CAPITAL AUDIOFEST 2016

CAPITAL AUDIOFEST 2016

August 2016


CAPITAL AUDIOFEST 2016

"BECAUSE TIDAL, ENOUGH SAID"

"...These speakers are warm, full-of-life, and breathtakingly rich in their sound, with a level of detail I’ve not heard outside of headphones. And the sound of a Tidal speaker is entirely in keeping with the elegance and style of the package that the sound comes wrapped it — quite simply, it’s stunning.
I will offer that there’s a couple of things to keep in mind about Tidal speakers. One, they’re nowhere in the neighborhood of cheap. Don’t bother calling any dealer and expect to get an Amazon “deal-of-the-day”. One look at the speaker will tell you why that is — that finish is crazy. That’s not hours worth of labor, pulling that level of luster off of that natural wood veneer, that’s weeks. There really is nothing that looks like this on the market today — anywhere. And when they say “piano black”, just be aware that piano makers have never seen this finish before. Trust me on this one...
The Tidal electronics (this is one of those brands that can cover you, soup-to-nuts, if you like) match, naturally, their speakers — well, at least assuming you don’t opt for the veneer — the black on the chassis looks like liquid (it’s a nightmare to photograph), accented by brightly polished silver trim. The knob on the Preos-D preamplifier (which comes with a phono and a DAC) is an unexpected delight — and yes, it’s worth a separate comment all on its own. Assuming you’d dare to turn it — it’s brightly polished silver, so, think “fingerprint magnet”, which is probably why you’ll be using that remote — but when you do, it’s solid, smooth-to-the-turn, and just quietly shouts “quality” at you in that same way that a butler just never would. And best of all, at the other end of that knob is one of the most sophisticated mechanically-isolated digitally-specified-but-fully-analog resistor-arrays that I've come across. WANT."

(Scott Hull, https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2016/08/09/capital-audiofest-2016-because-tidal-enough-said/)