Thiel CS3.6 Floorstanding Speakers

4.31/5 (48 Reviews) MSRP : $4300.00


Product Description

10-in woofer, 4 1/2-in midrange, and 1-in metal dome tweeter


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan S a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the 3.6's after owning a pair of Thiel 2.0, Knowing how much I loved the smaller Thiel's I hoped I would like the upgrade. I was not dissapointed. I loved the speakers from the moment I first played them. I have owned them for atleast 10 years, and used them with many differant systems, from Haffler, Dynaco, Adcome, Denon, and now McIntosh. The speakers are power hogs. Running B&K 200 watt Mono amps was adaquate, but just barely. I presently am using a pair of McIntosh MC 1201 (1200w each), and they sound awsome. The soundstage and imaging is like nothing I have heard before. Thiel's tweeter and midrange speakers are great. The woofer is smooth and even. I use a subwoofer with the system, and it seems to help alot. I have used the speakers in "HOME THEATER' applications, and they were quite "IINADAQUATE" for this application. The speakers are a comfortable speaker listen too, and do not fatique you. I usually find myself closing my eyes to reduce visual distraction, and end up listening to music long than I had planned. When I first got my MC 1201's, I tried to use the speakers as rock and roll loud speakers, I immediatly smoked (litrally) both tweeters and midrange speakers. Thiels service was grreat, rebuilding the driviers, and returning them to me in less than a week

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Farmer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I've read all reviews of the 3.6 and have found many consistencies...Be sure to match your system well!

I have two systems in my home. I purchased my 3.6's in August 2004 when I had my first "high-end" system installed upon completion of the home. Among other components, the primary system was Krell Showcase processor and amplifier (125W/channel) with a Denon DVD-2910 transport, Krell 3.6 speakers and the recommended cables/speaker wire. The system was completely mismatched by the retailer, and grossly underpowered for the 3.6 speakers. The sound quality in 2 channel and theater application was terribly disappointing, flat, and would build excessive heat ultimately shutting-down the amp. My second system in my home is a Denon 4802 receiver, Denon DVD-2900 and Thiel 2.3 speakers. This system performed so much better than my new "high-end" system sold to me.

I endured this frustration for a year until I contacted Krell directly. Krell's customer support is better than anything I have ever experienced as is Thiel's support. I later upgraded to the Krell KAV-3250 for front/center, and B&K 200w for my rear channel. The improvement was significant! But, my new service provider let me borrrow a Meridian G98 CD/DVD transport and the sound quality was off the charts! I was previously so frustrated that I had wished I never invested the money, and wished I simply duplicated my "second" system. But, I now enjoy the performance of the Thiel 3.6 speaker so much I recently purchased the new Krell EVO-403 amplifier, and am anxiously awaiting the release of the EVO-707 processor and 525 transport.

Having now tried improved components, the 3.6 is a tremendous value. But, if you chose to try the 3.6, be willing to invest in a balanced system, and be prepared to provide adequate amplification to the speakers. Weak components make the 3.6 seam dissappointing. But, with good components, my experience is that these speakers incredible, and I highly recommend the Thiel 3.6


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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $4300.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tommy121 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2005

Bottom Line:   
When these speakers arrived I was a little astounded at the size of the boxes; shipping from the US to the UK was $350 so I guess I should have expected something out of the ordinary...

These speakers are simply massive (107 lb each) - I bought them having tried the (much smaller) Thiel 1.6 and from the reviews scattered across the net about the 3.6.

Overall I am very happy with them; reproduction is excellent, soundstage is very good. They do need a huge amp though; my Musical Fidelity Nu Vista is 275 wpc and I'm getting over half power to make them sing properly. I also think this isn't quite the right amp (or else cables/cd player aren't quite batting quite right) because the bass slam of the speakers is relatively subdued, at least at lower levels. At higher levels with a bass heavy song they do light up though - I'm sure this is a product of the rest of the system rather than these speakers.

I am very impressed with this product; I could have gone to sevenoaks and bought a much worse set of speakers for much more:) It is though going to take time and effort to sort the system to be 100%. All good fun. At least I can only see the system getting better rather than being at its limits....

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   dealer through Ebay



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

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2004

Bottom Line:   
After 100+ pairs of quality speakers I've owned in 36 years (including many 'stats, ribbons, horns, maggies, etc.) these are the speakers that do the most for me. Wide range, detailed, dynamic, ultra-natural and smooth, they are a delight everytime I listen. Deep, powerful and superbly articulated bass is perfectly balanced with the mids and smooth highs in a totally coherent and convincing manner. Huge soundstage. Thiel speakers require an amp that can run easily with 2-3 ohm loads and these need a good deal of space; without it they will sound very bad with too much bass and shrill sound. They are a terrific bargain in the used market; if you have the amp and space for them there's no better high end bargain, IMO.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   A-gon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lee201 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
As I have been in this hobby just a little more then
a year now I have wasted a lot of money on inferior
products. This purchase was not one of them. These
speakers reveal what is behind them and follow the
rule of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) to the max.
Hook these babies up to consumer grade audio
equipment and crappy cables and you now have
two giant transistor radio speakers in your listening
room. On the other hand, power them with a krell
amp, classe pre-amp, kimber kables, and a decent
cd player, you now have nirvana.
The unfortunate side is the cost of this level
of equipment. I would say if you are not prepared
to spend $10,000 (all used equipment including
speakers) for a system built around these speakers
don't even bother with them. If you do have the cash
then these speakers will be hard to beat.

Previous reviews mentioned these speakers sounding
extremely bright. That is a function of the amp not
the speakers.

These speakers can be bought for a great price but
the investment of high end equipment makes them
as a whole, quite expensive.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   used




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