"Thiel ar crash"? The big new Thiel speaker i heard at Axpona this year was worlds better than the old designs. Frankly, the previous 10 years of Thiel had been a diaster, imo.
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Not the most stable company. Around mid-July Tom Malestra the CEO was let go. The third CEO since the new Thiel took over. Not very accurate on the dealer list either. They still have Fidelis in NH. They dropped Thiel over 4 years ago. They won't take them off the list. Enough about Thiel any thoughts on the CJ change in ownership?
So happy Lew & Bill passed the baton to longtime employee Jeff Fischel.
Great company but in need of new blood to get new dealer's in place and show people how great their gear sounds.
I hope they do away with the phone message system and go to a live person answering the phones!
I would not want to see CJ go the way of Thiel, ARC and other great audio companies who lost there way!
Wishing Jeff & crew a great year and much continued success!
eek, is that the consensus out there, that ARC has lost their way? That's the first time I've read that sentiment, unless we're talking about the pricing structure of their product line. IMO, as long as they have the same electronic design team, it's the same company. But they could use a new, more economically-priced line; I think everyone is in agreement on that.
From what I read about Jeff Fischel, he seems to be committed to continuing what made Conrad Johnson successful in the past.
When McIntosh was owned by Clarion, they said they were committed to continuing what made them successful in the past, but got them into car audio (which was never successful) and some cheaper equipment that was not consistent with the equipment the founders made.
Hopefully the new owners of B&W won't take that company down a road where they cease to do what made them great.
Hello. My name is Roberto Herrera, and I represent Conrad Johnson, here in Costa Rica. I got this email from Lew...
" Dear Roberto,
As you will have seen from our most recent newsletter, Jeff has taken over the business at conrad-johnson design. I am delighted to have our business in his highly capable hands. Jeff will be making all business decisions and supervising/overseeing operations at conrad-johnson. Bill and I will focus our energies on product development and marketing. I will, of course, want to remain in contact with you and several other of our distributors who I am pleased to count among my close friends. Know that I will be happy to continue to assist in whatever way I can.
My understanding is that Lew and Bill sold part of his Company to Jeff, and now Jeff is taking all the logistics for service and sales...both Bill and Lew will continue with the company...
I do believe this is a very wise decision for all...
Right now, I am enjoying the sound of the two recent products, the power amp model Classic One Twenty SE and the new preamplifier model ET-7. I really do like a lot the change that I did to my system...
Regards, from Costa Rica,