One thing you learn quickly in gadgetdom is that the word "Signature" in a model name is code for "wallet-busting cost." So if you were thinking of picking up some Thiel CS2.4 speakers but worried they weren't high end enough for you, have your chauffeur drop you off at your Thiel dealer so you can get in line for one of the 150 pairs of the CS2.4SE (Signature Edition) models. Ultra-fine grade boutique capacitors are hand plucked from the bush for the crossovers, Thiel's usual top notch bird's eye maple cabinetry gets treated to a special Vermillion Maple stain, stainless steel fasteners hold the drivers to the front baffle and milled aluminum outriggers hold the whole shebang steady for display. And of course, the company isn't fooling around with the name -- Jim Thiel's autograph is laser etched on an aluminum plate around back. Yours for only $8,000 per pair, but you can check the PR release for free.
THIEL Unveils Signature Edition CS2.4SE Loudspeaker
October 30th, 2008 (Lexington, KY) - US loudspeaker company THIEL Audio (HUwww.thielaudio.comUH) has announced the introduction of the CS2.4SE loudspeaker, a limited production version of THIEL's popular CS2.4 floor-standing speaker. The THIEL CS2.4 has been the loudspeaker of choice for thousands of audiophiles worldwide and has received much praise by both audio critics and enthusiasts since its unveiling over five years ago. The CS2.4SE (Signature Edition) raises this already beloved loudspeaker to an absolute apex of both visual beauty and sonic performance.
The Finest Refinements
The standard CS2.4 crossover network employs a carefully chosen complement of very high quality polypropylene and custom-made polystyrene capacitors. For the Signature Edition, THIEL has painstakingly selected ultra-fine grade boutique capacitors, a cost-no-object approach to crossover design with magnificent results; The THIEL CS2.4SE reproduces the musical spectrum with stratospheric precision, balance, and detail that can only be summarized as an exquisite degree of refinement.
Not satisfied to ennoble the CS2.4SE on musical merits alone, THIEL's master craftsmen have massaged the finest hand-selected Birdseye Maple using a deep red stain formulated specifically for the CS2.4SE. THIEL calls this captivating finish Vermilion Maple, a rich and luminous finish boasting deep, dimensional grain with an elegant hue top to bottom. A beveled groove between the sleekly sculpted satin black baffle and the cabinet walls further denote the Signature Edition, accentuating the singular beauty of the CS2.4SE. Other adornments include stainless steel hardware securing the drivers to the baffle, as well as a high contrast THIEL logo in bright chrome relief at the base of each enclosure. For maximum stability, burly milled aluminum Outriggers and highly polished stabilizer spikes are included with each pair of CS2.4SE's.
As a final touch, each CS2.4SE bears the mark of its maker-Jim Thiel's signature is laser-etched to an aluminum plate featured prominently on the cabinet's back panel. Limited to a total production of 150 pairs worldwide, the Signature Edition CS2.4SE represents the ultimate fine-tuning of an already legendary loudspeaker-delivering both uncharted musicality and timeless beauty in a loudspeaker for the ages. The THIEL CS2.4SE is available now with an MSRP of $8000 (US dollars) per pair.