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THIEL Audio MCS1, SCS3 and SS2 Loudspeaker System Review

by August 30, 2004
  • Product Name: THIEL Audio MCS1, SCS3 and SS2 Loudspeaker System
  • Manufacturer: Thiel Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: August 30, 2004 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 14,300







SS2 Subwoofer

Bandwidth (-3dB)

47 Hz-23 kHz

46 Hz-22 kHz

12 Hz - 300 Hz

Amplitude response

50 Hz-20 kHz ±2 dB

48 Hz-20 kHz ±2 dB

10 - 800 Hz ±3 dB

Phase response

minimum ±10°

minimum ±10°


Sensitivity (dB)

90 @ 2.8 V-1m

87 dB @ 2.8 V-1m

1 volt for 120 dB @ 1m

Impedance (ohms)

4 (3 ohms minimum)

4 (3 ohms minimum)




30-200 watts

1000 Wrms

Weight (lbs.)




Price USD

$2200 each

$1400 each



  • Superb cabinet design
  • Large selection of finishes and grill fabrics
  • Grills can be left on for critical listening
  • Overall Pleasing Sound


  • Stands are not adjustable
  • Limited low frequency response of main speakers
  • Require higher than average current for optimum performance


For many years I have revered the THIEL speaker cabinet designs and construction. Being a DIY speaker builder, I recognize their efforts on time alignment and minimization of diffraction which tends to be less common among the vast array of traditional speaker designs.
About the author:
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Ken Stein is a contributing writer and reviewer for Audioholics and he really REALLY likes his speakers (which he should, since he spent countless hours hand-crafting them himself.) Ken is an engineer with FedEx and applies his diligent attention to detail to his speaker and electronics reviews here at Audioholics.

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