WILSON AUDIO SOPHIA's in BLACK
Up for consideration are my beloved Wilson Audio Specialties Sophia's! A matched stereo pair, in a beautiful automotive black color, s/n's 0501 & 0502 mounted on the supplied Wilson Spikes. I've conservatively rated them a 7/10 due to the "soft foam" on the front panels (which can be replaced from Wilson Audio @ $40ea upper, $60ea lower) which attaches the upper & lower grilles. Sonically they are flawless and beautiful speakers! Any perceived imperfections in the pics of the speakers finish are merely dust or reflections, they are beautiful (maybe minor scratches or rub marks). Always lovingly driven with good, clean power from my Parasound Halo amp, with Analysis Plus Oval 9 cables and Solo Crystal interconnects. No bi-wire required, they have phenomenal cross-overs and fantastic bass, mid & treble response. Cosmetically they are very good with no obvious flaws or chips in the paint (maybe some swirl marks or small scratches which can be buffed out like great automotive paint, the midrange driver dust covers both have a small "dent" which doesn't effect sound at all, see pics), I preferred them without the drills so not a problem however the grills were stored elsewhere and so got a few nicks on a few of the corners on the R speaker upper & lower grille cover (very small, see pics. The lower grille can be mounted so this flaw is facing down, I've pictured it this way purposely to show it). They've been in a smoke free, upstairs apartment for the last 8 yrs (so no loud, high volume sessions)! Mostly used as background music listening and stereo for TV/gaming, occasionally some low volume, highly detailed SACD listening sessions while enjoying a glass of wine. :-) I've tried to honestly describe them in detail as best I can, and detail anything I would want to know before purchase. I'm honest and expect you to be as well, I've got a very long history of purchases/sales (and 100% rating on ebay) and a good one here.. I will truly miss these amazing speakers, they have brought me so much joy and pleasure!
I don't have the orig crates (so local pick up preferred and suggested, or you can arrange packing/shipping) but I have the Wilson original tool kit (with different footing options) and Wilson owners manual. You're welcome to see and hear them before pick up! If you're looking at this you know the name, sound and reputation! AMAZING! #Bestbangforthebuck -
Just one of the many positive reviews: "At $11,700/pair, the Sophia is the best value for money speaker to come
from Wilson Audio, but there will probably be shocked intakes of breath
at Wilson's Utah HQ when David Wilson and his team read that I think the
Sophia might well be Wilson's best speaker to date. "Best," not in the
sense that the Sophia exceeds all their other models in every area—it
clearly doesn't—but "best" when considered as an integrated package at
its price, where its performance in each area optimally balances those
in other areas. In that sense the Sophia raises the bar for the
twice-the-price WATT/Puppy, which is probably why that system was
scheduled to be relaunched in its "version 7" reincarnation at Home
Entertainment 2002, still two weeks away as I write this review" Stereophile Mag
Full review: https://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/619/index.html
Description: Three-way, floorstanding, reflex-loaded loudspeaker.
Drive-units: 1" (25mm) inverted titanium-dome tweeter, 7" (178mm)
paper-cone midrange unit, 10" (254mm) aluminum-cone woofer. Frequency
response: 29Hz-22.5kHz, +0/-3dB. Sensitivity: 89dB/2.83V/m. Impedance: 4
ohms nominal, 3 ohms minimum. Recommended power: >12Wpc.
Dimensions: 41" (1042mm) H by 12" (305mm) W by 18" (457mm) D. Weight: 160 lbs (72.7kg) each.
Finishes: High-gloss automotive paint. Black
Price: $11,700/pair. Approximate number of dealers: 41.
Manufacturer: Wilson Audio Specialties Inc., 2233 Mountain Vista Lane, Provo, UT 84606.
Feel free to ask any questions, or receive more pics. You may offer, but... Low ball offers will be politely ignored...