Anyone use a BHK 250 with Wilson Sabrinas?


#1

I have an excellent offer to purchase a BHK 250. I currently have a Macintosh c2600 preamp going into a MC275 VI as my main power amp, and while it sounds very involving and lush, the low end control and dynamics are sometimes lacking a bit. I have a small listening room (10x14)

Looking for any feedback from folks who might have tried the BHK 250 /Wilson Sabrina combination or any additional input on replacing my MC275 with the BHK 250 (I don’t really have the space to get a second MC275 as mono block combination).

Thank you!


#2

I suspect you need to be asking a different question. But first, show us a picture of the speaker in the room.


#3

My BHK 250 drives a pair of Wilson Sophia 3’s in a small room and sounds great, including the low end and dynamics (I do have a REL subwoofer, too, for the lowest end). The combination would sound even better in a bigger room.


#4

I had a pair of Halcro dm78 mono blocks powering a pair of Wilson Sophia 3’s also. Whilst Sabrina is designed for small rooms, Wilson speakers with their ported enclosure design typically don’t like small rooms. I suspect the position of his speaker in the room has more bearing on the end result than the amplifier which is powering it.


#5

Placement and room size are certainly important. On the other hand my Sophia 3’s do pretty well on the long wall of a room that is only about 10.5 x 13 feet. As my speaker dealer put it after a recent visit to help dial-in my REL, I’m basically listening in the near field but he thought my set-up was still one of the best he had heard with those speakers (and he’s not a PSA dealer). He did recommend getting a bigger room, however.


#6

Or changing to a speaker that works better in a smaller room. Which is why I changed from Wilson to Magico and never looked back (I’m now on my third pair of Magico after upgrading from Sophia v3).


#7

Makes sense but given my budget (and retirement plans in the not-too-distant-future, I hope), the Sophia’s are going to have to last a long, long time. Fortunately, I’m quite happy with what I’ve got. Magicos would certainly be on the list if I won the lottery, though.


#8

I bought my Sophia v3 new, and I sold them 2 years later for more than I paid for them. However I did need to top up those proceeds to move into Magico territory. And more so over time since. I was happy to pay the price of entry, especially where I am now in the product line-up. Ultimately you get to a point where you don’t need to spend any more money.

I suspect in @slange00 case, the BHK isn’t going to bring much to the party for him due to the speaker and the physical space in which it lives.


#9

You could well be right.

I bought my Sophias early in the product cycle and they raised the price quite substantially before they discontinued the model.

My BHK 250 replaced a PSA Classic 250 and it made a very substantial improvement, including in the areas the OP is concerned with. The only way to really know how it will work in a particular system is to get one on a 30-day trial and listen.


#10

Yep. I made a $2000 profit when I sold my Sophia v3. Happy days. That doesn’t happen very often (although I’ve had quite a few other similar wins in the past).