I am really pleased to say that we have now added Franco Serblin speakers to our portfolio, for those who don’t know Franco Serblin was best known for forming Sonus Faber in 1983 and creating many stunning speaker designs which were always considered beautiful in design but also extremely musical and natural in presentation, In 2006, after 33 years at Sonus Faber, he left to pursue starting a speaker company in his own name designing even more beautiful speakers where catching the emotion of the music was paramount, sadly he passed away in 2013 but he has left us with an astonishing lecagy.
One of my first High End Audiophile memories was hearing a pair of Franco Serblin designed Sonus Faber Extrema’s at a friends house and being absolutely transfixed by what I was hearing and I was really hopeful that the Franco Serblin range would give me that emotion which I am pleased to say they do, especially the Ktema which is one of the best speakers I have ever heard.
At the moment we have 3 of the 4 speakers in the range on demo with the Accordo Essence following shortly, all 3 pairs we have here are some of the most beautiful speakers I have ever seen, a real Franco Serblin trait and all sound very musical and not HiFi.
I do have to say a special word about the flagship Ktema though, this was Franco’s last design which was 5 years in the making and all I can say is that it is not like any other speaker I have ever heard, for a start it is a 4 way design with 2 mid range drivers, these along with the tweeter are at the front of the cabinet with 2 bass drivers located at the rear firing into the Sycamore enclosure and venting out the sides, this is to create the live sound where the singer is at the front and the band behind and although the dynamics and presentation are extremely natural it is the bass that struck me as it is so different to all other bass I’ve experienced before as it uses the cabinet to create a very organic bass, very natural, you can feel the cabinet moving as the drivers fire into the back panel, it really does give texture and realism to the lower end, still fast and defined but really well integrated into the music, really hard to put into words but these speakers really do need to be heard, no wonder Ken Kessler in HiFi News gave them 89% saying it is one of the finest speakers he has ever heard and he couldn’t imagine an owner ever parting with them, a truly great parting gift from Franco Serblin.
Please find the range below on our website + some pics, with the Lignea first, then the Accordo followed by the incredible Ktema, if you have any questions or you would like a listen please give me a ring to book an appointment.