"$500,000 TIDAL AUDIO SYSTEM THUNDERS TO LIFE COURTESY OF ELEMENT ACOUSTICS, WYNN AUDIO"
"...I have to say, it was a sound that confounds conventional descriptions that I’m comfortable using to relate my listening experience. The sound induced a wholly transcendental, meditative state...
...while I’m shying away from the technical prowess of this system because it elicited such a deep, and provocative emotional response from me, I will say that the depth, and power on tap here delivered such startling clarity, and undeniable headroom in its sound, that the feeling of effortlessness each note was imbued with was intoxicating to experience. Put another way, Tidal gear forgoes any imposition of character to the sound... It was impossible to not be caught up in the performance because the Tidal gear had the room awash in cello. The sound was massive. Like rough-hewn, creaking, deck timbers on a three-masted ship-of-the-line. It was if the air itself was flexing, and heaving while the boat struggled through a storm surge to make for deeper water, and safety.
Listening to gear with this level of swelling emotional weight to its presentation is almost exhausting because of its impact on those parts of our sum that are most delicate, and can betray that which we might normally hide from the public, perhaps even our friends, and family: the heart, the soul, the deep, hidden pools of feelings, and slow-moving undercurrents of fear, regret, longing, passion… this level of playback can dangerously expose those secrets like a yawing pit. You cannot help but be completely drawn in to every nuance by this level of absolute visceral, organic musicality.
This is obviously not a system for everyone, and I mean that on multiple levels. Not everyone can afford it, and not everyone wants to be opened up without pause by musical playback. But for those few seeking the ultimate emotional engagement in their listening experience, the system put together by Ku, and Wong offers a glimpse into traveling through what I would consider uncharted music-playback territory.
Too many audiophiles (in my experience) navigate these often confusing high-fidelity waters without a map, or even a true destination. And, I’m not talking about the journey of the gear that many of us find ourselves on, rather I’m speaking of the journey of the deeply complex, and often flawed, vulnerable human being that exists inside us all."
(Rafe Arnott, https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2016/08/07/500000-tidal-audio-system-thunders-to-life-in-vancou/)