Capitol Audio Fest 2011
doesn't get much better than this!"
John Atkinson / Stereophile
'The Voice That Is' is the name of a Newtown Square, PA,
retailer and when I walked into their room, I had no idea
what equipment I was listening to, as it was - again - totally
But the music playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Tin Pan Alley,"
took me back a quarter century, when all you heard at audio
shows was this cut. But it never sounded this good back
As my eyes accommodated to the darkness, I could make two pairs of
TIDAL speakers, the floorstanding Piano Diaceras behind stand-mounted
Ameas. Both feature ceramic-cone woofers and a diamond-dome tweeter
but it was the Diaceras that were playing, connected with Argento
cable to a TIDAL Impact 140Wpc stereo amplifier and a TIDAL Preas
preamp. Source was a MacBook Pro feeding USB data to a dCS Debussy
As if to confirm that it was 1987, the next track played was "Le temps
passé" from the Michel Jonasz CD L'Histoire de Monsieur Swing. This
is what I am talking about - a huge, stable soundstage, extending
way beyond the speaker positions; smooth, grain-free highs, tight,
tuneful, deep lows, and a pure, coloration-free midrange - and all
of this in service of the music, adding to the experience instead
of substituting for it.
It doesn't get much better than this!"
"The room was not just special, it was damn near perfect....
decor, setup and gear were spectacular. The sound quality?
Absurdly good. Doug White, president of The Voice That Is,
totally hit it out of the park with this setup.
The look and feel of this unit, and the matching Impact
stereo amp, were truly bespoke. Every exposed surface gleamed
piano-black or liquid silver. This is some seriously upscale
gear and quite easily ran away with the CAF 2011 Beauty
All TIDAL speakers feature custom-made-for-TIDAL Accuton drivers that
were neither cold nor harsh (a criticism I’ve heard about ceramic
drivers generally but still have yet to actually hear in person) but
very linear and totally neutral.
While both speakers had a very full sound, the most arresting thing
was how they nailed up a sound stage that had pin-point imaging and
crystal-clear sonics. Ever heard how reviewers will trot out the cliche
about how a given component provides “an open window on the music?”.
Well, the sound in the TIDAL room is going to make me dig up another
one: “What happened to the window?”.
Elegance: TIDAL Piano Cera" - Review
of the TIDAL Piano Cera at UltraAudio.com from Jeff Fritz.
The TIDAL Piano Cera is one terrific-sounding loudspeaker.
It’s transparent and quick, and plays with more weight and
depth in the bass than you would ever suspect from a glance
at its driver array.
In fact, looking at this speaker either on paper or in photos
will give you no hint of the performance lurking beneath
its rather simple but elegant appearance.
There is a ton of clever engineering inside, and that technical
expertise translates into audible results. I think the TIDAL
Piano Cera would be a great choice for someone with a midsize
room who doesn’t need a speaker that makes a "statement"
-- except when it’s playing music."
(The full review you can read it of the page of the Piano
TIDAL was exhibiting at the HIGHEND 2011 in Munich. Thanks to
all visitors for all the nice comments and we hope to see you again
Here is some feedback from the press:
speaker company TIDAL and Constellation Audio of the USA teamed
up to produce an absolutely stellar sound at this year's show.
The TIDAL T1 double-stacked loudspeaker represents designer
Jörn Janczak's best.
Constellation Audio boasts a look and feel that is as wonderful
as its sound. This is my first time writing on these electronics
because it's really also my first time hearing them. If these
pictures don't provide you enough...here's a short video I took
would you say if I told you that the state of the art in loudspeakers
can be purchased for half, or even a quarter, of the price you
might think? Not really good speakers. Not almost-the-best-you-can-buy
speakers. But state-of-the-art speakers. As in better than what
was available just a few years ago at crazy six-figure prices!
Would you be surprised? Excited? I submit to you that we are
in the midst of a speaker revolution. Case in point...
at 15.500 € per pair, the Piano Cera shrouds its sonic prowess
in piano-black lacquer of a quality that is quite uncommon.
In fact, the slim proportions easily conceal that this is a
117-pound speaker built quite heroically.
Even still, there are no exotic cabinet materials and the drivers
are made to TIDAL's specs by Accuton, another German firm. That
description doesn't sound state of the art. When it plays music,
though, is when you begin to understand that this is no plain-Jane
With bass articulation and weight that belie its modest proportions
and coherence that is nigh-on perfect, the TIDAL Piano Cera
is a stark reminder that the underlying design -- not the cosmetic
flourishes or the story -- is ultimately what is key
to sound quality.
The Piano Cera isn't just different from most other speakers
I heard at High End 2011; it's better."
"Visiting the TIDAL room was like taking a bath in music
- this describes it the best! One had much better mood when
leaving the room then one had when entering it...".
Voted as one of the Best Sound of Show 2011.
"...my clear favorite was the collaboration between Ancient
Audio, TIDAL and Musical Wire with the smaller TIDAL speakers
organized by Dmitry Valdin of Transparent Acoustic whose banner-type
room treatments graced the room's sidewalls."
Review of the TIDAL Piano Diacera in the magazin 'hifi &
records' (issue 1 / 2011).
renowned German magazine "hifi & records" have reviewed the TIDAL
Piano Diacera. In their review the TIDAL Sunray plays an important
part as well. The review entitled "Lupenrein" (meaning 'flawless'
with reference to a diamond…) will be published in its entirety
on our website soon; to whet the appetite, following are a few excerpts:
" ... Janczak completely indulges in his dream of creating
the perfect speaker. Nothing embodies that passion as much
as the Sunray does. I take a seat in the demonstration room
and simply hear music.
The most amazing thing is the homogeneity of the Sunray's
performance devoid of even the slightest trace of strain.
It sounded like the perfect two-way monitor, only without
any trace of compression and with substantial and deep bass
that, on the other hand, leapt from the speakers fast and
as light as a feather.
… To build the finest speaker systems in the world: Janczak
is perfectly serious about his quest. And, he's not just
talking big, indeed I wonder whether he's not reached that
supreme goal already with the Sunray. …In fact, one cannot
grasp the "sound" of the Piano Diacera, let alone try to
It is the perfect reproducer, communicator, message carrier:
whatever is fed into the speaker is projected 1:1 into the
… Conclusion: I have never heard any speaker that reproduces
music any more clean, homogeneous, intact or open than the Sunray
- this is under each and every aspect an uncompromising component
that also invites and enables the listener to learn.
