Help needed with Thiel speakers aquisition

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by JohMabe, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. JohMabe

    JohMabe Stunt Coordinator

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    As you guys may already know (since I post here every other week), I'm shopping for speakers. I currently own a pair of Dynaudio Audience 120, which are too small to give me the bass and upper-bass response I need for my favorite music style, progressive electronic music, very loud I must add.

    After going to alot of shops here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I found a store which had the PSB GOLDi and the Thiel 2.2 (with crossovers upgrade worth $2000 from Thiel) for sale, at basically the same price range. The thing is that the Thiel has been discontinued in 1997 and the PSB GOLDi he has is brand new, still in the cartons, latest model.

    After going there three times, I decided the Thiel suits me better. But I tested the PSB in a very very BIG room, very tall, with a nice Harman Kardon receiver in stereo mode and Burmeister CD player. The Thiel was tested with a hefty Threshold amplifier, but with a poor Technics pre-amp and a lousy Marantz DVD player. Considering both had disadvantages, I considered that the Thiel was better off due to the generous amplifier and the good acoustics of the room, which was almost perfect (the guy has two stores, one for new equipment, and the other for used ware)

    What I liked about the Thiel was that it had a very defined and confident upper-bass and midrange, and while the PSB had a very tasty low-bass, the upper-bass was not tight at all, and something was clearly missing there.

    I'm gonna use either of these babies with a Mccormack DNA 0.5, Mccormack TLC-1 and Adcom GCD-750. I already tested the Thiel with the Mccormack and it was very good.

    Considering most say the PSB would be easier to drive. Considering it had so many disadvantagens in my auditions, like acoustics and electronics. Considering I fell to the Thiel. Considering that the PSB is $2200 new in the US, and a used Thiel runs for $1200 in Ebay. Considering that I would never be able to sell the Thiel for a similar price in Brazil and that the PSB is much more sought after.

    With all of these, what should I do, give the PSB a go, because of the newer technology and better market value; or take a chance with the Thiel, which could satisfy me for years more, or become a burden.

    Opinions please?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Tony Genovese

    Tony Genovese Supporting Actor

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    You want us to tell you how to spend your Reals? Well, here's my advice. Go for the Thiels, you seem to have little nice to say about the PSB and everything nice to say about the Thiels. But...you need to make the choice. You have the information. You know what pushes your buttons. Spend some time processing it and make your decision. Your asking for investment type advice. Audio is rarely an investment.
     
  3. Scott_N

    Scott_N Second Unit

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    If you like your Dynaudio's why not just buy a musical sub like a REL? If you prefer the sound of the Thiel's then buy them because if you buy the PSB's you probably will wish you had bought the Thiel's.
     
  4. JohMabe

    JohMabe Stunt Coordinator

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    Yea, I'm an investment banker here. So my decision sometimes (most of the time really) is geared towards the best money-return. I'll try to be an audiophile this time, though.
     

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