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Old 12-06-2012, 09:52 AM
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Just curious - who is 'they.' Dealer, Reno, factory?

Happy Holidays Folks,

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:03 AM
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I started with Pass Labs customer service (very helpful gentleman - I forget his name). Next, I got a call and an email from Pass Labs President Desmond Harrington. Desmond, as you recall, was the former lead designer/engineer for Krell (when Krell built the biggest, baddest amps). He could not have been nicer and more helpful. We communicated back and forth multiple times. Each time he was delving more into my room, listening habits, speakers, etc. Even when I told him the types of music I listened to, he wrote back and asked for a detailed list of CD's. He answered all my stupid ass questions with professionalism. With other companies, I can't even get one of their flunkies to call me back - let alone have the President help me. Enough said. I was sold. Add to that, that the amps sound unbelievable and have exceeded my expectations and I'm a happy camper!
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:07 AM
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That's awesome Mike. I've called Pass myself. They are excellent. I've called "other" companies and got attitude when I was lucky enough to get a return phone call. Great product and fantastic customer service! It makes you feel good about buying the products.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:10 AM
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Cool story and thanks for clarifying. Noted.

Happy Holidays Folks,

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Preamp: Dan D'Agostino Progression Preamp.
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:12 AM
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When I told Desmond, "you could have easily sold me on the 200.5's, but you didn't." He simply replied, "well, I could have, yes. But I would rather have happy customers".
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:26 AM
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Hi at all,

I use a X250.5 and I will go with the XA series....:
now I love the "power" from my 250 watt Passlab and a dealer say me that if I will have a new ampli that give me a power sensation with the x250.5 the xa100.5 are not enough. -> the 160.5 is a basis to start!

I have a Raidho C3.1 (ot: at_vintage_tube: you have too the c3.1 wallnut like me but you use a tube ampli: soudn better?) and the - for me - always great B&W802d2.

before i had a HC all Classe audio (ssp800-CA2300-CA3200) but the Passlab sound is a lot different: in stereo is much better!

please opinion,
greetings from Switzerland
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