The loss of a pioneer

When it comes to the best of the best, there was and is no one more gifted and accomplished in the art of loudspeaker design than Jim Thiel. Thank you so much for all of the contributions that you made to the world of hi-fi and specifically, loudspeakers! For many years, I’ve watched and tried to emulate you and your example. You were truly a legend to me. You were an innovator, a scientist, a perfectionist, and a gentlemen. Your presence at the trade shows and hi-fi events will be deeply missed. I never told you this personally, but you were one of my heros!

Every loudspeaker you produced was perfectly executed. Every demo I ever heard was flawless. As a product development engineer, I even had the honor and duty to dig into and document your work (some would call it reverse engineering). Jim, you were brilliant!

Jim Thiel, you will be sorely missed.

We express our heart-felt condolences to your family and friends.

Eric Alexander


One Response to “The loss of a pioneer”

  1. John in Va Beach Says:

    Ditto great loss to the audio community.

    My first “real” speakers (20 yrs ago) were a used pair of the Thiel CS3.0s, got me started in this great hobby. Still own them, although they are retired in the storage attic now.

    Now using a pair of Tektons, the sound of the crossoverless design reminds me most of the old Thiels.

    Keep up the great work, Eric!

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