Sophia S.E.T.™ Music Baby Amplifier***IF YOU ARE NEW TO AUDIOGON -AND- HAVE ZERO FEEDBACK -AND- WANT TO PAY BY CHECK -AND- WANT TO USE "YOUR OWN SHIPPER" - PLEASE DO NOT WASTE MY TIME...*** [SORRY! But lately Audiogon has been IN...450.00
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A great little tube amp that delivers the sweetness of tubes in a pretty small package. At 10w per channel it drove my Gallo Ref II's very well - 90db efficient (but then again, so did a Miniwatt N3 rated at 3.5w)!
I bought this as a demo from Washington Audio just a few weeks ago. This was going to be my last foray into tubes but then I got a great deal on the McCormack DNA 125 - Which I had owned before and always missed since then!
If you are an audiophile you will understand this logic: My decision does not reflect badly on the Baby Sophia - all of the press it has received is very much well-deserved. Rather, my decision reflects on the "superstar" status of the McCormack. It was the last and best SS amp I owned before I got into tubes. It is also the HIGHEST rated amp below $10K listed on audioreview.com (4.95/5 - 40 reviews)!
My experience with tubes has been limited to a Kora Galaxy Reference, a Miniwatt N3 (as a back-up), and finally the Baby Sophia. My decision to get away from tubes was based on 3 factors:
1-News of Kora going out of business
2-Difficulty of biasing (Not a concern for the Baby Sophia!)
3-Very little difference in performance across all 3 amps
The last point deserves elaboration: I bought the Miniwatt as a back-up as I was waiting for tubes for my Kora and I could not believe how good it sounded, especially given the 10/1 price differential between the Kora and the Miniwatt. The Baby Sophia is AT LEAST as good as the Miniwatt and gives you considerably more power - the difference is NOT subtle!
Price is fair and firm and includes all original packing and literature. PayPal adds 3%.
Here is some more info on the Baby Sophia:
1.Wide frequency range from 6 Hz to 80,000 Hz +/-3dB.
2. Impressive -95dB Signal/Noise (S/N) ratio. Which made it possible to drive 112 dB horn speakers without noise. This would translate into dead quiet performance on any speakers you use.
3. Big sound was achieved when there is high definition of music information.
4. Realistic, live performance like, male and female voice. Great for jazz, rack, vocal, and opera.
5. Wide dynamic range makes it also suitable for wide range of music.
6. Have more power and drive capability than a typical 300B single ended amp (8 watts) or a 40-50 watts solid-state amp. Should work with speakers above 89 dB efficiency and 8 ohm impedence.
Lastly, this URL will direct you to several reviews: http://www.sophiaelectric.com/pages/amp/ampbaby.htm
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