Sophia Electric Magik Box -- Open Box Unit
Every audiophile must have Sophia Electric Magik Box! If you don't have it, then you don't know what you are missing!
This is an open box unit.
What the reviewers are saying:
"I was shocked. I thought my system sounded good. It does sound good. It is a revealing and hi-rez audio system. But I didn't realize it was missing what the Magik Box brought to it. It brought fullness, dimension, and made the music very inviting.
In my past few reviews, I have listened to some mighty fine stereo equipment. But I have never had any component in any system I have owned that has as profoundly changed the sound in such a positive way as the Sophia Electric Magik Box. I tried the Magik Box in many different configurations, and in each one the results were excellent. Thank you Sophia Electric. I am floored by its performance."
"My initial conclusion was that the Magik Box did no sonic harm in any way, regardless of which system it was inserted into. There seemed to be no added noise, decreased transparency, or interference with dynamics at all. Secondly, it improved the overall performance of reference-level tube-based systems less dramatically but still very audibly, with improvements in the space and air around individual players on the soundstage.
Although my first two conclusions were quite impressive, my last conclusion was a show stopper: when used in the four solid-state systems and placed in between the source and the preamplifier, the Magik Box produced tremendously positive results that yielded pleasurable listening and great satisfaction."
Jeff Day's first impression: "the Magik Box really does sound like magik, the improvement in my system was not at all subtle, I almost fell out of my chair when I first heard it in my system. This thing is impressive, and I’ll try to comment at length on its use in various applications as time goes on.
The Magik Box may be the King of Step-ups, and it absolutely kills my Auditorium 23 step-up, which is a damn good step-up, and has been my go-to reference until just now.
The Magik Box is designed to be able to handle a multitude of signal levels from teeny-tiny MC levels all the way up to PC audio, a CD or DVD player, or between a preamplifier and amplifier. So you can insert it into your system in a variety of ways: as an MM or MC step-up transformer, on the output of a DAC or CD player, or your preamp outputs, or pretty much anything else you can think of."
What our customers are saying:
"OMG!!! I was very skeptical that the Magik Box could improve my already excellent stereo system. But I am amazed. The improvement with it is dramatic. It is hard to describe, but for some reason, the Magik Box makes me want to listen to music more than I did before installing it. I feel like I exchanged my entire stereo system for a new, even better stereo system. The sound is cleaner, more comfortable and natural sounding. I also feel like I can hear more details in the instruments and voices, and improved bass response. I am a very satisfied customer."
-- Gary, Illinois
"I was a more than a bit skeptical about some of the claims concerning this device. After all, how could a device so simple make THAT much of a difference?
I first tried the device in my Bob Latino ST-120. This is a push-pull amp with a Sophia Electric 6SN7 tube as the primary driver. Already a great sounding amp. I placed the Magick Box between the source (a Musical Paradise MP-D1 tube DAC) and the amp. Whoa... this was a noticeable difference. The MB took the already wide image of the ST-120 and made it wider, deeper and with a darker background. In addition, the highs were easier to listen to. This was a pretty great upgrade.
Next I tried it in my vintage Marantz 2240. I placed the MB in between the integrated preamp and power amp using the connectors in the back. This way, all inputs would benefit from it. I started playing songs from my digital library for my tests. This was a complete and utter transformation. I always loved the strong dynamics and tight bass of the Marantz. It just never had the width and openness of a good tube amp. All of that changed. Not only did it sound deeper and wider than ever before, but the midrange became so smooth and liquid. It is enormously enjoyable to listen to. I fell completely in love with how the Marantz now sounded. The digital harshness was completely eliminated. Now, I listen to this amp almost every day.
I don't know how you did it, but this thing is amazing. Thanks again!!! ”
-- David, California
"Some time ago I purchased a Prodigy Integrated Amplifier from Sophia Electric. Since turning it on for the first time I have enjoyed the beautiful sound emanating from the amplifier. Periodically I would call Richard, the owner and designer of Sophia Electric products, to talk about forthcoming products that his company was developing. Richard is a quietly spoken person who won’t push any of his electronic on you. In one of our talks he did mention, quietly, about his Magik Box which he said would dramatically make my entire system sound better. I was skeptical since I was really enjoying my musical system since getting the Prodigy amplifier. Richard, however, was so confident about the Magik Box that he offered to send it to me on a loan to try out and if not satisfied to return it without charge. How could I refuse such a generous offer! On receiving the Magik Box and placing it between my phono stage and amplifier I awaited what I presumed would be a modest improvement in the sound quality. I was wrong! From the get go I was stunned by the change that the Magik Box made in my stereo system. Although it has been said before it was like changing seats in a concert hall from deep in the balcony to seventh row center. Pieces of music which I knew quite well were transformed for the better. I simply heard things in the music which I never knew were there before. Each time I put on a well known LP, it was like hearing it for the first time. I listen almost exclusively to classical music but I’m sure that all types of musical genre would benefit as well. If you are looking to upgrade your system I strongly suggest that you give Richard a call to discuss the magic of his Magik Box."
-- Mark Lewis, New Hampshire
"When I first got your Magik Box I thought there was no way this thing was going to improve my system and I was sure I would be sending it back after the trial period. After all I had your Magic 126S-03 EL 34 amp and I was satisfied with my system in a way I never had been before. That amp transformed my system and I feel very fortunate to have one. Anyway back to the Magik Box. Over the years I have bought an assortment of tube buffers as well as magic rocks, magic platforms and stands, magic sprays and potions, magic dots and other magic devices that now sit in a box or drawer. We audiophiles are often suckers for these magic items we hope will get us closer to the music and I was sure I would not be tricked by your magic box. I connected the Magik Box and after a few minutes I thought to myself “I’m right. This is not an improvement. Yes. I get to send it back and save myself some money.” I was proud of myself for not being fooled by another “Magic“ device. Then when we spoke you said it needs to run in for about 100 hours. I reluctantly hooked it up again and ran it in for another 48 hours straight in my video system then hooked it up to my audio system. With only about 60 hours, to say I was shocked is an understatement. I was also mad! I was shocked because my system was sounding even more alive and natural than before. The noise floor had dropped, the soundstage was bigger in a very organic and real way and everything just sounded more real. I was mad because I now had to have the Magik Box in my system. Just to make sure I was not being tricked or fooled, I have taken it out several times and each time I put it back in I am floored with the difference. I wish I could say it doesn’t work and save myself some money but I can’t. The bottom line is that voices and instruments just sound more real and in a way that makes you feel closer to the performance. The Magik Box seems to break through the digital world and lets you hear the sound of live music being played in your home. Thank you for another wonderful audio device. This Magik Box is for real!"
-- Jim, Washington, D.C.