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John - there's a parallel phenomenon happening in the pro world around tape recorders. A great recorder can be a holy grail for a recordist, especially one with analog vinyl as their target playback medium. Recordists post their epitome tapes for ... 
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johnhh - I concur with Scott and can add some tangentially-related personal experience. Not Sansui, but Yamaha of the same period. Our non-profit performance venue here in NH was given a Yamaha P2200 @250 w/c and the workhorse darling of its mid-7... 
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What a nicely made video of a magnificent sound system. Ken extended an open invitation to me to experience his place. But we really were in different worlds. For those of you who know Thiel's history, we were a nose-to-the-grindstone / little eng... 
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Prof - Ken made the production molds for the CS5 marble baffles from my mahogany master pattern. We had built our purpose-built music room at Thiel Audio and I was able to pass on what we had learned and decided. I haven't heard his system, seen h... 
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sdecker - from my perspective, I appreciate your thoughts very much. This thread is my sole involvement with the world of internet opinions. Because I am committed to Thiel speakers as my life-long transducer, and because Thiel performs in somewha... 
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FWIW - I spent about 6 months in intensive wire learning and comparisons last year. I felt connected to that exploration since I had researched and selected the original wire for the 03, Thiel's first phase coherent speaker in 1978. Thiel stayed w... 
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Rob - Thiel's homegrown boards were all masonite. The show boards were masonite sanded and painted to look cool. Asian imported boards were all fiberglas. It is possible there were transition boards, but I've not heard of them.The 2.7 was made ent... 
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snbeall- The PCS was introduced in 2000. If yours has a double magnet on the woofer, that constitutes the upgrade. Interesting thing that double magnet. Its obvious purpose is to reduce EMF leakage for use near a video monitor. However, the reduce... 
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sdecker and all - I gave bad information re 2.4 count. The correct count is around 4500 or 2250 pairs plus around 125 pairs of SEs. Let's please reset our thinking on the CS2.4 success, it was a winner. Thank you for your detail on 611-612 as stil... 
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Prof - I find it interesting to ferret out rather than letting sleeping dogs lie. I'm getting a pair of 2.4s soon and will be able to date them via serial numbers. Their particulars will be of great interest. I suspect with some facts in my quiver... 
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snbeall - my understanding from insiders is that the Y2K PCS used the coax from 1998's CS2.3, which probably includes its upgrade to double-magnet status in 2001 onward. (Conjecture: incorporating the 2003 CS2.4 coax would have required XO redesig... 
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Beetle- regarding odd 2.4SE variants. Rob has done lots of customer upgrades from stock to SE xo status, either at his shop or providing parts and supervising. He uses CC SA caps, according to the original design when the SA was CC’s best. The CSA... 
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CS2.4 count update: Rob responded that there were about 2300 pairs of CS2.4s made, of which "only a few at the beginning were with Lex XO boards, before buying completed XOs from FST." That count makes more sense. However it doesn't answer the qua... 
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Guys - your input is valid and welcome. I don't claim to have answers, only observations. Prof - I agree that the numbers seem odd. I go on what I sniff out, including Rob Gillum's input. The 2.7 uptick is due to re-emergent marketing under Steve ... 
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Prof - there were many forces at work that limited sales of later Thiel speakers. The story is not easy to stitch together due to loyalties and other factors. My first direct contact in more than 15 years was in September 2012 when the CS2.7 was b...