THIEL celebrates 30 years
of loudspeaker innovation

Jim Thiel's early research helped pioneer the principles of time
and phase coherent loudspeakers

2007 marks THIEL Audio's 30th year in the high performance audio marketplace. From humble beginnings crowded into co-founder Jim Thiel's garage back in 1976 and participating in their first-ever CES in 1977, THIEL has evolved over three decades to become one of the premier suppliers of high performance audio components around the world. Today, fifteen diverse models of THIEL loudspeakers are proudly freighted to over thirty countries spanning the globe, all designed and built in a 35,000 square foot facility located in Lexington, KY. Over the past thirty years, THIEL has been recognized with an almost uncountable number of prestigious awards for product innovation and performance, as well as outstanding business acumen — not to mention overwhelming critical acclaim from the most respected audio critics.

Pioneer in modern loudspeaker design
Jim Thiel's early research helped pioneer the principles of time and phase coherent loudspeakers through the application of phase-correct crossover networks and time-aligned drivers. Jim Thiel’s designs have also incorporated innovative engineering techniques in order to reduce cabinet diffraction and resonances through the use of rounded baffles, heavy internal bracing, and the employment of such materials as aluminum, concrete and marble. Innovative driver design and assembly techniques have resulted in reduced levels of distortion and more accurate overall frequency response. Jim Thiel's extensive research pertaining to subwoofer design has yielded three related patents, all incorporated within THIEL's award-winning SmartSub ® line of subwoofer products.

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Jim Thiel and Kathy Gornik

THIEL co-founders and owners Jim Thiel and Kathy Gornik with the new CS3.7

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