Atmos : 7 Thiel Powerpoint 1.2's and 4 Powerplane 1.2's
I love my 7 Thiel Powerpoint 1.2's and 4 Powerplane 1.2's. I originally purchased the Powerpoint as version 1.0's, mostly pre-owned via Audiogon and eBay. The I.2's were later released in a different shape and a much better, more non-resonant iron-type enclosure. I remember phoning Thiel's Lexington KY-based headquarters/factory to inquire would it be possible to have my version 1's remanufactured into the 1.2 version. They agreed to do it for a very reasonable $350 per speaker, which involved simply relocating the speaker diaphragm and related crossover and parts into the new enclosure. I had it done "gradually", whereby, I shipped only 2 at a time, thus never being without an adequate temporary 5.1 system. The 1.2's sound improvement was a nice upgrade over the 1.0 version.
When Atmos came along, I found the 4 Powerpoint 1.2's on eBay at a ridiculously wonderful price.
Jim Thiel unfortunately passed from cancer several years ago. Jim was a passionate speaker-inventor, tinkerer, perfectionist craftsman. Since his passing, the company was sold, moved to Nashville and has died. Google "Thiel Audio" to locate a "The Last Days of THIEL Audio" dated 3/5/18 in Home Theater Review, which tells the story and also lists a former Thiel employee who provides service for Thiel's up to year 2012.
Prior to installing my dual SVS SB-16 Ultra's, I had had them paired with dual Velodyne DD-15's. While the DD-15's paired reasonably well, the SB-16 Ultra's are a huge improvement over the DD-15's. The SVS remote control via iPhone coupled with the Quick Measure feature of Anthem ARC-2 enables minute adjustments that couple the subs and ceiling mounted eleven (11) Thiel speakers exquisitely. And my media-room with such, enjoys high WAF with the speakers painted out to match my pine wood ceiling )
Thank you for enduring my reminisce about a favorite chapter of my A/V hobby. I just turned 70 and it has been a 50-year ride
JVC RS3000 in AeroLift 150, Paladin DCR lens, Lumagen Radiance Pro, Two Screens: Stewart ElectiScreen StudioTek 130G 153” 240:1 and Screen Innovations Motorized Series 5 Slate 1.2 120" 16:9, Rack: Anthem AVM-60, Oppo 203, Sony CX-7000ES BD Changer, two Anthem A-5's, Rotel 1075, Atmos 7.2.4: 7 Thiel PowerPoint 1.2's, 2 SVS SB-16 Ultra's, 4 Thiel PowerPlane 1.2's. Projector cabling: FIBBR + RUIPro 10M, Remote: URC MX-990.