25. March 2019
TIDAL Akira reference system
We demoed the TIDAL Akira, the reference speaker John Atkinson from Stereophile wrote about is "...the best built, best looking and best sounding speaker" he ever reviewed, in a castle in Belgium for an audio event. Power amplifiers were the TIDAL Ferios mono blocks and the TIDAL Camira DMC sent the music stream to the TIDAL Presencio pre amplifier.
Sound, design and finish par excellence.
16. January 2019
TIDAL does celebrate this year "20 years of excellence"
Founded in spring 1999 TIDAL has established itself over the last twenty years as one of the finest audio manufacturers in the world. Many even claim TIDAL is in a league of its own due its unparalleled combination of the highest possible level in sound, design and finish.
What is for certain is the proven consistency in delivering excellence for ears, eyes and hands without any kind of compromise - materialized in unique masterpieces.
Not only would we like to say thank you to all our clients and partners worldwide, we will also celebrate it this year with events, limited edition masterpieces and something very special.
8. January 2019
The TIDAL Piano wins the "Product of the year award 2018" in the category "Aesthetics and Sound".
“You pay for a bespoke visual and aural experience by way of musical seduction, and Tidal’s Piano G2 has seduced me as has no other speaker.”
The winning products are chosen based on the reviews of them published in the preceding 12 months of all these websites: SoundStage! Access, SoundStage! Hi-Fi, SoundStage! Simplifi, SoundStage! Solo, and SoundStage Ultra.
Feel free to find out more: Products of the Year 2018
19. October 2018
"The Akiras are the
best-looking, best-built, best-sounding
speakers I have had in my listening room"
"...When the first basses enter in measure 11 with a rising C-minor scale on the words "And let my crying," your heart lifts as the minor key is transformed into major. Not only did the Tidal speakers present each of the eight vocal lines separately, but their superbly precise stereo imaging in both the width and depth planes let me fully appreciate their ensemble singing in that beautiful church acoustic. [.]
The sheer resolution of the Akiras continued to astonish me throughout my auditioning. And the thunderous bass chords indeed sounded . . . thunderous. It was the Akiras' ability to separate the threads within each recording that impressed me—they simply stepped out of the way of the music making. [.]
As beautiful as are the Akira's external finish and appearance, its interior revealed superb attention to details of construction and design that most purchasers will never be aware of. [.]
The Akiras are the best-looking, best-built, best-sounding speakers I have had in my listening room — as they should be at the price."
John Atkinson, Stereophile
Feel free to get the Stereophile magazine (11/2018) and/or read here: TIDAL Akira
1. July 2018
Review of TIDAL Piano. SoundstageUltra's Editor's choice.
"...seeing the results of the attention to detail and level of craftsmanship lavished on every part of this speaker, I began to understand the philosophy behind the design, construction, and execution of Tidal products: nothing less than perfection, cost be damned. The Piano G2 is, but also was part of the best sound I have ever heard in my listening room. Period. Gobsmacked again...[.] When I first learned that Tidal’s Piano G2 started at just under 40 grand, I was a bit skeptical -- that’s a lot of money for a 2.5-way speaker of somewhat limited low-end extension. But after examining the Piano G2 in person, understanding how it’s constructed, appreciating just how vast its materials costs are, learning that each pair of Piano G2s takes six weeks to build by hand -- and, last but not least, hearing how impressively these speakers perform within their specified frequency response.... -- any concerns regarding their value evaporated...[.]
On their website, Tidal quotes Scott Hull, of Part-Time Audiophile: “This is the Rolls Royce of High End Audio.” Having spent the last four months appreciating and understanding the sonic character of the Piano G2, I wholeheartedly agree. My time with these speakers has taught me that, while fully capable of communicating resolute bass, micro- and macrodynamics, effortless midrange articulation, and a wonderful sense of transparency, what the Piano G2s are really all about are body, balance, and ease.
But in terms of build quality, I must respectfully disagree with Scott Hull: The Piano G2 is less Rolls-Royce than Bugatti. I have never seen a pair of loudspeakers crafted with such artisanal care. Yes, they’re expensive....But, as with a Bugatti, what you pay $39,900 for is not the highest sound quality alone. You pay for a bespoke visual and aural experience by way of musical seduction, and Tidal’s Piano G2 has seduced me as has no other speaker."
Aron Garrecht, SoundstageUltra.com
Read the whole review here: TIDAL Piano review 2018
29. June 2018
"Ultra high-end as standard"
The Dutch magazine "Music Emotion" wrote about the TIDAL Piano in a 7 pages review, here are some text examples from it:
"...they manufacture products that, besides being special and progressive, is similar to the cars from Rolls Royce or the watches from Patek Philippe in terms of quality. In other words what we have here is about the absolute top and a level and experience that is far above the grey middle from every day. In front of this test has fallen my choice on the 'entry model' Piano and even with that I already fall from one positive surprise to another...[.] ...The past 10 years I had a large number of loudspeakers here, big, small, fat and thin, ***** and the more expensive ones models of ***** , but no other brand and model until now reached up to the exquisite finishing level and choice of materials like these Tidal's.. [.]
