Franco Serblin brings Accordo Goldberg speaker to UK

Italian speaker maker Franco Serblin has launched a new speaker – the Accordo Goldberg, which is a little different to the norm. The company explains: “When the late, great Franco Serblin founded Sonus faber in the early-Eighties, most speakers – even high-end designs – were dull, slab-sided boxes. He brought the craftsmanship of a fine Italian furniture or musical instrument maker to the party, pioneering things like curved cabinet walls, utilising the finest materials such as exotic wood and Italian leather, and creating speakers that were as desirable to look at as they were to hear... Serblin passed away in 2013 but the brand – now under the stewardship of his son-in-law – continues his legacy with a perfectly formed collection of speakers that includes his final designs. He left many drawings of concepts yet to be brought into existence at the time of his death; these are the source of inspiration for occasional new models that are developed with utter faithfulness to the spirit, philosophy and craftsmanship of the man.”

Taking its name from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the Accordo Goldberg is inspired by the company’s Accordo standmount. Enlarging its form and incorporating a 29mm silk dome tweeter by Ragnar Lian and a 180mm mid/bass driver with a microsphere cone and aluminium dust cap, the two-way speaker has a claimed sensitivity of 87dB and nominal impedance of 4ohm. Its solid walnut cabinet takes its inspiration from the design of fine stringed instruments, while its asymmetric shape and aluminium-magnesium decouplers are said to eradicate sonically deleterious effects of internal standing waves and cabinet resonance.

Handcrafted in Italy with signature Serblin touches such as the etched chrome and ‘string’ grille, the Accordo Goldberg is 190 x 360 x 360mm (WxHxD)and weighs 25kg per pair. Matching stands cost £2,800.

Available to buy now for £8,888 in the UK courtesy of Absolute Sounds, you can find out more about the Accordo Goldberg here.

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