31. March 2023
TIDAL Piano G3 review from The Absolute Sound
"At the risk of revealing the punchlines in the description of its sound quality that follows, it has a superb soundstage and imaging, a remarkably smooth frequency response from the top of the deepest bass to the highest audible frequencies, and it is intensely musical. If you want a speaker that you can easily place in a small to normal living room, that has a visual image that does not look like it belongs on the slopes of Easter Island, and that will not create a divorce or the sudden departure of your partner, the Piano G3 represents the kind of high-end option that is all too rare..
The results were impressive with a wide variety of associated components in two different rooms and in several different room locations. The Piano G3 did a particularly good job of revealing the colorations of the boxes and wires in the rest of my system—one of the key tests of a really good speaker. Properly set-up and supported by top-quality musical source material and electronics, the Piano G3 is one of the best speakers I’ve heard..."
2. September 2022
GOLDEN EAR AWARD 2022 from The Absolute Sound
"The Holy Grail of amplifier design is to build one that furnishes ample power without muscularity becoming the product’s defining attribute, without tonal neutrality, natural detail, and that hard-to-define metric known as musicality taking a back seat. Tidal’s Ferios monoblocks provide 300 watts of continuous RMS power into an 8-ohm load, 580 watts into 4 ohms, and more than 700 into 2 ohms—enough to assure authoritative control of any consumer loudspeaker played in a real world domestic environment...
The result is an utterly effortless and transparent magnification of the fragile electrical impulse presented to the amplifier, whether the power required is two watts or two hundred. This makes for an exceptionally relaxed presentation that allows a listener to devote his psychic energy to making an emotional connection to music. Yes, the price of admission is high, but if it is within your means, you’ll never look back."
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
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."
20. December 2021
15. December 2021
The TIDAL La Assoluta has received the "Best out of 10 years" Award from Fidelity magazine.
Going hand in hand with the luxurious book "Best of 10 Years Fiedelity" the La Assoluta has been awarded as example of the best products written about in ten years.
"...Just to give you more of an idea of just what an exclusive luxury they are: Master craftsmanship is flaunted down to even the smallest feature, in a way only the best of the best can. In terms of quality and attention to detail, it just doesn’t get better than this. All this gives true connoisseurs a real sense of satisfaction."
Conclusion: “The perfect combination of technology, elegance and luxury. Pure unadulterated high fidelity. Audibly high-calibre (and high-carat) loud- speakers for the very wealthy. The real Callas of all loudspeakers ... Call the TIDAL La Assoluta whatever you’d like – and continue to dream."
6. October 2021
The TIDAL for BUGATTI "Royale" has been awarded with the European Product Design Award 2021.
24. August 2021
In-depth interview with Matej Isak from MONO & STEREO about "TIDAL for Bugatti"
"...car people are car people, audiophiles are audiophiles. Other than bringing music into a car, there is little to combine or bring together. Just putting a famous logo onto a product from another category does not make the product any better or more desirable nor does it rub back onto the product to have a fancy halo around. Actually, this causes even the opposite to me and at least I would not want that either on my audio system, my watch, or my sunglasses.
Merchandising for a brand fan base in all fairness, but that hardly works on upper price levels on a wider scale, since mostly one wants the original thing then, and not something relabeled which has nothing to do with it. I believe things can only be extraordinary if cooperation captures both partners' DNA and then combining and transforming it into something new and exciting...
Working together with Bugatti created something how I always defined the grail in industrial design for me: a perfectly round loop out of a.) the only reason why it exists and b.) answering it with the only possible perfect execution for it. In that very ranking, wording and meaning."
5. July 2021
Best of the Best Award 2021 for the TIDAL for BUGATTI "Royale" from Robb Report magazine
"As you know, Robb Report is the leading voice in global luxury and this is our 33rd consecutive year recognizing and rewarding those who have stood apart from their peers for their exceptional craftsmanship, extraordinary attention to detail and relentless pursuit of perfection in their field. Your award for Best Loudspeaker is an excellent example of this: the Royale Series by Tidal for Bugatti is a technical powerhouse that elegantly evokes the automaker’s unique design language both past and present."
"Founded in Germany in 1999 by Jörn Janczak, TIDAL Audio produces components with a level of refinement that elevates them into the realm of artisanal objects capable of delivering otherworldly sound. Recently, the company collaborated with French hypercar maker Bugatti for the Royale loudspeaker, named for the rare 1926 Type 41 Royale, Ettore Bugatti’s maximalist vision of the ultimate luxury automobile, of which only six were produced. Despite the historic name, the nearly five-foot-tall Royale’s seductive curves and brilliant finish, embellished with jewel-like details in a variety of materials, evoke a modern Bugatti, and like those cars it can be heavily customized with carbon fiber, wood veneers, fabric, leather, polished stainless steel, dark aluminum and precious-metal surfaces."
4. July 2021
The TIDAL for BUGATTI "Royale" is coming home...
...What better place to display the finest masterpiece we have ever designed than in the impressive Bugatti remise in Bugatti headquarter in Molsheim, France. Installed and connected for visitors who design their Bugatti hypercar, the Royale offers an equally breathtaking experience in design, sound and finish. We couldn't be more honored and proud onto what we have achieved, seeing both logos co-branded there...
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
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."
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."
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
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.