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Testimonials (from Industry and Customers)




Stereophile Audio Oasis Jazz TimesStereophile


 

"Unfortunately I am not making as much time to listen to music as in the past; however, over the weekend I had the opportunity to listen to one of your music recommendations - Jessica Williams - Live at Yoshi's. Partly due to the system and partly due to the music, I was transported to that place filled with real-life music and emotion.

Thank you for helping me build a such a wonderful audio system and I look forward to further improvements sometime in the future.

Warm regards, Rick T. ~ Maryland"


 

POSITIVE FEEDBACK
"... I have to say, first of all, that the TIDAL equipment was radically beautiful to see, and a smokin' knockout to hear! What workmanship in both domains...a real reference standard for how things should be. Sonically, the sheer scale and dynamics of the music in this room was bloody extraordinary. The electronics might have been new to North America, but the effect was "Audio Oasis! Award material" all the way. The sound was effortless, fluid, natural, organic, and had the sort of transparency that I associate with only the finest sort of designs that I've encountered on this planet. Detail without edginess; dynamics without loss of control; full-frequency-range presentation without humps or valleys."

THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Like all Tidals, the G2 was very delicate, quick, and unusually spacious sounding, with pinpoint imaging. An extremely neutral, transparent, full-range loudspeaker with excellent bass extension and no added port bump, it sounded terrific on flamenco guitar and voice."

ULTRAHIGHEND REVIEW
"The system generated an gigantic soundfield. Unlike some systems, the soundstage was not artificially elevated, but nevertheless retained pinpoint imaging and sweet high frequencies. Bass was fast and taunt, avoiding both bloating and muddying up the lower midrange, resulting in superb clarity. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite was awe inspiring, scaling well with no sense of strain. Though over-orchestrated, Nat King Cole's When I Fall in Love demonstrated life-like male vocals with no hint of sibilance."


 


Hi Doug, Just wanted to let you know that I have the Aurender up and running and I could not be more pleased. Thanks for a great transaction, it was a pleasure doing business with you.
Best regards, Ron - October 2014

Stereophile speaks on the Capital Audiofest 2014

"The musical presentation in Mr. White's room was no less than a revelation to my ears. I simply have never experienced this outrageous level of audio transparency. I seldom give much of my music listening energy to imaging and soundstage, but the scale and continuity of the space projected by the Tidal Audio Agoria loudspeakers ($105,000/pair, below) was among the best I have ever experienced. The beautifully crafted Agorias were powered by the equally beautiful electronics."




Parttimeaudiophile speaks on the Capital Audiofest 2014

"The finish on these speakers is so far past "piano black", it makes most speakers look like they were doodled on by a kindergartener. I've honestly seen nothing like it, and after talking with a professional piano restoration expert, apparently not many folks have - especially not piano restoration experts. It's unbelievable. The build quality overall is appallingly good and the attention to detail is likewise fanatical - take, for a random example, the faceplate, which is 4mm thick and counter-sunk into the fascia to a depth of 3mm. Who does this kind of thing?"


 

The Absolute Sound speaks on the Capital Audiofest 2014

"...notable was The Voice That Is room, which was running the splendid Tidal Audio Agoria loudspeakers--$105,000 a pair--and electronics. The sound was smooth and sophisticated and elegant..."


Audiophilia speaks on the Capital Audiofest 2014

Heading into the Tidal Audio room, I was faced with their gorgeous and large Agoria Loudspeakers. Tidal also makes electronics - the Preos Preamplifier and Impulse Amplifier. Both were singing fabulously through the Agorias. I have never heard such specific imaging and accurate timbres from so large a box speaker. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' growls coming from backstage left made a significant impression. Scarily good, with razor sharp dynamics. The Agoria is a magnificent loudspeaker and it's worth your time to seek out a dealer. Those Germans! Isn't it enough to make the world's best cars and win the World Cup? At, 105K, the speakers chosen as Best Sound of Show should be good. And, they were. Tidal Audio magnificent Agoria Loudspeakers have dynamics par excellence, real heft in the bass, and a wonderful soundstage, but it was the timbral accuracy and imaging that really wowed me. Sublime. The accompanying electronics, also from Tidal drove the speakers easily. So bloody sexy."




