"There are watershed moments that can mark a shift in a company's direction. Certainly, when TIDAL Audio of Germany introduced their Sunray loudspeaker back in 2003, that product informed TIDAL's offerings for almost a decade. But time and technology march on, and yesterday's flagship is, well, yesterday's news. The brand-new TIDAL Agoria might just signal the next watershed moment in TIDAL's relatively short history of competing in the Age of the Superspeaker.
The release of the 450-pound, three-way floorstanding Agoria represents a number of evolutionary advancements in TIDAL's loudspeaker technology. Jörn Janczak, chief everything at TIDAL, was quite excited about its development. He shared a number of observations with me, and I could clearly sense his enthusiasm for the capabilities of this speaker: "When you see this more-than-200kg beauty, all its little details, these super-expensive drivers and so on, I hope you will see this is a very serious statement from us when it comes to superspeakers."
..... The highest-value-for-money speaker in the TIDAL line has oft been said to be the Contriva Diacera. I asked Janczak to tell me how the Agoria betters it, to which he replied:
"If better means even closer to the signal than the Contriva Diacera, then, yes, it is [better]. It plays deeper, has more dynamic headroom and higher resolution; it simply changes the signal even less than a Contriva Diacera.
But these two models do not compete with each other since the sheer size (40cm-plus height) and weight (almost twice as much) is in a whole different class. Therefore, it can sonically cover way bigger rooms than the Contriva Diacera."
Janczak's last statement convinced me that the Agoria represents an exciting next step for TIDAL, and perhaps will lead them to even greater accomplishments -- impressive stuff from this relatively young audio company. "One can easily recognize this speaker as a TIDAL speaker, but it also gives a hint of what one can expect from us in the coming years," he said.
All audiophile eyes -- and ears -- should be fixed on TIDAL."