22. December 2016
Voted as most coveted product 2016: the TIDAL Contriva
"I’m a fetishist when it comes to the high-end of audio playback devices. I love the very best sound that human beings are capable of offering through their technical, artistic, and manufacturing prowess. What I love, you may not, but that’s why these year-end lists are great, because we all get to gush about what we love best, and the piece of equipment I covet the most this year is the Tidal Contriva G2 loudspeaker. No matter what I heard them paired with at various shows this year, they just spoke to me. They made me emotional, they put off-balance, and kept me there with their innate musicality. Yes, they are expensive, but oh God, they are worth every penny to me."
4. November 2016
Impressions: A Reference System from TIDAL Audio
"Having said that, I conclude that TIDAL Audio’s Presencio reference electronics, the Impulse Monobloc amps, and the Agoria loudspeakers, stand quite clearly as true first-rank and world-class performers. They are exemplary in their outstanding seamless synergy, and produced audio excellence of the first order...
TIDAL has produced a system of supreme elegance, with fit and finish that I’ve not seen bettered by any other company. Certainly the stylishness of appearance and the sense of grace is supreme. Though TIDAL has a handful of finishes, the piano black finish is the best that I can remember encountering. Just to lightly stroke the finish of the Agoria is silk and passion all at once…love at first touch. My highest compliments to the production team at TIDAL: This is brilliant work!...
No matter how demanding the sources were that I used with this system, TIDAL responded with immense resolution, solid-as-a-rock reliability, and complete authority of presentation in our room. This is a splendid result, one that merits my highest praise for the TIDAL designs here. I can tell you that I truly regretted the departure of TIDAL; it was a reference experience, without a doubt... And if you have the budget to swim in these rarified financial waters, then you simply must put the TIDAL Presencio stack/Impuse Monoblocs/Agoria loudspeakers on your very short list of top-o’-the-heap alternatives. They are exceptional in every way, and carry my very highest recommendation, with a great deal of enthusiasm."
(Dr. David Robinson, http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/impressions-reference-system-tidal-audio/)
4. November 2016
TIDAL at RMAF 2016
Our US based TIDAL premium dealer Doug White from "The Voice That Is" were presenting the new TIDAL Piano Diacera in cooperation with Zanden electronics from Japan.
"I have a great job. I’ll never argue that. I go to hi-fi audio shows, and write about the gear that interests me the most, and TIDAL Audio is a German high-end audio component, and speaker manufacturer that leaves me restless every time following a listening session. Their designs just do something to me...
The Tidal/Zanden/Kuzma combo was visceral, gut-punch engaging, and had lovely leading transients on strings and horn notes, with fat, Sydney Opera House-sized decay on piano notes, along with a more than healthy dose of emotional weight to throw the most stoic audiophile off-kilter. This isn’t a system to analyze or debate the minutiae of which LP version of Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me has more air, and space around her guitar… this is a system to experience music with. All of its beauty, soaring hope, unabashed joy, and heartbreaking sadness. In other words, all the things that make music a part of our lives. A most important part."
(Rafe Arnott, https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2016/10/22/rmaf-2016-video-tidal-zanden-and-the-voice-that-is/)
2. October 2016
Impressions: TIDAL Contriva G2, TIDAL Preos and TIDAL Impulse Monobloc. As source Helix 1 turntable.
TIDAL premium distributor since more than a decade: Mr. Samorukov, CEO of New Ambiance.
20. September 2016
TIDAL LAUNCHES ITS FIRST CABLE LINE
The next logical step and coming very soon: TIDAL reference cables. Built like our electronics and speakers the TIDAL cables closes the gap as messenger between amps and speakers. Available as digital cable, XLR and RCA interconnect and power cords. Same philosophy, same built quality, same results such as one knows from us. More information when we launch it officially soon.
17. August 2016
"$500,000 TIDAL AUDIO SYSTEM THUNDERS TO LIFE COURTESY OF ELEMENT ACOUSTICS, WYNN AUDIO"
"...I have to say, it was a sound that confounds conventional descriptions that I’m comfortable using to relate my listening experience. The sound induced a wholly transcendental, meditative state...
