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Wilson Audio Sophia 3
Wilson Audio Sophia 3

Wilson Audio

Sophia 3

Dave Wilson once observed that, when the original Sophia was launched in 2001, it was inevitably described in the audio press as Wilson Audio's "entry-level" floor-standing loudspeaker. While Sophia ...

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Dave Wilson once observed that, when the original Sophia was launched in 2001, it was inevitably described in the audio press as Wilson Audio's "entry-level" floor-standing loudspeaker. While Sophia remains Wilson's most affordable floorstander, focusing on price obscures an important fact—which was that price was incidental to Sophia's actual design objective. What Dave and the Wilson design team set out to create was a loudspeaker that—unlike its siblings at the time, X-1 GrandSLAMM and WATT/ Puppy— was less demanding of rooms and electronics. Sophia was designed to be a product easy to drive, easy to own, and one that invited its owner to just relax into the enjoyment of music.

Woofer: One – 10 inch (25.40 cm) Aluminum Cone
Midrange: One – 7 inch (17.78 cm) Cellulose/Paper Pulp
Tweeter: One – 1 inch (2.54 cm) Inverted Titanium Dome
Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1 watt @ one meter @ 1 kHz
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms, 3.1 ohms minimum @ 98 Hz
Frequency Response: +/-3 dB 20 Hz - 22.5 kHz Room Average Response
Minimum Amplifier Power: 25 watts per channel
Overall Dimensions: Height - 41 5/32 inches (104.45 cm) w/o spikes
Width - 13 5/8 inches (34.61 cm)
Depth - 18 15/16 inches (48.12 cm)
System Product Weight: 165 lbs (74.84 kg)
Total System Shipping Weight (approx.): 485 lbs (219.99 kg)

Since Sophia Series 2 was introduced, Wilson Audio has made vast improvements in driver technology. The tweeter developed for MAXX Series 3 and subsequently used in Sasha W/P features a new topology that reduces the back-wave reflections which otherwise propagate through the diaphragm, adding noise and distortion to the primary signal. By significantly reducing this source of distortion, the highs have more dynamics, air, and resolution—free of the grain nearly all other tweeters exhibit. This tweeter is now part of Sophia Series 3.

The proprietary Wilson midrange driver,which transformed the sound of Alexandria X2 Series 2, and was subsequently deployed in MAXX and Sasha now, in a simplified version, finds a home in Sophia. No single driver is more responsible for the tonal accuracy and beauty of the Wilson Audio sound.

The Sophia woofer, which debuted in the Series 1, has undergone major modifications. The Sophia Series 3 woofer features a magnet structure twice the size of its predecessor. While maintaining the tunefulness of the original design, the overall impact, speed, agility, and linearity of the bass is significantly enhanced in the new loudspeaker.

Inverted Titanium Dome Tweeter
Proprietary Cellulose/Pulp Midrange Driver
Woofer with Increased Magnet Structure

The crossover that links these drivers has been completely reworked, as well as the user-changeable resistors. These were formerly located on the bottom of the enclosure, but have now been moved to an easily accessible panel on the rear of Sophia.

The design of the crossover itself benefited from Wilson Audio's proprietary software program which powerfully aids in the design of the loudspeaker by virtually modeling the enclosure, the drivers, and the component values of the crossover circuitry. As detailed in the Building a New Loudspeaker Movie, this provides the starting point for extensive listening trials, which first take place in Dave Wilson's "loudspeaker bootcamp" room, which can be modified by opening and closing Hemholtz resonators to create a variety of room characteristics. This room, which was first used in the development of the original Sophia, can be credited for the loudspeaker's congenial and flexible character. It's like the "Broadway Stage Rule": once you've made it here, you can make it anywhere.

Wilson Audio

If money is no object and you’re looking for some of the most desirable, expensive and high end speakers in the world then Wilson Audio is the brand for you. Founded by David Wilson and Sheryl Lee Wilson in 1972, Wilson Audio produces speakers that will take your listening to the top level. The legendary build quality combined with their unbelievable sound quality has firmly established Wilson Audio as the most successful manufacturer of high end speakers in the world.

A set of Wilson speakers will bring out the very best in high end audio equipment helping to deliver a musical experience that’s as good as you can get. And with their range of speakers running into 6 figures for the critically acclaimed Alexandria XLF, a set of Wilson speakers represents a considerable investment. Beautifully designed and engineered, Wilson Audio speakers really have to be seen to be understood.

From their entry level speakers right up to the monolithic proportioned Alexia and Alexandria XLF speakers, once you’ve listened to a set of Wilson Audio speakers you’ll be hooked. To find out more about Wilson Audio get in touch with us on 01865 790 879.