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Old 01-10-2013, 02:37 PM
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I really like the first picture, but I think the nice front plate doesn't really go with the sides.
I think the final product may look a little different.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:51 PM
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Interesting that this new pre departs from the 3 box configuration of the XP-30.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:08 PM
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Interesting that this new pre departs from the 3 box configuration of the XP-30.
I commented on this in another thread. There is a picture somewhere which shows both the XS Pre and what looks like an XP-20 - the XS pre is *much* bigger. My guess is that while a 3 chassis design is better in a theoretical (and probably measureable) sense, Nelson opted for visual symmetry with the 2 chassis XS amps while fitting all of the necessary goodness (apparantly significantly better than the XP-30) into 2 boxes. Or perhaps there were indications that potential Pass Labs customers found the 3 chassis design a bit cumbersome. Just speculatin'.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:11 PM
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Good points Howard.
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I commented on this in another thread. There is a picture somewhere which shows both the XS Pre and what looks like an XP-20 - the XS pre is *much* bigger. My guess is that while a 3 chassis design is better in a theoretical (and probably measureable) sense, Nelson opted for visual symmetry with the 2 chassis XS amps while fitting all of the necessary goodness (apparantly significantly better than the XP-30) into 2 boxes. Or perhaps there were indications that potential Pass Labs customers found the 3 chassis design a bit cumbersome. Just speculatin'.
I will add that I found the XP30 difficult to place in my racks. While my old C500T/C fit snugly in a 12" spaced shelf on my rack, the XP30 is just a tad too tall. This left me either splitting it up (power on one shelf and left & right on another) or stacking them three high on the top shelf. Both option are visually unappealing to me. I've since ordered a seperate stand for my XP30.

Great sounding preamp, just a bit unwieldy.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:32 PM
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The Back.Price is said to be 32k.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:18 PM
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I love the simple design layout! Not crazy about the volume knob/dial. Maybe it's better in person.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:48 PM
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My understanding is that the metal showed up on Wednesday, it all went together Thursday and into the truck and into the van for the ride to CES Friday. I have it from good sources that the cosmetic details of the Xs preamps are not final.

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