Last month we took a look at the Hurricane Evo system from French audio brand Waterfall, a 2.1-channel system with front speakers fashioned from glass. Their distinctive design made them an interesting proposition for style conscious buyers, but their sound quality couldn’t quite justify the hefty asking price.
But now we’re looking at the Hurricane’s little brother, the Serio, which again features a pair of glass-panel satellites (it’s their speciality) but comes at the lower price of £795 – although most people would still find that a big ask for a three-channel system.
On test is the Serio 2.1 system, which features a pair of Serio speakers and the same HFM (High Force Multimedia) subwoofer that comes with the Hurricane Evo package. The Serio speakers are a lot more compact than Hurricane Evo, making them a discreet, unimposing option for desktop PC or living-room AV use. Each speaker measures 125(w) x 125(h), and with a depth of just 85mm they’re perfect for mounting on the wall, as they won’t stick out much further than your set.
As a ‘designer’ speaker system Serio naturally looks great. The satellites are cute yet classy, with a narrow panel of toughened safety glass running around the edge, which thankfully lacks the frosted squares that slightly cheapened the Hurricane Evo’s look. Both the die-cast aluminium enclosure sticking out of the back and the removable grille are finished in white, but it can also be purchased with black grilles as standard, plus orange and green ‘fashion’ grilles are available as optional extras.
It may be a style-conscious brand, but Waterfall Audio clearly knows the value of good build quality – the Serio speakers have been carefully constructed from high-quality materials, and handling one reveals remarkable solidity.
There are three mounting options – on-wall, table top and optional stands. The stands will set you back £175 for a pair and come in black, grey or white. For table top mounting, you get a little pair of rubber ball feet, which slide onto the bottom edge of the glass panel, as well as a bracket for wall mounting.
The HFM subwoofer is a great-looking and robustly built unit, featuring an appealing black finish and a semi circle on top that brings a touch of pizzazz.