For those of you who don’t know yet, Vimberg is the sub brand of Tidal Audio in Koln Germany. Vimberg is the result of Tidal CEO Jorn Janczak’s vision to offer a Tidal-like zero compromise product with Tidal sound and credentials but for half or a third of the price and hence to a much wider audience.

If you’ve not been keeping up with the worldwide audio shows the past year or so then take a quick glance at some of my links below. When the Vimbergs were first played to the public at Munich Highend last year, people stood around aghast that the price was for both loudspeakers rather than one ! Since then reviewers like Jeff Fritz have gone on to buy a pair and in print have likened their performance to something significantly higher than other Highend speakers which are sold at more than double the price and to be fair, the high praise and generous kind words have never really abated. These speakers have been availble to buy for just a few months but have already garnered a flock of industry awards.

Here then, we focus on the entry floorstander, the £23,000 Mino with ceramic tweeter. For the purposes of this article I don’t wish to get too in depth with the the technical or even sonic attributes of the product but rather, give you a really general overview of what we are dealing with and what you can expect. Bottom line, if you are shopping in the £20,000 category then you just have to come and have a listen. Prepare to be visibly shocked.

Take a look at other speakers at this sort of money and it’s pretty obvious that you are getting an awful lot for your hard earnt in terms of actual physical stuff. A fully ‘Tidal lacquered’ cabinet 1.28 metres high, three 168mm woofers , a 90mm midrange unit and a 30mm ceramic tweeter. The sheer beauty and weight of these things gives a very strong impression of a very high level of build both inside and out. Then when you go on to consider the actual quality of components before you, the Accuton drivers, the very best Mundorf and Dueland crossover components, Argento binding posts etc. you maybe start to wonder why or even how the Mino can be manufactured and sold at this sort of level with all parties making a worthwhile profit. Well let’s just say that Vimberg might be somewhat akin to the Sony Playstation console or the Nissan GTR of Hifi. The customer is getting an awful lot for his money, the manufacturer maybe precious little. This is good news for you though of course and also a bit of a spanner in the works as far as the marketplace is concerned.

With the Tondas coupled to super-quiet electronics like the Boulder-Auralic pairing, I hear subtlety and nuance that are, in my experience, unrivaled in a speaker anywhere near this price.
Jeff Fritz, Soundstageultra
The sound in this room was truly enchanting. The vocal were full bodied and crisp with a midrange that was smooth as silk and well saturated. The bass was deep enough that I could feel it in my bones. This room gets my nod for the “Best Sound of the Show”
Malcolm J. Gomes, Positive Feeback
The timing is almost unbelievable, as is the attention to detail and the pinpoint accuracy over the entire transmission range. Seamless dynamics, but also exquisite tonality should please the fans of classical music. In fact, this speaker is sensationally accurate, making it exciting and extremely fun
T Frantzen, STEREO
the real stars of the show, the Vimberg Tonda floorstanding loudspeakers. When I began this downsizing journey, after years of owning six-figure flagship speakers, I didn’t think I could be this happy with speakers costing under $40,000/pair.
But these German beauties retailing for a “mere” $38,000/pair have exceeded my expectations in virtually every parameter of sound.
Jeff Fritz, Soundstageultra
This is a mighty impressive debut that underlines designer Jörn Janczak’s confidence in the project. I saw several people visibly shocked when told the price. One thought that it was the cost of a single speaker, not the pair. That tells you a lot about both the Tonda’s performance and the quality of the Tidal electronics driving it. But either way, it’s an awful lot of performance for the money.
Roy Gregory, Audiobeat

The Mino basically sounds exactly how you always wanted a speaker to sound or always imagined the best of the best would sound. It is first and foremost perfectly neutral and linear, so much so that speakers you perhaps thought were neutral adding little or no character of their own might not seem that way anymore. The sound is extremely open with not a single hint of a cabinet or box or even a particular driver being part of the music making process and also this extreme openess is quite clearly achieved without any trickery of pushing the midrange forward, “aerating” the upper frequencies or indeed “skeletalising” the lower frequencies. No part of the frequency spectrum is pinched, or stuck out or recessed or manipulated; this is simply the most natural and unforced sound I have ever encountered from a loudspeaker at any price. Unflustered, uber-calm and completely see through the music seeps osmotically from the Mino into every square millimetre of the room. It seems to have a kind of luxuriant bathing effect on you, tonally delectable and just extremely pleasurable to listen to. Further listening reveals a transducer that has very profound levels of musical expression. It is capable of convenying the smallest shifts and progressions in weight, volume, texture and harmony. So the musical connection, the emotional intensity in the room, is strong. Like, you will be grinning … or crying !

The presentation of the music is also very holographic with superb imaging (maybe even more three dimensional than a Tidal speaker) and the bass is tight, tuneful but oh so full and replete with texture and pitch. The Mino’s have a very generous amout of weight and scale and they just fill the room gloriously. They have speed and precision aplenty and a massive macrodynamic range so whilst Josephine Cronholm’s agonsingly beautiful voice will have you raining tears into your ipad, Mahler’s 9th will ramp your pulse up above 150 bpm in your chair.

