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Thiel's first sub-$1000 box speaker

High-end speaker manufacturer Thiel has announced its most affordable box speaker, the SCS4 LCR bookshelf, which sells for under $1000.

Thile SCS4
Thiel's SCS4 sports a coaxial driver design.

When people think of the high end speaker maker Thiel, affordable isn't the first word that comes to mind (though quality certainly is). But, they're working to change that (the affordable part). For the first time in the company's history, they've introduced a box speaker (i.e. not an in-wall) for under $1,000, the new Coherent Source SCS4 LCR two-way bookshelf speaker. Thiel mounts the two drivers in a coaxial design, which means that its 1-inch metal dome tweeter is mounted in the middle the 6.5-inch woofer. If you didn't know better, you might think that there's only one driver. But the speaker's full dynamic range would quickly prove you wrong. Plus, the coaxial design ensures that all the directional sound from the speaker reaches your ear at the same time, whether you place the speaker upright or lay it on its side.

Designed by the company's namesake, Jim Thiel, the SCS4 measures an accommodating 17.5-inches tall, 8.5-inches wide, and 11.25-inches deep. Given its size and dual-orientation capability, the SCS4 can easily be used for all positions of a surround sound system, to create a consistent multi-channel experience. As always, Mr. Thiel aimed for low distortion with his new bookshelf, this time employing a short coil/long gap, copper stabilized motor system, and a neodymium magnet in the woofer, which is also sports a reinforced metal diaphragm that is shaped to act as a waveguide to minimize diffraction in the tweeter's output. He also includes his phase correct crossover system, which is designed to eliminate phase distortion.

Available in Natural Cherry, Dark Cherry, and Black Ash finishes, the SCS4 is slated to ship in February and should cost about $990 each.