Thiel Audio's CS3.7
loudspeaker was launched, to much fanfare, in 2006. Like most of Jim Thiel
's designs, the CS3.7 received universal praise, but it was Jim's swan song. No one could predict that he would pass away in 2009
, undoubtedly leaving on his desk many future designs.
But more was in the cards forand fromThiel Audio. The company was sold in 2012 to a private equity company based in Nashville; soon thereafter Thiel Audio moved to that city from Lexington, Kentucky, where Jim had co-founded it in 1977. Thiel's longtime president, Kathy Gornik, left, and for a while the company's directors came and went as if through a revolving door.