I auditioned both of these speakers separately. I was very impressed with both. The Thiels were powered by Proceed equipment in a dedicated room. I liked the forward detailed sound, and just the clarity they produced. The Forests were powered by Krell equipment in a room filled with many brands. The Forests sounded a bit more musical and fast to me. I like both. In fact, I also listened to the Thiel 2.4s which I liked the most, but the price was prohibited to me. I ended up with the Forests (bought new) due to the overall presence of sound and the fact that they play much larger than than their diminutive stature. My room is approx. 12x18 with the speakers sitting on the long wall, about 18" from the long wall behind them. I'm positioned about 8 feet from the speakers. I'm powereing the Forests with a Pass x250 and my meter never moves out of class A operation. I believe the Thiel 2.3s are more difficult to drive, make sure you consider this as well. Lastly, the premium cherry finish on my Forests is just beautiful. I'm interested in what others have to say here to see how my opinion measures up with others. Good luck.
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