Hello Doug,
Nancy and I had a great time listening to your system. I have already acquired the CD's "6 String Theory" and the one from the Fairfield Four. Again, Thank you for your professionalism and kindness. ...Thank you Doug, your follow-up is extraordinary. Received the speakers they look and sound fantastic. Thank you for all your time, thoughtfulness and consideration. We'll definitely do business again.
- Stan A. (April 2014) - Purchased TIDAL Piano Diacera speakers


Hello Doug, I wanted to to thank you again for getting in touch with Mike, who got in touch with Sean, who identified the precise resistor in the crossover of my ESP Harps to get them singing again! Yes, they're up and running again. None of this would have been possible without your help.

It was also good to be able to say hello personally at AXPONA, although I realize you had your hands full at the time. It hasn't escaped my attention that you've done more for me than the dealer from whom I bought the Harps, which says an awful lot about the kind of dealership you run and about you personally. I hope that TVTI will thrive, and I won't hesitate to share my experience with others who, like me, suffer from audiophilia.

Again, you have my profound thanks.

All the best,
Joe (March 2013)




"Hi Doug, You'll find the small message I just sent to TIDAL after our last weekend time together. ... So anyway, I'm still thinking about our listening session and the Tidal Speakers. I believe they are just right about music. So as I say below, this is an other goal in life to acheive. I will have to be patient but I will get there... As I said, we will stay in touch. I will book this week my tickets to the RMAF so we will see each other again this fall. Thanks again, Fabien " (from his audition in August 2011):


"Hello,

I'm a french guy living in New York City and I have recently read a lot of good things about TIDAL Products. So I decided to contact Doug White to organize a listening session and I spend the last week end in Philly. What an experience ! , Obvioulsy I was very impressed by what Doug presented me (Preos + Impact + Piano Diacera). This is all about music ! But on top of that, Doug's passionet generosity made this experience completely unforgetable. So I just wanted to express my gratitude because I believe that great products are only there because of great people. Doug is among them.

I hope to have the opportunity to own TIDAL products in the future, this is an other goal I would love to acheive, this is what makes life so interesting !

Thank you for your work and best regards, Fabien"


Here is a new post, on Audiogon, from our Piano Diacera customer about his speakers.... Thought you might like to read it..

I have had my Piano Diacera's going on 4 days and I would like to share a short first impression.

These are the most unassuming speakers I have ever heard. They bring absolutely no attention to themselves. What I mean is these speakers totally get out of the way of the music. When listening to music they don't just disappear, they don't exist! It's like they are saying "Forget about us, just listen to the music." I have never had such unfettered access to music before. I am totally connected to every note I hear and I literally forget that I am listening to a stereo system.

I have left the speakers in the default setup, i.e., jumper arrangements. Speakers are 86 inches apart with my listening positon the same 86 inches from each speaker. I have them toed in quite a bit with the axis point about 12-18 inches behind my head. I tried different distances, closer/further, with the speakers remaining at the same 86 inches and different toe in angles. Through pure dumb luck I hit upon this, for me, ultimate setup though it might change a little after some more run in time.


 

"The Voice That Is" is the name of a Newtown Square, PA, retailer and when I walked into their room, I had no idea what equipment I was listening to, as it was again totally dark! (I had to set my camera's "film speed" to a noisy 1600 to get a photo at all.) But the music playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Tin Pan Alley," took me back a quarter century, when all you heard at audio shows was this cut. But it never sounded this good back then!"... "It doesn't get much better than this." John Atkinson - Stereophile on the Capital Audiofest - 2011


"Thank you for the most enjoyable morning and the opportunity to hear the Tidal speakers. In a word, I am "smitten". I have now listened to the Magico V3s and the Wilson Sasha, and without a doubt, the Piano Diacera is the most realistic speaker that I have heard. Your system is outstanding and I am sure that each of the fine components contribute to the excellent sound..."

