Striking Serene Audio speakers arrive in the UK

26 Apr 2013

Serene Audio Paisley

Now available in the UK are the hand-built speakers from Canadian company Serene Audio, which are being distributed by Berkshire-based HiFiCinema.

The speakers, which use single full-range drivers, are available in either active or passive versions, and in a range of finishes combining solid bamboo and leather-effect trim. There's natural bamboo with black trim, and the slight darker caramel bamboo, available with either black or white trim.

They're made by Serene Audio in Vancouver, and below you can watch a video showing the manufacturing process.

Serene Audio driver

Three models are available: the Talisman, the Paisley shown at the top of this story, and the Pebble. All three use the same 7.5cm full-range driver (above) to cover 70Hz-20kHz: it's a custom-made driver with an underhung voice-coil, while the active versions have a built-in 40W amplifier in one of the speakers, along with a headphone amp and auto-detecting subwoofer output.

The left speaker connects to the right 'master' using conventional speaker cable.

Serene Audio panel

Digital signal processing is employed to ensure signal integrity from input to drivers, and the subwoofer output detects when a sub is connected, and automatically rolls off the speakers at 120Hz, offloading the bass to the sub.

Meanwhile the passive versions have 8ohm impedance and 84dB/W/m sensitivity, and all the speakers have a rear-venting port.

Serene Audio passive

The asymmetric shapes are designed to break up standing waves within the cabinets, while also minimising the effects of diffraction waves for better dispersion in the room.

Serene Audio Talisman

The Talisman (above), which stands 20.3cm tall, is £299 a pair in passive form, or £379/pr in the active version, with Serene Audio saying 'Its organic yet modern shape is inspired from the trunk of an old oak tree. Besides, we thought it just looks cool!'

Serene Audio Pebble

The Pebble is 16.5cm tall, and again sells for £299/pr passive, or £379/pr active: Serene says 'Cool, calm, and collected, the Pebble sits like a rock undaunted by the labours of life.'

Serene Audio Paisley

Finally the Paisley is 28cm tall, and is £339/pr in the passive version, or £419 active. And what's going on with that design? 'The smooth curves and dynamic design of the paisley pattern was once a traditional icon of life and eternity. Even today, this bold symbol continues to stand out as a sign of class and elegance.

'No matter the environment, the paisley speaker demands attention both visually and audibly for its exotic aesthetic and high-quality sound. Beyond its sleek composition, natural materials and detailed engineering sustain the longevity of this artifact for years to come.

'Never out of style, never to be lost in history, and never to disappoint, the paisley speaker is a relic among audio technology.'

HiFi Cinema has also just been appointed the UK distributor for Trends Audio, whose little BA-10 biamplifier system got the hands-on treatment here a couple of months back. There's a new dedicated Trends Audio section on the company's website.

Written by Andrew Everard

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My mistake then Andrew.

But if I had confidence in manufacturers and WHF to always accurately describe when  products are active or powered then I wouldn't be contributing in this piece.  I look forward to sustained accuracy in this area.

relocated wrote:
Is it not time for WHF to make a distinction between proper actives, with an active crossover, and powered speakers and stick to it?  These appear to be powered.

We are seeing more and more powered and 'active' speakers in the market place and being highlighted/reviewed in WHF and a magazine with WHF's authority  should surely make the distinction to enable people to have a chance of knowing what they are getting.

I appreciate that manufacturers may miss-describe their product but I'm sure there is enough expertise within WHF to correct mistakes made by the PR dept. of manufacturers enjoying the publicity being given by WHFin placing their products before us.

Indeed. And these are active. They don't need a conventional crossover, using as they do a single full-range driver, but they use digital signal processing to tailor the sound to that drive unit, and of course have an amplifier channel dedicated to each driver. Oh, and should you use a subwoofer, they detect the connection and roll off their bass at 120Hz.

Sounds pretty active to me.

Is it not time for WHF to make a distinction between proper actives, with an active crossover, and powered speakers and stick to it?  These appear to be powered.

We are seeing more and more powered and 'active' speakers in the market place and being highlighted/reviewed in WHF and a magazine with WHF's authority  should surely make the distinction to enable people to have a chance of knowing what they are getting.

I appreciate that manufacturers may miss-describe their product but I'm sure there is enough expertise within WHF to correct mistakes made by the PR dept. of manufacturers enjoying the publicity being given by WHFin placing their products before us.

I think they're beautiful looking speakers and the reviews that I've read are good. Would love to hear a pair soon.

The_Lhc wrote:
If there's only one driver then presumably there's no crossover, so logically the passive ones could be described as active as well? Although I guess they'd be more accurately described as powered?

Not really: the active versions have built-in amplification, while the passive models don't, and need to be used with an external amplifier.

'Never out of style' or indeed, in it. Fugly...

If there's only one driver then presumably there's no crossover, so logically the passive ones could be described as active as well? Although I guess they'd be more accurately described as powered? #IdontknowandIdontcare...

Oh my, I want a pair in the shape of two breaching humpback whales! Just to be different. Hang the sound quality.