What about the Piano Diacera, then? Truly, it should be compared
with nothing else but its illustrious next of kin. If the rest
of the system is up to the task, the Piano Diacera projects
any recording session completely unfettered into the listening
Unquestionably, an exceptional speaker."
full review you can read it of the page of the Piano Diacera
Piano Cera has been chosen "Product of the Year 2011"
Parallel to the "Consumer Electronics & Photo Expo" and
the "Premium HiFi-Show" the popular award "Product of the Year 2011"
("Produkt Goda 2011") was awarded in Moscow. The TIDAL Piano Cera
was chosen as "Product of the Year" in the category 'loudspeaker'.
Due to it's acoustical performance and it's outstanding overall
quality the Piano Cera was chosen by eight independent magazines
like the "Audio Magazine", "HiFi News" and "Audio-Video".
behalf of TIDAL, Jan-Felix Droemer (production manager)
proudly accepted the price at the award ceremony at the
first day of the show.
We are especially delighted that the Piano Cera won this
award since it is for TIDAL "just" the entry level
floor standing speaker in our program and in many ways very
special to us.
at the "Premium HiFi-Show 2011" in Moscow / Russia.
Our setup included the recently awarded TIDAL Piano Cera, driven partly
active by the TIDAL LPX, the TIDAL Preos, two TIDAL Impact stereo
amplifiers and two turntables.
The TIDAL room was rated one of the greatest highlights of the show
by press and visitors.
TIDAL was exhibiting at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Please feel free
to read the feeback we received:
"Germany's TIDAL Audio proudly displayed the Sunray
loudspeaker, an assault on the state of the art.
The TIDAL Sunrays are simply beautiful-sounding loudspeakers.
I heard two pairs of Sunrays at CES 2011 (they were playing
in two different rooms), and their strong points were clear:
holographic soundstaging, three-dimensional imaging, and
seductive musical subtlety, particularly in the high frequencies.
I was struck by how much depth-of-stage they could reproduce;
they made me want to get out of my seat to mingle with the performers."
check out the Constellation Audio room,” said Jon Iverson.
So I did. As I entered the room filled with unworldly looking
gear I spied Michael Fremer, engrossed in one of his famous
mix CDs, burned from his vast vinyl collection. Michael,
ever the gentleman, relinquished the sweet spot to me and
both of us took in some big, clean, transparent sound. Driving
a pair of TIDAL speakers was Constellation’s Hercules
amplifiers, which are each able to put out a kilowatt of
juice into 8 ohms and runs its first 250W in class-A.
Internally the amps mechanically float the sensitive signal
carrying parts. That attention to vibration damping could be
heard as stillness and ease, particularly when I played a high-resolution
file of Robert Silverman playing the final fugue from Brahms’
Variations on a Theme by Handel. My time in the Constellation
room was stellar."
"I heard the Constellation Sirius playing various cuts
using the Constellation Altair preamp, two Hercules monoblocks,
and TIDAL Sunray speakers, and it sounded spectacular
- super clean and well articulated with excellent imaging and
definition. Bernadette Peters singing "Blackbird" was a revelation."
"In prior Show reports, we have photographed TIDAL's
Jörn Janczak standing next to his speakers. But as Jörn
stands 6' 8' in his socks, I made him crouch by the Sunray.
So you can get an idea of how big this bi-amped speaker
As at the 2010 CES, the rest of the system included two
BAlabo 500Wpc stereo amps, and the BAlabo BD-1 24/192 DAC.
Preamp was the BAlabo BC1 and the source was the Blue Smoke
music server. Cabling was by Argento.
I listened to a recording that many were playing at CES,
piano/bass/drums jazz from the German Tingvall Trio, and
was impressed by the effortless sweep of full-range sound
produced by this admittedly very expensive system. "
"Next we walked across the hall to hear the TIDAL Sunray.
Electronics were from BAlabo -- I’d never heard them before.
Again, we were treated to a sonic presentation that was
fully the equal in quality of the two previous rooms, with
bass that was deep, powerful and tight, a midrange that
was palpable, and a top end that was clear and delicate."
"In some ways, the TIDAL line of speakers looks quite
conventional and some of the materials they use may seem
But when you hear TIDAL speakers, you know there's far more
going on under the surface than might be obvious to casual
onlookers. TIDAL Audio's founder and chief designer, Jörn
Janczak, worked in Germany operating CNC machines before
starting TIDAL, and the precision involved in that type
of work is certainly evident in the loudspeaker company
he helms today.
TIDAL's speakers are built solidly and finished impeccably,
particularly the piano-gloss finish that Janczak feels is
the very best in the world.
But their beauty isn't only skin deep. Some of the inner
workings, especially the crossover technology, might be
not only unique but also groundbreaking.
TIDAL has been in business for 11 years, but it's been during
the last few that there's been a groundswell of buzz about them.
After talking to Janczak in-depth, I can see why, and all indications
point to their continued popularity.
So don't be fooled by the classic, understated appearance of
TIDAL speakers. Examine every aspect of them closely and you'll
see something special going on. Listen to them and you might
find yourself so enticed that you end up among the TIDAL wave
of owners across the globe enjoying a truly high-performance
"The TIDAL Sunray (including the active x-over "TIDAL
LPX" and internal passive pure silver foil crossover) and
BA Labo electronics were another top performing system.
Used in this rig were the BA Labo DAC BD-1, Control Amp
BC-1, and Power Amp BP-1 MkII.
The Sunray is an amazingly controlled speaker for its vast
size and in a smaller environment.
I enjoyed both the Constellation and BA Labo electronics with
the Sunray, but both systems were extremely pleasing. The Sunray
was one of my top three large floor standing speakers at both
Michael Fremer from Stereophile magazin voted the TIDAL
Sunray as "Best Sound of Show" at the CES 2011
(listed in no particular order with 4 another fine setup's),
in both setup's we showed: with BALabo and with Constellation.
Please feel free to read more about his show report of the
2011 CES in the April issue 2011 of Stereophile.
TIDAL is proud to introduce a very limited edition of the Contriva
Diacera - the TT model:
all pairs are sold out already
5 pairs of this very special limited edition models will
be available world wide. Owners of the TT models will
be informed of its meaning, and will be awarded with an
original numbered certificate of ownership in the owners
manual. The additional features of these speakers are:
equipped with the exclusive pure black ceramic drivers
from the Sunray
aluminum rings around the woofer drivers for less reflections
form the grill
cross-over equipped with pure silver PIOcast capacitor
parts inside und PIOcast inductors
terminal for passive and active bi-amping, original Sunray
black brushed anodized and engraved with the original
TIDAL does install another T1 Master Reference System
In Hongkong we installed another T1 Master Reference System (T1-MRS).
