in response to Tom Y comment below in quotes
"Fourth, how much about the Sophia hype should we believe. Has Stereophile, Wes Phillips etc. all been bought by Dave Wilson ??? Is the Sophia truly a musical speaker, or is it an overly detailed, overly analytic, cold speaker that suffers from listener fatique.
My bias is that the speaker has an initial sucking in phenomenon that may be soon lost on extended listening. Sure it is detailed, focused, dynamic, paced etc. ... but could you live with it for hours on end ???? I think this initial impression works wonders in brief auditions and audio shows. Perfect, for Dave's shenanigans."
The Wilson Sophia is an amazingly detailed and does require synergisty system matching just like any other component, and it will sound fatiquing, tizzing, etc if hooked up to Krell, Classe, or ML Electronics.
Put Wilson with ARC,CJ,LAMM,Theta,Rowland,VTL etc... and watch and listen to the magic!
I'm a planar guy and the Wilsons were the only (small footprint speaker) that could provide the detail and air that the big Magnepan's but with dynamics and weight! It took me 3 years of traveling and listening to dealer setups. I heard a lot of bad dealer demo setups with the electronics mentioned above to make my ears bleed.