form setelite other frequecies supressed.
    I Compared setellites (with bass level 0) with a creative SBS 240 2.0 speakers (1.5 w X 2 power rating). The result is A520 16w compared to creative 1.5w approximatly same output.

    I suggest never buy A520 if you are searching for a good music speakers

  • saurabh

    if any one knows the service center list of f&d (NCR), please tell me bcoz it is not available on their site.
    my f&D speakers are not working after 15 days of purchase :(

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      Maybe their Facebook Page can help you in this regard (as I’ve seen them addressing other’s issue too).

  • Louis

    Many complains about A520 sub woofer’s bass output as loose bass and its noisy. Initially when I placed it over the table the bass really sucks! Later when I placed the sub something close to and under the table, it started to output thunderous bass and does not appeared as any sort of noise, but a classic Hi-End HiFi bass experience. Probably the sub woofer’s cabinet design is not up to mark to output beautiful bass.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103539434992228278912???r?e?l?=?a?u?thor Amit

      Louis, I somewhere in the blog already mentioned that these speakers are somewhat placement sensitive (including satellites). So the trick lies in the well placement of Subs preferably on the ground or corner.

  • Akash Garg

    Hi Amit !

    Very good review on F&D set of speakers. I myself is a big fan of them. By the way, do you have any chance of reviewing their new model F&D’s A511 ??? It would be great to hear your take on them !!!

    • http://www.amitwrites.com/ Aamit Wraj

      Well, I too came across the news very recently. If F&D A511 is not just a cosmetic or satellite improvement over its siblings, I’d be more than happy to review it :)

  • rajiv

    which is best F&D a310,A520 Logitech z313

  • Ramesh

    Please let me know if you have any idea about the performance A-521. Mostly it could be additional features of memory card and knobs. However, would like to have your inputs. Planning to buy one.

    • http://www.amitwrites.com/ Aamit Wraj

      Go for it if the budget allows ! Subwoofer is all same (as well as the total RMS output) with redesigned satellites plus additional features like USB playback !

  • asheshb

    Hi Amit,

    Thanks for the review. I almost finalized Altec Lansing VS2621 but came across your post which tempted me to try something different. Any idea how it would compare with Altec?

    • http://www.amitwrites.com/ Aamit Wraj

      I haven’t auditioned Creative Inspire T3130 personally, so wont be able to comment on its sonic ability. But as far as the specs goes (looks apart), F&D has an edge over this with 52W RMS against 15W from Creative and that would affect the overall performance for sure.

      • Guest

        Thanks Amit for the reply.

        I went to Nehru place today and could not find a test set for F&D521 (I was in hurry) so went ahead with the safer bet and bought Creative T3130 for Rs 2125 (CostToCost).

        Hopefully with my next upgrade I will be more thorough.

        • http://www.amitwrites.com/ Aamit Wraj

          Happy Listening ! Also, kindly care to share your experience with above model so that others can gain from it …

  • Mohsin Khan

    hi dear Amit Jayaram.K. ,
    I have 4k budget, which is the better speaker for movie/music/games (with USB port) to buy in your opinion??

  • Raj Graffiti

    HI WANT TO ORDER FOR F&D W330BT WIRELESS SPEAKERS IN INFIBEAM COSTING 3250 RS . CAN ANY ONE TELL ME ITS WORTHY FOR MONEY COMPARED TO QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE. SUGGEST ME FEW SPEAKERS UNDER 3500RS. THANKS IN ADVANCE

  • Sourab Sen

    Hi Amit,
    I have recently bought F&D A521 (in Kolkata) at Rs. 2700 for my desktop computer. The specs are very much the same as its predecessors except for the 4” full range driver+1.5” tweeter in the satellites (RMS – 16w each). The sub-woofer is same 6.5” driver but with USB and SD slot. The sound output is really impressive ; the bass is also quite punchy (expected it to be a bit better though).
    But i am experiencing a small problem that in some high-pitch songs the sound is crackling a bit but when i am playing the same songs from the USB port on the woofer there is no distortion at all. Is it the fault of the on-board sound card of my motherboard?
    Another thing i want to know that in the user manual it’s written –
    Satellites: 16 w x 2 (THD+N = 10%,1 KHz)
    Subwoofer: 20 w (THD+N = 10%, 80 Hz)
    Separation: >=35db
    I have searched on the net a lot and everywhere it’s said that THD+N value should be below 1% (don’t know at what frequency). Is the percentage given for my speakers bad? And how good is the channel separation value?
    Again i’m very happy with the speakers’ overall performance and I think they are the best under Rs.3000. Thanks in advance :)

  • Abhay vir

    Hi amit. Could you plz review A521 of the series? I’ve heard a lot about it and its 5500 Watt subwoofer. Your reviews are vry helpful and so i request you to help me out with it.

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