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    Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

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    Tube Nube

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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by Tube Nube on Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:17 pm

    I might enlist the services of VT'Dog to re write the copy on my professional website.
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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by vtshopdog on Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:40 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:I might enlist the services of VT'Dog to re write the copy on my professional website.

    Too late.  Virginia USA called and hired me.  We are doubling the price of all products now that the prestigious Institute of Ionic Electroflux Purification has confirmed the efficacy of our patent pending technology with a very scientific study that cannot be released to the general public.  

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    Post by GP49 on Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:41 pm

    pedrocols wrote:In this review the author says "Opening up the 126S chassis I saw a well laid out clutter free interior with point to point wiring." Click>> What a Joke

    Not only does review author A. Anthony Nicosia have no standards for build quality, he also lacks criteria for evaluating electronic design:

    "... The 126S...the ‘S' standing for cathode self-biasing, always a plus when dealing with tube amplifiers. I have one amplifier where you must take off the bottom to get inside to adjust bias, another is done on the rear of the unit while a third is self-biasing, and I prefer the later. (sp)..."

    What he is saying is, "I like it because I like it."

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    Post by Mr. Zenith on Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:37 am

    vtshopdog wrote:Too late.  Virginia USA called and hired me.  We are doubling the price of all products now that the prestigious Institute of Ionic Electroflux Purification has confirmed the efficacy of our patent pending technology with a very scientific study that cannot be released to the general public.

    On the contrary - you should definitely release it to the general public as a "white paper".  You've obviously already mastered the arts of "Electroflux Purification" and the ceramic infusion of composite materials with great efficacy. Just make sure that your catalepticly catalyticly-purified ions are performed most judiciously in a quantum environment. alien

    Jokes aside, the wiring shown in the review is both unprofessional and unsafe.  It's something I fully expect to see as a breadboarded test circuit on a DIY workbench. However, for this to exist in a product intended for consumer use is IMHO something approaching criminal.

    This thread illustrates how the amp Mr. Samra described in post 21 began arcing at the base of one tube (or as the reviewer described it, "...the amp gasped me a little hiccup").  He's lucky that's all it did.  In the end, the owner walked away happy.  But considering he was out five G's from the start for what amounted to a substandard, breadboarded, ST-70 pseudo-clone in extruded aluminum jewelry - well, I'll put in with you guys that Bob's amps are a much better deal.


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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by michaelsamra on Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:58 pm

    Mr. Zenith wrote:
    vtshopdog wrote:Too late.  Virginia USA called and hired me.  We are doubling the price of all products now that the prestigious Institute of Ionic Electroflux Purification has confirmed the efficacy of our patent pending technology with a very scientific study that cannot be released to the general public.

    On the contrary - you should definitely release it to the general public as a "white paper".  You've obviously already mastered the arts of "Electroflux Purification" and the ceramic infusion of composite materials with great efficacy. Just make sure that your catalepticly catalyticly-purified ions are performed most judiciously in a quantum environment. alien

    Jokes aside, the wiring shown in the review is both unprofessional and unsafe.  It's something I fully expect to see as a breadboarded test circuit on a DIY workbench. However, for this to exist in a product intended for consumer use is IMHO something approaching criminal.

    This thread illustrates how the amp Mr. Samra described in post 21 began arcing at the base of one tube (or as the reviewer described it, "...the amp gasped me a little hiccup").  He's lucky that's all it did.  In the end, the owner walked away happy.  But considering he was out five G's from the start for what amounted to a substandard, breadboarded, ST-70 pseudo-clone in extruded aluminum jewelry - well, I'll put in with you guys that Bob's amps are a much better deal.


    To be fair,the owner got the amp for 3500 dollars but still,WAYYY OVER PRICED even at that. I made dramatic improvements with the upgrades in comparison to where we started,but for the price he paid was basically for the amp's physical architecture.
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    Post by Peter W. on Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:41 pm

    Mpfff....

    Five (5) operating stereos, 4 at home, 1 at the summer house.
    The makings of several more, but for speakers.
    Probably two dozen (24) vintage tube radios in operational condition going from 1919 to 1964. About 1,500 tubes as spares.

    In all that, I have one (1) Chinese tube (5AR4) that 'came with' a dumpster dive.
    I have no equipment made in China.

    That 5AR4 will remain the sole Chinese member of the collection excepting other 'come withs'.
    I promise I will never purchase a piece of Chinese audio equipment.

    The amp in question is for those with more money than brains, and, perhaps, tin ears - those more impressed by appearance, and noise than actual substance. And that is as far as I will go as that direction may be mistaken for politics. It is not.

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    Post by GP49 on Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:54 pm

    pedrocols wrote:In this review the author says "Opening up the 126S chassis I saw a well laid out clutter free interior with point to point wiring." Click>> What a Joke


    Illustrates the principle behind most audio "reviewing:" PAYOLA.
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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by Peter W. on Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:27 pm

    Below, with Bob's pictures scrubbed of any identifiers is the text of my note to Sophia. Their website has more than a few references to "knock-offs" and other problems they have been having - and it is also interesting to note that they sell transformers, tubes, speakers and other bits as well as fully completed amps and preamps.

    Anyone here think I will get a reply?

    And, we might all feel a bit liked smacked *ss*s if this turns out to be a knock-off.

