Upgrade His Wilson Alexias to Vimberg Tondas?
Do I think the Vimberg Tonda would be a proper upgrade path for you? I do, actually. I’ve heard the Alexia a number of times at shows and it has some strengths, dynamics being one. Neutrality is not, however, a strength that I would attribute to the Alexia. From what I’ve heard, as well as from what I’ve seen from measurements of the Vimbergs (and Jorn Janczak-designed speakers in general), these are exceptionally neutral loudspeakers. My educated guess would be that you would experience a more neutral sound than you have now, but also one that is higher in resolution.
[Jeff Fritz – full article click here]
Jeff Buys Loudspeakers: The Vimberg Tondas
My eventual winner revealed itself at High End 2018: Last May, when I heard the Tonda loudspeakers ($35,000/pair) from Vimberg, a subsidiary of the German company Tidal Audio, at the Munich Order Center, I was enamored on the spot — more than enamored. From a sound-quality perspective, it solidly ticked every box: First, it had that open, spacious quality that I love to hear these days — the antithesis of dark and closed-in — but it also had the bell-like clarity that is the hallmark of Tidal speakers, which I’ve always been drawn to. The bass was really deep and taut, courtesy three 8” woofers per side. Add to those qualities another that I saw as an unexpected bonus for a reviewer: the Tondas could play loud and super clean. Could I really attain this level of performance while staying within my $40k speaker budget?
[Jeff Fritz – full article click here]
Audio-Head, Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2018
“Let’s say Bugatti decided that it wanted to build a car that sold for $29,000 USD, and this car would also look, smell, feel, and drive like a $215,000 USD Bugatti. Albeit some minor engineering and production compromises would have to be made, but overall — the experience and emotions it would produce would be almost identical. That is what TIDAL Audio founder Jörn Janczak has just done with the development of his new VIMBERG company. “
[Eirc Shook – please click here to see full article]
“…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.
Given their heritage and design DNA, the Vimberg speakers could just be shaping up as one of audio’s all-time biggest bargains. Just the insight they offer into the musical benefits of both Tidal’s exacting approach to parts and production makes them a fascinating prospect. If, as Jörn Janczak says, “care is free,” we are about to find out just how much it’s worth.”
[Roy Gregory – please click here, to see the full article]
“…Tidal has created its own subsidiary company named Vimberg—whose purpose is to distinguish itself from its parent company by name—while still associating itself with the extreme artisanal manufacturing of its parent company. Vimberg is making two new three-way floorstanding speakers named Mino and Tonda—the latter of which I auditioned right next to Tidal’s similar-looking (but much more expensive) Akira. I have experienced the 180,000 Euros/pair Akira several times and if memory serves me, this new Vimberg Tonda sounded damn near as refined and concise as its much more expensive stablemate. (Both speakers are constructed in the same factory.)
The new Vimberg Tonda lacks the Tidal Akira’s diamond tweeter and midrange drivers. It also lacks the Akira’s five rear-firing bass drivers. Less noticeably, it features a reduction in Tidal’s extreme attention to materials, finish, and craftsmanship. However, it is similar to the Akira in size and shape; it uses a similarly thick MDF enclosure, as well as Accuton drivers and Mundorf crossover parts. I called the Tonda,”Tee-dahl Light” and thought, Wow! This white beauty gives me 80–90% of the fancy speaker’s sonics at less than 20% of its cost. What is not to like?
Supporting the Tondas’ excellent, Tidal-like presentation were Tidal’s own Presencio preamplifier, Ferios amplifiers, Camira DMC, and last but not least, Tidal’s new cables.
[Herb Reichert – please click here, to see the full article]
“New at Munich is VIMBERG, springing from the minds, hands and creative work of Jörn Janczak of TIDAL. My understanding is that this line of loudspeakers will very much have “DNA” derived from the much more expensive TIDAL brand. Think Toyota vs Lexus, if Lexus was Rolls Royce (if that makes sense).
The new line is very much intended to be a more affordable entry to Janczak’s work (where ‘affordable’ is admittedly highly relative, of course). The parts are of the “typical” absurdly high-quality we’ve come to expect from Janczak, and the design still adheres to his obsessive level of attention to detail. That said, the drivers are all top-of-the-line Accuton, and if a customer wants to opt-in for the extreme performance of the Accuton diamond drivers, well, that is an option.”
[editorial staff – please click here, to see the full article]
AUDIOHUB.GR – HIGH END MUNICH 2018 AWARDS
Best New Product: VIMBERG.
“For the MINO and TONDA 3-way speakers, a new line that bridges the gap between ultra high end and affordable prices, with state of the art technology and gorgeous looks.