"I like to pretend that my first stop, after my visit from the heretofore absent-from-my-life Lotto Fairy, will be to Doug White of "The Voice That Is" to check out the latest and greatest from TIDAL loudspeakers. In the meantime, while I sit and wait for Godot, I got a taste of what my future (never hurts to dream) holds, here at Capital Audiofest. Doug had two rooms here, both showing TIDAL speakers.
In the more expensive of the two, Doug was showing off his personal pair of Contriva Diacera SE speakers in a magnificent custom veneer. These pair speakers were actually the first and second off the line – as you can see from the engraved silver plaques mounted just over their rear-facing ports. Nice touch. The finish is something of a one-off, a super-dramatic custom-stained version of the standard-finish African pyramid mahogany.
As Doug tells it, this finish took about six months of finishing and fussing over before TIDAL designer Jörn Janczak was happy with it – and once complete, said he'd never do again. Doug says he's never going to sell these, and quite frankly, he'd be nuts to do so. Interestingly, these speakers also predate the move TIDAL made to all-black Accuton drivers.
Anyway, these speakers were not only shockingly beautiful; they put out the most glamorous sound at the show."