What has happened is actually unbelievable, there is now the largest, most powerful and most credible 'fat' and play voluminous sound image what I have ever achieved and heard here!! You think then no longer focusing, 3D experience, neutrality or resolving power. This is just incredibly addictive...[.].
What a wonderful wolf in sheep's clothing is this Tidal Piano anyway and above all, also so pleasant and desirable other than direct competition. It plays from small, pure, pure and almost intimate, to 'normal', pleasantly balanced and credible and then even up to groundbreaking almost 'fat' but fully controlled bombast.
In addition to all this particular obedient pleasures, we must especially do not forget that these weatherers also visually at the most beautiful and most mature designs include those currently available on the market to be. Ultra high-end as standard and that is not an empty promise, I know now!"
Wener Ero, Music Emotion
25. April 2018
Worldpremiere prelaunch of the new brand from TIDAL Audio GmbH: VIMBERG.
TIDAL has been a safe bet for the finest of the finest since almost two decades of audio history now. A constant show winner and reference with almost stubborn consistency in unique sound, finish and design. Being described as second to none, as an, or maybe the, Ultra High-End Brand. But we know there is a price for it to pay: since there will never be a compromised TIDAL, there can never be a cheap TIDAL. Period.
But - and this is a very bold but - we never said we would be not open minded to do something from scratch in a differrent way. So TIDAL proudly presents a new brand - VIMBERG.
Claiming VIMBERG would be the entry brand from us, would simplify things to easy. Way to easy. So since we could not have said it any better then Roy Gregory from "The Audiobeat" we recommend to check this out:
TIDAL presents VIMBERG.
More about VIMBERG you could find here:
2. April 2018
FIDELITY award 2018 "INNOVATION - SUPERIOR class" for the TIDAL LA Assoluta
"An encounter with the TIDAL La Assoluta is impressive, again and again. The pure physical facts alone of this huge speaker with a weight over half a ton is the reason for many comments. Also the pair price like a fully loaded Rolls Royce is something, but the finish is on par with that just out of this world. But this FIDELITY award is for a real innovation in this case: not only the tweeter, also the midrange woofer diaphragms are made out of diamond.
The consequence of hunting for the most realistic sound free of compromises of TIDAL deepley impressed us. Not a single part of the super speaker La Assoluta is of the shelve. But not only technically this speaker embodies the current state of the art of what is possible, also in terms of craftsmenship and design the La Assoluta is an unique reference."
23. January 2018
FIDELITY just launched the book "Who is Who in Hifi, Pt. 2".
A whopping 460 pages book telling the stories behind the curtain of audio companies. Both in English and German language.
"...the more we discover about the faces and stories behind the products, the more curious we become to meet the people who are responsible for them, whether it’s at the workbench, in the acoustics lab, on the drawing board, or behind the sales counter.
You only need to take a close look at the rigorous quality standards governing the work of companies like Accuphase, TIDAL or Wilson Audio to understand why their products are among the finest in the world sound-wise, and why you can’t purchase them for any less money."
Please feel free to read the PDF version (English/German).
9. January 2018
Best Value of the Year Award
We have to be honest: we are spoiled with awards and praise from all over the world. Being established as premium brand, building audio masterpieces in the super territory, we feel honored to see our smallest masterpiece - the classic TIDAL Piano - being awarded as best value of the year 2018.
Since the first day of our history we never defined things by price - never defended it, nor explained it. Prices more than often contains lots of air and lack solid explanation. TIDAL is often viewed as an expensive product, yes, but only as the most consequent definition of a very simple meaning: you get what you pay for. Therefore we are very happy with this special award since it also represents our worldwide success through happy clients ending their search for the ultimate audio experience.
Parttimeaudiophile, Best Hifi Gear 2017: TIDAL Camira
"This DAC manages a sense of ease that’s rare in digital reproduction. An analog lover’s object of desire.".
Dr. P. Karavitis / Parttimeaudiophile.com
1. May 2012
"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."
1. May 2012
"One of the first really big systems I heard on day one was in the TIDAL/Argento room. Whilst the quality was apparent, it wasn’t really hanging together, but by the final day that had all changed. In fact, this was the best-sounding system I heard using a large conventional speaker system. Once it hit its stride, this system sounded open, delicate and incredibly transparent.
The booming, disjointed bass that marred so many rooms was notably absent -- possibly as a result of the extra control achieved through biamping the speakers -- and all the more remarkable given the paired 11" woofers and three ABRs in each cabinet. Talking of cabinets, the Agoria uses a new material -- TIRALIT -- for its enclosure, and the absence of cabinet sound coupled to an extraordinarily low noise floor suggests that TIDAL are on to something here."
