1. April 2011
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.)
4. January 2011
"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."
4. January 2011
"...“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."
4. January 2011
"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. "
4. January 2011
"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."
4. January 2011
"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 shows.
20. December 2021
17. January 2022
"The TIDAL Audio Intra is going to be the new sonic high-water mark..."
"...First off, the way the TIDAL Audio Intra amplifies high-frequency waveform accelerations is unique to any other amps I’ve heard.... The TIDAL Audio Intra exhibited the cleanest, most hash-free high-frequency transients of any amp I’ve yet to hear. Zero glare–while simultaneously delivering a staggering level of detail and information that never feels decoupled from the core of a recording."
"Dynamically, the TIDAL Audio Intra is in a class of its own. It’s never jumpy or artificially exciting but effortless in the way it plays dynamic contacts, macro, and micro.I can’t say a whole lot about the midrange because once again, there is virtually nothing to say other than it’s perfect.".. "The low-end reproduction of the Intra was as deep and controlled as I’ve ever heard."
"So why is it the size of a TIDAL preamp? Brace yourselves for this little tidbit of info: IT’S CLASS-D!!! Whuuuut? That’s right. The TIDAL Audio Intra is TIDAL’s first standalone entry into the world of switching or Class-D amplifier topology...
Sometimes I can’t remember my kid’s birthdays. I definitely don’t remember what music I worked on last week. But I do remember where I was when we watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon and I’ll remember where I was the first time I heard Class-D NOT sound like Class-D: in Doug White’s demo room at CAF 2021, and confirmed a few days later in my home system.
Do you listen to music or listen to the gear? If you are an audiophile and primarily a music listener that either never had, or has grown past fetishizing the gear in a high-end system, the Intra could be your speaker’s new best friend. For astute listeners who demand the utmost in neutrality and transparency in a high-power amp without any sacrifice in musicality and emotional engagement."
16. June 2022
TIDAL for Bugatti / High End 2022
"What is TIDAL for Bugatti? That was the big question for us at Part-Time Audiophile when we first heard that TIDAL Audio of Germany would be coming out with a new line, TIDAL for Bugatti, which was inspired by that legendary automobile marque. Would audiophiles buy this? Or would these be products be purchased primarily by consumers who already had a Chiron and a Veyron in their climate-controlled garages?
Jorn Janczak of TIDAL Audio, of course, has a more nuanced answer. TIDAL for Bugatti isn’t just a TIDAL Audio speaker with that classic EB logo. It’s a significant advance in speaker design, with new technologies and new approaches, all based on Jorn’s insistence that these products are “everything I know, everything I love.”
Feel free to read more: Link to PTA Magazine