The Innovations judging panel, comprised of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer, and a member of the trade press review and evaluate each entry based on: engineering qualities; product's intended use/function; unique/ and novel features; improvement to company; and aesthetic and design qualities. One product is then chosen as the best of that category.
The ViewPoint and other winners will be featured in a special display in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) during the 2005 CES.
"Editors' Choice" selection by The Perfect Vision
The ViewPoint has also been selected as a 2004 "Editors' Choice" winner by The Perfect Vision. "High-end meets the gorgeous form and function of plasma displays with the THIEL Viewpoint," says TPV. "On the outside, this innovative speaker from famed audio designer Jim Thiel is custom-built with extruded aluminum cabinets to match the style and cosmetics of your particular plasma TV model, while boasting on the inside some of THIEL's finest engineering...A must hear for owner's of premium plasmas."
Best On-wall of 2004 by Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity has selected the ViewPoint as the "Best On-Wall Speaker" for 2004. "The Viewpoints are a wonderful speaker to compliment the terrific pictures we get with plasma and LCD flat panel displays," says Secrets reviewer Brian Weatherhead. "The construction is excellent, and the sound is just as good. They deliver the performance of traditional bookshelf monitors, with the artistic visual effect that an on-wall speaker provides."
ViewPoint named "Hot 50" Product for CEDIA & TechLiving "Must Have" Product
The ViewPoint was also selected as one of CEDIA's "Hot 50" products by the CEDIA Daily and CE Pro, and has been named as one of TechLiving Magazine's "Must Have" products for its 2004 Hot List. "We went through everything we have covered over the past year, as well as the hundreds of submissions people sent in," said TechLiving, "We looked at what we thought our readers would be most interested in, ease of use, unique features, cost, and more-and knew that the ViewPoint needed to be on this year's list."
Designed to visually integrate with any flat-panel, wall-mounted video display
The THIEL ViewPoint is a 2-way Coherent Source(r) loudspeaker designed to visually integrate with any brand of flat-panel, wall-mounted video display. The built-to-order, all-aluminum enclosure is trimmed in length and painted to match the customer's display by THIEL for wall-mounting directly aside the display. The ViewPoint's suggested retail price is $1990 each.
Innovative mounting design for high performance sonic reproduction
The ViewPoint's combination of coaxial/coplanar driver mounting and 90-degree radiation pattern enables the sound to cover the room far more completely than normal, more directional surface-mount or in-wall speakers. By utilizing the combination of mounting the woofer very close and angled to the wall surface, the ViewPoint eliminates the wall-reflection cancellation that mars the sonic performance of virtually every other surface-mounted speaker, therefore providing a greater degree of tonal fidelity, accuracy, and more natural spaciousness.
The ViewPoint's coaxial driver mounting, very wide dispersion characteristics, and excellent imaging performance also eliminate the need for a third, center channel loudspeaker. THIEL's Coherent Source design preserves the critical information that contributes to outstanding spatial reproduction to insure accurate dialog and proper center fill.
All-metal diaphragm, ultra-low distortion drivers
The ViewPoint's 1-inch tweeter and 6.5-inch woofer use very low-distortion short coil/long gap, copper-stabilized motor systems, coupled with low resonance aluminum diaphragms and high quality electrical network components for outstanding performance. The tweeter is the same unit as used in THIEL's flagship model CS7.2.
Bandwidth: (-3 dB) 70 Hz - 20 kHz; Amplitude Response: 60 Hz - 20 kHz ±3 dB; Phase Response: minimum ±10 degrees; Sensitivity: 88 dB@2.8 V-1m; Impedance: 4 ohms (3 ohms minimum); Recommended Power: 50-400 watts; Size: 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep, built-to-order height; Weight: 18 pounds.