Louis Rossmann is a fan of Jim Thiel's loudspeaker designs. In the following video, he lays out his reasons for this, as well as, an impassioned reaction to the direction that the new owners have taken the company that bears Jim's name.



Richard Hardesty (1944-2014) created the Audio Perfectionist Journal as a way of cutting to the chaff of the carriage trade, and help listeners make informed decisions about their audio equipment purchases. It was presented as a series of reference manuals; a sort of Encyclopaedia Audiophilia. I purchased the lot in 2008, include the Watchdog issues, and have enjoyed going back to them, every now and again, to refresh some tidbit in my head. What follows, is his interview with Jim Thiel, which can be found in Journal #13, now freely available on the Vandersteen Audio site.


In the late Eighties, I had my heart set on a pair of tower speakers—much like a coworker's KEF 104/2. I was on a quest to replace the inferiority of the large rectangular boxes that fronted my own stereo with something more... elegant.