The systems contains our top of the line preamp "Presencio",
6 x"Impact Monobloc", the active cross over "LPX"
and the mighty T1-Sunray and T1-Subtowers.
TIDAL showed a sophisticated setup at the RMAF 2010 and received
a lot of praise for it:
of my happiest sonic experiences at RMAF arrived in the last
two rooms I visited: the TIDAL/Argento/dCS showcase. TIDAL's
founder, Jörn Janczak, previewed his TIDAL Piano Diacera speakers
in midnight black lacquer. Although these show debutantes fell
a mite shy of conveying the fullness of the double basses at
the start of Mahler's Symphony 2, their soundstage was remarkably
open and deep, with great width and height. And the top was
The Piano Diacera is short by TIDAL standards. The company's
founder makes some very tall speakers, perhaps because, at 6'8"
or thereabouts, he has to do less bending to work with his hand-assembled
Let's give credit to the other hand-assembled TIDAL Audio products
present: the Preos stereo preamplifier with phonostage and Impact
140W Dual mono reference amplifier.....
At the end of my time in the room, I wrote in my notebook, "Marvelous
transparency. None of that gray 'whuh' sound that passes for
a midrange. Maybe a touch sweet, but, if so, wonderfully and
TIDAL easily won my #3 Personal Best of the Show. I loved the
sound. I can only imagine how wonderful this set-up would sound
in a large room."
"The RMAF also highlights up-and-coming people and products
-- those you'll be reading about in the future and may end up
becoming the backbone of high-end audio for decades to come.
Jörn Janczak (above) is one such person. Jörn is the head of
TIDAL, the German company whose speakers continue to gain traction
in the US.
TIDAL also designs and manufactures electronics, which you can
see arrayed behind Jörn. A TIDAL Preos preamp and Impact stereo
amp drove TIDAL Piano Diacera speakers, the system sounding
"Price-No-Object Sound from TIDAL:
...The system featured TIDAL’s Piano Diacera loudspeakers,
which had an elegant, serene appearance, like calm, black
waters, TIDAL’s Preos preamp with phono stage and 140Wpc
Impact dual-mono Reference amplifier...
...My notes tell me that I was impressed by the system’s
clean highs and deep, well-controlled bass. The overall
sound was marked by excellent three-dimensionality and spatial
effects with outstanding transparency and image focus..."
TIDAL Contriva Diacera was playing at several shows in Europe and
wins another time "Best Sound of Show"
Audio Show 2010, Israel:
Ran Levi, Rating Magazin, voted the TIDAL room as "Best
Sound of Show":
"TIDAL Audio is claiming for building emotions…Justifiably,
we had an emotional flinging here. This system has almost everything;
phenomenal bass, natural presence of piano and orchestra, playing
with amazing authority and absolute containing..."
Show Milan 2010, Italy:
voted as one of the best sounds at show the TIDAL Contriva was
playing with a set of VAC amplifiers and MSB Technology DAC/drive.
by our Italian distributed Mondo Audio.
Arken Audio Show 2010, Göteborg Sweden:
Last but not least another pair of Contriva Diacera was
exhibited in a wonderful room with Pass Labs power amplifiers
and Transparent cables. Praised as the most realistic and musical
room. Presented by our Swedish distributor IC Consult.
review of the TIDAL Contriva Diacera SE:
"The science of beauty".
Mickelson, writer and founder of "The Audiobeat", and formerly
editor in chief of "Soundstage", published an exclusive
review about the Contriva Diacera SE.
persistent thought about the Contriva Diacera SE's was that
they are for true connoisseurs, for experienced listeners
who have made the equipment rounds and come to value tonal
and harmonic rightness along with high-frequency sophistication
over boom and bluster.
The TIDAL speakers urge you to lean into your music, to
lose yourself in it, instead of simply to listen to the
sound coming from them...
While Jörn Janczak set out to design a speaker that strictly
adheres to the scientific principles of reproducing sound,
I think he's created something that's much more than this:
a speaker that is immediately likeable and forever engaging,
a speaker through which you want to experience your music,
not simply play your CDs and LPs."
"A litany of the Contriva Diacera SE's merits -- its unique
and varied treble, its chameleon-like ability to change with
each recording, the way it absorbs listeners -- doesn't come
close to summing it up, and that's much of its charm.
More than anything, it provides a unique standard of beauty
-- not the cloying kind we've come to think of when the word
is applied to sonic reproduction, but one that's universal --
like a sunset over the ocean or a rose in full bloom....
We have come to value beauty in just about every facet of our
lives, so why not with our music as well? Music is beautiful,
and the TIDAL Contriva Diacera SEs were a constant reminder
Please feel free to read more at: www.theaudiobeat.com/equipment/TIDAL_contriva_diacera_se.htm
has changed the distribution in the U.S.
As of June 1, 2010, a wholly owned
subsidiary, "TIDAL Audio Imports USA", based in 94020 La Honda,
California, is now overseeing the sales, distribution and marketing
of TIDAL products in the USA.
We will continue to fully support our existing dealers and customers.
Please contact us directly with any questions, warranty issues or
did exhibit at the HIGHEND 2010 show in Munich.
Praised as on of the very best rooms
for natural sound reproduction at the whole show, we were visted by
First place in best sound 2010 Munich high end - TIDAL
“This is the first time TIDAL displayed its reference speakers
- the Sunrays.
Driven by 4 Impact mono amps, an LPX and the new Presencio
TIDAL has set new standards in naturalness, explosive dynamics
and accurate bass, with amazingly deep and third dimensioned
sound stage, when all of those elements were present in the
recorded event. The high frequencies were presented in full
scale with sparkle, transparency, definition and accurate
Sometimes, speakers wow you in the first hour, only to become
fatiguing and annoying as time goes by. Not so with the TIDAL
Sunray - even after longer listening session, we found ourselves
still rocking our feet, enjoying the music’s intimacy and tempo.
sound remained accurate thru out our session with neutral balance
and tonal accuracy. One of the Sunray’s exceptional attributes
is its very wide dynamic range that created that ”live event”
feel. These speakers are tonally accurate, allow great separation
between notes, and are able to reproduce even the most minute
harmonies very faithfully. And compared to other large speakers
they almost completely disappear in the room."
Tomer Tsin, Dtown audio magazin
"Best Sound of Show" (www.frank-landmesser.de)
"I was certain that the outstanding demonstration in the
TAD room was impossible to top, but I ended up puzzled in the
TIDAL room: until then I was always thinking this brand is similar
to Burmester and MBL, means it has a million dollar look but
a poor sound. What a fallacy: unfortunatelly beyond ones reach,
but incredibly homogenious with an extreme bandwidth, stability
and resolution the sound was close to perfection and showed
real masterliness. Chapeau!"
