Thiel Expands JET Speaker Series

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Lexington, Ken. - Thiel is expanding the use of Power Driver technology to bring its time- and phase-coherent designs to smaller, less-expensive in-room speakers.


The technology already appears in custom speakers and one bookshelf speaker.

The new two-way $3,690/ pair SCS4T floorstanding speaker joins the bookshelf $2,380/pair SCS4 to expand the JET series of lower priced, more compact in-room speakers. The JET series uses short-coil/long-gap coaxially mounted tweeters and woofers to deliver time- and phase-coherence among the speakers' drivers. Thiel's more expensive in-room speakers use baffles that slope backward to achieve time alignment and phase coherence, a spokesman said. A JET series subwoofer is also in development, he noted.

The new model will be displayed at the CEDIA Expo for Nov. 15 shipment to dealers.

JET is named after James Edward Thiel, who co-founded the company and passed away a year ago on Sept. 17.

The JET speakers use coaxially mounted midrange/tweeter and phase-correct crossover design to "ensure perfect time coherence for every listening position, resulting in a very high level of spatial realism and three dimensional imaging," the company said of its speaker design. The drivers are also said to deliver "ultra low-distortion" and high dynamic output.

Like other Thiel speakers, the JET models feature heavy baffles and reinforced enclosures, in this case via a die-cast aluminum baffle and 1-inch-thick MDF cabinet construction. The design provides the rigidity of more expensive products to reduce vibrations and resonance and thus deliver greater clarity and dynamics from reduced vibrations and resonances, the company said.

The new floorstander also uses a tweeter design based upon the tweeter in the company's flagship floorstander, the $12,900/pair CS3.7. Other features include black brushed-aluminum outriggers and gunmetal-finish spikes to provide stability and a nice look. The speaker is available in natural cherry, dark cherry, and black ash finishes.

"The primary design goal of the SCS4T was to make the Power Driver technology available to customers looking for a high-performance floorstanding loudspeaker," said Thiel president Kathy Gornik. She called the speaker "equally at home in surround or stereo music systems."

The new speaker, also sold in singles at $1,845 each, are expected to ship to dealers Nov. 15.

Thiel's other products include surface-mount speakers, in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, subwoofers, bookshelf and theater speakers, and floorstanding speakers. Prices range up to $12,900/pair for the flagship CS3.7.


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