I have listened to all the Thiel speakers and own the CS7's The best match by far is CLASSE!!!!
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Had a NAD 218 (200 W/PC) with Thiel 2.3's. Loved the speakers but they could not handle the amp-fried the crossovers). Strongly suggest Classe and nothing else. I like volume and the Thiel's can not handle and Thiel is not very accomodating when asked about loud volumes with their speakers (and I'm not talking excessive volume either). Went to B&W 802 Matrix but still have fond memory of Thiel sound...only wish they could handle the volume and that Thiel was more customer-friendly. M
I used a McCormack DNA 1 with 2.2's and Sumiko Ocos cable with great results. I never had a problem with volume levels. I tried a Aragon 4004 mk2 and prefered the mcCormack which was more rounded and smooth and more musical. I later switched to Naim 250/82 preamp with hicap and was blown away by the improvement. The 250 only has 70 watts per channel but it has an energy unlike any other amp I've heard. I now use active Naim SBLs with 4 x naim 135 mono amps...