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Jim Thiel, Audio Innovator,

Lexington, Ky. – Jim Thiel, co-founder and co-owner of
Thiel Audio, passed away after succumbing to cancer, the company announced.

Thiel, who was also the company’s product design engineer, co-founded
the company
that bears his name in 1976. His designs have won Innovations Design &
Engineering awards, Absolute Sound / The Perfect Vision Editor’s Choice awards,
and Product of the Year awards from Stereophile, Electronic House and Stereosound
Magazines, the company’s Web site said.

The company plans to provide details about funeral arrangements.