FRANCO SERBLIN Accordo Essence floorstand speakers - designer range

FS 04 SF ESSENCE
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"My passion for music, as well as my interest for musical instruments and their materials, heve lead my research since the early’80. Lutes and violin, through the use of wood, strings, their forms and harmony of their constitution, have inspired my systems".

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After years of research, the Franco Serblin Accordo Essence is the newest speaker from the Franco Serblin family. The Essence combines a perfect finish in combination with a sublime sound. The Accordo line started with the Franco Serblin Accordo and now expanded with the Essence floor stand. The new loudspeaker is characterised by a rhythm and tonal sound perception that you become directly involved with the music. In the words of Franco Serblin the essence of music.

The design of the Franco Serblin Accordo Essence can be seen as an instrument in itself. The special curved design eliminates standing waves in the housing. The housing is handmade by artisans in Italy. The uniquely designed fronts of Franco Serblin ensure that there is no obstruction in the sound and are visually a beautiful finish. The wooden cabinet is located on aluminium feet with the spikes included. In this way the housing can optimally use the energy without resonating in the floor.

The name Accordo comes from the foundations of music, essential for tuning a musical instrument: an agreement. If we consider a large orchestra, a single instrument or a piece of music, without prejudice, an agreement is at the basis of all this. The realisation of the loudspeaker involves the tuning and harmonisation of the various parts in something unique and expressive: from the drivers to the crossover parts, from the cabinet to the support, the individuality of each element merges into a whole. This offers the listener a sound image or the "quality of illusion".

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Specifications

Geometry: 3 way floorstanding vented box loudspeaker
Cabinet: Super - rigid, arch - shaped solid wood structure, decoupled with aluminium - magnesium parts to obtain resonance control. Hand - crafted by master artisans.
Tweeter: 29mm silk - dome by Ragnar Lian, one of the greatest masters among transducer designer. An ongoing project for 30 years
Mid - woofer: legendary, custom made,150 mm microspheres cone, optimised for the best control of cone break - up. Symmetrical drive motor system.
Woofer: 180 mm microspheres cone, aluminium dust cap.
Cross - over: Phase coherent finalised to achieve precise soundstaging, focus and depth of image. Selected premium parts.
The electrical cross - over provides completely phase accurate transitions between drivers to preserve the recordings spatial information.

Frequency response: 35Hz - 22KHz, in room
Nominal impedance: 4ohm
Sensitivity: 88dB/2.83V/1m
Minimum power amplifier: 20W/channel
Dimensions: 1100 H x 230W x 430D mm
Weight: 60 Kg/pair speaker unpacked 70 Kg /pair packed
Finish: Solid walnut - Metal parts of chrome and aluminium

Reviews

While listening to the Accordo Essence I could relax as if all the audiophile world was left behind and I entered sunlit pastoral landscapes painted in layers of translucent colours. The Accordo Essence are music interpreters they interpret it beautifully
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REVIEW SUMMARY: During my life with the Accordo Essence I heard the same act of speakers dissolving within the soundstage that MJ described in his review of the Accordo when the speakers were toed in excessively. Well, this is not unusual, other speakers can also disappear effectively. What I liked even more was that while listening to the Accordo Essence I could relax. As if all the audiophile world was left behind and I entered sunlit pastoral landscapes painted in layers of translucent colours. The Accordo Essence are music interpreters and they interpret it beautifully.

REVIEW: If you are a devotee to Franco Serblin’s era of Sonus Faber then Accordo Essence will not, once again, disappoint. There is no revolution happening to the ‘essence’ of the Accordo monitors that we had reviewed earlier apart from the Accordo Essence sounds full-fledged and more mature thereof. The sound is tuneful and masterfully balanced in a way that makes you enjoy the music instead listening to the sound.

FUNCTION AND FORM:
100% - EASE OF USE
69% - SOUND
100% - APPEARANCE

The all new Franco Serblin branded floorstander is a direct descendant of the acclaimed stand-mounted Accordo monitor with which it shares almost everything. The Accordo Essence is however bigger and equipped with a dedicated 180mm bass driver based on reinforced cellulose pulp. The cabinets are once again a completely asymmetric design, additionally braced to stiffen the larger assembly. More details on the philosophy of building Serblin’s heritage speakers can be found in our review of Franco Serblin Accordo. And alike the Accordo the Accordo Essence are here to please the eye and ears with beauty. This pretty much explains how they sound.

