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Review Holo Audio Serene Level 1 preamplifier – Tastefully Serene

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Pros

  • Holographic
  • Vocals
  • Build
  • Price
  • Discreet

Cons

  • No direct input selection
  • No extra features like balance control
  • No built-in dac

Price: € 2849

Build quality
Usability
Sound
Price
Holo Audio Serene 1

Set-up and installation

Contents

Holo Audio Serene 1

We connect the Holo Audio Serene Level 1 balanced to our Benchmark Media Systems AHB2 via the XLR 2 output. Our Sonnet Digital Audio Morpheus goes balanced into the XLR 1 input of the Holo Audio Serene Level 1. We used a NAD M50 as a source. The M50 is connected to a Mutec MC3+ reclocker that feeds the Sonnet Morpheus. All cables are from Ricable’s Magnus series.

The Holo Audio Serene Level 1 replaces a Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 in the reference system below:

Cabling: Ricable Magnus and Benchmark Speakon Software: Roon for Qobuz and Tidal We stream, play CDs and use high-res files.

Amplifier type
Integrated
Bridgemode
No
Amplifier inputs
  • Analog RCA
Amplifier outputs
  • Analog RCA
Build in dac
Yes

4 COMMENTS

    • Hello Martin,

      Yes i often connect my Sonnet Morpheus dac directly to a poweramp and eventhough the volume control on the Morpheus is done very well, lossless and without losing bits, i still always prefer a preamp between my dacs and the poweramp.

      Some very expensive dacs with volume control could maybe change my mind and the Morpheus direct to poweramp is very nice indeed but given the choice, for now, i would use a seperate preamp.

      Best regards
      Geoff
      Alpha Audio

    • Hello Martin,

      Yes i often connect my Sonnet Morpheus dac directly to a poweramp and eventhough the volume control on the Morpheus is done very well, lossless and without losing bits, i still always prefer a preamp between my dacs and the poweramp.

      Some very expensive dacs with volume control could maybe change my mind and the Morpheus direct to poweramp is very nice indeed but given the choice, for now, i would use a seperate preamp.

      Best regards
      Geoff
      Alpha Audio