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Old 03-30-2015, 02:47 PM
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Hi,

the Solid Tech Rack is too nice -> Hybrid.


New pre? a great Audio Research REF5se!!!

You dont agree?
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:28 PM
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Heard a pair of the XA160.8's in a friend's system and was very impressed.

He's driving Revel Ultima Salons and front end is a Bricasti M1 with a Gryphon Pandora pre.

The system sounded positively glorious and the step up from the XA100.5's was very substantial, particularly at frequency extremes. Bass is definitely on the warm side of neutral but there's better control and transient impact compared with the old model.

I don't think you need a tube pre with these amps because they're so inherently tube-like as it is.
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:29 AM
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I don't think you need a tube pre with these amps because they're so inherently tube-like as it is.[/QUOTE]


Hi,

I had a ARC REF5se for 2 months.....sell and back with a Great XP20 Pass!!!


What I like? a tube cd player. Ayon -> cd player CD3SX or DAC Strastos with transport.
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:37 PM
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Hi Raidho
I like your rig.
I too have Sasha and Pass Labs Xa 30.5. Upgrading to Xa 100.8.
No preamp though. I am running MSB analog DAC direct to amp.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:27 PM
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Hi Alfa,


Pass XA100.8 are great.

I have too a Ayon Stratos Dac/pre now (too direct too the amp).
I love the hot sound from ayon gears!


The pre i think go out in the next time.....
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:00 PM
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I'm glad you confirm DAC to power amp is better than preamp.
and i like your rack

I use Transparent ref cable throughout.
Symposium Roller Blocks for isolation.
regards
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:32 AM
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well the preampli have a sense in a chain but the evolution from the Dac today is a very important point.

the dac with a VERY preampli part inside dont are soo much!

You have a Msb analog Dac with volume control, extra power base and what for "door"? (usb/spdif/coax...)

I use cd player or only with "computer"? -> you need a extra soft (Audirvana, Amarra,...) and a PC/Mac always at work.....this is a reason for dont buy a MSB (my side)


Sasha is the version 2 too?

I have a pre/dac Ayon Stratos with a NW-T. (a great combo) ihmo

cabling: Transparent Audio is good (well inside the Wilson too) but I have a brand called Esprit and work very very good with the Wilson. (Esprit Lumina)

for the power cord I use shunyata and another "big" cabel -> for the pre/dac and the source the power cord is very important . more as the power ampli... -> EX.: for pre/dac & source $ 1000, for the ampil $ 600

your are in Usa?

thank you
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:46 AM
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Here is an interesting quote from the review:



I wonder if my sample 100.8s were going through this break-in process and thus I was never able to integrate them with my system. After a week, I gave up and put them in their boxes waiting for the UPS guy to pick them up.

Maybe I should have waited longer or maybe I should get a used pair with a lot of hours on them...

Ultimately, Scott gave them a resounding thumbs up. I wish I had achieved his sonic results more quickly before I had to return my pair.
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Heard a pair of the XA160.8's in a friend's system and was very impressed.

He's driving Revel Ultima Salons and front end is a Bricasti M1 with a Gryphon Pandora pre.

The system sounded positively glorious and the step up from the XA100.5's was very substantial, particularly at frequency extremes. Bass is definitely on the warm side of neutral but there's better control and transient impact compared with the old model.

I don't think you need a tube pre with these amps because they're so inherently tube-like as it is.
I had a different experience.

For me the XA100.8 were a big step back from the performance offered by the XA100.5s.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:15 PM
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Hi Carlos
Please elaborate as i have just put in my order for Xa100.8
and i could still change the order to the Xa100.5
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:59 PM
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Hi Carlos Please elaborate as i have just put in my order for Xa100.8 and i could still change the order to the Xa100.5
You should try them in your system to see what you think. For me the higher frequencies sounded dull.

You can read the thread I posted under the Pass Labs section. I think the title was "New Pass Labs XA100.8 amps incoming"
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