Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile.com

Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile.com

April 2012


Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile.com

"I like the look. Very elegant. And the sound? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Yeah, I dunno either. So try this - extremely linear, with neither warmth nor leanness. Just pure, raw, speed. Not much to go on, is it? Hence, the koan. I struggled with this for a while, but all I heard was whatever we put into them. 

Got warm, lush, music? The Sunray will give you warm and lush. Got bright, harsh music? The Sunray will give that to you, too. Got the most amazingly well-recorded, super-dynamic, large-scale, power-hungry tour-de-force on disc? Well, guess what. The Sunray is going to light it up like you’ve never heard it before.

"No one is ever going to accuse TIDAL Audio of making audio products for the masses. Their line, their entire line, is all about luxury. Top shelf luxury, at that. The level of fitment, the finish, the quality … it all oozes out of these products in a gentle cloud of ease and refinement. 
You’ll “ooh” and “ahh” when you get too close to their raw magnetic appeal. It’s inevitable. I wish I could afford this kind of gear. It’s nice to know that the manufacturers that offer products in this class aren’t just insane or trying to pull the wool over your eyes. TIDAL, at least, obviously cares - about everything. Every little bit or bob was thought about, and quality was always selected for. It’s reassuring. It’s comforting, even if it’s out of reach of most of us. But when that Lotto Fairy comes calling, I know who’s getting the first call." 

Please feel free to read the whole text, if you like, here: http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2012/04/09/a-visit-to-the-voice-that-is/There’s a lot going on here. Me? I’m (now) a huge fan of Accuton drivers, but here, they’re only part of the story. Give some respect where it’s due - the diamond Diacera tweeters are simply out of this world. No etch, no grain, no whatever-might-be-code-for-bad. Its all good. 
Vocals on the Sunray are pretty much perfect and as good as I’ve ever heard on a loudspeaker. Fully immersive 3-D sound stage? Check. Pinpoint imaging? Pardon me while I choke out a laugh - yes, yes, yes. These are freaky-good speakers. I think the Sunray ranks with the very best transducers ever made...

 

...And all built to that same ludicrously high level of detail and finish that you’d expect and didn’t know you really cared about. This is like passing over a Rolex in favor of a Patek-Philippe. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries, just move along."

"No one is ever going to accuse TIDAL Audio of making audio products for the masses. Their line, their entire line, is all about luxury. Top shelf luxury, at that. The level of fitment, the finish, the quality … it all oozes out of these products in a gentle cloud of ease and refinement. 
You’ll “ooh” and “ahh” when you get too close to their raw magnetic appeal. It’s inevitable. I wish I could afford this kind of gear. It’s nice to know that the manufacturers that offer products in this class aren’t just insane or trying to pull the wool over your eyes. TIDAL, at least, obviously cares - about everything. Every little bit or bob was thought about, and quality was always selected for. It’s reassuring. It’s comforting, even if it’s out of reach of most of us. But when that Lotto Fairy comes calling, I know who’s getting the first call." 

Please feel free to read the whole text, if you like, here: http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2012/04/09/a-visit-to-the-voice-that-is/