BASS MANAGEMENT:

WEIGHT - 83
SLAM - 71
ARTICULATION - 71

It all begins with warm bottom end that lends sufficient volume and rounded attack to a plucked double bass. The instrument has real size which was not achievable for the Accordo monitors as MJ commented in his review: “The Accordo’s physical dimensions cannot exploit the full harmonic envelopes of instruments that operate in the low end of the frequency spectrum. A double bass provides a deep and exciting journey into techniques of plucking, depicts how resonances of strings rise and decay, yet you do not feel the body of the instrument. Similarly a Steinway is a downsized version of the instrument and a symphonic orchestra is rendered in a zoomed out perspective. I missed the flesh, the mass, the scale. This is not a criticism of the smaller Accordo, rather the criticism of any stand mount speakers.” Hoever with the Accordo Essence the sonic pictures are specific and sizable without being overdone – you know, the piano stretched all across the front wall and similar naughtiness does not happen here. The sound is very solid and images keep locked in their places. As said the bass is slightly more ear-candy than it could be, yet it provides you with what I would call Italian bel canto - the beauty of tone comes first and the technology is just the way to reach it. The sound of the Accordo Essence owed also quite a lot to the Jadis electronics so I could savor authentic instrumental recordings like Alia Vox (Montserrat Figueras & Jordi Savall), but also ECM discs (Jan Garbarek), which were pure and tonally saturated through the Accordo Essence.

CLARITY & DELICACY:
DETAIL - 92
AIR - 83
TRANSPARENCY - 80

For a rock music fan I am not sure that the Accordo Essence is the final speaker. Yes, it is nice, the bass is weighty and soft, guitar lick smooth and melodic, yet its sound may be too beautified for some tastes. It will depend on lot on your preferences and reference points; what I want to say is that the Accordo Essence is a speaker for music lovers, not for hardcore audiophiles that listen to the music with a stethoscope.

Ambient overtones and decays, no matter whether natural or added by a hall effect, are conveyed reliably by the Accordo Essence, yet in a very understated way: I noticed them only when I knew they were there. To my ears it meant that I had to search for some nuances that were audible more clearly with other speakers; with the Essence these microsounds were very low in level. This is perhaps why I also missed a bit more of lingering transparency which I knew was there with the stand-mounted Accordo. The bigger cabinets with the bottom-end slightly tilts the voicing into the comfort for which the tiniest detail is a trade-off. In the music that is does not feature the lowest octaves, like chamber pieces, for example, the effect of masking was not apparent and long sustained tones were resonant and sound with crisp and silky highs.

TONAL ACCURACY:
TIMBRE - 71
DYNAMICS - 73
TEMPORAL RESOLUTION - 70

Vocals, male, female or massed, were superb through the Accordo Essence. The midrange is the highlight of this Franco Serblin speaker. It was no surprise that, for example, saxophones were presented with full bodied sound that was very physical and tangible. Frederic Chopin (AJ Trio) blossomed with amazing instrumental colours of piano and double bass  in the room, almost idealized in their exactness and richness. The colours were pastels rather than thinned acrylic, the huge wooden cabinets of the instruments were clearly heard.

SPATIAL RESOLUTION:
HOLOGRAPHY - 80
SOUNDSTAGE WIDTH - 80
SOUNDSTAGE DEPTH - 80

During my life with the Accordo Essence I heard the same act of speakers dissolving within the soundstage that MJ described in his review of the Accordo when the speakers were toed in excessively. Well, this is not unusual, other speakers can also disappear effectively. What I liked even more was that while listening to the Accordo Essence I could relax. As if all the audiophile world was left behind and I entered sunlit pastoral landscapes painted in layers of translucent colours. The Accordo Essence are music interpreters and they interpret it beautifully.

Videos

Exclusive event. Launch of Franco Serblin Accordo Essence Speakers at Fischerwirt Hotel Munich

Fist listen to Franco Serblin Accordo Essence speak