From TIDAL Audio (the makers of ultimate audio systems since year 1999, not the streaming service), known across the industry as the Bugatti of high-end audio, literally – have you seen the speakers they made for Bugatti? (linked here)
Today, TIDAL Audio launches the future-proof Arkas music streamer. As with anything TIDAL made, expect perfection inside, outside, and throughout the sonic dimensions.
One specific feature among many to take note of, the proprietary TIDAL-LINK connection. A connection that promises to be superior over SPDIF, RCA, AES, or USB, and offers universal access to all audio file types.
More details in the press release enclosed below. Enjoy!
TIDAL Audio Launches New Streamer
Hürth, Germany, April 2022 – Effective Immediately, TIDAL-Audio GmbH is proud to announce the TIDAL Arkas music streamer. The TIDAL Arkas is designed to be the perfect digital music content controller for TIDAL high-end systems. The approach of the Arkas was simple: build the perfect musical data file transport with TIDAL performance and reliability. In general, the TIDAL Arkas concept can be compared to the build of a super sports car: as little weight as possible, by removing all but what is absolutely necessary, combined with the most power possible – to get the best performance and keep up with the pace.
We decided not to build a file-storage system inside; only the core relevant technology around an extremely potent power supply. All components like music data storage, NAS/music server systems and hard drives, are intended to be outside the TIDAL Arkas. Every Arkas comes with the proprietary data connection output – a unique file transport output to the TIDAL Camira (2021). This unique cable connection overcomes disadvantages of SPDIF RCA, AES, or USB in sound quality and removes the inability of playing certain files with certain connections. We call it TIDAL-LINK!
The TIDAL Arkas will remain the center of content management as an elite streamer for many years and not change as quickly as digital technology. Our timeless TIDAL electronics cabinet and power supply inside the Arkas are future ready. Peripheral components to run PCB boards, as well as the streaming PCB itself, are designed to be upgraded and adjusted – protecting your investment and guaranteeing the very best sound for your TIDAL systems. Whatever the future brings, the Arkas is prepared.
- LAN/USB input digital music streamer with oversized linear power supply and SPDIF/USB/TIDAL-LINK output
- Regulated active linear voltage power supply for ripple free voltage and current stabilization
- Silver conductor EMI transformers
- Magnetically shielded oversized power transformers, more than 200.000µF buffer capacity
- Music data streaming input: LAN ethernet (1000 BASE-T), USB storage/hard disk (single partition FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, EXT2/3)
- Output SPDIF: AES/EUB, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC, Toslink Optical. PCM 44,1-192KHz, 16-24bit. DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit.
- Output USB: up to DSD256 (native/DoP), PCM 44,1-384KHz, 16-32bit
- Output TIDAL-LINK: proprietary music data protocol output directly to TIDAL Camira DMC
- Multi clock system for utmost precision in timing
- MQA decoding, DSD over PCM support for AES/EUB, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC, Toslink Optical
- UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension, gapless playback
- Supported formats: DSF (DSD), DFF (DSD), DoP (DSD), FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MQA, MP3, AAC (M4A)
- Native support for Tidal streaming, Qobuz streaming, MQA, Apple AirPlay, TuneIn internet radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect
- Dimensions: 44cm x 13cm x 39cm / 17.3″ x 5.1″ x 15.3″ (width x height x length)
- Weight: 27 lbs. / 12 kg
- US Retail Price: $29,000
About TIDAL Audio
Established in 1999, by Jörn Janczak, TIDAL-Audio GmbH has but one goal – to build the finest audio systems in the world defined as unique masterpieces with timeless sophisticated design and benchmark performance to reproduce music no less than lifelike. Jörn Janczak leads a flagship team of fellow expert engineers, designers, craftsmen, and production staff to assure every detail, every single part, and every step involved in making a TIDAL masterpiece exists free from the bounds of cost optimization and budgetary limitations. TIDAL masterpieces are known worldwide for meticulous attention to detail, sound quality, and design excellence, culminating 2021 into an exclusive multi-year partnership with Bugatti.
Contact: Jörn Janczak
TIDAL Audio GmbH
Immendorfer Str.1 H
Phone: + 49 (2233) 966 9225