Testimonials (from Industry and Customers)

March 12, 2021
Name: Dave in Chicago
Subject: New Grimm MU1

"Hi Guys,

Well it’s the craziest thing. Ever since my Grimm MU1 showed-up here, all these incredible-sounding jazz groups keep showing-up in my living room and begin playing all the songs that I love. The thing is, I have no idea how they even got in here!

Best Regards! - dave


February 20, 2021
Name: Withheld by request
Subject: New Akira Speakers

" I took a big risk by buying the the Akiras during height of COVID but they are everything I had hoped for and much more. Their effortless presentation and transparent nature (i.e. speaker disappearing act) was obvious from the first note. The drivers have continued to open up and they are at 1050 hours now and they continue impress me immensely. The dispersion characteristics of the diamond drivers are exceptional and they touch my soul - particularly the way decays interact with the listener - in a very life like manner.

Coming from a top notch horn, I feel like I have all the positives attributes of that systems in terms of immediacy and natural bloom but without compromising on linearity and delicacy. I also have much more appreciation for speed and what it can do in terms of engaging a listener to the rhythm and flow of music.

The Akiras have all the harmonic richness one would want - decays are beautiful and I can easily get lost in the continuousness in music and at the same time their speed and suddenness brings out the leading edge and rhythm in music to its fullest...

Other aspects that are top notch and amazing are top to bottom coherence, the special way ambient air is portrayed by them, the way they unravel complexity in music with ease and authority in a three dimensional lifelike manner

More recently I've noticed the further refinement in terms of airiness which is taking vocal realism up a notch and mids are starting to have more substance to them. Anyway there is much more to add but suffice to say I'm over the moon with them. The emotional connection to the Akiras is immense... I often laugh out loud surprised by the improvements as they mature...!!"


Date: Sept. 9, 2020
Name: Armond M.
Subject: Capital Audiofest comment

Good Afternoon - I hadn't put two and two together (story of my life) until I read your interview in the Absolute Sound. I wanted to say I thought your room at the 2019 Capital Audiofest by far had the best sound. The sound you were able to achieve at the show demonstrated your knowledge and passion for the "hobby." This was my first audio show and I had planned to return this fall for the entire three days. I sampled the rooms from the VAC / Von Schweitkert, great sound but a sound image of a 25' tall Roger Waters comes to mind, to a room with square raw plywood boxes that were rather squat and emitted a lot of mid bass. The Tidal Contriva's and associated electronics were by far the highlight of the show for me. My goal has been to achieve "accurate" sound in my sound room. (I too am a musician that has done some professional studio recordings plus too many live gigs.) I visited your room twice that Saturday and was really "blown away." It brought me back to the first time a heard true high end at the now defunct David Dean Smith (DDS) in New Haven.

Thanks for demonstrating at the show and setting a standard for how to display audio gear to achieve the best sound under difficult conditions.


Date: June 17, 2020
To: Doug White
Subject: Black Cat Mezame IC's
Hey Mr. Doug, quick update. These Black Cats seem to be taking longer to break in than the previous pair, possibly because of their increased length (?). Anyway, they may be nearly done breaking in, not entirely sure, they keep improving. Nevertheless, they are sounding wonderful, better than any cables I've experienced before. What a transformative addition to my rig. Thank you! - Mark


Date: March 14, 2020
To: Doug White
Subject: Update on the Amea's

The Amea's just keep getting better and better. They are really glorious. Every listening session is a delight. Orchestral pieces are particularly enthralling with amazing instrument separation even within the violin section itself! The strings have that ethereal sheen and bloom you only get listening live. Oh, piano concertos are the ultimate. The piano itself is delivered with all its harmonic and tonal intensity, yet kept individually intact from the rest of the orchestra with all its own tonal colors, wow. Such resolution while maintaining timbral accuracy.

What a joy, Mr. White! No doubt, these speakers are going to create quite a buzz out there in the Internet.



Date: March 6, 2020
To: Doug White
Subject: Amea's

The Amea's arrived and sounding super right out-of-the-box. They disappear, deep soundstage. Bass is phenomenal. Really a complete sonic experience which has got to be hard to achieve for a smallish speaker. I imagine things will get even better as they break in. They look so cool, futuristic and high tech. You've got a winner here, Doug! I'll let you know how things progress as they break in.



Hello Doug,

I am sure you expected to hear from me at some point. Today is the day!

It’s been exactly one week since the delivery of my brand new Bricasti M3. I was so excited to receive it, I kept looking at the UPS app every few minutes to see where the driver was. Then the doorbell rang, and, voila! here it was. My first impression after opening the box - the unit is a lot smaller than I thought, which triggered concerns of how it’s going to look in my audio rack. After placing it on its permanent spot you can’t help but noticing that it looks smaller than my other components. I squinted looking at my updated audio system and decided that this is not going to be an issue for me.

Then I plugged it in. When I connected my Antipodes DX server I had some trouble detecting the M3 in the Roon, and after brief troubleshooting I found that it only works with the USB port where 5V stays on. The “5V Off” USB port on my DX server which I normally used with my other DAC cannot be used. I configured the M3 as a straightforward DAC playing at 0db. Then I cued up one of my favorites, “When I Fall In Love” from the Jarrett-Peacock-DeJohnette’s “Inside Out” and sat down to listen. And that’s when the major disappointment struck. Flat, lifeless, even boring perhaps, those were the first thoughts. I was thinking to myself, this is the first time I am disappointed by a product that I purchased from Doug. I kept thinking about my old DAC the M3 came to replace and started wondering if I made the right decision by selling it.

