question about Thiel CS 2

A friend has offered me a pair of Thiel CS 2 speakers with a Audionics BK-ST 140 pre-amp, Rotel RC-1070 tuner, and NAD 5000 CD-player for about $1,000. I have a small NAD CD player and a pair of Focal bookshelf speakers, so this would be a big upgrade for me. I love music but have not gotten anything fancy in regards to audio equipment and don't know anything about it. I have two questions:

1. Are Thiel CS 2's weak in regards to bass? Because they seemed a little tinny to me without a lot of bass. Could just be my friend's set-up.

2. The only space in my apartment that might work is a 15' by 7' room. I wouldn't easily be able to put the speakers on the wide side because of door placement. I know this would not be an ideal set-up. The speakers would be close together and close to the walls. My question is, given my alternative, would having this system in a non-ideal set-up be a decent option compared to the alternative (which would be NOT having the system)?

Thank you!

Showing 2 responses by rcprince

I would not call the Thiel CS2s "tinny" from my listening to them, they put out a good amount of bass until cutting off at 40 Hz; however, overall Thiels of that vintage were voiced a little more towards the highs than to give a warm sound (the opposite of the Vandersteens of that era).  I almost bought them (this was back in 1986 or so) till I heard the Thiel 3.5s, which had more bass and a more open soundstage in comparison.  Jafant's advice is good, as your room is potentially a tricky one.  Ideally you want to sit back a bit from Thiel speakers for them to sound their most coherent, so having them on the short wall with room to bring them out into the room a little would be a good thing, but I'm not sure having them close to the sidewalls will let you hear them at their best (though sidewall room treatments, even plants, might help).  Good luck--I think they are still fine speakers, a solid design. 
That amp was a Sam Tellig favorite for years.  He loved the "Mosfet Mist" sound of it, which made it slightly warm-sounding.  It should work on the Thiels; I've heard them with NAD, Adcom  and Aragon amps and they were able to drive them.