Thiel CS2 Floorstanding Speakers

4.42/5 (12 Reviews) MSRP : $1650.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2017

Bottom Line:   
Purchased Thiel CS2 in 1986 for $1500 the pair. The audition took place in a well dampened listening room. The sound stage was impressive. I could stand within two feet of the front of the speaker and hear the sound stage in between the speakers not in front of them.

They seem to faithfully reproduce program material. I agree they are revealing and profit from room dampening and placement tuning. Otherwise I have no criticism. As an audio enthusiast only I cannot give a spec by spec critique.

I originally ran them with a 50W Bryston amp. I think the amp's low power was at fault for them sounding a bit bright and lacking in bass.Years later I purchased a Hafler 9180 rated at 105W. The whole sound range improved dramatically.

Love 'em! I see Thiel has altered it's product line quite a bit. Gone is the sloped front construction. The model line is greatly reduced. Too bad for those at my budget point. In the 80's Thiel had a line with price points for all, the only way I could afford a pair. Now their target is the audiophile it seems. Too bad.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2016

Bottom Line:   
Upon auditioning these speakers, I heard a very serious tone out of them (on axis of course). Their bass is quite exceptional and is flat, their rollon to the midrange is very clean as well.

For a new audio person let me say this since there is no image of them. They scared the crap out of me everytime I looked at them in the night walking to my kitchen to get a glass of water. I mean, I traded mine in for some scarier CS 3.6's (which are tall enough to ride any rollercoaster). And those things don't scare me as much, but expect some nightmares if you haven't owned "audiophile speakers" before.

They also have the worst off axis response ever, their bass goes away and all center imaging leaves if you stand up. They also don't require a lot of power either, but I recommend experimenting with amp choice if you find a pair.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joliet Jim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I bought these in 1982 at Audio Consultants in Evanston. I use them to drive a 1964 Fisher 500-C tube receiver, and the combination astonishes friends who come over for a listen.

We auditioned the Thiels against quite a few speakers costing more, and my lady friend, the oboe player, made the choice. In 1982, these speakers cost $1400, and that was not cheap then.

I suppose if I had many thousands of dollars to spend, I would upgrade to the Thiel's latest top-of -the line.

But these old speakers are in perfect condition and display a fabulous presence: clear, clean and very dynamic, and I am so happy with them, I think I'd actually use inherited money to buy something else. Maybe, maybe a subwoofer. But the bass is pretty good just the way these speakers came from the factory.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rickywallace a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Dear Thiel fans,

I am still using my Thiel CS2s. I purchased them in 1988, for about $1600 and had only one problem: replacing a driver. They have been marvelous. My system consists of mostly budget audiophile components: Adcom 555 amp, PS Audio 4.6 preamp, Thorens 146 turntable, cheap Sony cd player, Arcam tuner, Arcici turntable stand. That's about it except for the wires and interconnects.

The Thiels are some of the greatest speakers that I've ever heard. I am thinking about buying the 2.4s in the Crutchfield cataolog. I think they cost about $2400.
Also, I'm thinking about buying the NAD 515 BEE cd player to soften my system. If you can afford Thiels, buy them. Crutchfield's price ifor the 2.4s is very reasonable!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Sound Gallery, Lexin



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Incredibly detailed, transparent speaker with an immense soundstage and airy highs.
Awesome value, (I picked them up for 500$ in a teak finish).

I'm running them off an elderly reciever from the late 70s (150 wpc), and I'm quite satisfied. A sub will be added for that extra response in the bass, but otherwise quite wonderful. Of the speakers I auditioned, I found these to be superior to all but the Magnepan 1.6QR (and obviously it's larger siblings), but with a difference of 1000$, the choice was easy.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Consultants




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