    I always believe in going to the source, if possible.


    Where are your amplifiers manufactured, with specific reference to transformers and tubes?

    And, are the images below a fair representation of an actual Sophia product?

    Thanks in advance!

    Peter Wieck





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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by GP49 on Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:17 pm

    The "Enjoy The Music" review does not say how the magazine got its sample, but if typical of published audio reviews, it was a manufacturer loan (I can't imagine a maker of a counterfeit copy loaning one out!).  So we can assume that what they got is a typical production unit, or maybe one that has been thoroughly checked out by Sophia in (hopefully) Virginia prior to shipment.

    And yet the wiring of the unit under test looks just as bad as the one shown in the photos at the start of this thread (see attached image)...unsupported wiring splices with shrink-tubing insulation, and all!

    Unfortunately, Sophia's reply to Peter is as likely to be a fabrication or silence as anything else.

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    Post by sKiZo on Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:32 pm

    Maybe it's just me, but I smell some Chinese bashing going on here. Just thought I'd toss this in. BIG fan of the Maverick DACs ... made in China. They're well designed and built, and perform well above their price point. Love mine, and it's been bulletproof for years now.

    Hasn't stopped me from popping the top though ... Tube rolling and upscale op amps and capacitors. Didn't really need it, but hey ... couldn't help myself. ;-}


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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by Dogstar on Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:30 am

    Warning:
    Don't be fooled by similar looking transformer devices. Claims by those selling "vintage" transformers are also selling you distortion under the name of flavor and limited bandwidth. We are confident that there is no other similar audio device that comes close to the build quality or measures up to sonic performance of Magik Box.

    Bob...this is posted on their web page. And you know very well that if its on the internet it has to be true.

    I wonder how many tubes this company sells at rediculously inflated prices. Based on the amp in this thread I'm going to guess that these so called audiophile quality tubes are glorified light bulbs.

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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by antipodean on Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:05 am

    vtshopdog wrote:You guys have it all wrong:

    The black inner cover hiding the tiny transformer is made of proprietary Ferro-Electromagnetic-ionizing ceramic infused composite.  Combined with the special brushed Zirconium aluminum heat trapping outer tranny cover, ions produced by the inner cover catalyticly purify 99.76503% of all electrons passing through the precision transformer windings resulting in better depth, wider sound stage, more natural mid range and extremely clear but non fatiguing highs.  Impure, dirty electrons are the cause of dirty sound!!  

    As with all Virginia USA amps, bass is tight, clean and non boomy.  (Unless, of course, you happen to prefer boomy bass, in which case one simply flips the special low damping inductor-flux switch located on top panel to "boom-bass" mode)


    (My apologies:  Sitting in car on return drive from family trip with nothing better to do than type this blather ...)

    (Virginia USA - if you need a copy writer I have about 4 more hours of drive left....)

    Where is the "Like" button ???

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    Post by Dogstar on Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:50 am

    vtshopdog wrote:You guys have it all wrong:

    The black inner cover hiding the tiny transformer is made of proprietary Ferro-Electromagnetic-ionizing ceramic infused composite.  Combined with the special brushed Zirconium aluminum heat trapping outer tranny cover, ions produced by the inner cover catalyticly purify 99.76503% of all electrons passing through the precision transformer windings resulting in better depth, wider sound stage, more natural mid range and extremely clear but non fatiguing highs.  Impure, dirty electrons are the cause of dirty sound!!  

    As with all Virginia USA amps, bass is tight, clean and non boomy.  (Unless, of course, you happen to prefer boomy bass, in which case one simply flips the special low damping inductor-flux switch located on top panel to "boom-bass" mode)


    (My apologies:  Sitting in car on return drive from family trip with nothing better to do than type this blather ...)

    (Virginia USA - if you need a copy writer I have about 4 more hours of drive left....)

    It's a good thing only texting while driving and not replying to a thread while driving is against the law. :-)
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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by vtshopdog on Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:21 pm

    Dogstar wrote:

    It's a good thing only texting while driving and not replying to a thread while driving is against the law. :-)

    Hey, I was riding in a top secret prototype Virginia USA self driving car (with a Bose sound system as the V-USA radio kept killing the engine)

    If you send me $20 I promise to alert you anytime it is attempting to drive anywhere near your neighborhood - it's easy to recognize, just look for the big shiny 3/8" thick aluminum grill and massive custom wheels all powered by a 3 cylinder 2-stroke motor adapted from an early '50s Soviet tractor.
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    Re: Sophia Electric > "Virginia, USA" - yeah sure ..

    Post by Peter W. on Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:42 am

    Sophia Electric Company
    1952 Gallows Rd # 214, Vienna, VA 22182

    Which, as it happens is an office building known as the Korean Business Center and the Korea Science Corporation Center.
    If one looks at the eBay selections, there is a constant reference to "designed and made 'in house'" and with named designers. Also made "in house".

    Not something that typically happens in an office suite of less than 1,000 square feet with two (2) employees and gross revenues estimated at $200,000 annually. I cannot be more exact than that without spending money. Nor is this information guaranteed accurate.

    I do a lot of work in Google Earth for the job, and have RE contacts in several states - all of which is automated so I am not wasting time or spinning wheels other than my own. So, this was an obvious search and the work of a few moments.

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