I am really confused with some of the comments on this site. I have personally auditioned the various Wilson Audio speakers and found most of their product to sound just plain amazing. I am not the type of person to buy expensive equipment just for bragging rights. However, I am willing to spend more to get more. I have found the Sophia 3s to be the best sounding speakers that I have auditioned. They are not Wilson’s most expensive speakers; however, I have found them to be the most accurate, transparent and well balanced speakers that Dave Wilson has to offer. The only true competitor that I have found for them are the Totem Element Metals. Furthermore, Wilson’s Duette bookshelf speakers sound so much better than many brands’ full range speakers. Both speakers cost more; however, in my opinion they are worth every penny.
When I audition speakers, I prefer not to know the specs, the price and if at all possible the brand, prior to listening. I close my eyes and only concentrate on the sound that is being reproduced. I find that speakers sound drastically different. And yes, some expensive speakers sound way overpriced and/or horrible. To clarify, my number one priority is the quality of sound that is reproduced, not the amount of decibels that it can reproduce. Decibels are for DJs. However, if you can get quality sound and decibels together in the same package, then that makes the product much more appealing.
If Wilson Audio is capable of reproducing amazing sound quality, then why would anyone bash an individual for wanting to listen to one of Wilson’s products, including a subwoofer?