May 2018

VIMBERG at High End Munich 2018

"...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).
Less noticeably, it features a reduction in Tidal's extreme attention to materials, finish, and craftsmanship..[.]... 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?

[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]


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.

"Germany’s Tidal Audio makes loudspeakers with custom-made, state-of-the-art Accuton drivers and cost-no-object parts, then finishes them to utter perfection. If you’ve read Aron Garrecht’s review of the Tidal Piano G2 this month on SoundStage! Ultra, you’ve been left with the impression that no one in the world finishes their speakers as well. It might be true.
Of course, so high a level of quality, whether of parts or finish work or both, comes at a high price. The Piano G2, a three-driver, 2.5-way design that stands not quite 46” high, retails in the US for $39,900/pair -- and that’s Tidal’s second-cheapest model. Granted, its tweeter has a diaphragm of pure diamond, but still . . . few people can afford to spend that much on speakers, and even fewer will be willing to spend it on a relatively small model that can’t forcefully reproduce the bottom octave of the audioband. If you want more down low, Tidal makes five larger models. Lots and lots of money... Enter a new brand of loudspeakers from Jörn Janczak, founder and CEO of Tidal. Janczak knows that few can hope to own a pair of Tidals, and with Vimberg, a subsidiary of Tidal Audio, he’s found ways to make his speakers more affordable.

Vimberg speakers use off-the-shelf Accuton drivers and other parts that, while of excellent quality, aren’t necessarily the very best available. Mostly, though, Janczak has economized in the finishing work. While the Vimbergs still aren’t what most would consider “affordable,” they cost far less than the Tidal designs -- which I think is a good thing. Based on the fine reputation Tidal has built over the years, I predict that Vimberg will do extremely well, because I think most people will know that the same person is responsible for both brands."

[Doug Schneider, - please click here to read the article]