Serhan and Swift MU2 MKII Bookshelf Speakers
Introducing the Serhan Swift mu2 Mk II
Based in Sydney Australia, Serhan Swift is a formidable band of loudspeaker designers with 100 years of combined experience, and one simple focus: build loudspeakers that reproduce music in such a way that it transcends the unachievable: “realism”, “belief”, “put the band in the room”, "transport me there" - the holy grail...
· Sonically disappear with no cabinet signature (cabinet should not contribute to acoustic output)
· Be accurate and believable - communicate every nuance of the performers' intent to the listener
· Be involving, induce foot tapping by correct timing
· Allow the listener to hear deep into a recording layer by layer, without artificially highlighting any individual aspects
· Bass that is articulate and "fast", allowing complex passages to be followed, rather than artificially boosted to the point that it is boomy and "bloated", causing the notes to "blur" together
· Must not hype treble searching for false detail
· Total lack of listener fatigue
· “you gotta wanna listen..."
· A sense of scale, size and space ("imaging" and "soundstage") representa-tive of the musical performance and that belies the speaker's size
· Off-axis "power response" and room interaction, from near field to far (reverberant) field have all been carefully considered for ease of place-ment ("room friendly") and a less critical listener position ("sounds good everywhere")
· Easy to drive - good efficiency, generous power handling and a benign impedance curve (which determines the electrical demands placed on the amplifier) for compatibility with a wide range of amplifiers - solid state, tube, high or low power
Serhan Swift core values
– Systems approach to design – perfect synergy
– Reliability – Consistency – Longevity
– Value "the price is not the cost (of ownership)" – Secure investment
– Anti-obsolescence – Invisible technology – ease of use and installation
– Subtle, understated appearance
mu2 - what's in a name?
The Greek letter mu (which looks like a "u", but pronounced "mew") is used in science and engineering to mean "micro" or one millionth. Here it signifies a speaker that is deceptively small in size, considering its big sound and performance.
But it has come to mean more - an approach to design that considers every detail, even the microscopic. Serhan & Swift pay particular attention to how energy is dissipated, and keeping vibration to an absolute minimum, as not only do these result in extraneous sound output, but the effect on the various components, including those in the crossover network, causes distortion. Our discoveries are applied to cabinet materials and construction, and the use of mechanical isolators for mounting drivers and crossover components.
Serhan & Swift have come to refer to this discipline as "micro vibration engineering" or "muve"
mu2 MK II - detail
With its smart new high quality matt black finish, the mu2 Mk II is much more than just a facelift - it's a totally new loudspeaker.
All elements - cabinet, woofer, tweeter, crossover - have been carefully re-examined and significantly improved, even where many thought no further improvement was possible.
Lessons learned from the original mu2 Special Edition (as well as our ongoing research into the effects of vibration on all components - see above) have been expanded upon, and now been applied to the mu2 Mk II.
While the woofer and tweeter may look the same as the previous model, both have been improved with even flatter response, smoother rolloff, and lower distortion.
Enhancements to the crossover take full advantage of the above.
With 1000’s more hours of listening tests and measurements, the cross-over region and on-axis to off-axis transition are even more seamless and even more difficult to detect (always outstanding features of the original design).
The mu2 Mk II takes detail and resolution to yet another level, as well as making the spatial preentation even more realistic. Soundstage and imaging are readily apparent, appropriate and precise in scale, and rock solid - they don't appear to change or move.
Additionally, the speaker truly disappears, with listeners in our showroom unable to tell which speakers are playing.
Of course, the other attributes for which the mu2 is renowned (see Design Brief, above) have all been retained.
mu2 Mk II - cabinet
The new multi-layer cabinet construction now employs additional layers of differing materials, carefully chosen for composition and thickness, for even further reduction in cabinet noise (vibration), energy storage and colouration. Bracing has been further strengthened.
In fact the new build adds almost 1Kg to the weight of each speaker when compared to the original mu2.
While the mu2 cabinet combined with mechanical isolation and vibration attenuation of drivers and crossover components was already outstanding in it's quietness and lack of colouration, the mu2 Mk II is significantly moreso.
This enables the listener to perceive the entire duration of the decay to an "inky black" total silence between notes. A sense of low-level detail allows the listener to easily discern and follow each instrument and focus on the various layers of the music, rather than struggling to listen through noise and confusion.
"5 days to conceive - 5 years to perfect"
With 5 years of R&D and component testing, Serhan Swift found the optimum drivers to be a bass-midrange woofer and ring-radiator tweeter belonging to the premium Revelator series manufactured by renowned Scan-speak of Denmark.
These drivers are also found in much more expensive speakers from high-end companies such as Wilson Audio, Sonus Faber and others—some costing well over $50K. Their use in a speaker at this price point is unheard of - pun intended!
After extensive experimentation with low and high-order crossover configurations, a high-order crossover was ultimately chosen allowing for steeper slopes, to keep the drive units in their respective “power bands” and minimise out of band distortion. Whilst this increases component cost dramatically the audible benefits are very obvious.
Components are not selected simply on the basis of brand or reputation - synergy is key. They must perfectly suit the application. And then all are tested, measured, adjusted and matched.
Bass and treble crossovers are kept separate and hand wired, point to point, then silver soldered on 5mm thick high density substrates. Proprietary micro vibration control is also applied here. These measures reduce unwanted noise and distortion even further.
The Cardas brand terminals are high purity copper with rhodium plating. Expensive, but audibly superior, reliable, and long lasting. (Nothing has been overlooked. Attention to detail means you hear the detail.)
Serhan Swift consider their products a long-term investment. Each pair of mu2 MKII’s take 3 days from start to finish under the watchful eyes of Chief Loudspeaker Designer Brad Serhan and Engineering Director Morris Swift. Brad performs final testing and then he and Morris proudly sign each unit.
mu2 Mk II - specification
ScanSpeak 1" Ring Radiator Tweeter
Patented Symmetrical Drive(SD-2) motor
Non Resonant Alu Rear Chamber
Patented Phase Plug Design
Large Ring Neo Magnet
Extremely Low Distortion
ScanSpeak 5”/15cm Revelator Bass/Mid Woofer
Patented Symmetrical Drive motor design
Low-Loss linear suspension
Die cast Alu Chassis vented below the spider
Sliced Cone (controls Cone Breakup)
Low Damping SBR Rubber Surround
Crossover components utilising premium quality air cored inductors, polypropylene capacitors and non-inductive resistors
Cardas Rhodium ‘high purity’ copper binding posts
Frequency Response (typical in room response): 45Hz - 30kHz
Sensitivity: 84dB/1m/2.83 volts
Power Handling (typical music programme): 100 watts
Nominal Impedance: ~ 6 ohms
Dimensions: Height 32.2cm, Width 18cm, Depth 23.6cm
Weight: 8kg each approx.
Low noise-floor cabinet utilises multiple layers of specified thickness and differing materials to reduce the noise, vibration and colouration
Mechanical isolators for mounting drivers and key crossover components further reduces vibration/colouration
Asymmetric bracing to break up standing waves
Finish: Matt Black multi-layer polyurethane