Has anyone heard both these speakers? I've listened to both and they represent my short list for my next speaker purchase. Problem is that I like them both but for different reasons and I'm trying to decide which would have more long term staying power in my listening room.
I find the Sophia 3's to be the more "exciting" of the two speakers, with fantastic deep and tight bass and a treble that is not harsh but definitely noticeable (and not at all forgiving of bright recordings). I love bass, and I think it's the bass performance along with great imaging and an "orgainic, analogue" sound that I find appealing about the Sophias. For example, on the jazz trio recording I played (Jaques Loussier's "The Bach Book"), the double bass was presented as the most predominant of the trio and sounded authoritative, natural and very real.
I find the Studio 2's to be the more "refined" of the two speakers, with an amazing detail to let you hear deep, deep into the recording without calling attention to bass or treble. It's a less exciting sound but a more "cohisive" sound to my ears. For example, on the same jazz trio recording, the piano was the most predominant of the trio and sounded much more detailed in terms of being able to hear all the sounds (at all frequencies) associted with each key on the piano (e.g. the hammer hitting the string, the harmonics produced by each string vibrating).
I'm looking for guidance on which of these different presentations might be more appealling over time and which might become fatiguing over time. It's so difficult to say when you can only spend a 2-4 hours listening to each.
I'd be interested in members' opinions on this.