Thiel CS2.3 receives rave reviews from international audio press

 Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, and Hi-Fi News and Record Review all praise the new CS2.3.

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.

Stereophile
"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 soundstage."

 

"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 Damkroger, Stereophile

"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 baby."

"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. Colloms.

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