Thiel Owners


Guys-

I just scored a sweet pair of CS 2.4SE loudspeakers. Anyone else currently or previously owned this model?
Owners of the CS 2.4 or CS 2.7 are free to chime in as well. Thiel are excellent w/ both tubed or solid-state gear!

Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
jafant

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thieliste

I am fortunate to own a reference CD player (Accuphase) and reference universal player (AYRE). No streaming in my future anytime soon.

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therealpupalei

You certainly have your finger on the pulse my Audiophile friend.
Have fun!

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arvincastro

which cable(s) did you switch recently? Your ears are quite good as I found the Bluesound Vault to exhibit a slight glare/grain during my demo.

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prof

That's the spirit. Play it LOUD.

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tomthiel

Good to see you as always. Hope you are well and having fun in your hot rod garage. And studio.

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cascadesphil

Thank You for posting the link as above.

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tomthiel

Thank You for the updates from Hot Rod garage.
Hope that you are well and looking forward to the Fall season.

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Any other 3.5 owners want to chime in to address thoft's query?

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tomthiel

So true - related to Cabling and Life.

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yyzsantabarbara

Thank You for the update. After a few listens to the MoFi- let me know how the 2 discs compare in sound quality.

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rtbs70
My pleasure. You certainly own very nice gear. Take the time, at your leisure, to peruse this informative thread. There are several 3.6 and power-point owners here. My aspect or niche' is Cables/Power Cords.We all know that an integrated or pre-amp is the Heart of a system.Cables/Power Cords represent the Extremities. Careful matching and synergy will take a good system to excellent. And an excellent system to outstanding! I have 35 years in the gear and 48 years as a Music lover.
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thieliste

I have been chasing the Accuphase for 10 years now. Seller finally decided to sell. The Ayre mates superbly with my Integrated amp.
Once I heard the combo, I was enlightened.

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1st day of Fall Solstice - All
tmsrdg
In addition to the 8/4 ohm double power ratio, I find it interesting to ask a manufacturer about peak current in  (A)mperes  rating as well.
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tomthiel
As I started my higher end education back in the early 1990's via Stereophile and TAS subscriptions, I recall, Slew Rate being discussed quite often by the reviewers. In 2020, is this factor relevant as it pertains to power amplifiers?  I will concur with the CS 3.7 being very efficient, as well as, models CS 2.4, 2.4SE and 2.7.
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thoft

Welcome! Good to see you here. There are several 3.5 experts on the Panel here. Stand by until one reaches out to answer your query.
I look forward in reading more about your musical tastes and sytsem.

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tomthiel
Thank You for your insight and recalling  Jim's approach in speaker design
as it pertained to SR. Very informative.
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sdecker
Thank You for chiming in with your knowledge of slew rate as well.Very informative.
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tomthiel
Thank You for your insight and observations.  I was thinking along the lines of conversations that took place between you and Jim, building Thiel Audio.
Good to read that SR is still part of design and implementation these days.
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theaudiotweak

Good to see you again. I hope you find and re-submit the post.
If using an iPad, the post,  may not link up to these threads.

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scubabird
Welcome! Good to see you here. I would say seek out a Vandersteen 3A Signature loudspeaker. This will closely mimic a Thiel CS 2.4, CS 2.7 or CS 3.7 model. Take the time to read throught this thread for additional information on older/vintage loudspeakers. Well annotated per members of the Panel.

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arvincastro

interesting query- I would say Bose tops most audiophiles lists.

Looking forward in your tilting experiment.

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jazzman7

I owned a pair of Cerwin Vega AT-12 from 1988 to 1995. A great mid-fi, Rock music speaker.

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tomic601

Laughing...I had forgotten about the Bullet Tweeter.

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jazzman7

Ah, the good ole days. Back then,  my group of friends each had a different pair of CV with different gear. And we lit them up!

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tomthiel
Thank You for another Thiel Audio history lesson. Another +vote for Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries. Excellent disc to test any system.

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sdecker

I will second, Klipsch. Like so many great loudspeaker designers, Paul, had a vision and built some absolute classic models.

