HIFIMAN INTRODUCES SERENADE DAC AND HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER
In 2023 HiFiMAN purchased the brand GOLDENWAVE, a leading manufacturing in amplification and DAC’s. This directly opened new doors to new exciting technology and latest generation amplification. GOLDENWAVE started in 2011 and became a leading brand with products such as its flagship Prelude amplifier.
Dr. Fiang Bang says in an interview:
“By bringing GOLDENWAVE under HIFIMAN’s wing, we are embarking upon a new era for both brands, with products that feature the best of what each company has to offer, with music lovers ultimately being the beneficiaries.”
Serenade is a compact, fully discrete powerhouse of a class A amplifier with HIFIMAN’s proprietary Hymalaya Pro R2R Ladder DAC, an update of the company’s first-generation Hymalaya DAC, originally released in 2021. Next to multiple digital inputs, such as USB, optical, coaxial and bluetooth. Serenade also features a LAN/ Ethernet streamer and a RCA single ended analogue input. Balanced XLR analogue outputs and RCA single ended outputs are available on the back panel. On the front next to the display a 4-pin XLR headphone output is available next to the balanced 4.4mm and single-ended 6.35mm output.
Serenade is built as a fully discrete amplifier with FET’s and a discrete component LPF analog circuit that translates into detailed sound with high-precision, low-noise test indicators. The 50W toroidal transformer is comprised of high-quality full-band iron core, combined with a large pond filter capacitor of nearly 30,000 microfarads and a multi-stage, multi-channel, low-noise, high-speed voltage regulator circuit, providing pure and fast power.
erenade supports various audio formats on a wide variety of inputs:
- PCM 32-bit/384Khz, DSD64-DSD256 (USB)
- PCM 32-bit/384Khz ,DSD DoP64 (coaxial and optical)
- PCM44.1 to PCM768, DSD64-DSD512 (LAN wired network).