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Old 03-23-2014, 08:35 PM
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I think that sounds like great deal! 45% off year old Pass?? Yeah, good deal.
I bought my demo INT150 (less than a year old) from Mark a couple of years ago at 45% off, and he told me a few weeks ago he'd give me almost what I paid for it in trade. Hard to beat that.
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I'm going to give Mark a call and find out what's up. I'm in da mood for something different.
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Love my XA30.5, and so do my DeVores!
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I'm going to give Mark a call and find out what's up. I'm in da mood for something different.
This Pass Labs amp will make the Kleiber / Beethoven music you just bought come alive

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:22 AM
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This Pass Labs amp will make the Kleiber / Beethoven music you just bought come alive
Possibly, but new speakers would be in order, too, I would think. I've decided to upgrade the electronics first this time.
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Possibly, but new speakers would be in order, too, I would think. I've decided to upgrade the electronics first this time.
Yes, definitely. I like Magnepans. Check out the 3.7s. Great performance to value ratio. Big panel sound perfect for acoustic music.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:37 PM
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[QUOTE=Pider;592193]Sure would like to know how things are going. I was just trolling on their website and found my way to their two integrated units. I like the looks of the 30A, but like you have absolutely no experience with Pass Labs, let alone class A.


I only have around 100 hours on my Pass Int 30A (likely a bit more than that as it was purchased as a demo) but I am already convinced. Talk about a well built piece of equipment! I am stretching it a bit by matching it to Magnepan MG 12s but it seems to handle them well enough. If the amp is switching out of class A, I sure can't hear it. It sounds good after a short warm up but really gets good after 30-40 minutes. I am now a believer in class A. I can only imagine what some bigger class A mono blocks would sound like with 3.7's or 20.7's.
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What do you typically have the volume control set at with the big Maggie's?
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What do you typically have the volume control set at with the big Maggie's?
junker - I think you are asking about the 20.7s and the Pass Labs XA100.5s. You'll notice that I don't have a preamp to drive the amps - I do it directly with the K-03's built-in line stage.

This set up yields the lowest noise and the purest sound in my opinion and I find it very satisfying.

The K-03 line stage stage puts out enough voltage to drive the 20.7s to satisfying SPLs. The attenuator on the K-03 is usually set, depending on the recording, between -30dB and -10 dB. The loudest I listen to is 95dB SPL peak. When reproducing some orchestral climaxes the needles on the XA100.5s do move meaning that the amps went into class AB mode, but I can not tell when this happens from the sound coming out of speakers.

I hope this helps.
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Was considering the INT30A or the 150 in the end went for the INT150. Driving Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M.
Can someone help me out understanding what the difference is between the two? I understand that one is primarily Class A (INT30A), but what I don't understand is the difference in, say, voicing, sound quality, and so on. The 150 apparently is Class A for the first 10-20?

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