Focal Sopra 2 Vs Wilson Sophia 3

If you have compared these two, what differences do you hear?  Strengths of each speaker?  Amps used and type of music played.


When I was searching for new speakers, eventually bought the Focal Sopra No2's, listened to the Wilson's and the Magico's.  The Magico dealer asked me if I preferred "analytic" or "musical" sounding speakers, he characterized the Magico's and Wilson's as "analytic".  In the case of the Magico S3's he said they wouldn't "come to life" until they were driven to loud levels.  I listened and agreed with his observation, both with the Magico's and the Wilson's.

These are all great speakers, just a matter of personal taste.  Which ever way you go, enjoy them!
Even if the Magicos are driven by high current class a mono blocks, they still won't open up without lots of volume?????  Hmmmmm...
My Sopra 2's are 5 months old now and finally broken in. They have about 400hrs of play and have improved dramatically since new. 
Im using a Simaudio 700i amp to drive them with Discovery Essential & Essence Cables. 
These are really great speakers. The imaging and their 3D spacious sound stage is just magical. 
Vocals sound like they are in the room. Unreal !!!

I have been interested in the Simaudio 700i, a friend of mine has the 600i and it sounds very good with his set up. It seems the Sopra 2's respond very well to integrateds that are more high level. I have the Hegel H300 and the Sopra's really respond well. Best my Hegel has ever sounded. I also have the Hegel 160 for my smaller system, going to try that with Sopra's tonight, bet it kills!

I was concerned early on that there might be a systems match concern with the Sopra's (per some articles), the more I read, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Really feel fortunate to own the Sopra 2's.

I'm caught between the Sopra 2 and the 3s.  I have a pair of Pass Labs XA200.5 monos and Bob Carver Black Beauties that are 350 watts tube majic to power them.  My question is would I be better with the Focal S2 since my amplifiers are maybe better suited to them over the Focal S3s?  All my cables are Pangea for power and Kimber Kable Hero for interconnects.  XP30 Pre and XP25 for Phono.  Listen to all discs on my Oppo 105 and Vinyl on vintage modded turntables by Thorens and Garrard with SME 12 arms and Soundsmith modded Denon Dl-103R carts.  Currently have vintage speakers JBL 4345 and JBL 250Ti.  Appreciate thoughts and advice all.  Kansas City, Mo..