"I find it very interesting that when walking a show with
as many rooms as this show presents (and CES) - after a while,
most setups morph into a steady stream of sameness. Not so with
TIDAL. Wherever and whenever I hear the TIDAL loudspeakers and/or
electronics I am moved to that special place that begins to
imagine what they would sound like in my home.
In a word: I immediately become envious. This was certainly
among the top sounding rigs I witnessed at this year's show."
do exhibit at the HIGHEND 2010 in Munich
present our new reference pre amplifier: TIDAL Presencio.
Ultimate details for ultimate function
allows us to present maybe a new standard
if it comes to control the most sensitive music signals from a turntable
and high level sources and delivering it to the power amplififer.
true balanced phono input's incl. free configuration for each
cartridge, channel selected power supply and an unique level
adjustment technology are just some very few details we list
Please feel free to consider nothing less then rediscovering
vinyl after hearing the new TIDAL Presencio.
reviewed theTIDAL Contriva:
"... On to the sonic attributes, this system has a truly
unique approach, combining resolution that totally unveils
a recording, with musical conveyance that directly addresses
our inner feeling. From the first listening moments, focus
is inevitably drawn to the stark realism in which the musical
event is presented, as well as to minute details of the production
that hadn’t been observed before, even on the most familiar
Contrivas don’t care to butter their audience, or their
ancillaries, or the recorded material for that matter. They
cast light inside every dimple of the musical sheet, leaving
no shadows. As time goes by and the initial impression fades,
music starts talking to the feeling, showing how easily
this setup can establish communication with its audience,
through the Contrivas...
...So, generous and “big sounding” as the Contrivas may be,
they neither disrupt the “order” of proportions nor do they
tend to favor gigantism. At the same time, they seem inexhaustible
when it comes to dynamic transients and tireless when it comes
to bringing out all the detail that made it, through the recording
console, to the production.
The overall experience of auditioning the Contrivas could be
filed under those rare moments when someone is put in front
of the truth, but without experiencing any discomfort, whilst
having their senses cleared-up and readied to follow the music."
Read more: www.abouthifi.com/first_impressions_more.php?s=tWg#
displayed the flagship Sunray at the CES in Las Vegas 2010:
STEREOTIMES: Best of CES 2010.
"Now, down to Best of Show (for these ears)...The 3-tier stacked
modules that make up the German-made TIDAL Sunray loudspeaker
using Bridge Audio Laboratories (BAlabo) electronics - including
their new DAC - really had this room singing by the 2nd day
(last minute burn-in assisted in a hardness that went away
after the first day)...
the sound was impressively fast and dynamic, with a sense
of harmonic rightness that easily put me at ease.
Bass energy was a bit on the full-side considering the smallish
size of the room, but all in all, I would nominate this
as being my second most favorite sounding setup at this
Best of CES 2010, part 2:
"Another candidate for “Best of Show” would have to
be the TIDAL and BAlabo room. I probably played more of
my discs in this room than in any other.
I’ve listened to a number of TIDAL products over the last
couple of years but their second from the top-of-the-line
loudspeaker, the Sunray, is something special.
It uses (4) 9” side firing black-ceramic diaphragm woofers,
(2) 7” midrange-woofers, and (1) 1.2” tweeter.
The soundstage dominated the room but it wasn’t hard to
imagine just how extraordinarily satisfying these speakers
can be when paired with high-quality amplification like
the BAlabo BP-1 Mk II amplifier and in a larger listening
space like, oh, say my listening room for instance (hint,
MAGAZIN AUDIO: Best of CES 2010.
"To begin the presentation of this system, two words spring
to mind: It's giant! in every meaning of the word, the CES
began here and if you missed this demonstration well it's
"just too bad", because it really made the trip worth it.
You enter a world of high-end, each part of the design perfectly
integrated to form one coherent high performance. Each of
the companies featured in the system have played their role,
to give us their show, one of the best of CES 2010.
These sculptural speakers stand almost 2 meters tall (actually
quite a bit more), code name: Sunray, trivia: It is the
first time that this speaker is demonstrated to the public
in North America, consider us fortunate to be able to see
and hear this system developed with care and passion. For
the record, the gentleman who is the brain behind the TIDAL
Sunray, is as tall as his "toys".
Use whatever superlative, that comes to mind, say what you
have to ... I have no words to describe this system. This
is no ordinary system, please realise, how rare it is to visit
exhibitors as well equipped, prepared and coordinated as is
the case here.
Despite an unfavorable acoustic, this set was beautifully
behaved, the dynamics of the subjective tone of voice, everything
was in place, though we could have been overwhelmed by such
an sizeable stature in front of us, so imposing and yet, fluid
and graceful, the sound was fine, far, far from ordinary.
might think of certain "large" speakers driven by monsters
of uncontrolled power, but not here, only sound of music playing.
I congratulate all those people involved who have worked
for years to get to this point, I may be far from your reality,
but what you presented at CES 2010 is simply masterful.
feel obligated to acknowledge the extraordinary work of
design, which means I will extraordinarily bestow two accolades,
one for the design and one for sound quality. Congratulations,
you amazed me, what you have made is great art."
Marc Philip, Magazine Audio
Audiobeat: CES & THE Show 2010 • Best of Show
"Big speakers and expensive, statement-level electronics
crammed into small rooms are usually wasted at best and a
sign of hubris at worst. But sometimes the whole thing works
sonically in spite of the close quarters, and that was the
case with the system BAlabo distributor Fred Nadel put together.
A pair of BAlabo BP-1 Mk II stereo amps drove TIDAL Sunray
speakers, producing such gorgeous tonality and copious physical
presence that we could have listened here for the entire afternoon.
Also in use from BAlabo was a BC-1 Mk II preamp, which the
company calls a "control amp," and the new BD-1 32-bit digital-to-analog
very large, the TIDAL speakers offered precise physical
scaling on our demo cuts, and the BAlabo electronics seemed
to belie their solid-state nature.
While the soundstage was obviously lacking ultimate depth,
a byproduct of the cramped room, the sheer beauty on display
made this system memorable."
Marc Mickelson, The Audiobeat
coverage of "Dagogo.com"
"As someone who used to own a pair of the Tannoy 15-inch
dual-concentric speaker, I recognized big sound when I hear
it. The TIDAL Sunray of Germany ($178,600/pair) are large
speakers in dimensions, what with four woofers in one speaker,
plus two midrange and a tweeter.
