Tidal Audio have made a huge impression at North America’s biggest show AXPONA 2017. Up against rooms containing some of the finest Audio Equipment in the world, Doug White’s Tidal Audio system (consisting of Precensio Preamplifier and Phono, Impulse monobloc amplifiers and Akira floorstanding loudspeakers) has received a host of awards from various magazines.

The Absolute Sound awarded the Tidal room two of the highest accolades including “Best of show”.


“…This fabulous system came closest to what I hear at home from the various LPs I brought to the show: gorgeous color, very deep well-defined bass, no added edge or sibilance in the treble, superb soundstaging and lifelike imaging, tremendous transient speed and dynamic range—a sound as smooth, lovely, and iridescent as shot silk. As I had nothing to critique, the Tidal rocketed to the top of my Best of Show contenders list…

I’m not sure what I can add to the Tidal Akira blurb, other than to say (as I did) that it came closest to the beauty, power, resolution, and fidelity to sources of my reference systems. Gorgeous timbre, lifelike texture, incredibly deep and well-defined bass, superior transient response, with no added edge or brightness. A very full-range, very transparent, very realistic sounding speaker with no obvious demerits, and therefore my pick for Best of Show.”

Best of Show (cost-no-object): TIDAL Akira with TIDAL electronics”.
Most Coveted Product: TIDAL Akira.”

Jonathan Valin / The Absolute Sound

Positive Feedback also gave Tidal Audio “Best in Show”:

A pristine Malcolm Arnold LP (Lyrita) sounded simply superb, with stable 3D imaging, broad and deep staging, and supple micro-dynamic precision. Tonality boasted classic TIDAL values — liquid finesse but superior instrumental traction as well… I commented to Doug that the Akira’s were the finest sounding TIDAL’s I had heard to date and he didn’t try to argue the point. If you have the scratch, this baby will cure your itch. From minimally recorded classical to densely layered, highly processed pop and soul, the Akiras revealed all, but in a seductively inviting manner that drew one into the recording and the recorded space.

On cut after cut, the Akiras elicited from me that elusive “ah-ha” moment of clarity, that point in the performance where I felt I could genuinely divine the deeper intent of the musicians, recording engineer, and composer. Think of the Akiras as $219,000 time machines that defy the Laws of Physics by taking you back to the recorded event across multiple intersecting vectors. A stunning achievement (and my personal show favorite)!

M. Jeffries  / Positive Feedback