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I have owned cs2 since 1990. I have always liked them, and i find thiel to be very durable, so I would not worry. Also, the factory is very helpful, so if there is a problem, they will find a solution. I prefer the 2's to many of the thiel models of the 90's including the 3.6 which i had in my house for a week and sent back to the dealer. The 2's are on the analytical side of the sound spectrum, but I have always thought of them as one of the best all time values from this company.
they like tubes. SS is a bit agressive, often harsh up top. Thiel has always had a rather uncolored, neutral sounding palet, with excellent detail/clairity. But those are a tad accentuated in the lower trebble I blieve. So, tubes indeed. LIke anything else, it's balance, and you need to compliment that balance if you chose those. So chose wisely. You can always sell em if you don't like em...but make sure the price is right!
One of my all time favorite sounding speakers are the Thiel Audio Model CS2 speakers. A number of reasons why:
1) Great soundstage and depth for the Thiel Model CS2 speakers.
2) Small footprint but can fill a large room. They don't take up much space but can fill a room.
3) Of all the Thiel Audio speakers (which I've owned a dozen different models over the last 30 years) the Thiel CS2 speakers keep on giving great sound regardless of electronics. They sound great both on solid state or tube setups.
4) Fairly efficient speaker and very versatile speaker, such as reason #3.
5) They don't make them like they use to. Meaning the Thiel CS2 speakers are built like a tank and were affordable back in the day $1690 pr. in 1988.
6) Dollar for dollar almost impossible to beat in sound, build and reliability.
7) Do yourself a favor and go pick up a pair of Thiel CS2 speakers and you will be very happy that you do so.
joefama, got it right. Perhaps Thiels most reliable and easiest to drive model, with their smooth 6 Ohm nominal 5 Ohm minimum impedance. Perhaps the last of the Thiel models that really, really needed attention to the treble. Many used c-j tubes with this model in an effort to tame the treble, but I personally found the ported bass to be too wooly driven as such. A steal on the used market, but be prepared to spend a little on amplification. Not so much because of their a challenging load, but just because of their particular sonic qualities.
I bought my Thiel CS2's in 1987 or 88 for $1500 the pair. Used them ever since. All above comments/observations are accuratee in some way or another.
I have always use solid state to run them, Bryston too bright, Hafler just right! Program material will also determine sound quality.
Agree tubes might work well with them as I may have heard them thru tubes on first audition. I didn't look at the amp. However, CS2 specs say amp power range starts at 40W. In a well dampened room the sound stage appears dead center. Hope you enjoy!