Wilson Audio Sophia Series 3 loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Garrard 301, Thorens TD 124 & TD 124 Mk.II turntables; EMT 997, Schick tonearms; Shindo SPU, EMT OFD 25 & OFD 65, Ortofon 90th Anniversary SPU & Classic A SPU cartridges.
Digital Sources: Ayre Acoustics QB-9, Wavelength Cosecant, HRT Music Streamer II & Music Streamer II+, Peachtree iDecco (digital input to line output only) USB D/A converters; Stello U2 USB transceiver; iMac G5 (with Apple iTunes) computer; Sony SCD-777 SACD/CD player.
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 Hommage T1, Silvercore Professional step-up transformers; Shindo Masseto, Shindo Vosne-Romanee preamplifiers. Power Amplifiers: Shindo Corton-Charlemagne & Lafon GM-70 monoblocks, Audio Note Jinro.
Loudspeakers: Audio Note AN-E/SPe HE, Quad ESL, Wilson Audio Sophia 2.
Cables: USB: Transparent Audio Performance. Digital: Black Cat Veloce (75 ohm). Interconnect: Audio Note AN-vx, Shindo Silver. Speaker: Auditorium 23, DIY copper.
Accessories: Box Furniture Company D3S rack (source, amplification components), OMA slate plinth (Thorens TD 124 Mk.II), Keith Monks RCM record-cleaning machine.—Art Dudley

COMPANY INFO
Wilson Audio Specialties
2233 Mountain Vista Lane
Provo, UT 84606
(801) 377-2233
ARTICLE CONTENTS
Share | |
COMMENTS
dmawhinney's picture

How far is your listening position from the speakers? You mention that they are 53" from the wall behind them. Is that measured from the rear of the speaker? If so that puts them quite far into your room and your listening position must then be fairly close to the rear of the room.

I'm very interested since my W/P7s in a 15' by 17' room are about half that from the wall behind them and trying to get them further into the room would have me in a very near-field listening position.

I would also be very interested in your impressions of the Sophia 3s vs the W/P 7s and then how the Sashas compare. For instance, is one 10" woofer better than two 8"s? I do have some trouble getting the lowest octaves of the 7s projected into my room.

Great writing Art. I have to rely on you and a few others to get listening impressions since I have a very difficult time auditioning equipment here in Southwestern NM. Thanks

daiku's picture

I was interested in the Sophia Series from the Cal Audio Show, and have asked a couple of simple questions on 2 separate emails to Mr. McGrath or Sales at Wilson in order to pursue BUYING the speakers!  They never responded to my emails!!

I am guessing another manufacturer might be intersted in my $32000 for a pair of speakers but not Wilson?  If this is the customer service us Average prospective customers guess, I hate to think of what it is like after purchase.  Maybe I am wrong, but some of us prefer email communications over phone in the 21st Century, or Twitter for that matter.  Come on Wilson, get with it, or pull the email link from your website!

Rant over!

junker's picture

I'm very interested in something similar to this combination...

 

Could you comment on whether the 4ohm wiring modification would be recommended with this pairing? And how hard is this to do?

 

Thank you!!!

X
Enter your Stereophile.com username.
Enter the password that accompanies your username.
Loading