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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
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Thiel TM3 Loudspeaker Review
Set Up and Listening

Strange Trails, the second album from American combo Lord Huron, is a gem. Filled with pastoral, folk rock flourishes, and a clean, wide mix. I had the experience of enjoying the album immensely, totally forgetting I was reviewing speakers, or listening to a playback system. The TM3 just stepped aside and brought the music into the room, effortlessly.

A recording that surprised me, and sounded immaculate through the TM3 was the legendary band Renaissance's Symphony Of Light. The album was released last year after a crowd funding campaign. Annie Halsam’s sparking, wonder of a voice is still intact and seemed to be hanging in space between the speakers, almost like she was standing between them. I guess that is what the call pinpoint imaging. The band’s trademark piano and orchestral flourishes and acoustic guitar textures were all intact, and rendered with dramatic effect.

So what are the defining characteristics of the Thiel TM3, after having in the system for several months, across two different systems? Refinement and sophistication. The TM3 produces music effortlessly, with no strain at all, and not asking much of the partnering amplifier. The CLONES Audio 25p, with all of its 25 watts seemed to barely break a sweat driving the TM3.

Thiel TM3

Like every fan of previous Thiel designs, I too was a bit curious about what direction the new owners of the fabled company were going to go. I should not have been concerned. No matter what recording vintage or thrown at the TM3, I enjoyed a natural, transparent presentation I could easily live with going forward. Their other current product, with more to follow, is the floor standing TT1, which I am eager to hear. Congratulations to Thiel, as they are off to a great new start.

Bottom line, the TM3 is a great loudspeaker. At $3498, it certainly faces a crowded field, but in my estimation it distinguishes itself in several ways. Smooth, accurate tonal balance, top tier styling, excellent construction, and ease of set up make it a frontrunner. An audition is highly recommended. Bring your favorite music, and get ready to lose track of time.


Thiel TM3: $3498/pair

Frequency Response:  48Hz to 30KHz
Sensitivity:    87dB (Anechoic); 90dB (In-Room)
Nominal Impedance:  8 ohms (3.6 ohms Minimum)
Crossover Type:  2-way Multi-order Crossover
Driver Compliment:   1” Titanium dome Tweeter
6.5” Fiberglass cone Woofer (Die-cast Aluminum basket)
Dimensions:   17.1” (H) x 9.8” (W) x 10.9” (D)
43.4 cm (H) x 25.0 cam (W) x 27.7cm (D)
Weight:   20lbs (9.1Kgs) each

Review System 1

Server: SOtM Mini Server w/ battery power supply
DAC: Simaudio Neo 308D w/MiND streamer module, iFI Micro iDSD,
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Preamp: Coffman Labs G1-A, CIAudio PLC-1 MKII
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Simaudio 760A
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4, Bryston Mini T
Cables: Stager Sound, Acoustic Zen, Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs Mirage USB
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Salamander rack

Review System 2

CD Player: Marantz PM5004
Music Server: Simaudio MiND 180
DAC: Musical Fidelity V90, Bryston BDA-1
Amplifier: CLONES Audio 25p
Preamplifier: Belles Soloist 3
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, Fluance XL7F
Cables: Stager Sound, Transparent,  DH Labs AES/EBU & Toslink,
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold


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