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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
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Thiel TM3 Loudspeaker Review
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ImageI’ve been a fan of Thiel loudspeakers going on almost a decade now. I reviewed multiple products from the legendary company. Their flagship, at the time, CS3.7 floorstander was one of the finest speakers I have had in my listening room, bar none. I also evaluated, and later purchased, the CS2.4 floorstander, which still resides in my system today.

Thiel as a company has undergone some dramatic changes, including the untimely passing of chief designer and founder Jim Thiel, a change of ownership, and a revamping of the product line. The company smartly hired distinguished industry veteran, Mark Mason, as lead designer, and now currently employs a four-man engineering team. The Thiel brain trust has decided to offer up set of fresh designs that build on the Thiel legacy, but depart a bit from Jim Thiel’s time and phase coherent approach, coaxial drivers, and first order crossovers.  

Some Thiel fans were wary of the announced clean slate. As understandable as this is, the new direction is an absolute necessity based on a number of factors. First, the late, great Jim Thiel was the type of genius who scribbled designs in note pads, Da Vinci like, with no way for other folks to decipher. Without a successor indoctrinated in Jim Thiel’s design language, new designs based on his ideas were not possible.

Second, past Thiel products were not often at the top of any “best looking speaker” lists. The new owners of Thiel believe, and rightly so, state of the art sonics and artistic industrial design are not mutually exclusive, and that a new generation of speaker buyers clearly feel the same way. With all this mind, Thiel has entered the future by laying the groundwork and foundation for success by not only by hiring great talent, but also by moving their headquarters from Lexington, KY, to Nashville, TN.

I received a pair of Thiel’s new TM3 stand mount monitors for review. They retail for $3498 a pair. The packaging is absolutely first class, even with white gloves included for smudge free handling! The TM3 is simply stunning out of the box. Its Rosewood finish is top class, and the construction is superb. The binding posts are also of excellent quality. The whole appearance is of a bespoke, classy product commensurate with its price and beyond. By the way, three other finishes are available, including Espresso, High Gloss Black, and High Gloss White.

According to Thiel, “Our ultimate goal for the TM3 was to create a loudspeaker that outperforms competitive products while pleasing the discerning eye of deĢcor- conscious consumers. Our objective is to position the THIEL brand as the ultimate supplier of high-performance loudspeakers and the TM3 is just the first in a series of innovative designs as part of a comprehensive product roadmap that we will be presenting to our dealers and distributors worldwide.”


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