It’s difficult to imagine needing more sheer grunt and size than the Mino but those of us lucky enough to have really large rooms, a rarity now in the UK, might opt for the bigger Tonda model. Note though that the Tonda just gives you a bigger sound and a little more dynamic envelope. The actual sheer quality on offer here, the level of detail and transparency, are already operating at the highest possible level as far as loudspeaker design is concerned. No, you do not have to buy Vimberg’s most expensive speaker to do full justice to the resolution and dynamics of your amps and front end. With the Mino we are already starting at an extremely high level of outright performance, indeed higher degrees of resolution and neutrality than many manufacturers achieve anywhere within their entire loudspeaker range if truth be told. That being said, the diamond tweeter option is probably a must tick box if you have a really good system and a spare £8000 and for me, cherishing clarity, fine detail and expression, a Mino-D would be prefreable over a ceramic Tonda.

Aside all the hifi ‘isms’, everyone who hears the Vimbergs is always left primarly with a feeling of absolute effortlessness and naturalness. This just does not sound like hifi or a loudspeaker as you know it. There are absolutely no sonic pyrotechnics at work here, no analytical dissection, no over separation, no sparkling or biting at the top end, no extra delineation of basslines and rhythms and as a result, no sterility, dryness, brightness, glare or starkness. This is the proverbial disappearing act, the sound you have always been searching for.

The other thing jumping at me from my own notes is that the Mino just seems to sound incredible no matter what the system. I have had Vitus integrateds, the little 75 watt Allnic valve Integrated and Tidal’s best electronics driving these things and they only every sounded utterly captivating and engaging and that’s also regarless of the music choice and recording quality as well. I don’t even understand why or how this is but the Vimbergs just seem to engage no matter what and you just can’t stop listening to them. If you could somehow wire a Roberts radio up to them I reckon they’d still sound great !

After all of that then, it’s actually hard to believe that a Tidal speaker operates at an even higher level than this, giving you an extra degree of clarity and crystalline purity that I’ve personally not encountered anywhere else. But the Tidal speaker is arguably more relevant when one has a full Tidal system that can reciprocally match it for absolute levels of neutrality and clarity. We have successfully placed many Tidal speakers with Vitus customers too but for many the Vimberg might be the preferred choice with a much bigger product for the money and a slightly more tolerant one at that.

Vimberg Tonda, Mino and Amea are now being sold in the UK through myself Lotus, The Audiobarn in Essex and Audiotherapy in Newcastle. Please let me know if there are any questions or you would like to pop by for  a listen.

you may have heard me refer to the VIMBERG Mino loudspeakers as possibly the greatest bargain in hi-fi. To eat my own words for being less than accurate, the VIMBERG Mino loudspeakers are indeed not the greatest bargain in hi-fi. To be clear, they are the greatest bargain in Ultra-High-End audio.
Eric Shook, parttimeauriophile
The sound in this room was truly enchanting. The vocal were full bodied and crisp with a midrange that was smooth as silk and well saturated. The bass was deep enough that I could feel it in my bones. This room gets my nod for the “Best Sound of the Show”
Malcolm J. Gomes, Positive Feeback
The timing is almost unbelievable, as is the attention to detail and the pinpoint accuracy over the entire transmission range. Seamless dynamics, but also exquisite tonality should please the fans of classical music. In fact, this speaker is sensationally accurate, making it exciting and extremely fun
T Frantzen, STEREO
the real stars of the show, the Vimberg Tonda floorstanding loudspeakers. When I began this downsizing journey, after years of owning six-figure flagship speakers, I didn’t think I could be this happy with speakers costing under $40,000/pair.
But these German beauties retailing for a “mere” $38,000/pair have exceeded my expectations in virtually every parameter of sound.
Jeff Fritz, Soundstageultra
This is a mighty impressive debut that underlines designer Jörn Janczak’s confidence in the project. I saw several people visibly shocked when told the price. One thought that it was the cost of a single speaker, not the pair. That tells you a lot about both the Tonda’s performance and the quality of the Tidal electronics driving it. But either way, it’s an awful lot of performance for the money.
Roy Gregory, Audiobeat
Further Reading

The Sound I have been searching for – click here for the article
Upgrade Wilson Alexias to Tonda: Q&A – click here for the article
Jeff Fritz Buys Loudspeakers: The Vimberg Tondas – full article click here

Audio-Head, RMAF 2018, Vimberg Preview – click here to see full article
The Audiobeat.com, Munich Vimberg Preview – click here, to see the full article
Stereophile.com, Munich Vimberg Preview – click here, to see the full article
Parttimeaudiophile.com, Munich Vimberg Preview – please click here, to see the full article

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