A combination of outstanding sound, unprecedented press interest,
and a flood of new business made the 2000 CES the most successful
show in THIEL's history. THIEL attendance was at an all-time
high, especially with those interested in our home theater and
custom installation products. The Las Vegas CES also set attendance
records with over 126, 000 attendees and the most exhibitors
and exhibit space in the show's 34 year history.
"only beautiful music"
The performance of our new surface-mount PowerPoints overwhelmed
visitors in our exhibit room. The "jaw dropping" sound,
as more than one dealer put it, was a result of the PowerPoints
used with a prototype six-channel SACD audio player from Sony
and Phillips. It was amazing to witness the same scene over and
over-jaded audio veterans sitting down for a listen, then seeing
broad smiles come to their faces, taken by not just better tonal
balance, clarity, or some other audiophile-labeled characteristic,
but with an awe that this is more like real music than anything
they have ever heard. "No tweeters, no woofersonly beautiful
music," said THIEL's distributor in Italy, Sanino Vaturi.
Not only were the PowerPoints used as rear and center speakers
in the multi-channel set-up, including a height channel, but
two were also alternately used with a pair of PCSs as the main
front left and right speakers. "This is the best sound at
the show and the best sound THIEL has ever had," said Lenny
Bellezza of Lyric Hi Fi in New York City. Kevin Hunt of the Hartford
Courant wrote in his January 20 article that THIEL's system,
"was a revelationbeautifully relaxed, lifelike soundand
a chorus of heavenly voices echoing shelter from the desert sun
in Las Vegas. "
The multi-channel SACD system and software, courtesy of Sony's
David Kawakami, Phillips, and Tom Jung of DMP, even included
a custom-made 6-channel preamp for true discrete multi-channel
sound. A big thank you to those folks for helping create such
wonderful sound. The system also consisted of two Krell two-channel
amplifiers and a Sim Audio multichannel amp, with Alpha-Core
Goertz Micro Purl Silver interconnects and speaker wire.
PCS Wins CES Innovations Design and Engineering
The PCS was awarded the International Consumer Electronics Show
Innovation's 2000 Design and Engineering Award at this
year's CES. The PCS is the 17th THIEL speaker to receive this
Innovations is the Consumer Electronics Association's
prestigious competition which honors product excellence in design
and engineering. The Design and Engneering Honors Program recognizes
the most innovative products in several consumer electronics
categories. Product evaluations are based on weighted criteria:
value to the user, asthetics, contributions to the quality of
life, as well as the product's innovative qualities.
Our CES press conference, where we officially introduced the
PowerPoint, PowerPlane, and PCS, was our best attended press
gathering ever. Of the 65 attendees, 28 were international press
representing seven different countries. Besides generating greater
coverage for THIEL in the consumer and industry press, Jim Thiel's
conference presentation motivated most of the press conference
attendees to visit our exhibit to hear and see the new products,
including the prototype of the new, innovative THIEL subwoofer.
Look for increased coverage of our new products.
We were happy to see so many of our current dealers and distributors
at CES. With surround-sound and custom installation becoming
a larger part of our dealers' business, they were excited to
see the direction THIEL is taking to produce innovative, high
performance products that address this market. Bill Petters of
Sound Components in Florida thinks "the new products will
transform THIEL's business at our store. You have now provided
us with real solutions, and THIEL can now successfully be sold
into our home theater setups."
We also received more new dealer inquiries than ever before.
From the record number of applications we have received since
the show, our new custom installer program is proving to be of
great interest to many of the best North American custom installation
businesses. "The PowerPoints are awesome sounding and I
love their versatility, as do my customers," says Jason
Hitchcock of Custom Home Electronics, a new THIEL custom installer
in O'Fallon, Missouri.