Magico Mini's! Expensive and little. TAS says best thing since sliced bread. Haven't heard 'um myself, of course
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I have heard the Wilsons several times and the 1037s on one occasion. Unfortunately, they were not in the same system. I have heard the Wilsons with Ayre, Levinson, Krell, Classe and Nagra amps/preamps and enjoyed them on every occasion. The 1037s I heard mated with BAT gear (the new 32 preamp and I think a 200 watt solid state amp) and I thought they were outstanding - excellent imaging and soundstaging - so much so that I have put them on my list as a possible upgrade in the future. I don't think you could go wrong with either speaker. The Wilsons may hold their value better for resale purposes but may also cost a few grand more on the initial purchase.
If you are happy with the Focal House Sound stick with it. You have the components upstream to enjoy the upgrade.
The Wilson Sophia's have a very different presentation and you need to listen to them at a dealer (worth the trip) hopefully your Wilson dealer will have spent the time to set them up correctly (right synergy)
I like Focal's and have listened all the way up the line but still bought Wilson Watt Puppy 7. I like the exacting perspective and the speed. I'm an ex-planar guy looking for dynamics.. The top end on the new Sophia 2's are really impressive. 1/4" increments can the difference between like and love, but your Wilson dealer will take care of that setup in house. Sophia's are a lot easier to system match and setup than the WP's.
Another way to look at it is .......
Do you like traditional Wood or modern Paint?
I don't have chance to hear it in dealer simply because I live almost 700 miles away nearest audio dealer.
About paint, I prefer wood but I can change sophia's paint work by local Audi work shop since they have original Audi paints:)(dealer has a black sophia and black is not my favourite color)
I would bet the 7" woofers are faster and have better bass definition compared to a single 10". It takes a very large damping factor to control a 10" driver correctly.
I would go for the 1037 since you like your 1027. The Wilsons are more precise but less musical IMO. Depends on personal taste as to which is better but I always go for the music.
thanks for everyone. I have requested Sophia 2 from dealer and arriving on monday. If it makes a dramatic change in total, I may keep it as primary speaker and exchange kw500 for it. If it is a wonderful speaker as written by audio industry, I will exchange 1027 be and stick with wilson. If all the things were incorrect about Wilson Sophia 2, basically if it is overrated, than, I will post it back where it originaly came from.
Imo, Utopia range is better but I do expect a change in line before upcoming 2007 fall.So investing on alto utopia be is not logical thing to do right at this moment.
I responded to your comments in the X-2 thread. In case you don't see it I will comment here.
First off, your dealer is a jerk because if he isn't smart he will lose you as a customer and perhaps could even jeopardize his Wilson dealership which could be yanked.
It is most unusual to blow a driver as the resistor is first in the signal path and any heavy load will blow the resistor thus sparing the driver. Have you opened the back panel to determine if it is a resistor? Have you looked to make sure that the cross over cables are firmly attached to the appropriate binding post? I have owned almost the entire Wilson line and I can tell you that it is rarely a driver which blows. If so then it can easily be replaced by a matching driver as Wilson audio keeps all of those specs on EVERY speaker that they make.
Expect a big difference between Sophia 2 and 1027. You will have a lot more bass which will change everything. Not to mention that an additional $5000 should make a difference.
And you are swapping them out in the same room? I cannot imagine a room that would be optimal for 1027 would also be optimal for Sophia 2. But keep us posted anyway.
I have owned the Focal 1027 Be and now the Sophia1, and in my system (Krell) the Wilson Speakers were clearly in a different league than the Focals. The 1027 Be are a good mid-fi Speaker. The Sophia rival some of the best Speakers ever made (for a normal sized listening room). Your new Sophia2s should make the 1027 Bes sound broken.
Now it is my fourth day with sophias and I couldn't find any reason to reposition the speakers or try another amplifier, cable ,...even for state of emergency, dealer brought Nordost Valhalla. But with little effort, we could set the speaker and install the spikes. The trick is not written in black wilson users manual: you need to have a carpet laid down. Rest of the job is push speakers to their positon while speakers laying down in almost sleeping position. But nevertheless this is two man work.
Dealer played his own discs and told me ''perfect'' sound, ''perfect match'' for Pass/Boulder combination. Well, I really don't remember how sophias sounded first night simply because I was half sleeping: I am real life person, I work for my living during the day and sometimes in the nights as well. Dealer slept over night in my place and following day I sent him back where he came from but exept ''sophia'' . She stayed with me.
I don't know why but somehow I removed the protective film next day right after having sent the dealer to the airport. I switched the setup on and..........wow!(world of wonders)....
to be continued.
In every respect Sophia 2 is a better speaker: amazing bass and control, perfect mids even comparable to Sonus Faber Amati Ani., highs are not overemphasized as 1027/1037be; just in place as it has to be, neither backward nor forward sounding; every single instrument is accurately positioned to listener, just raise the volume a bit or more you get every instruments with full , lifelike textures. These are positive points as far as Sophia 2 concerned. I don't have any idea how series one sophia was but I can guess it was not a bad speaker for money.
In my opinion it is not fair to compare with 1027 be because price is not even similar: sophia 2 is 2 times more expensive than 1027 be.
I think it is more proper to compare design philosophies and overall thinking of two companies.(wilson vs focal, European vs American)
For me biggest suprise is how wilson audio can achieve such a perfect performance with ordinary drivers. It is far beyond of my understanding how come these drivers make a speaker sound good indeed? Personly I wouldn't choose scanspeak drivers and focal titanium inverted dome tweeters if I build my own one. I think its crossover and cabinetry are very succesfull parts of the design. Even I don't know what kind of compound wilson uses for its cabins but speaker, overall very good. It can be last speaker of a normal audiophile. Recommended heartly.