Review: Avatar By Fane M65 & H75 12" Speakers

With Fane’s guitar speakers rebounding in the market in recent years, Idaho-based Avatar Speakers decided to approach the British maker about creating two bespoke 12" models for exclusive distribution.
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With Fane’s guitar speakers rebounding in the market in recent years, Idaho-based Avatar Speakers decided to approach the British maker about creating two bespoke 12" models for exclusive distribution. The aim was to capture two perennially popular flavors of genuinely U.K.-made tone at player-friendly prices. The Avatar M65 by Fane has a 35-ounce ceramic magnet, a 99dB sensitivity rating, and 65-watt power handling. It is voiced roughly in the mold of the “beefed-up Greenback,” which is to say it’s not entirely dissimilar to Celestion’s G12-65 or M65 Creamback, but rendered with Fane’s own distinctive character. The H75, with its 59-ounce magnet, 100dB sensitivity, and 75-watt capability, shoots for the “heavy magnet” formula of the G12H and H75 Creamback, but again with Fane’s own je ne sais quoi.

I tested the pair in a 2x12 cab with both open-and closed-back options, and wired for individual speaker connection, using modified JTM45-style and AC15-style amps, with a wide variety of single-coil and humbucker guitars. Both speakers achieved Avatar’s goals beautifully, very much as described, but the secret sauce is in the Fane part of the equation, which I heard, to put it simply, as a little extra punchiness, and a shifting of the midrange bark somewhat more toward the lower-mids spectrum in each speaker. The M65 has that familiar easy breakup, softer low end, and crackly-crunch when pushed, making it a great speaker for anything classic-rock derived. The H75, on the other hand, has more tightness and cutting power; more of a slap in the face from the highs—and a firmer low end, with greater note clarity overall. Tested together, wired in series, they also made a great mixed pair, each greatly complementing and enhancing the characteristics of the other. All in all, the M65 and H75 comprise two great new offerings from Avatar, and are both well-conceived British-speaker alternatives.

SPECIFICATIONS

AVATAR M65 12" BY FANE

CONTACT avatarspeakers.com
PRICE $119 street
MAGNET 35-ounce Ceramic
POWER HANDLING 65 watts RMS
IMPEDANCE 8Ω as tested (16Ω also available)
SENSITIVITY 99dB
FREQUENCY RANGE 70-5,000Hz
VOICE COIL DIAMETER 1.75"
BUILT UK
KUDOS Great “Greenback-ish” tones with an alternative voice and stout power handling at a good price.
CONCERNS None.

AVATAR H75 12" BY FANE

PRICE $129 street
MAGNET 59-ounce Ceramic
POWER HANDLING 75 watts RMS
IMPEDANCE 8Ω as tested (16Ω also available)
SENSITIVITY 100dB
FREQUENCY RANGE 70-5,000Hz
VOICE COIL DIAMETER 1.75"
BUILT UK
KUDOS Firm lows and excellent note clarity.
CONCERNS Slightly spikey in the highs with some brighter guitars and amps.

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