The sound from these speakers are also big, but not in the
same manner as the Tannoys. Even more than other large speakers
at the CES, the TIDAL Sunray was extraordinarily delicate
in tonal recreation. There was very high level of behavorial
refinement in its proportioning of dynamic contrasting and
dynamic scaling that I seldom hear from other speakers.
a large degree of what I'm hearing was attributable to the
two Balabo BP-1 MKII stereo amplifiers, which had one stereo
amp driving the top-end and midrange, with a second stereo
amp driving the bass.
In addition, considering that it was a Zanden transport
that was held by many in high regard, driving a Balabo BD-1
DAC, there was certain assurance in resolution attained.
Very dynamic, powerful and yet refined performance overall."
initial inclination was, as in years past, to talk about the
two or three rooms which, given my particular priorities, sounded
the best IMHO; however, given the numerous rooms that really
sounded good, this does a real disservice to those which escape
Instead, it seemed much more interesting to talk about the products
that fired up my imagination. In no particular order, these
are as follows:
Constantine Soo, dagogo
showreport - Stereophile:
"...Here it was paired with a loudspeaker new to me,
the towering, 500 lb TIDAL Sunray, whose 6'8" designer, Jörn
Janczak, is equally imposing. The rest of the system included
two BAlabo 500Wpc stereo amps, with one amp performing bass
duty on the bi-amped Sunray; and the new BAlabo BD-1 24/192
Most notable about this system was the tremendous depth it
conveyed on Reference Recordings' Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances,
and the wonderful weight and richness in the lower mid-bass.
Renaud Capucon's new recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto,
I was especially impressed by the clarity of rapid thwacks
on the timpani.
I'm sure Frederik Caroe's pure metal-film Dueland Coherent
Audio capacitors, which are handmade in Denmark, contributed
to the overall gestalt. The TIDAL Sunray is definitely a
speaker I hope to explore further in a larger space.
showreport - Ultra High-End:
"Besides soulution, JV is enamored of the BAlabo (Bridge
Audio Laboratory) components, so I expected a lot when I
walked into the BAlabo, TIDAL room.
The TIDAL speakers I heard at RMAF were among the best of
show. Here, BAlabo partnered its BP-1 MK-II power amplifiers
with TIDAL Sunray speakers.
They sounded spectacular. "
Italy wrote a review about the TIDAL Amea:
of all, I was used to feel the ceramic sound as light, sometime
inconsistent. With this Amea there is nothing slight or
You can easy feel a quite lack of coloration (this aspect
hits you directly), the remarkable dynamic quality even
macro but more micro, the ability to recreate an affective
image through a careful dynamic reconstruction....
....I never experienced before to listen a mini/midi speaker
with a so rare ability to ingenerate no confusion, no compression
at all (…) instrument tone seems really dependant from a
record quality (…) be sure that is you are playing a good
recording, you will increase the volume, never full of a
distinct sound, never euphonic at all, that brings you to
be rounded of music....
everyone who is looking for a speakers system of these dimensions
and that have an adequate budget (and an adequate system
below, you can’t joke with these TIDAL!) have to put in
the list a listening session of these Amea. Is really likely
that, when you have the Amea in your room, you will revise
the whole discotheque to see… “the new sensation”."
to read here more of it on the detailed site of the TIDAL Amea.
Rocky Mountain Audio Festival (RMAF) October 2009:
Room 2004, I the TIDAL Contriva multiway floorstanders with
all ceramic and diamond drivers.... I think the best word
to describe the TIDAL sound is beautiful, because it certainly
Joan Baez came across with more ambience than I heard with
the Focal Scalas and very good reproduction of her characteristic
tremolo and her fingerpicking...
...Though not quite as high in resolution as what I’m used to
listening to - nor, ultimately, as lifelike on something like
Guitar Gabriel’s “Keys to the Highway” - the Contriva's are
truly gorgeous-sounding transducers."
2009: Best of Show
"...Though the TIDAL Contriva Diacera SE speakers seemed
too large for the room in which they were used, the sound
they produced - big, fast, and musically detailed - overcame
any preconceived notions.
We expect a particular sound from speakers with ceramic
drivers - one that's unnaturally uptight, often constricting
dynamics and instrumental bloom. But these TIDAL
speakers seem to be of a different breed, as the sound billowed
from them with ease and natural dynamic flow.
Hugh Masakela's "Stimela," a demo-music staple, was as forceful
and quick-paced as ever on LP. Some great sound in a small
room; what could all of this equipment do in a larger space?"
exhibits at the HIGHEND 2009 in Munich:
of mostly loudness-sounding boomy rooms we were praised as
one of the most natural sounding rooms.
We presented a small, but very sophisticated setup. Therefor
we treated the room perfectly with components from Transparent-Acoustic.
we used an Audiostone Pythagoras, the Thales tonarm and the
amplification was done by TIDAL Preos, TIDAL Impact Monobloc's.
As speakers we played our TIDAL Amea and Contriva. We would
like to say thank you very much to all the nice visitors.
TIDAL Contriva: "World Class Loudspeakers from Germany".
Described as one of the finest loudspeakers we feel honored to be
praised in this very nice review at Stereotimes, written by Mike
can say confidently, that I have not encountered a better
made speaker, prior to the time the Contrivas arrived in
my listening room. That includes most of what I can remember
of my speaker reviewing experiences and all of my CES experiences....
...Phrases such as “high frequency air”, “midrange presence”
and “low frequency performance”, seem mundane in comparison
to what's really going on. The performers, especially musicians,
and vocalists, came through with more realism than what
I had experienced before...
...I’d be hard pressed to imagine that there is a loudspeaker
significantly better than the Contrivas. When you take into
account their thoughtful design, quality of finish, solid
build quality, and stunning musical virtues, you get a speaker
that could be on anyone's short list of the ultimate loudspeaker."
free to read the full review here:
TIDAL Contriva is voted to the best products in 2008.
TIDAL Contriva loudspeaker choice of the year 2008.
"If we had a category for “component of the year”,
this would be it for me personally.
The Contrivas took my musical enjoyment to a height I didn’t
know was possible in my listening room. I’m still going
through withdrawal with having sent them back to the distributor.
I first heard these speakers at this years CES and thought
they were exceptional then. Having them at home did nothing
short of convince me of how wonderful they really are. I
reached new heights of realism, presence, performance at
the frequency extremes, and most importantly, a level connectedness
to the music I had not felt before.
Every time I turned on my system, each album or CD I played,
I was not just sitting there listening to music, it was
more like an “experience.”"
