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Thiel Expands JET Speaker Series

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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