THIEL PowerPoint 1.2

Ceiling-mount speaker

  • THIEL PowerPoint 1.2



Our take on the THIEL PowerPoint 1.2

by Loren Barstow

Exceptional ceiling-mount speakers produce thrilling surround sound

Enjoy impressive surround sound without sacrificing an inch of floor space. The THIEL PowerPoint 1.2 ceiling-mount speaker features an angled design that aims sound downward toward the listener in a home theater setup. Its unique wedge shape directs sound over a larger space than many other ceiling-mount speakers — letting everyone in the room experience seamless surround effects.

Sound waves

Great for music as well as home theater


The PowerPoint 1.2 is an excellent choice for music lovers, too. An extremely rigid aluminum cabinet combats internal resonance for crystal-clear sound. High-output aluminum drivers faithfully recreate the nuances in your favorite recordings while maintaining the proper tonal balance. The PowerPoint's compact size also makes it a great choice for smaller areas, such as bedrooms, kitchens, and hallways. And the speaker's curved edges and sleek looks let it blend in with almost any décor.

Carefully engineered drivers and crossover

The PowerPoint 1.2 sports a unique 2-way driver design that mounts an aluminum dome tweeter inside an aluminum woofer. This mounting method ensures that all frequencies reach your ears at the same time, for the most accurate and realistic sound reproduction. The woofer's advanced motor structure features a short voice coil sitting inside a large magnet — creating a uniform magnetic field to eliminate distortion caused by variances in magnetic strength. A state-of-the art, first order crossover sends the right frequencies to the right drivers, while keeping musical information such as amplitude, phase, and time faithful to the original signal.

Build an all-THIEL system

The PowerPoint 1.2 is voice-matched to all of our other THIEL speakers — mix and match them with other speakers in the THIEL line, or use five of them and a subwoofer for a clutter-free multichannel system.

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  • recommended power 30-200 watts
  • frequency response 75-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 4-ohm impedance — suited for high-current amplifiers
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" aluminum woofer with cast magnesium chassis
  • wedge-shaped design directs sound over a large area
  • short coil/long gap driver design eliminates distortion caused by variances in magnetic strength
  • aluminum cabinet
  • binding post connectors
  • 12"W x 6-1/2"H x 21"D
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • sold individually

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Features and Specs
Number of Speakers
Bipole or Dipole
Midrange size (inches)
Woofer size (inches)
Connector Type
Binding post
Power Range
89dB dB
Impedance (Ohms)
Height (inches)
Width (inches)
Depth (inches)
Weight (pounds)
Mounting Bracket Included
Parts Warranty
10 Years
Labor Warranty
10 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Surface-mount loudspeaker
  • Magnetic grille
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • Template
  • Owner's Manual

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Overview: The THIEL PowerPoint 1.2 surface-mount loudspeaker  brings a new level of performance to a speaker category that usually compromises sonic performance for usability. Its Coherent Source time and phase correct design and innovative shape delivers high performance sound when space or conventional placement is a problem.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Surface-Mount Design: Conventional in-wall and surface mount speakers' coverage area leave some users outside the optimum listening area. The surface mount PowerPoint 1.2 is designed to cover a very wide area, maximizing performance throughout the room and for a variety of listening positions. This advantage allows the user greater control over the sound coverage in their room enabling them to create the sound environment of their choice.

Monopole Design: The PowerPoint's monopole design also creates a more realistic sound field for the listener by accurately reproducing the spatial information on the soundtrack, rather than the diffuse, inaccurate reproduction of bipole designs.

Advanced Engineered Drivers: The PowerPoint uses newly designed, very low distortion, short coil/long gap, high output, metal diaphragm 6.5-inch woofers that are coaxially mounted with a new 1-inch, high output, low distortion metal dome tweeter. The coaxial driver mounting delivers more realistic sound because the sounds from the individual drivers reach your ear at the same time, regardless of speaker placement or listening position. As with all THIEL loudspeakers, the new models utilize a synthesized first-order crossover system to eliminate phase distortion.

Time And Phase Coherent: As with all THIEL loudspeakers, the PowerPoint is completely time and phase coherent for much greater sonic realism. THIEL's Coherent Source technology achieves the elimination of both time and phase distortions that cause alterations in the reproduced musical waveforms of most loudspeakers. Eliminating these distortions results in enhanced realism, clarity, transparency and immediacy as well as improved imaging and soundstaging in both the lateral and depth perspectives. Phase coherence in the PowerPoint is achieved by utilizing a sophisticated first-order electrical crossover system in conjunction with unusually wide bandwidth drivers. Time coherence is achieved by coaxially mounting the tweeter and woofer to cause the sound energy from each to reach the listener at the same time.