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Yes, on the demo sessions last year, I was enjoying the Music 40-45 range of volume settings. Plenty loud enough for my ears. And I like it LOUD!

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beetlemania
Thank You. Cabling , is the best and final piece of my puzzle.I will start auditioning next month and December. I will finalize sometime in January due to work obligations/schedule.
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sdecker

I friend owned the Apogee Slant 8 model back in the early 90's. I really enjoyed that loudspeaker's sound.  It would be a fun side-by-side shoot out w/ a pair of Thiel CS 2.4 loudspeakers.

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yyzsantabarbara

My pleasure suggesting the MoFi caravanserai SACD.

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thoft

Excellent! Those FPB 350 MC are incredible. At least ask the seller for a demo just to hear the presentation and sound. Luxman is making a fierce comeback here in the U.S. Keep me posted and have fun!

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beetlemania

have you upgraded the stock fuse(s) in your AX-5/20 ?

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beetlemania

this one is for you my Audiophile friend. Yesterday, I took delivery of an AYRE AX-5 integrated amp  in black casing.  As soon as I return home, I will post a photo in Virtual Systems.  Now comes the best part of our hobby- Cabling!

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mobilesax

Welcome!  Good to read that you saved a pair of Thiel loudspeakers from a dumpster?  Go ahead and seek out a pair of CS 2.4 loudspeakers- you and your Son will not be disappointed. Keep me posted and have fun!

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stspur

Thank You for the update and shout-out for Mr. Rob Gillum at CSS.
Your XO project will provide Tom with insight on the 3.6 loudspeaker.
Keep us posted on further tweaking/voiceing. Have fun!\

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3rd note;

how do I clean/maintain the Vermillion maple finish on my speakers?
Much Thanks! guys-

I first auditioned the 2.4SE (2) years ago in NC and was hooked.
At that time the dealer/retailer- Audio Video Excellance in Raleigh
used Anthem, Cary and Audioquest gear.

(3) years ago i got my 1st taste of the CS 2.4 w/ Creek , NAD and Audioquest gear. I was hooked then as well.  I feel the "SE" is a little sweeter to my ears.  Of recent I have read about Conrad Johnson and Pass Labs being a sonic match. I am interested in both companies and each makes a new integrated amp. As we all know their separates are superb.  Above all, cabling is my "thing". It is going to be a fun ride!
Second note;
I am interested in the newest Mark Levinson integrated amp No. 585 as well.
Anyone own or demo?

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Thank You! dgarretson for the "special sauce" of this SE loudspeaker.

Do you own Thiel speakers? Have you DIY'ed the ESA product(s)?
Or know someone whom has performed this mod?

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Much Thanks! guys-

everyone has been very helpful. Yes, I will welcome any comments, thoughts or impressions on Thiel and the gear that makes them great!

Pops, you nailed it on timbre' and tone- this is the upper hand of these speakers, IMO.
lp2cd-

Many Thanks! for sharing your listening experience. This is the 1st time that I have read about Classe' being used w/ Thiel. Very nice intel indeed!

Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
oblgny-

Yes, Pass Labs is a terrific sonic match indeed. I want to demo their integrated amps for sure.  This is the 2nd or 3rd time that I have read about Transparent cabling being use w/ Thiel. Also, good to learn that Transparent matches Pass Labs.

Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
dar57-

it is good to continue reading about Ayre being a sonic match w/ Thiel.
Ayre gear can be matched w/ Transparent cabling to boot.

I concur with the panel, sit 8-12 ft from speakers, as they throw, a wide and deep soundstage. Most certainly not a near-field listening speaker.

Additionally, I would not place any furniture in the path between you and your speakers. Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
VAC/VTL are reported to match well w/ Thiel speakers!
Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
Musical Fidelity & Anthem products are a sonic match w/ Thiel speakers.
Anything NAD is not going to have enough "juice" for Thiel loudspeakers.

Keep me posted as you massage your CJ amp into your system.
I am interested in some of the new models from CJ.