1. July 2012
"I like to pretend that my first stop, after my visit from the heretofore absent-from-my-life Lotto Fairy, will be to Doug White of "The Voice That Is" to check out the latest and greatest from TIDAL loudspeakers. In the meantime, while I sit and wait for Godot, I got a taste of what my future (never hurts to dream) holds, here at Capital Audiofest. Doug had two rooms here, both showing TIDAL speakers.
In the more expensive of the two, Doug was showing off his personal pair of Contriva Diacera SE speakers in a magnificent custom veneer. These pair speakers were actually the first and second off the line – as you can see from the engraved silver plaques mounted just over their rear-facing ports. Nice touch. The finish is something of a one-off, a super-dramatic custom-stained version of the standard-finish African pyramid mahogany.
As Doug tells it, this finish took about six months of finishing and fussing over before TIDAL designer Jörn Janczak was happy with it – and once complete, said he'd never do again. Doug says he's never going to sell these, and quite frankly, he'd be nuts to do so. Interestingly, these speakers also predate the move TIDAL made to all-black Accuton drivers.
Anyway, these speakers were not only shockingly beautiful; they put out the most glamorous sound at the show."
1. July 2012
"There, in a system featuring TIDAL Contriva Diacera SE speakers driven by TIDAL Impulse solid-state amplifiers, a TIDAL Preos full-function preamp via Argento Flow and Flowmaster Reference cables, with source an Aurender S-10 music server and a dCS Debussy DAC. I heard a presentation more in line with what I expect from a high-end audio system: an even balance from the deep lows to the top audio octave, with a stable, well-defined soundstage, a tonal and spatial coloration-free view into the recording.
Nina Simone was in the room with me, wrenching the pathos from “Nobody.” José Carreras came in to sing Misa Criola. Mel Tormé joined us. This is what I am talking about! No tweaks, no audiophile craziness, just the music, as big and deep and wide as the performers intended it to be." - John Atkinson, STEREOPHILE
1. July 2012
"This is “I’m done” gear. No more fussing. No more arguing. No more questioning. Done. This is smug, smack the Internet trolls in the face and chortle all the way, done. Finished.
The sound in this room, to me, was clearly the best at the show.
It wasn’t even close. Other rooms had different approaches, and featured different balances of the things I cherish. But for overall elegance, grace, charm and a natural effortlessness that is, literally, shocking when you first enter the room, this was it. Skadoosh."
Please feel free to read the whole report about the Contriva Diacera:
And about the Piano Diacera:
1. August 2012
TIDAL's exclusive importer, Avent Garden Records, premiered at the TAA show the Piano Diacera, Impulse power amps and Presencio preamp a classical analog chain, driven by a SPJ turntable. It was voted from most visitors as the most musical and realistic sounding systems, "Best Sound of Show".
Other than playing all the time the same boring "audiophile" music pieces everybody does demo's with, Avent Garden Records demonstrated an extremly wide range of different kind of music styles to focus on what this is all about.
Jörn Janczak visited afterwards the new dealers and welcomed them to the TIDAL family personally.
1. September 2012
"My best hobby is TIDAL"
The conclusion in short words is:
"Rich sound fascinates you, the sound is open and wide. Spectacular performance."
The whole review will be translated soon.
1. September 2012
"The speaker most close to real"
TIDAL's almost 10 years young flagship "Sunray" is still, or even especially because of that, good enough to get the highest of all praise in a review of Audio Art Magazine Taiwan.
The Sunray was tested in 20 different aspects and was getting in each aspect the highest possible rating and therefore received the top notch ranking of all 100 of 100 points, "top of the tops".
The whole review is being translated soon, here are some highlights:
The rigidity of the matrix enclosure is beyond imagination... / ...low frequency adjustments provide substantial aid... / ...most stunning bass performance... / ...unrivalled piano lower notes... / ...music is full of vitality... / ...the stage is palpable like life... / ...a loudspeaker that comes closest to live performances!
1. October 2012
"Through time and space, the ability to hear genuine music of every era will convey the value of our Sunrays. While the Sunray may be considered costly by some, their ability to truthfully and accurately reproduce album and nuances in the musical atmosphere, in your personal space, has greater value than mere money can measure. Take a trip and listen – the brilliant musical expression of the Sunrays will impress and transport you, through time and space, with music that touches you. The Sunray is truly priceless."
1. November 2012
The TIDAL Agoria, Contriva Diacera, Preos-D, Presencio and Impulse LPX were exhibited right at five audio shows worldwide. The feedback was more then one time a clear "Best Sound / Design / Finish of Show".
A very big 'Thank you very much' for all visitors taking the time to discover and enjoy TIDAL in Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Kao-Hsiungand Namur.