Power Requirements: It is important to have enough power to play at the level you desire without distortion. If high sound levels are desired, the PowerPoint 1.2's are designed to be used with amplifiers rated up to 200 watts per channel (into 8 ohms). Since the PowerPoint 1.2 provides a 4 ohm load to the amplifier, it is important that the amplifier be rated to deliver at least 50 percent more power into a 4 ohm load than it does into an 8 ohm load. The PowerPoint is of above average efficiency (89 dB) and therefore requires less than an average amount of power for average volume levels

Enclosure Design

Enclosure: The second generation 1.2 is built with a cast aluminum cabinet to offer significant sonic improvements in both clarity and dynamics. The new surface-mount PowerPoint 1.2 has also been reshaped with a new, sleek, rounded look.

Grille: The PowerPoint 1.2's grille is magnetically attached to the cabinet and can be removed by gently prying the grille forward.

Paintable: The PowerPoint 1.2 features an off-white finish. The speaker can be painted any desired color. To paint the speaker, first remove the grille and insert the included painting mask to protect the driver. The rim of the mask is tucked between the black rubber woofer surround and the white plastic rim of the cabinet's driver opening. Also, peel the cloth from the back of the grille before painting its front surface. After the paint is dry, reinstall the grille's rear cloth and the grille onto the cabinet.


Speaker Terminals: The PowerPoint 1.2's input terminals are located on the back of the speaker cabinet. The PowerPoint 1.2 uses binding posts that accept several types of wire connections (will not accept dual banana plug connectors but single banana plugs can be used). The input terminals are designed to be easily tightened by hand or a 1/2 inch nut driver can be used. The speaker's input terminals are color coded to facilitate that both speakers in a stereo system are wired in the same polarity for maximum speaker performance. Speaker wire can be routed through a drilled opening in the mounting surface for a hidden connection. The speakers should be connected to the amplifier with high quality cable to ensure minimal loss of power and proper control by the amplifier.

Note: The PowerPoint 1.2 is a very high quality sound reproducer and will benefit from use with the best associated equipment. Since it is extremely accurate, it will reveal sources of distortion generated elsewhere in the system. For example, distortion resulting from poor recordings or inferior electronics will be reproduced accurately. Also, the quality of the interconnect cables and speaker cables will significantly effect the performance of the system

Mounting Options

Speaker Placement: The PowerPoint's unique wedge shape offers particularly great advantages for ceiling applications. They can be used as front, center, or rear-channel speakers in home video and music systems. They can also be used alone or in pairs throughout the home in bedrooms, kitchens, and offices for outstanding sound everywhere. The PowerPoint 1.2 can be placed in a wide variety of locations throughout the room on ceilings and walls. The speaker's wedge shaped cabinet and coaxial driver mounting allow the PowerPoint 1.2 to optimize the coverage area for a variety of speaker placements and listener positions. To achieve the best sonic results, the cabinet should be oriented so that the drivers are facing toward the center of the room. For example: When used as a front right and left, rear right and left, or center channel speaker, the PowerPoint 1.2 can be mounted on the
ceiling with all of the speakers radiating toward the center of the room

Note: It is important that the PowerPoint 1.2 be mounted securely to prevent unwanted vibration. The PowerPoint 1.2 is secured to its mounting surface with two screws, one located along the rear edge of the cabinet, and one in the front located under the THIEL logo. The logo is attached with removable adhesive and is removed by pushing it from the speaker by inserting a small phillips screwdriver, or something similar, through the cabinet's mounting hole. A mounting template is included with the speaker to assist in accurately positioning the mounting holes in the wall or other mounting surface.

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Perfect match

Written By Rob S., Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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Having owned Thiel CS2.3 L/R and an MCS1 center channel speaker, I have long wanted to add Powerpoints as surround speakers. Having finally settled into a house where I could mount on the walls, i took the plunge. The Powerpoints are very well voiced to match to other Thiel speakers. The result is the most immersive surround field I've ever enjoyed in my system.
Build quality, perfect match to other Thiels.
Expensive (but worth it).
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