...while I’m shying away from the technical prowess of this system because it elicited such a deep, and provocative emotional response from me, I will say that the depth, and power on tap here delivered such startling clarity, and undeniable headroom in its sound, that the feeling of effortlessness each note was imbued with was intoxicating to experience. Put another way, Tidal gear forgoes any imposition of character to the sound... It was impossible to not be caught up in the performance because the Tidal gear had the room awash in cello. The sound was massive. Like rough-hewn, creaking, deck timbers on a three-masted ship-of-the-line. It was if the air itself was flexing, and heaving while the boat struggled through a storm surge to make for deeper water, and safety.
Listening to gear with this level of swelling emotional weight to its presentation is almost exhausting because of its impact on those parts of our sum that are most delicate, and can betray that which we might normally hide from the public, perhaps even our friends, and family: the heart, the soul, the deep, hidden pools of feelings, and slow-moving undercurrents of fear, regret, longing, passion… this level of playback can dangerously expose those secrets like a yawing pit. You cannot help but be completely drawn in to every nuance by this level of absolute visceral, organic musicality.
This is obviously not a system for everyone, and I mean that on multiple levels. Not everyone can afford it, and not everyone wants to be opened up without pause by musical playback. But for those few seeking the ultimate emotional engagement in their listening experience, the system put together by Ku, and Wong offers a glimpse into traveling through what I would consider uncharted music-playback territory.
Too many audiophiles (in my experience) navigate these often confusing high-fidelity waters without a map, or even a true destination. And, I’m not talking about the journey of the gear that many of us find ourselves on, rather I’m speaking of the journey of the deeply complex, and often flawed, vulnerable human being that exists inside us all."
(Rafe Arnott, https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2016/08/07/500000-tidal-audio-system-thunders-to-life-in-vancou/)
17. August 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/)
26. July 2016
TIDAL AUDIO EXPANDS INTO THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA - NOW PRESENT IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
TIDAL proudly announces the establishment of our fully owned Dubai representation as a response to our increasing customer needs in the Middle East and Africa. Dubai as a well-known center of gravity for superlatives and luxury is a perfect location to serve our prestigious customers in the United Arab Emirates & all other GCC countries offering in addition an unique operation positioning to service our clients in fast growing African territories.
“We are extremely excited about the fact, to now be in the position to quickly respond to our customers’ needs within the same time zone, working week and location…” mentions Joern Janczak, CEO & Founder of TIDAL and Dr. Marcus Schumacher, TIDAL Middle East and Africa adds that “…we see the establishment of TIDAL's Dubai representation, as strategic position to further expand TIDAL's future focus on our prestigious customers towards fast growing India and other adjacent white space Asian territories where TIDAL has not been present till date”.
For further information please feel free to contact us.
12. July 2016
TIDAL PIANO G2 is being reviewed in STEREO SOUND magazine Japan
Our smallest speaker and entry into the world of TIDAL high end audio, the classic PIANO G2 has received the highest praise as reviewed "EXCITING COMPONENT", the quotes and conclusion:
"While providing a huge amount of information, it delivers an extremely transparent and highly refined sound... The piano finish is so outstanding, that you can see how much effort and cost must have been dedicated even before you listen to the sound... Its high-resolution and high-contrast sound is at the highest level in the high end domain of today."
11. July 2016
TIDAL masterpieces are the first time available in the UK now:
"After several years of planning and investment, LOTUS HIFI is extremely proud and excited to mark a significant turning point in the history of UK Highend Audio. TIDAL AUDIO is an industry Holy Grail, a true Luxury brand, endlessley authentic and overflowing with pedigree. Their single-mindedness, uncompromising philosophy and ridiculously high manufacturing standards have never once faltered. Glare in bewilderment at the outside or the inside of these masterpieces and it’s hard to decide which is the more extraordinary. Every TIDAL over delivers on all counts. Every TIDAL is perfected without compromise. Every TIDAL is crafted with a finish and an attention to detail which is rarely observed not just in Home Audio industry but across the entire consumer marketplace.
