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John Atkinson  |  Jan 27, 2013  |  4 comments
Bill Thomas at CES with the ground-breaking coaxial HF/MF unit designed by Jim Thiel (Photo: John Atkinson)

We reported last November that Thiel Audio Products, the Kentucky-based speaker manufacturer founded by Kathy Gornik and the late Jim Thiel, had been had been acquired by a private equity firm based in Nashville, TN, and that Gornik was no longer with the company. At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, held January 8–11 in Las Vegas, the Thiel display at the Sands Convention Center was packed. I met up with Thiel's new CEO, 55-year old Bill Thomas, and asked him what had led him and his two partners to acquire the company.

John Atkinson  |  Mar 27, 2006  |  First Published: Feb 17, 1989  |  0 comments
I am writing this copy on a venerable Radio Shack TRS-100 portable computer while flying via TWA from St. Louis to Albuquerque, the very fact of doing so having reminded me of what I wanted to write about in this month's column: hardware reliability. J. Gordon Holt touched on this subject in last June's "As We See It," but I felt it worth readdressing in light of recent events.
John Atkinson  |  Feb 12, 2001  |  0 comments
The affair started quietly enough, with the following exchange that appeared in Stereophile's January 2001 "Letters" section, following my decision to put the Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe high-end PC soundcard on the cover of our September 2000 issue:
John Atkinson  |  Jul 05, 2007  |  First Published: Feb 12, 2001  |  0 comments
"Jonathan Scull told me there'd be trouble when I decided to put the Denon AVR-4800 surround receiver on our December cover."
John Atkinson  |  Oct 16, 2011  |  0 comments
Here's the SACD in its multichannel glory, newly arrived at RMAF!
John Atkinson  |  Oct 18, 2011  |  0 comments

Swedish manufacturer Sjofn was luring visitors into its room with an attractive woman drawing their attention to a poster on the wall outside the door announcing (the clue). Inside the room was a pair of unprepossessing stand-mounted speakers, driven by a Hegel amplifier via Supra cables. The two-way, ported Sjofn speakers ($999/pair) were taking full advantage of their boundary loading to produce a big sound.

John Atkinson  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  First Published: Jul 01, 1996  |  0 comments
"Words are pegs to hang ideas on."—Henry Ward Beecher
John Atkinson  |  Mar 08, 2015  |  43 comments
MBW/Nielsen Soundscan statistics. Presented without comment!
John Atkinson  |  Nov 22, 1998  |  0 comments
For the seventh consecutive year, Stereophile has named a select few audio components the "Products of the Year." In doing so, we recognize those components that have proved capable of giving musical pleasure beyond the formal review period.
John Atkinson  |  Apr 16, 2014  |  4 comments
It's been getting closer and closer the past few days. But this morning, Stereophile's Facebook page got its 20,000th "Like."

Woo hoo!!!!

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