Can't believe there's finally a Thiel owners' thread. I'm sure the vast majority on this forum can't understand why we would own them. Too bright, too expensive, yada, yada, yada.
I fell in love with the 2.2s almost 15 years ago, but couldn't afford them. A year ago I decided to act upon my dream and get the 2.4s. But my room was horrible. Not only were the Thiels a no go, so were every floorstander and monitor I tried. I was crushed.
But my Thiel dealer sugested the new Powerpoint 1.2s and one of smart subs. Must say I was skeptical of him and his suggestion. No way I could audition them in my home. No sane person would take an $8,000 leap of faith - right? Wrong - afterall, I was desperate. I had the money and I had needs.
So, a year later, I'm probably the only two-channel guy on this forum using two powerpoints, a SS-2 Thiel sub and the PX02 passive crossover. The powerpoints are on sidewalls 15 feet apart and 4 feet off the floor. They are great for what they do. But I think the sub makes the system. It's not only linear down to about 17 HZ but it seems to fill in the sound of the powerpoints in the 70-90 hz region.
The whole package produces very high quality sound - much better than I ever hoped for in my room. But beware, if your source material is not of the highest quality, it will be very apparent on this Thiel system.
A word of advice to the bassheads on this forum, don't bother with a Thiel setup. You are not gonna get boomy or overdone low frequencies. You are going to get fast, articulate bass. Nothing like listening to Charlie Haden or Brian Bromberg for acoustic bass.
While I've never heard a smart sub in a how theater setting, I can't imagine it wouldn't be more than adequate. But it's expensive, and in my opinion, really shines for music reproduction.
While I'm very happy with my system, I long for the time I might purchase one of the Thiel floorstanders. That won't happen until I buy as new house. Maybe the 3.7 will provide impetus for that!