This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Better Audio for Less: THIEL Audio SCS4

As we head into the final week of 2008, it may be tough to see a silver lining in today's rocky markets -- but you can certainly hear one.

Audio is confounding today's dark economy. To my eye -- or ear, rather -- there has never been better sound at better prices. You can hear the value seemingly everywhere.

It is no secret that major consumer electronics vendors like Samsung and Panasonic (PC) have not been shy about bundling and discounting their televisions and other media products with decent sound systems. Best Buy (BBY) in particular loves to push these so-called bundled packages. Recently, the retailer featured a Sony (SNE) 32-inch 720 P LCD HDTV matched with a five-speaker so-called 5.1 surround-sound home theater system, both for $699 or about $450 off list. The audio quality from these sorts of systems, while not at the tip top of my impossible-to-satisfy standards, are respectable given the spend.

What is getting overlooked in these no-go times is that there is plenty to listen for from smaller, less-well-known audio makers. These companies have their roots in the hot house world of audiofile sound. That is the place where sound junkies -- like me -- try to justify that, yes, spending $200,000 on a two-speaker sound system is reasonable.

The names l know -- and have audio love for these days -- out of the flocks of these makers is Joseph Audio, Bel Canto Design, Jeff Rowland Design Group, Sumiko, Von Schweikert Audio, Manley Labs and Pass Labs.

But even these once lofty brands are offering some nice equipment at reasonable prices. I have been testing one such, entry-level lux audio product: THIEL Audio's SCS4s loudspeaker ($1,000 each).

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,053.71 +23.50 0.13%
S&P 500 2,088.77 +6.89 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,806.8590 +33.3870 0.70%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs