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    Default Sophia Electric 126S-03 integrated valve amplifier

    Perhaps not well-known in the UK, this US-built amp is a real gem imo. Sophia Electric are probably best known for their triode valves and 300b amplifiers, and the 126 is their (successful!) attempt to bring the best of that 'sound' to a more powerful amplifier, capable of driving most speakers.

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazin...ic_126s_03.htm
    http://hometheaterreview.com/sophia-...fier-reviewed/
    http://www.sophiaelectric.com/pages/amp/magic126.htm

    The amplifier has recently been fully serviced at AmpRegen, where, amongst other things, a 'bucking' transformer was added to ensure all voltages are in spec when used with UK typical mains supply. Communication with Sophia Electric established that this example is an early production model, and was fitted with switches for both Triode and Pentode mode operation, something not on the current production version, apparently. Both work well, but the bench tests showed that the design has lower distortion in Triode mode, easily giving 14 Watts of very clean output ... a conclusion I'd already come to through listening, preferring the extra subtlety of the Triode mode. Please note that this amp has 8 Ohm outputs only. The bench tests also showed it has very low residual noise for a valve amp, so can also be used with high sensitivity speakers, with no intrusive 'hum' audible through the speakers.


    Very happy to demonstrate this (I am near junction of M1 and M6) ... bring along your speakers and source ... or will travel to you if you are within an hour of me.

    Been hanging onto it for a while now, as I love the way it presents music, but I now need to sell to fund upgrades elsewhere. New, these are $5000, and this one owes me around £1800. For sale at £1250.

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    Original photo stolen by photobucket, see posts 13 and 14
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    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    Whoops ... this is of course, an integrated amplifier
    Could a kind moderator please modify the title accordingly? Thanks!
    Done that Peter. Lovely amplifier!
    Mr. Tact!

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    I have the original packaging for this, so can ship if necessary ... prefer to meet up, though, to avoid the potential for courier-damage.

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    Another pic. Was using this for a while with Harbeth P3ESRs, which was a lovely combination. Also heard it with Snell and Audio Note speakers, which were excellent, too. Open to offers ... pm me with any questions.

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    Oooh! lovely Amp!!
    Peter sure knows his Amps, always has top notch quality equipment..
    Bloody nice chap to deal with too.

    This won't hang around for long..
    "lack of passion is fatal"
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    Thanks, Adam.

    As posted above ... offers considered, just PM me.
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    Have a bump on me, these are fabulous amps, superb build quality & sublime sound, a true bargain...

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    Going away on holiday tomorrow, to a remote place with no internet. Back on the 8th, when I'll answer any PMs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    Going away on holiday tomorrow, to a remote place with no internet. Back on the 8th, when I'll answer any PMs.
    Lucky you!
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Madake, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport.

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