THIEL Audio speakers have traditionally drawn listeners with their sonic attributes rather than physical ones… but here’s something to rectify this. Coming soon is the floorstanding TT1, which appears to have borrowed an idea or two from the Italian school of design.
The TT1, to be unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas next month, is part of Thiel’s new 3rd Avenue Collection, the name taken from an iconic thoroughfare in Nashville where the company is now located.
The range will include speakers suited to traditional two-channel music systems as well home theatre’s high-octane demands.
According to Thiel, the TT1 is “technically quite sophisticated, leveraging a forward-thinking approach to acoustical design.” The “highly advanced manufacturing techniques, all wrapped within an elegant form factor, signifies the revitalisation of the Thiel brand. The design objective of the TT1 is to deliver neutrality – to faithfully reproduce your favorite music or movie soundtracks without unwanted colorations.”
The TT1 has a four-driver array and multi-order crossover network in a heavily braced, vented MDF enclosure. The sculpted elliptical side panels of the cabinet are made from proprietary tooling for refined visual presentation.
The rigid baffle construction and midrange mounting architecture are “engineered with a focus on back-wave optimisation, resulting in unusually flat response and overall clarity.”
Says Thiel CEO John Wittman: “The TT1 represents the highest level of performance that enthusiasts have come to expect from Thiel, as well as an innovative approach to design and manufacturing that is in line with our long-term vision for this iconic brand.”
The TT1, available in premium rosewood and walnut veneers as well as white and black gloss finishes, will retail at US$5,798 per pair when it comes out early next yet. There’s a 10-year warranty on this one.