How about the Thiel part ?
From Stereophile review of the classic Thiel model:
Thiel speakers have always been designed and built to optimize a core set of attributes: flat frequency response, time and phase coherence, low energy storage, and low distortion. These were the goals for the Thiel Model 03 in 1978, and have remained the goals for Thiel speakers ever since.
oh, and in the conclusion of the review is:
but when it was time to work on a review, I always turned to the Thiels for their neutrality.
Let's just say that Fang's experience of speakers is extremely limited, but his experience of headphones is not. Since he doesn't sell speakers, that's not a problem.
Also, many people's association of "American" as an adjective meaning "stupid and unsophisticated" has some small basis in reality, but it has absolutely no basis in the world of audio, particularly when you are talking professional and high-end equipment like JBL and Thiel.
Edited by kstuart - 12/10/12 at 6:32pm