Summary: I recently replaced a vintage pair of Vandersteen 3’s with the Thiel 2.4s. I purchased the 2.4s used on Audiogon and they had approx 50 hours on them when I received them according to the previous owner. The seller said that the Thiel’s just didn’t mate well with his McIntosh electronics. When I received them, I was somewhat prepared to work thru the process of break in and correct placement but there were a few times I questioned myself about the purchase.
Summary: The product model year pull down window on audio review did not have an option for model year 2005, but my pair are. I got the Thiel CS 2.4's about a month ago. I have been using the Thiel PCS which I LOVE to death, but they are going to make it to rear duty for surround. I wanted a more fuller sound then the 6 1/2 woofer can provide from the PCS. The 2.4's are not quite broken in yet.
Summary: This model Thiel is a slight improvement of the 2.3. The bass is deeper and the highs are more smoothe with a little more air. I don't think I have heard a better speaker for the money yet. These speakers do take time to dial in, and require some patience to get just right, but once you do hang on and enjoy the ride. Like the placement, these are also sensitive to cables, amps, and source components (as are other Thiels). Garbage in, garbage out.
Summary: Well, this is probably my 6th set of loud speakers since I've started getting into this adictive hobby about 10 years ago. Started off with a set of Bose Lifestyles, moved on to Paradigms, to M&K, B&W, Revel and so on.. I finally made a decision to add the Thiel 2.4 for my portfolio. I was first introduced to these my a local dealer here in NJ about 2 months ago. This is the first time I was ever really excited about a loud speaker. First.
Summary: Simply awesome. While not cheap, it easily competes with speakers costing more than double its asking price. I expect this was my *last* speaker upgrade (after a recent series of upgrades). I have NO complaints about the sound. I (and my wife) wish such great sound could come from a smaller cabinet. Myself, I would love a speaker in between Theil's CS1.6 (from which I upgraded) and this 2.4 (while my wife wishes I'd step all the way down to standmounts, of course).