[JN] magik ???

Christian Rintelen christian at rintelen.ch
Mon Feb 1 12:46:30 CST 2021

nah, no such wizardry. the magical mistery box contains a simple 1:2 step up transformer. it sez:

> Building a transformer that is quiet and has gain as well as a wide bandwidth is both a technical and artistic challenge. During the last 10 years Sophia Electric has utilized all its transformer making skills and ingenuity to solve these challenges. We have used the latest science and exotic high tech materials to bring you the ultimate in-line transformer amplifier device - Magik Box.

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aka christian rintelen

> Am 01.02.2021 um 17:12 schrieb BBands via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>:
> I'll take a shot: A passive version of something like Bob Carver's sonic holography concept?
>      John
> On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 6:14 AM Marc Wauters via Sound <sound at soundlist.org <mailto:sound at soundlist.org>> wrote:
> https://sophiaelectric.com/products/pages-tube-preamp-magik-box <https://sophiaelectric.com/products/pages-tube-preamp-magik-box>
> Anyone want to take a stab on just what is in those cans. If it really does anything I have to ask just why transformer would do it. I'd generally be rather skeptical that noiseless gain of 6 dB at line level can do much of anything to improve sound. Their claims are quite ambitious. They even claim it improves (or have in the past) the sound from MM cartridges when placed between it and the phono input. Seems the impedances there might be an issue.
> Thing is that similar claims and reports were given on the Expressive Technology SUT 1 ( I think that was the model name) moving coil step up, that improved the sound beyond any other step up available, but of course in that position it's hard to compare.
> Tell me this is just something like a Jensen J11 wired as an autoformer for 6 dB gain and I'll go buy a bunch!!!
> Regards
> Marc
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