Audio, premium cable manufacturer is now the official distributor
of TIDAL for whole Scandinavia. As example of first clients reactions,
we like to share this example from a client in Sweden:
"Dear TIDAL Audio,
Will start to thank TIDAL Audio for their support before
I decide to buy one of their speakers, you not only buy
a product, you also get their knowledge and very good service.
Start with the looks and finish. This speaker looks like
a speaker should look like, nothing fancy or catchy, just
a classic look who will win in the long run. I choose a
ebony-macassar veneer, this finish is so fine that I can't
describe it with a picture or in text, you must see it in
reality. Buildquality is 100%.
All of this don't mean so much if they don't sound good,
but they do. This speaker is for people who love music,
now you want me to describe all of the hifiparameters that
all do but I won't. They are like a good red wine or a book,
it is just a pleasure to listen to music over these speakers.
Under my 3 months with these speaker I have never listen
to so much music, while I have listen to all this music
I have never thought, how does they sound. So good and right
are they for me.
Best regards Anders"
and pictures here:
Janczak, founder and head behind TIDAL, has been voted as
"Business Man of the Month" from Germany's business-journal
We don't see it as a neccessary indicator for what we are
doing here with passion and joy - but as little honour doing
things right here at our TIDAL company for almost 10 years
New: TIDAL Impact Monobloc
new power amplifier uses the same design and highly praised
internal amplification module like the Impact - for a very good
reason. Cause there was no wish for us and all who saw and heared
it to improve this. This is why we drove this technology to
the limit and designed a fully controlled power supply for it
and used the whole inner space for it why only one channel was
over for it. And we had our true Monobloc. Disadvantage: one
needs two of these beauties now.
But the effort is all worth it, it is simply the best amplifier
we know of.
We did not changed the design from the outside - why should
one change here something ;-)? The real difference between
Impact and Impact Monobloc is behind the glossy shine.....
new feature the TIDAL Impact Monobloc has a remote power
on/off, intelligent controlled by the Preos. With its special
master/slave input and output it controlls also several
new TIDAL general importer for Italy received their first pairs
of TIDAL Amea and TIDAL Piano, we would like to share the nice words
look gorgeous; the finishes are absolutely the best I ever
saw. The standing is at top level and the sound extremely
Piano is really magical, she faces any kind of music with
energy and fascination. Great heart, she don’t try to convince
you, she plays music and nothing else. Never insecure, no
minimal distortion also at high volumes.
Musicality of Piano is real and the presence of the musical
message is really something that I never heard before. Soundstage
is very detailed, large and focused, they are absolutely persuading.
They are speakers which you can fall in love with.
Sometime I'm supposing they play so well because they charm
me with their look. So I close my eyes and concentrate only
on what I'm hearing... Conclusion is that Piano are a superb
Audio, official importer for Italy, www.mondoaudio.it
are very detailed and coherent and, with their stands, a
I cannot appreciate them at Piano level because they are
still bind but at the first sound they appear with all their
high status and stand out for their quality and potentials.
They need a little more attention on setup to find the best
position to appreciate their quality. When found, you can
notice they are a complete speaker with quality that you
can find only on systems that cost twice the price.
In any case I would buy them also only for their look. ;-)
They deserve a refined and luxury house to find their accommodation."
TIDAL T1 - our top of the line loudspeaker.
you have ever experienced the small TIDAL Amea, then you
will know that there is no need for having more to be happy
with. So where is the reason to offer such a - in all aspects
breathtaking - speaker?
The answer is actually pretty simple:
it was created for our love to music, our passion for designing
speakers and to find out the sonic frontiers of realistic
music reproduction. And therefor for people who still admire
The T1 is designed to play fully passive without any compromise,
every detail is balanced for an experience which makes typical
phrases of sound describtion obsolete.
We do promise with the T1 nothing less and nothing more
TIDAL T1 is:
- the unique Sunray exclusively equipped with a pure silver
- the unique T1-Subtowers, designed to extend the F3 point
of the Sunray and to create the most realistic reproduction
of deep frequencies without any own sound
- the active cross-over LPX for the free option of driving
the Subtowers and / bass modules partly active - for endless
configurations and combinations even of different amplifiers
T1 Sunray has the most expensive and exclusive passive cross-over
inside we know of. The parts for this cross-over are easily
more expensive then the diamond tweeter we are using.
But it is not about prices or simple superlatives, it is
to give you an idea what it needed to improve a speaker
like the Sunray. Cause it was not possible for us to improve
this speaker - except for using components which cost more
then a pair of our fine TIDAL Contriva.
This is when we decided to build the T1 and look for the
sonic frontiers in reproducing music in the most realistic
and natural way.
Together with the Subtowers one can have an experience which
we describe very simple: all what the T1 is doing is presenting
the artist - and not itself. If one is open for that experience,
the only alternative we know of then is live music. And that
means we reached all of our goals with it.
importers do receive their very first models of the Contriva,
afterwards one can read a very nice example, we would like to share
"....Many things are said in the international world
of high-end for products that use advanced technology and
design. Some are following the classical pattern with brand
names, heavy in history, which they use as proof for the
supposed excellent sound they offer....
....some of their speakers unfortunately have the approval
and support of the reviewers although they don't follow any
electro acoustic engineering rules. On the other hand some
speakers disappear in their performance, but the critical
issue, is what remains in doing so.
The sound stage, the presence, the layering, how fast, how
smooth it is, or if it is not, are only some of the specifications
used to evaluate the sound quality of a speaker. After living
the two past months with a "TIDAL" , I can honestly say, in
my amazement, that at last have found a speaker that can eliminate
the surrounding space giving me the feeling that the musical
event is taking place alive before my eyes.
Truly, beyond the cold numbers which are the result of technical
measurements - we tested the Contriva in the lab and it is
technically amazing - the TIDAL are indeed speakers that have
the ability to create emotions. The kind of music is of no
importance, a TIDAL, talks directly to the subconscious travelling
you in the place and time where the event actually happened.
It is so true, effortless and clear that it seems that you
hear familiar music, but at the same time you feel as if you
hear it for the first time. TIDAL as a real time-machine travels
you from the present to the past, to a recording which took
place five minutes ago or fifty years ago, and I am certain
that you will still have them after a hundred years and they
will still have the magical power to transfer you through
TIDAL is a dream, with a TIDAL you live your dream, and as
we all know that living your dream is priceless.
Best regards Anastassios"
(SIRIUS-Group, TIDAL importer Greece, www.sirius-group.com)
Our Hongkong distribution "AudioExotics" received its
first pair of TIDAL "Piano Diacera" - nothing special
in particular but what we like is sharing the pleasure and using
this is example to get confirmed that TIDAL speakers do not sound
"ceramic" or "diamond" - in the best and most
exquisite finish must seen in real person to appreciate.