The TIDAL sonic approach is perhaps easier to put into words. In the designer’s own phrasing, “a pure glass of water”, “one hundred percent transparency, zero percent colouration”. Put another way, a TIDAL imposes no sonic signature on the music and all the usual audiophile language is therefore largely moot. With a TIDAL you get absolute invisibility and the only thing that is left is the real thing. I will only briefly impress upon you that it is indeed something truly magical and most likely quite different to anything you may have heard before.
Whilst the flagship TIDAL system will cost you a cool £1,000,000, it cannot be stressed enough just how high performing the entry level products are and what incredible value for money they represent. I urge you to investigate my TIDAL BLOG to understand more about this exquisite marque. The enriched, illimitable, extreme world of TIDAL is not something one should engage with lightly. The inherent passion and love, the fanatical attention to detail and the remarkable technology behind this company should be digested and appreciated at a slow contemplative pace."
1. September 2013
Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile.com
“The sound that’s capable of coming out of this speaker has the most detail and the most delicacy and air that I’ve heard coming out of a loudspeaker. Ever. Of course, I’ve gotten to spend quality time with this particular pair in the past (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!). And, in the right room and with the right … well … everything … the Sunray can do a dance like nothing I’m familiar with. It’s not just breathtaking, it’s astounding.
…the sound … wow. So spacious and deep, the soundstage like some kind of ripped-away hellscape, with the edge of the abyss starting just at the leading edge of the speakers, and then spinning away from there into an eternity of hopelessness and despair. That was almost as fun to write as it was to listen to.”
1. October 2013
The Absolute Sound / Jonathan Valin:
"Speaking of superb two-ways, …….TIDAL’s gorgeous two-way Piano Diacera floorstander….: The sound was truly gorgeous, with Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre simply phenomenal through the TIDALs and the Aurender/dCS source. This was another Best Sound of Show contender: extremely sweet string tone, superb depth and resolution, and fantastic bass for a two-way."
Best Sounding rooms "cost no object" 6moons.com:
“…True to TIDAL’s advertising, the coherence of these speakers is beyond reproach. It almost sound like a single driver, but better. The system had real purity of tones and an almost gilded loveliness to it. The decay of the piano on the Radka Toneff “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” cut seemed to go on forever. This was intoxicating sound.”
STEREO Magazine (Germany)
"...TIDAL Piano Diacera made a sound that pulled the listener literally into the music. The sound was super, one of the best of the whole show. Maybe Germany got the gold, silver and bronze medal at this show".
1. November 2013
TIDAL had its premiere in Vietnam. Given the easy load and efficiency of the Agoria, this setup was a nice and praised match: TIDAL and the tube amps of Audionote / Kondo.
1. December 2013
MY-HIEND has rewarded the TIDAL Agoria with a BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD 2013.
1. January 2014
AUDIO ART Magazine rewarded the TIDAL Agoria with this award.
1. May 2014
"Spectacular was the TIDAL room. These products are nothing but top, top, top. The finish, the design and all the used parts. The new Contriva G2 is being supported by the also new Contriva X-Tender in this setup. The music sounded completely effortless, extremly clear and with the most natural sound."
1. May 2014
"Let’s see what we have on the 'excellent sound check list':
- At least a three-way design able to cover top to bottom extension: check.
- High quality drivers with low weight cones, able of fast transient responses: check.
- Big/Enough drivers capable of going down to 20Hz: check.
- Darth Vader looks, only way more polished and chic looking (or even sick looking): check.
Dark Vader Yes, it’s the TIDAL Audio room that I am talking about. These speakers were the most elegant ones of the entire show, and by a long margin. If I had the time I would have spent an entire day just staring at them. In house electronics were even more on the Darth Vader style with piano black faceplate and silver knobs.
