I've heard both including Sophia III's. All sounded great to me, so if you are lucky enough to get the Sophia II's you will be very happy. Do not go too cheap with the rest of your equipment. Even if you have to let the speakers sit for 6 months to a year (providing you get them at a steal) it's worth the wait till you can afford a good upstream to feed the speakers with. Garbage in garbage out. I've heard way too many great speakers sound bad because lots of people think they are the most important component, but you'll be sorry if you don't get a good amp, pre, tuner, cd, tt, wires, and ic's. (depending on what type of system you are building) I wish I was as lucky as you getting the Sophia II's. Good luck.
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