It is the best piano lacquer that I have ever seen.....
TIDAL Piano Diacera, although having 2 ceremique drivers
on the front, doesn't sound anything like ceremique, music
is soft and mellow with timidity and uncompromised speed
to the ****** , the presence of the ceramique drive is so much
more transparent..... The speakers are amazing! It does not
sound like ceramique or diamond as you said."
free to read furthergoing impressions at the famous Audioexotics-forum:
- TIDAL Preos - Welcome to Audioexotics
Piano Diacera - The Empress's New Clothes
- TIDAL Impact - David vs. Goliath
presents at the C.E.S.
in Las Vegas 2008 his new Contriva:
Feedback, CES 2008 show report, wrote:
system was incredible!
Half Note Audio featured TIDAL Contriva loudspeakers, ASR
Emitter II amplifiers, Stylos SYS DAC and Argento cables.
What a pleasure to sit and listen to our music here ...
this is only one of about four rooms we actually had the
time to sit and listen."
Mike Wright's CES 2008 show report:
" Half Note Audio / TIDAL / ASR
This was absolutely one of the best, if not my favorite,
room at CES this year.
This was the room that I kept coming back and comparing
the other rooms to. Daniel and Jae Barnum, et al, put on
a wonderful demo that was musically involving, balanced,
dynamic and detailed.
The team did a wonderful job of setting up the system to
give you a nice stage with a good sense of depth and layering.
Music came by way of the beautiful TIDAL Contrivas being
driven by the majestic looking ASR Emitter II Exclusive.
Digital source came via an Oracle transport driving the
Stylos HAD D/A Converter. Argento Serenity Master Reference
cables and Argento Flow Power cables were used throughout.
Equipment rack was provided by Audiostone and the isolation
bases were Critical Mass Systems Grand Master Isolation
White, CEO of Matrx Systems, USA, wrote:
"....Congratulations on the Contriva.
It's a fabulous sounding speaker and, in fact, the most
complete speaker product I've seen and listened to in my
31 years in audio.
The sound we were getting at the show was very musical and
clearly better than every room I visited. "
from left: Douglas White
(Matrx Systems, Pennsylvania), TIDAL Contriva, Jörn
Janczak (CEO and designer
Clement Perry's CES 2008 show report:
"Half Note Audio put on an absolutely
excellent sounding demo using electronics I've seen before
but never heard perform like this.
The new TIDAL Contriva loudspeaker of Germany shown in African
Mohogany) sounded remarkably detailed and musical driven
with an ASR Emitter II Integrated amplifier.
Cabling throughout was Argento Serenity Master
and Flow AC cords. Digital was by way of another newbie I heard briefly
last year at the Munich High End show, in the Ascendo room: the Stylos
SYS dac, while an Oracle top loader was the transport of choice.
No question, this was one of the best sounding rooms I've had the
pleasure of visiting and spending a good amount of time in. "
Thomas from STEREOTIMES wrote:
" Half Note Audio: Daniel Barnum of high-end
distributor Half Note Audio (a real life descendant of P.T. Barnum
himself) is fast becoming one of the most fascinating people in the
industry to me.
While many U.S. distributors are looking for inexpensive products
that can be sold to the masses, Daniel seeks products that frankly,
only a small tribe of people might be interested in or can afford.
The roster of manufacturers represented in his room at the Venetian
reads more like a “Who’s Who” of European hi-fi "
must have visited more than one hundred rooms during the
week and I know I still missed getting to many more. In
fact, I ended my coverage of the high-end exhibits early
on the last day so that I would still have a little time
to check out some of the exhibits over at the Las Vegas
Convention Center (a.k.a. The Zoo)....But out of all the
exhibits I saw I managed to come up with a list of the
Ten Best Rooms at the Shows.
I like each of these rooms for a variety of reasons. All
offered great sound but some were chosen because they represented
great values while some were selected due to there sheer
beauty and combination of strengths.
So here they are in alphabetical order:
- April Music: Aura Note and Aura Speaker
- Audio Design & Marketing: Berning, TW-Acustic, German
- Avatar Acoustics: Abbingdon Research, Karan Acoustics,
- Bertrand Audio Imports: Perfect 8/Bridge Audio Labs
- Half Note Audio:
ASR, TIDAL, Stylos, Audiostone, Pythagoras, Argento, Critical
- King Sound Oracle
- NAT Distribution: Raysonic, JAS Audio
- Signals Super-Fi: Vitus Audio, German Physiks, Continuum,
- World Hi-Fi Group: Escalante, Electrocompaniet
Beside of the Contriva premiere we supported
another manufacturer with our classic TIDAL Piano and TIDAL Impact:
Audiostone/Thales presented his 80.000,-
USD turntable flaggship incl. the unique Thales tonearm
with our power amp and speakers, www.6moons.com wrote:
listened to a few tracks through the beautifully made TIDAL
Piano speakers and TIDAL Impact power amplifier and the
sound was indeed silky smooth."
Thanks again to Halfnoteaudio,
our very involved US-importer, and the other brands - cause every
system is the sum made out of all components.
present the new TIDAL Contriva.
see to your left side a very first snapshot in our factory.
The consequent improving
of the formerly model allowed us to introduce this new speaker.
All we can say is: this is the best Contriva we ever built
Worldpremiere: CES 2008.
present detail improvements of our reference amps TIDAL Impact und
listening reference of power amplifiers: the TIDAL Impact.
A "power house" which combines speed, precision
and control to a level where "sound" not longer
exists - in the best way.
New since this year are the isolator feet, made out of three
parts of stainless steel with an ice-hardened ball which
controls the resonances pressure-point to pressure-point.
- new improved circuit of the voltage-part inside: opimized
running-time of the feedback function for higher objective
precision and subjective musicality
- new stainless-steel isolators for optimized chassis resonance
- new silver wiring inside,
silver fuses inside
- new ATA-flightcases with a doubled bottom for the accessories
We did a very long thinking, how we could offer a true symetrical
output to drive amps far away from the Preos, without compromising
the unique unbalanced minimal-circuit topology, which is
the reason for the transparent sound of the Preos, and it
is famous for.
Therefore we developed new output modules with an balanced
output. First time ever we are convinced to offer a true
symetrical output without the typical disadvantages of it,
like adding additional sound to it, cause of its way more
electronic parts in the signal way - compared to a classy
minimal unbalanced design.