Rick T. ~ Maryland - Nov. 13, 2010


"Doug...i received my second fmr ... i now have 1 on the Meitner and the other on my amp with the 2- FLOW PCs on my preamp....oh my god the sound is amazing....the speakers have opened up significantly..the music is glorious....i have never imagined it could sound this good..i am truely a HAPPY CAMPER'...thanks for all your help."

Dave (TIDAL Contriva Diacera SE / Argento Cables)


 

" As much as I enjoyed many of the systems I auditioned on the first day of the show, the one that seduced me the most was assembled by Doug White's The Voice That Is of Newtown Square, PA. Powered by Vitus (pronounced VEE-toos) Audio SM-010 25W class-A monoblocks ($49,500/pair), and connected by Argento Audio FLOW power cords ($3100/2m), interconnects ($4100/m with RCAs), Master Reference interconnects ($8900/1m RCA), and Master Reference speaker cable ($24,500/2m), the dCS Puccini SACD/CD player ($17,999) with U-Clock ($4999) and Tidal Audio Piano Cera speakers ($28,400/pair in midnight black lacquer, or $36,3000 in Ebony Macassar) were producing the warmest and most beautiful midrange I had heard so far. In fact, as it turned out, it was the warmest and most seductive midrange I heard on the first two days of the show." 

- Jason Victor Serinus - Stereophile Show Report on Axpona 2010 - read the complete show report


"... I would like to thank you and Jorn for guiding through the process and looking out for what is the best fit for me. I mean, it is human nature to want the latest and greatest. In this case that would be the Cera and that is what I wanted to try. It did not make any sense to me to do otherwise.

With you and especially Jorn, you guys took into context my listening habits, room, other components etc.. and threw me a curve ball with the recomendation of the Classic Piano. ... I will send the check out today"

- KC


"...This was a room I returned to several times as it offered true sonic relief from the audio overload experienced in many demos—it was just pure musical pleasure to listen to CDs on this equipment." - Mike Quinn - JazzTimes Mazazine article on the RMAF


"... The system sounded very, very good. I am totally impressed with those loudspeakers". - Joe G. / Philadelphia Area Audio Group


" ... I love the sound of the Tidal speakers, backed up by a truly world class front end, amplification and cabling, I found nothing to fault. You have a very musically satisfying system, definitely the best digital sound these ears have ever heard, regardless of cost!" - Dennis P. / PAAG

 


To review, the first audition was Serenity SE IC vs MIT 350 Oracle IC(circa 2002). After putting the "virgin" SE in my system, I knew it was there to stay. Using my Magnum Dynalab MD 90 tuner, I put 200 hours on the virgin Serenity SE. The second audition was playing the Merdian G08, HT CyberLight and now-200 hour Serenity SE. The sound was more mature and confirmed my earlier decision.

The third audition was the A : B with the CyberLight against the second pair of Serenity SE. This second pair (1.5 meter) has, according to Doug, 200 hours on it. This second pair has been sitting in a box since before September 19th. I chose two tunes from Gerald's masterpiece ("Gerald Veasley At The Jazz Base!), "November 99" by Manu Katché, and two tunes from Mary Ann Redmond. I used my Radio Shack sound level meter to keep the "playing field" level.

After hearing the first few notes of Gerald's "Coupe De Ville", I abandoned all hope of "saving" four-figures. Ergo, a fat-azz check is going out tomorrow!

Hey Doug, one question for next year, does Argento have a "trade-up" program?

Meridian G08, Spectral and MIT MH 850 EVO on ESP Concert Grand SI speakers = N-A-S-T-Y!

Thanks gentlemen!

Dexter M. Price