AUDIOPHILIA votes TIDAL system as Best of RMAF 2017
"Best? An easy choice this year, and agreed upon by the three of us. The room featuring TIDAL Audio, the Cologne, Germany-based company that manufactures exceptional speakers and electronics. The system cost almost half a million dollars. It should be wonderful and it was and much more.
The three of us at different times were musically gobsmacked. The damn system almost ruined the rest of the show for us. Yes, that insanely good. Never heard better in my 20 years with Audiophilia. The room was set up by Doug White of The Voice That Is. Great job!"
THE ABSOLUTE SOUND: Best Sound (Cost No Object)
"Doug White and The Voice That Is always features systems in the top sonic ranks and RMAF was no exception. Doug premiered the TIDAL Audio Ferios amplifiers in a mostly all-TIDAL system with its Akira speakers, Presencio Reference Preamplifier, Camira Digital Music Converter, and Tidal Reference Cables.
The Ferios monos offer plenty of power reserves with an all new 1.600 VA power supply, 300 watts/channel into 8 ohms, pure silver hollow conductor EMI transformers, TIDAL’s proprietary amplifier protection management system, hand-selected and matched transistors, etc. Johnny Hartman’s voice was palpable, natural, and realistic — it felt like he was in the room, and the TIDAL Ferios seemed to have unlimited power with explosive dynamics and fine detail retrieval."
Jim Hannon / The Absolute Sound
HiFi PLUS (HiFi +): BEST SOUND
The Voice That Is showed what was arguably the most expensive system at RMAF: fortunately it was also the best sounding. The Akira speakers that so impressed in a large room at the Munich show two years ago were this time deployed to equally impressive musical effect in a hotel bedroom. This might have been a single seat, single source set up, but sit in that hot seat, play a record and the system, the room and the end wall simply disappeared. If you ever wondered what a time and space machine might cost, the answer is around half a million dollars!
Roy Gregory / HiFi PLUS
"There’s a reason Scot Hull calls Tidal gear “The Rolls Royce of high-end audio,” it’s because it’s big, glossy, built by hand to last for generations, and offers a level of performance, fit, and finish that many competitors cannot match. Some will balk at the price, and say things like “It better sound good for that money… etc.” But again, I go back to the Rolls analogy, and must emphasize that IMO you’re getting what you pay for: Some of the very best sound available on the planet regardless of price. Any price.
This isn’t a system to listen to if your goal is to fault it, because honestly it’s nearly impossible to do that. White has curated an incredibly impressive sound system, and with every show he brings it to he only confirms what I felt when I heard it for the first time: Emotion. It triggers a deeply emotional response from me, and I honestly can’t ask any gear to do more than that. I encourage everyone who is able to visit White’s showroom, and book a listening session for themselves.
I can talk about rock-solid, and subterranean bass, delicate, liquid treble extension, and a midrange that perfectly captures every nuance of a vocalist’s range – how I can hear the lyrics emanating more from their chest, and not their throat – but all this is taken as hyperbole by many until you’ve had a chance to experience it for yourself."
Rafe Arnott, Parttimeaudiophile.com
"Let's start right away with the perfect rooms, which we would give 100 of 100 points. Two rooms involved W***** speakers. At the same top level with an even more crystal clear reproduction was TIDAL Audio. The German manufacturer introduced their whole chain with Camira, Ferios, Presencio and of course their in-house reference cables. The hint 'more' over the others obviously came from the all pulled thru chain synergy. The 4th best room was V*****, but offerred less grip in comparison to the W***** and TIDAL Akira."
Ingo Schulz / FIDELITY
AUDIOBACON.com / Best Sounds of show
"Tidal Akira paired with their electronics, it was easily one of the most liquid and emotive setups at the show. It was hard to believe everything was played off digital sources."
"This was one of the systems that would definitely be in the running for best in the show if you were looking for a really open and revealing system. Without a doubt some of the very best sound at RMAF this year."
"TIDAL has been making a lot of fuss among audio writers for quite some time now, and credit where it’s due, the exhibits are to blame. Consistently show stopping sound, no matter the venue, how can that be beat? With properly setup TIDAL system, you too can have one of the best experiences money can buy, but truth to bear, you gotta pony up.
If ever there was a “Brand of The Year” award, and for some reason my opinion mattered, I’d cast my vote for TIDAL."