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I am considering the Pass Labs X-150 amp to use with my Aerial 10t'S. Any thoughts?


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THanx for your reply. I wonder why Pass Labs has such a low profile around here. I am guessing it is because they are so expensive?
 

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I have heard the 10Ts speakers with Pass amps before but I can't remember the model number. It sounded very nice and easy to listen.



I have a Pass X1 preamp in my system which consist of Krell amps and Revel speakers. I think you'll be happy with a Pass amp. Great sound and excellent customer service.
 

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Ditto on the sound and customer service comments for Pass Labs. I had an interconnect cable lose its point in an X-150's input connector. I called Pass Labs and they sent a new RCA input connector and even some of the solder they use. No charge and I had the part in hand in a day or two. I haven't heard the Pass Labs amplifiers with any Aerials, but I'd expect the combo to do very well. FYI, my Pass amplifiers are powering Von Schweikert speakers.
 

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I have no first hand knowledge of Pass Labs amps. But I have seen postings and reviews that said the Pass Labs amps can be "thin" in the mid range and they can also be transparent for some combination of components.
 

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If you follow the "big" audio magizines around the world, you'll notice that they get excellent press everywhere except the USA (where they are hardly ever mentioned). Makes me suspicious of the "big" USA audio magazines...

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THanx for your reply. I wonder why Pass Labs has such a low profile around here. I am guessing it is because they are so expensive?
 

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THanx for your reply. I wonder why Pass Labs has such a low profile around here. I am guessing it is because they are so expensive?
And they don't advertise.
 

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Nelson Pass is a genious in amps, he is so good that does not even afraid to share his experience with DIY people (I really doubt that ANY other TOP High-End company does it) http://www.passdiy.com/

It means - a lot of people can easily prove the sounding quality of Pass Labs amps, and they did already.

I really doubt that Pass Labs amps can produce any kind of "thin" sounding anywhere, being designed with such linear approach, if we hear any imperfection in the particular setup, it is in the speakers ... IMO.
 

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Don't pay much attention to paid advertising (checks in the mail, here's my company hype), but I do pay attention to free advertising (reviews)


To each their own though...

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And they don't advertise.
 

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Here is an abstract of the summary of a review done by Audio Revolution (link posted in Pass Labs' web site). The full review is here http://www.audiorevolution.com/equip...abs/index.html


--------- ABSTRUCTED FROM AUDIO REVOLUTION'S REVIEW OF X350 ---------


When looking to buy an amp in this category, it is important to either audition the amplifier before you buy, or to consult your retailer and be sure that they understand your system and your personal likes and dislikes. An amplifier is a critical link in your audio chain. I consider the Pass X350 to be among the best solid-state amps that I have heard and, although pretty darn expensive, not ridiculously so when compared with similar quality products. Before purchasing in this class, I would consider the competition carefully. At a few coins below the 10K mark, there are other comparably-priced amps to chose from. A couple that come to mind are the Krell 250Mc monoblocks at $11,000 and the Mark Levinson No. 336 at $9,500. If you wanted to run out today and get an amp without the trouble of auditioning, the X350 would be a very safe choice. It is a fantastic amplifier.


I feel that the X350 is not for everyone but, for that matter, neither is any product right for all. The X350’s somewhat lean and ultra-transparent top end will offend some and energize others. If you are looking the warmth of tubes, you won’t find it here. If you are looking for a gentle, sweet, musical component, you will only questionably find it with the X350. If you are looking for dynamic slam and the many benefits from the best that solid-state has to offer, you’ll find that and more. Regardless of your taste in presentation, you are sure to find this amp an exciting one.
 

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Don't pay much attention to paid advertising (checks in the mail, here's my company hype), but I do pay attention to free advertising (reviews)


To each their own though...
I meant that's why you don't hear of them because magazines review mostly companies that pay for their ad pages. They don't advertise so they don't get much press. They don't need to advertise because they are awesome amps.
 

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Steven Stone in SGHT wrote an outstanding review of the X-3 last year.

Personally, I would take a Pass amp over any Krell or Levinson, but that's just me.

So definitely give them all a serious listen.

I would not characterize Pass amps as "thin" in any way. More like wide, deep and liquid.

BTW, Pass Labs advertises regularly.
 

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Personally, I would take a Pass amp over any Krell or Levinson, but that's just me.
No, not just you, I guess a lot of people will second your opinion, at least me :D
 

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Steven Stone in SGHT wrote an outstanding review of the X-3 last year.

Personally, I would take a Pass amp over any Krell or Levinson, but that's just me.

So definitely give them all a serious listen.

I would not characterize Pass amps as "thin" in any way. More like wide, deep and liquid.

BTW, Pass Labs advertises regularly.
Where? Have not seen much of them in advertisements.
 

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The Pass ads I've seen are small and buried, usually about a quarter page near the back of Stereofile or The Absolute Sound (I don't remember which).
 

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The Pass ads I've seen are small and buried, usually about a quarter page near the back of Stereofile or The Absolute Sound (I don't remember which).


That's what I thought - barely anything.
 
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