We are happy to present the best Preos ever build.
new descrete build dual-mono output stage modules with balanced/unbalanced
- new silver wire inside,
silver fuses inside
- new impedance adjustment for the MC-phono part: 8 different
steps, exotic configurations as free option possible
- new surround sound processor loop-in with intelligent
1:1 active level forwarding
- new constant temperature board for the sensitive phono-part
new stainless-steel isolators for optimized chassis resonance
new ATA-flightcases with a doubled bottom for the accessories
received the very first cabinets of our new TIDAL Contriva II.
Here you can see the cabinets before it is getting the transparent
piano finish - only this will turn the dull veneer into a breathtaking
We improved the Contriva after 5 years building it with following:
more slope for better time correction
- two 8,5" ceramic woofer instead one 10" for a higher
efficiency and more SPLmax.
- new, unique and dynamic design
the TIDAL Sunray was the very first speaker in the world using the
biggest and most expensive diamond tweeter ever made and is using
the unique black ceramic drivers, we created again another new benchmark
and something never done before:
you can see a part of the midrange-x-over of
most probably the finest and most expensive x-over ever made. Equipped
with the worldwide first pure silver capacitor and a pure silver
aircore inductor. These parts are the most expensive, biggest and
most heavy parts ever made. The electrical value of the parts will
never be available out of the catalogue
and are exclusively designed for TIDAL internal specifications,
every x-over is handmade by CEO Jörn Janczak personally.
the unique time-aligned filter technolgy it is designed for ultimate
precision combined with the most minimal microphonic effects and
such an ensemble of parts for one x-over is as expensive as 3 of
our big diamond tweeters, but we wanted to have something very simple:
Size sometimes still does matters: the cap alone with its
massive silver foil inside alone is 4,5 Kg heavy....
TIDAL "Contriva Diacera"
was this years demo speaker at the C.E.S. show 2007 in Las Vegas
of Argento Audio - manufacturer of finest high end cables.
The room was praised as on of the finest sounding and most tasteful
presentations at the show. The press wrote:
Audio’s room was defined by crisp dynamics and clean, fast
transients, all wrapped up in a sound that never irritated
in any way -- in fact, it was always a delight no matter
what music we played. And did we mention that the system
had terrific bass?
Listening to a Tracy Chapman track on a sampler disc that
Marc Mickelson brought to the show, we were impressed by
the overall low-end agility of this system. But from the
top of the frequency band to the bottom, this setup satisfied
in every way.
system consisted of a variety of components from overseas,
such as Germany’s TIDAL Contriva Diacera speakers, the look
of which we just loved due to the perfect finish and attractive
Also in the mix were the ASR Emitter II Exclusive integrated
amplifier, Switzerland’s Orpheus Zero transport and Heritage
DAC, Argento cabling, a Furutech power conditioner, and
an Acoustic Dreams rack."
nice to see the TIDAL Audio and their Contriva Diacera loudspeakers
stateside. I was smitten by this company in Munich.
Here they were being shown alongside the ASR II Emitter
integrated using Argento wiring throughout.
The digital source was a personal favorite of mine; the Swiss
built Orpheus Zero transport and Heritage dac. The sound was
gloriously articulate, open and harmonically spot-on.
The thing I noticed about the TIDAL series of loudspeakers under
very different settings, is that their tonal character remains
wonderfully well-balanced. This tells me they're consistent,
which is always a good thing. The ASR/Orpheus combo displayed
greater promise of what TIDAL is fully capable of. Great sounding
Argento Acoustics (cables) room. TIDAL Contriva speakers,
Orpheus electronics, and *Acoustic Dreams equipment rack.
The sound of this system, such as this poor listener was
able to hear it during his short stay off-axis, is Sophisticated
The midrange had a beautiful delicacy,
but with real world bass and flat frequency response top to
bottom. We are talking about the system sound here - and, given
what I know about these speakers, they like, and are a reasonably
clear window on, high-quality electronics upstream."
also heard the ASR Emitter II sound just plain swell in the
Argento room, driving a pair of superb TIDAL Audio Contriva
Diacera three-ways (with diamond tweeter, ceramic midrange,
and 10-inch magnesium woofer).
Wired with Argento cable and interconnect and fed by a Orpheus
Zero transport and $30k Orpheus Heritage DAC, the ASR Emitter
II sounded anything but polite on the Copland Third CD-R, with
very good decay and transient response on the big bass drum
strikes at the start of the third movement.
So I’m in a quandary. I’d thought the ASR were dynamically limited.
Clearly, they are not - at least, with the right speakers."
our new importer in Australia
- www.sensusaudio.com - received his first TIDAL speakers.
Potis from 6moons.com choosed the "TIDAL Piano" as BEST
SPEAKER OF 2006.
simply, they are the finest audio reproduction components
to ever grace my listening room. I was recently asked if
they were really competitive with other speakers in their
class. My response was simple. They don't sound anything
like most of the speakers in their class.
If you're a gear head who wants to hear his equipment and
be awed by all the tricks it can do, the TIDALs may not
be for you. But if you want to hear into the music in the
most natural and involving of ways that I've ever witnessed
at anywhere near their price, you simply have to score an
audition of the TIDAL Pianos.
And it doesn't matter of you're an aficionado of tubes or
transistors, high or medium power, the easy-to-drive Pianos
are just about guaranteed to work with and quite possibly
make the most of what you already have....."
Now serial with all TIDAL "jewels": in-house made professional
...a last polishing, then the fabric covers over it and
closing the case: perfectly prepared for sending our musical
jewels all over the world.
TIDAL Piano received the nicest praise from John Potis of 6moons.com
"I haven't heard every great speaker in the world but
I'm convinced that the Piano deserves its place among the very
best. There's something very different about these Pianos, something
I've never yet had to have speakers of the Piano's cleary superior
-- and concomitantly costly -- caliber."
the whole review here:
Remasterer Steve Hoffman is remastering some legendary LP's and is
using this equipment:
TIDAL Preos - pre amp
TIDAL Impact - power amp
TIDAL Contriva Diacera - loudspeaker
do have those big bad babies, yes. At least until Jan when
they go to CES. :( Well, they are $xx,000.00 list, beautiful
and I love them. I use them (and my Venture Excellence III's)
I do know that the Contriva Diacera are very system dependent;
in other words, what you feed to them will be very important.
I cared for them less with a high powered solid state amp
than with my 200 watt tubed Groverblocks. With tubes these
speakers just shine. Real beauties.
If you have the money, they will last your lifetime. Be
warned, they need really good electronic gear for them to
shine the most. But when they do, look out!"
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exclusive review from STEREOTIMES:
We received finest praise in our latest review about our reference amps:
Read at: http://www.stereotimes.com/amp062606.shtml
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