Munich High End 2018: VIMBERG & TIDAL











All photos courtesy of Doug White

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. Some limitations, of course, must apply. VIMBERG speakers are only in black or white, for example — those legendary lacquered wood veneers are reserved for the much more expensive TIDAL line. 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.

Official launch is “now”, with availability in July. Dealers with interest need to contact their local importer/distributor.

Highend-loudspeaker from VIMBERG – more than the sum of its parts. Much more.  For extraordinary results we use drivers with ultrastiff and very light diaphragms made out of diamond, ceramic and 3D-shaped honeycomb sandwich material from the specialist Accuton.

Those parts are being installed into low-noise cabinets with literally heavy duty quality in waterproof quality in finest and resonance damping VIMBERG-piano lacquer. And as heart of it we use only Mundorf and Duelund crossover parts – combined with unique engineering combining ultra-linear frequency responses with best timing and the complete lack of the drivers diaphragm signature. Which is something money can not buy and marketing cannot hide behind promises and fairytales.

MINO Specifications

  • 3-way full range loudspeaker
  • VIMBERG MRD-cabinet with decoupled aluminium high-midrange mounting plate
  • 1 x 30 mm Accuton Cell ceramic tweeter
    1 x 90 mm Accuton Cell ceramic midrange woofer,
    3 x 168 mm Accuton Cell woofer, long excursion design with 3D shaped honeycomb sandwich diaphragm
  • optional: 30mm Accuton Cell diamond tweeter (Mino D), also upgradeable anytime later
  • high-end Mogami speaker cable wiring inside, Argento pure silver binding posts
  • VIMBERG high-end crossover: linear frequency response with optimized impulse response, exclusive use of Mundorf & Duelund components.
  • Dual-Tune bass reflex port design for lowest port noise and selectable F3
  • Decoupling height adjustable isolation gliders and 3D-shaped installation triggers for optimized setup and placement to every floor
  • Exclusive VIMBERG real piano lacquer: summit white or jet black
  • Weight: 2 x 72 Kg / 2 x 159 lbs. (plus packaging)
  • Anticipated retail price: 22.000€

TONDA Specifications

  • 3-way full range loudspeaker
  • VIMBERG MRD-cabinet with decoupled aluminium high-midrange mounting plate
  • 1 x 30 mm Accuton Cell ceramic tweeter
    1 x 168 mm Accuton Cell ceramic midrange woofer,
    3 x 190 mm Accuton Cell woofer, long excursion design with 3D shaped honeycomb sandwich diaphragm
  • optional: 30mm Accuton Cell diamond tweeter (Tonda D), also upgradeable anytime later
  • high-end Mogami speaker cable wiring inside, Argento pure silver binding posts
  • VIMBERG high-end crossover: linear frequency response with optimized impulse response, exclusive use of Mundorf & Duelund components.
  • Dual-Tune bass reflex port design for lowest port noise and selectable F3
  • Decoupling height adjustable isolation gliders and 3D-shaped installation triggers for optimized setup and placement to every floor
  • Exclusive VIMBERG real piano lacquer: summit white or jet black
  • Weight: 2 x 96 Kg / 212 lbs. (plus packaging)
  • Black or white gloss only
  • Anticipated retail price: 28.000€