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    Default Any opinions on Thiel speakers?

    Any member opinions on Thiel speakers?

    I heard a beat up set of CS 1-something series and was unimpressed.

    Recently hear a pair of CS 2.1's hooked up to very nice upstream equipment and was astonishedat how great they sounded.

    Borrowed a friend's 1.2's last week and liked them but did not love them. Nowhere near my $75 Meadowlark Kestrels, Dahlquist DQ-10's and DQ-20's or Quad 11's which are current favorites.

    Now I have a chance to buy some CS3.5's.

    Seem's like my experiences with Thiels are all over the map.

    Any opinions for current/past Thiel owners, or folks who have listened to them and have an opinion?

    Thanks!
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    Tim, can you demo the 3.5s before you buy? I have a very old pair of thiels and while very very coherent they lack really any bass to them and I run them with a sub when using them. Paired with the right gear I also like them but do have a bright top end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cstmar01 View Post
    Tim, can you demo the 3.5s before you buy? I have a very old pair of thiels and while very very coherent they lack really any bass to them and I run them with a sub when using them. Paired with the right gear I also like them but do have a bright top end.
    Thanks,

    Do your old Thiels have metal tweeter? What model are they?

    The ones I am looking at supposedly do not. I almost always find metal tweeters bright/fatiguing.
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    My wife and I auditioned a pair of CS3.7s before I decided to mod my SRS1.2s. I was not impressed, and that was one of the reasons I decided to mod the SRSs. I'm not sorry I made that choice.

    They were undoubtedly good speakers, but did not IMHO offer sufficient benefits to justify the investment.
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    Thiel is one brand that I just could never get next to....same with Vandy.

    I see why people like them....and I see why people don't

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    I LOVED the CS 3.6. I heard them mated to a McCormick DNA-1, amp. ARC LS-16 MkII and a Creek CD Transport with a Theta Pro basic III DAC! There was NOTHING lacking in that combo. The electronics were very laid back with the more forward speakers and it was a match made in heaven.

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    I used to own a pair of 2.2's. I thought the bass was pretty good but didn't care for the mids. The highs were just ok. I was mostly unimpressed with the vocals. Haven't heard the 3.5's but they are supposed to be a jump up. For the same money you may be able to do better. Depends on what kind of deal you're getting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Thiel is one brand that I just could never get next to....same with Vandy.

    I see why people like them....and I see why people don't

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    I'll join that parade.....same here, with both brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Thiel is one brand that I just could never get next to....same with Vandy.

    I see why people like them....and I see why people don't

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    FWIW... the ones I've heard (and, sorry, I cannot quote model numbers) were rather aggressive relative to my tastes.
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    Never heard Thiel but Vandersteen 1 I have are probably in top three speakers among the ones I have.

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    Interesting the distaste for both by the same listener.While both brands are part of only a small group of companies that ascribe to the minimum phase /transient perfect crossover theory they have quite different presentations.In my limited experience Vandies were a little on the laid back side of neutral,kind of bland ,while the Theils tend toward the analytical forward side.If you like one you might hate the other.

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    Eh...not so much a distain for them, just not my cup of tea. Neither are B&W speakers, doesn't mean their bad though. Now take Thiel and Vandy's totl speakers.....your going to get a different presentation than the lower lines. Which in reality, same can be said for most speaker makers. Still not my bag, but doesn't mean they can't float another person's boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Eh...not so much a distain for them.
    Distaste not distain,but any who I just found it interesting since the general trend I have encountered in discussions elsewhere is that they were so disimilar that most liked one or the other.
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    Tim I have a really old set the cs2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Thiel is one brand that I just could never get next to....same with Vandy.

    I see why people like them....and I see why people don't

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    Depending on the price of the Thiel, I would suggest looking at the legacy line. On the used market the focus or even the sig. Here is a set in IL of the sig III for 1300 http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ele/3920305579.html

    I think if they are around the same price, you might like them better. The image fantastic, better mid & highs to me vs, the DQ10 or 20. BTW I like the DQ better vs the Theil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erniejade View Post
    Depending on the price of the Thiel, I would suggest looking at the legacy line. On the used market the focus or even the sig. Here is a set in IL of the sig III for 1300 http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ele/3920305579.html

    I think if they are around the same price, you might like them better. The image fantastic, better mid & highs to me vs, the DQ10 or 20. BTW I like the DQ better vs the Theil.
    damn nice speaker for a damn nice price....

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