This is Thiel’s smallest speaker in their CS lineup. Measuring 8″ wide, 11″ deep and 31″ tall with a 6.5″ woofer and 1″ tweeter in each speaker, the CS.5 is like a monitor speaker and stand integrated together. But with a larger cabinet volume, the CS.5 is capable of a more voluminous bass and with its sloping front baffle, has better time-alignment between the drivers than your typical rectangular box speakers. Frequency response is 55-20KHz with a nominal impedance of 4 ohm and a sensitivity of 87dB. Recommended power is 30-150W.
In our medium size listening room, the Thiel excelled in producing a soundstage that outclass similarly priced monitor speakers we had in the room. It does need careful positioning (in our case, a bit of toe in too) to construct a holographic soundstage but once you get them in place, it can be provide an impressive depth and vertical scale. Musicians were correctly placed dead center and not too complex multi instrument pieces were well defined and placed.
Cosmetically, the speaker is in very nice shape. Minor scuff marks here and there and a few tiny knicks but nothing major. Speakers are shipped in two boxes.