But I didn’t want to give up. I knew the reputation of Bricasti and The Voice That Is, so I was thinking that it may take time to see M3’s full potential. I left it playing overnight, and the morning after I saw the first glimpse of hope. The tonality drastically improved, but the unit still sounded a bit “stiff”. Now I knew the remedy, and I kept playing music, about fourteen hours a day, every day.

Fast forward to the current moment. I simply cannot believe that my new favorite unit in my audio system is the exact same one that almost left me depressed a week ago. The incredible naturalness, the impressive dynamics and transients, the depth and the soundstage that extends far beyond the walls of my listening room - those are just a few attempts of me trying to describe what the M3 sounds like. I keep playing the recordings that I know by heart and it doesn’t fail to impress with an “updated” rendition. The two PCM filters are super useful with various types of music. What an incredible piece of gear. It really made me fall in love with my lifelong hobby all over again.

Thank you Doug. You never fail to impress. Oh yeah, and one more thing - I love the remote too! A must have. - Andrei


hello doug, i just wanted to  let you know that i truly enjoyed our phone conversation and i'm absolutely enjoying the youtube  video as well. thank you for being a quality representation of black men in this love affair we call audio. you’ve inspired me by your example.
wishing you all the best, steve


"... Scot, I could not agree more. This is exactly what Doug does every time I hear his system at a show. It is detailed, revealing, but musical. So rare. So glad you guys made this further known as to this day I've never heard a better cone speakers/system than Doug's. If I could afford the system I'd buy exactly what you describe below. Real high end. Real music reproduction" ~ Jonathan Howich, International Phonograph, Inc.


To paraphrase Dave Sinclair, the newest member of the team, Doug White’s system had a sound that approached perfection without being “off-putting.” For those of you who believe that ultra-high-end audio can often be too much of a good thing with all that detail and resolution, Doug offers a master class in providing the ultimate level of realism. We’re talking musical in the extreme. ~ Marc Philips, PTA


Great article in the latest Stereophile!! Doug, you make me proud!
African Americans are under represented in high end audio, and you are the standard bearer for the future of great sound reproduction!! Best to you and your wife for the high standards you uphold.
Best, Joe D.


I've spent some time with Doug at shows. He is one of the good guys in the business and a real gentlemen. His rooms always sound fantastic. - Jazdoc


Doug did his usual great job. The Tidal/Vertere system was superb sounding in a large space with minimal use of sound treatment and a room full of people. - lasercd


I had a chance Tuesday to stop by Doug White's place (The Voice That Is) and heard an incredible pair of bookshelf speakers by Trenner & Friedl called the ART. These were fresh out of the box, cold as ice and sitting on a set of StillPoints on the floor (no stands) and they pumped out a huge soundstage and real world bass. I won't talk about price but they're very, very reasonably priced considering the rest of Doug's inventory. I don't want to call them a steal but I guess I just did, they punch waaaay above their weight-class. Anybody looking for smaller speaks with high-resolution, natural mids and real world, clean bass should give them a look. - Earl C. , NJ


Every time I look at these speakers and listen to them my heart melts. They are so beautiful and the sound is so amazing! I am so glad I took that step and I owe it to you! You were the one that made it happen. Thank you so very much. I owe you for life! - Jose G. , owner TIDAL Agoria speakers ~ Michigan


"I can’t tell you how wonderful you’ve been to work with - and how responsive you are. For whatever reason, the audio world is full of people who are very slow and aloof. I’ve just never understood it. The irony to me is that most people I know that can afford high-end audio are very busy people and are used to quick response - else they move on. Hence, why I don’t have Kharma’s etc. sitting in my room right now. ~ Thanks again! - Jason" , owner TIDAL Piano speakers; Preos and Impulse electronics ~ Kansas


"Thanks again Doug for coming to DC to oversee the delivery and perform the installation of my Tidal Agoria SE speakers. The speakers far exceed my expectations and raises the level of my sound to the highest I have ever experienced in my home. I am so pleased with my speakers beauty, build quality, transparency, tonal balance and 3 dimensional sound quality I realize I cannot stop here and must add the Ferios Monoblocks to my system. Let me know what my “In the Tidal Family”/price will be and the projected availability of the amplifiers. I can confirm “Tidal Builds Emotions” ~ Thanks again, Jon" ~ Washington. D.C. , owner TIDAL Agoria speakers


"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. , owner TIDAL Contriva speakers; Preos and Impulse Monoblocs electronics~ Maryland"



First let me again thank you for your outstanding audio demonstration at AXPONA 2015!

We were greatly impressed by your patience, attention to detail and courtesy during the demo — not to mention having an audiophile appreciation for the appropriate volume levels consistent with the musical sources.

As you will recall, we were especially struck by the amazing organ performance with the ethereal bells! If you can possibly track down the particulars on that recording, we would really appreciate it! It will be instructive to see what our respective systems can achieve with this marvelous recording as compared to the benchmark components in your exhibit.

Many thanks again, Jim


"... 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."

"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."

"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


You always have one of the best sounding, looking, and most comfortable rooms at the show. I do not see you listed for this years AXPONA. I hope it's an oversight and you'll be there.



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):


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


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