As if we needed even more demand for the popular CS2.3, rave
reviews of the model are starting to appear. Here is a preview
of three--from Stereophile, The Absolute Sound and
Britian's Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Reprints of
selected reviews should be available soon once we secure proper
permission from the publishers.
"The Thiel CS2.3 is a superb loudspeaker, and an eloquent
testimonial to Jim Thiel's design expertise and his company's
manufacturing skills...I recommend it highly," says reviewer
Brian Damkroger, in the January 1999 issue of Stereophile.
"Excited, delighted, enamored with, taken by, in love with?
Yes.--but not surprised," says Brian, when writing of the
his lofty expectations of the new CS2.3."
Brian noted the CS2.3s being "stunningly free" of
colorations, with a frequency response "as flat as Kansas."
Brian also praised the CS2.3s coherence, saying,"once I
got them placed correctly...they completely vanished...All that
remained was a seamless, completely coherent, three-dimensional
"The Thiel CS2.3 is a superb loudspeaker,
and an eloquent testimonial to Jim Thiel's design expertise and
his company's manufacturing skills...I recommend it highly -Brian
"The CS2.3's handling of inner detail was excellent,"
continued Brian. "I was hearing things--musically significant
things, important things, BIG things--I'd never heard before."
Even the CS2.3's cabinetwork received glowing praise."Fit
and finish, as they say, are outstanding--these are lovely pieces
of furniture," says Brian.
The Absolute Sound
The Absolute Sound published a great review of the
CS2.3 in their December issue, #115. Reviewer Peter Braverman
says "Jim Thiel's new CS2.3 speaker thrills and excites,
its wows and wonders prolific and surprising."
Peter emphasizes the balance of various performance characteristics
the CS2.3 achieves. "In my experience, speakers that excel
in one attribute, frequently become idiosyncratic...," says
Peter."[The CS2.3] is remarkable for that glorious mid-tweeter
combo and the other things it does right, but even more remarkable
for how little it does wrong, and its reliability in service
of the music...you will likely find the CS2.3 all the speaker
you will ever need, one you must spend many, many more shekels
to surpass."Peter puts the CS2.3 through its paces in every
area. "One discovers at the outset an uncanny midrange,
all the more so as it meets the treble with nary a seam,"
he says. On Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby "the bass solo indicates
near invisible integration between woofer and mid."
"...the Thiels demonstrate a state-of-the art reproduction
of male vocal," Peter continues. "The CS2.3 is capable
of reproducing superior depth when the placement is right-ooh
"Jim Thiel's new CS2.3 speaker thrills
and excites, its wows and wonders prolific..an outstanding speaker"
-Peter Braverman, The Absolute Sound
"I can say that the CS2.3 is an outstanding speaker ...,"
Peter concludes. "It breaks new ground at its price in its
reproduction of the midrange through the lower treble and it
never fails to serve the music.. do not miss it."
Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Well-known writer and, himself a speaker design authority, Martin
Colloms reviews the CS2.3 for the long running British magazine,
Hi-Fi News & Record Review. A rather analytical and
technically oriented review, Mr. Colloms covers everything from
the CS2.3's concentric driver mounting, low distortion driver
motor systems, and phase coherent crossovers, to a full complement
of speaker measurements, all in great detail.
Sonically, Mr. Colloms describes the CS2.3 with "almost
total absence of unnatural tonal colours...This speaker was quite
transparent and threw a spacious well-layered sound image with
fine depth and stable perspectives the fine craftsmanship displayed
in this design was heard as a wealth of expressive detail, almost
as if laid bare under a microscope."
Mr. Colloms concludes his review by noting the CS2.3's wide soundstage,
high level of clarity and transparency, and open, linear sound.
"the CS2.3 happily achieves recommendation," says Mr.