November 20, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
We first heard about Waterfall Audio, a French loudspeaker manufacturer, a couple of years ago when it made a splash with stunning glass-enclosed speaker products ... that sounded as good as they looked.
The company’s latest audio gift isn’t quite as imposing or commanding looking, but it will still be easy on the eyes and ears in your living room or other listening area.
It’s called the Serio, and it’s a compact speaker for home audio or home theater with flexibility to mount three ways—on the wall, on a tabletop, or on a tall metal (or glass) stand.
The speaker is about the size of a CD case, and features a glass frame, aluminum body (available in black, white or silver), matching grilles and two optional orange and green fashion grilles.
Waterfall says it incorporated its patented Heatstream technology, which couples the proprietary Atohm bass/midrange directly to the Serio die-cast aluminum enclosure, to increase power handling and ruggedness. Other specs include: 150 watts peak power, 87 dB efficiency, 180Hz - 20kHz frequency response, 2.2 pounds.
The Serio is now shipping, with SRP of $249 for the satellite speaker, $299 for a stand pair, $2,549 for a 5.1 system that includes five Serio satellites and a HighForce subwoofer, or $1,799 for a 2.1 system.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.