TIDAL brought the new Contriva G2, a three-way four driver speaker and paired it with the also new Contriva X-Tender, a six driver floor stander sub-woofer of the same proportions and finish. All drivers are built in collaboration with Accuton on TIDAL specifications and remain unique as Accuton provides these units to TIDAL only.In house electronics included the new Presencio DAC preamplifier and two Impulse power amplifiers equipped with LPX active crossover modules for perfect phase and frequency response of the X-Tenders.
Did all this translate into music? Definitely yes. I heard the deepest, more sensual “Besame Mucho” (and I let you guess which well-known female singer was it) of the show. Interesting enough, even with all those bass drivers the system was not bloated; it actually presented a balanced and coherent reproduction. But this is a HiFi show report and not an art gallery report."
"The G2's reproduction of space was outstanding, with an ethereal quality that completely transformed the rectangular listening room. The sound was quick, perhaps a trait of the Accuton drivers, but there was also good weight in the bass - something I've heard lacking from some designs that use Accutons, so TIDAL must be doing something the others don't. The diamond tweeter was very well integrated into a whole - music sounded decidedly of a piece. All in all, a great showing from the folks at TIDAL."
1. June 2014
TIDAL installed a high end multi channel system on a 47 meter yacht. There were several challanges to manage to make it happen. To fulfil the client's dream we built a TIDAL Agoria as mainspeaker with a special cabinet in "Super Leggera" edition, to bring down the weight at least from 240 Kg to 170 Kg. The speaker is mounted with a special construction ultra stable with the ship floor itself.
The surround speakers on the sides and ceiling where costum made to the particular wishes, and as amplification we use the TIDAL Presencio LS and TIDAL Impulse Monobloc's. Well, this is indeed some pretty fancy audio system for a boat, but what lucky guy one must be to enjoy a TIDAL system even on the ocean....
1. June 2014
TVTI presents a TIDAL System at AV-Showrooms
1. July 2014
"...the musical presentation was no less than a revelation to my ears. I simply have never experienced this outrageous level of audio transparency. I seldom give much of my music listening energy to imaging and soundstage, but the scale and continuity of the space projected by the TIDAL Audio Agoria loudspeakers was among the best I have ever experienced."
"I then went closer to inspect the exquisite finishes of the TIDAL Agoria Speakers, Preos preamplifier and Impulse power amplifier. The finishes were just out of this world, there is nothing perfect in this world of ours but, these finishes from TIDAL were super close to perfection. Doug then told me to touch and turn the volume control of the Preos preamplifier. I kid you not, my jaw did not drop but literally fell to the floor.... Of all my years in high-end audio, I have never had such “high” from turning a volume control knob. As the saying goes “Smooth As Butter” but this experience was “Smoother Than Butter” that was how that volume control of the preamplifier felt at my finger-tips. TIDAL Audio truly does take care of details and it makes great music. Wow!"
"The finish on these speakers is so far past "piano black", it makes most speakers look like they were doodled on by a kindergartener. I've honestly seen nothing like it, and after talking with a professional piano restoration expert, apparently not many folks have - especially not piano restoration experts. It's unbelievable. The build quality overall is appallingly good and the attention to detail is likewise fanatical - take, for a random example, the faceplate, which is 4mm thick and counter-sunk into the fascia to a depth of 3mm. Who does this kind of thing?"
“Heading into the TIDAL Audio room, I was faced with their gorgeous and large Agoria Loudspeakers. TIDAL also makes electronics — the Preos Preamplifier and Impulse Amplifier. Both were singing fabulously through the Agorias. I have never heard such specific imaging and accurate timbres from so large a box speaker. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ growls coming from backstage left made a significant impression. Scarily good, with razor sharp dynamics. The Agoria is a magnificent loudspeaker and it’s worth your time to seek out a dealer. Those Germans! Isn’t it enough to make the world’s best cars and win the World Cup?
At, 105K, the speakers chosen as Best Sound of Show should be good. And, they were. TIDAL Acoustics magnificent Agoria Loudspeakers have dynamics par excellence, real heft in the bass, and a wonderful soundstage, but it was the timbral accuracy and imaging that really wowed me. Sublime. The accompanying electronics, also from TIDAL drove the speakers easily. So bloody sexy."