|Received date: March 16, 2014
Dear Sue and Richard,
I have had my 126S (upgraded version) for about 4 months now and wanted to send you both a quick note.
This is by far the best amp I have ever owned. There are plenty of words out there that folks throw around to describe an audio product and the 126S does them all. I find this to be the most "engaging amp" I have heard. It is just a joy to own.
Thanks so much Richard for creating such a wonderful amplifier. After many attempts to find the right amp for my system the quest is finally over.
|Received date: July 5, 2013
Hometheaterreview.com Reviewer Terry London:
I have nothing but great respect for Sophia Electric as a company based on the quality and sonic performance of their wonderful line of 300B tubes. Historically I never had heard any of their amplifiers even though they are highly regarded by many music lovers and a few professional reviewers that I trust in how they hear things.
I have had in house for review the Sophia Electric Magic 126S-03 amplifier for over two months now. It has been in my big reference system and my smaller system with many different speakers. As Richard had explained to me when we were setting up the review, if someone wants the beauty of a SET 300B but needs more current/watts to drive less efficient speakers, this is the amplifier they would want.
The build quality and appearance of the Sophia Electric 126S-03 amplifier is at a very high level. Briefly, this amplifier throws a realistic layered sound stage, has an overall grain-less liquidity, beautiful timbres and tone, each player on that sound stage was three-dimensional with a palpable presence, and finally great macro-dynamics with extension on the top and bottom frequencies. Does that sound like a beautiful SET 300B presentation of real music, yes indeed!
This will be an amplifier I will hate to see go back to Sophia Electric because it's a joy to listen to in either of my systems. Just like their family of 300B tubes that just get better and better in their performance as you go up the line, remember the 126S-03 is the least expensive model of this amplifier that Sophia Electric builds, what the heck would the next two models above it sound like! If those two upgraded models follow the pattern of their 300B tubes pathway to higher musicality the 126S-05 and limited edition 126S-05 would have to be in the stratosphere of giving the illusion of real music.
Terry London: Staff Reviewer for hometheaterreview.com
|Received date: March 19, 2012
I’m dropping you this ‘interim’ listening note on my Sophia Electric 126S-03 amplifier.
I’ve owned EL34 amplifiers before and if anyone had suggested that this sort of rich tonality, that these dynamics, that this amount of emotional engagement could be enticed from this valve (El34) I’d have been reluctant to believe them! But no more. Clearly neither the valves nor the transformers are even beginning to be broken in, yet the sound is glorious - not in any artificial ‘hifi’ way but in an organic wholly musical way.
A fascinating thing happened the other day: playing the CD of the Heifitz recording of Dvorak’s ‘Dumky’ trio what I heard for the first time was the musicians actually making music with each other... a whole new experience! On lps I simply had no idea that so much music was tucked away in the grooves - clearly the top of the range Transfiguration cartridge which I use was extracting it, but previous amps were not letting it through! Wow. It’s cliched I know... but my music collection is being rediscovered.
The sound from this Sophia Electric amplifier is glorious - your description on the website doesn’t begin to do it justice. Right now the Sophia wholly outclasses my Leben 300 in terms of sound (and the Leben has won world wide plaudits for its sound!)
Thank you so much!
David from UK