Yes I listened to them twice and felt they had a lot of potential. Denver Audio Designs had the room sounding quite good. I may audition them again someday at their store to get a better grip on their performance, in a better controlled enviroment. In short they seemed to be very smooth from top to bottom with no coloration jumping out at you. Personnally I think they pulled this off better than the CS3.7's did last year.
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Sorry but I don't for sure. I saw so many rooms and my venture this year was to hear speakers, and some turntables. And after so many room s and a couple weeks, certain details fade into the abyss of darkness AKA memory.
But I do remember the speakers performance as the guy that was with me and I kinda used them as a reference to a few of the speakers we heard after that room.
I didn't attend RMAF but found the following:
"(Lexington, KY) September 18th, 2012 - THIEL Audio (www.thielaudio.com), winner of over 60 prestigious awards for loudspeaker design and performance since 1978, has announced that the world premier of the CS2.7 loudspeaker will take place at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2012 in the Denver Marriott Tech Center October 12-14. The CS2.7 will be demonstrated in two suites-Denver Audio Designs (Suite 9013) in tandem with THIEL's SS2.2 SmartSub® and HEGEL Music Systems press-only suite 8004. HEGEL's public suite (8006) will feature THIEL's flagship CS3.7 loudspeakers. THIEL's Gary Dayton will be onsite answering questions about the new products throughout the show."
Thx Rgd. It looks like the 3.7 was demoed with Hegel. I found Stereophile's commentary on the 2.7 here: http://www.stereophile.com/content/thiels-new-cs27
It looks like the ancillary equipment was:
The CS2.7s were demmed with Aragon Iridium 400W monoblocks ($7998/pair), an Aragon Sound Stage digital preamp ($4499), an Arcam CD37 SACD/CD player ($2299), an Arcam FMJ D33 D/A processor, and Straight Wire Expressivo interconnects and speaker cables, and Straight Wire Blue Thunder AC cords. The sound of Ryan Adams Dirty Rain had extended lows, grain-free highs, and superbly stable, well-defined stereo imaging.
I don't know if it was the room or what, but I wasn't impressed at all with these speakers. I heard a Beck track that I know very well off of The Information and it sounded way better at my home with my underpowered 2.4s (Pass INT-30A as the amp). I was honestly very disappointed. I did love the Hegel 3.7 room though.
I just auditioned the CS2.7's, driven by VTL electronics, and quite frankly came away rather disappointed. They do sound quite neutral and on some recordings sound very good indeed. But on complex musical passages the sound became "congested" and lost transparency, as though there was quite a bit of distortion. My gut feeling is the speakers needed more break-in time, although the dealer thought they were mostly broken in.
I also auditioned the CS3.7's in the same room with the same electronics, and they had a very similar tonal quality (not surprising), but sounded more open and transparent, had better sound staging, and never got congested like the 2.7's.
Looks like I am going for it, wish me luck! :o)
Got a new pair of 2.7's and although right out of the box I
can tell they need major break in time of coarse, but they
just sound so live & open & detailed, with unreal imaging
and are so open sounding they just fill the room no matter
where you are, sitting, standing etc. They are going to be
so musical. When able, the search for the best amp I can
afford for them will begin. But, believe it or not they
sound pretty damn good with just my Jolida 1501 BRC.