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.
Nevertheless, Sophia's true magic is that a speaker designed to sound so good with modest
electronics will still reveal the nuance and detail of state-of-the-art gear. Impressive sales aside, it is
Sophia "cult status" among audiophiles which speaks to the success of the original vision. It is not uncommon
for Wilson customers who could easily afford the company's more expensive loudspeakers to choose Sophia—just
because they love the sound.