"...What 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...
"Priced 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 loudspeaker.
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."
The 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 describe it.
It is the perfect reproducer, communicator, message carrier: whatever is fed into the speaker is projected 1:1 into the listening room.
… 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 room.
Unquestionably, an exceptional speaker."
(The full review you can read it of the page of the Piano Diacera itself.)
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".
On 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.
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.
"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."
"...“Go 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."
"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 really is.
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."