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Audio Video Designs
(512) 306-9995
5758 Balcones DriveSuite 101
Austin, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Integrity Home Systems
(512) 374-9190
7801 N. LamarSte. F-40
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
RBH Sound Draper Elan Home Systems Denon Parasound HAI Vantage Controls Pioneer Elite Auralex Acoustics JSP Industries Salient Systems Sunfire HomeLogic Sim2
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chad Ward, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd
Austin, TX
 
Austin Home Systems
(512) 293-3179
6800 Westgate Blvd.Ste. 132-46
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Meridian, Savant AV, Totem HAI, LifeWare, TruAudio, Denon, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Nuvo, Avocation, FatCat, Samsung, Sony, JVC, Sharp, Panasonic, Philips, inFocus, Mitsubishi
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lucas Libbon, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
9607 Research Blvd
Austin, TX
 
Audio Video Designs
(512) 306-9995
5758 Balcones Dr.Ste. 101
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
McIntosh, JL Audio, Sonus Faber, Creston, Lutron, SpeakerCraft, Sony, Pioneer Elite, Denon, Niles, Marin Logan, Revel, Vienna Acoustics, REL, Kaleidescape, Stewart, Boston Acoustics, Lexicon, Panamax, and Audioquest
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jonathan Carbonaro, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Darel Dobbs, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- Justin Hendrickson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

MODIA
(512) 451-6000
8209 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Custom Electronics, Inc.
(512) 454-8824
2112 Rutland DriveSte. 160
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Elan, Klipsch, Sony, Yamaha, GE, Dirt Devil, HAI
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Nolan Corgill, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James Pratt, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(512) 989-1625
12901 N I H 35
Austin, TX
 
Fry\'s Electronics-Austin
(512) 733-7000
12707 North Mo Pac Expwy
Austin, TX
 

pass250

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 6

pass labs

X250 stereo amplifier

as reviewed by Mark Katz

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Photos taken by Dave Clark in his system

   

The Pass X250 is the 2nd from the bottom of the Pass X series amp line. The smallest is the not so small X150, at 150 watts/channel and at the top are the 1000 watt per monobloc X1000 amps. These amps succeed the excellent Aleph series. The X250 weighs in at 100 pounds, but can be carried by two people with the help of the rear mounted handles. The front has a circular power switch and an attractive blue glowing meter that I believe conveys how much current the amp needs to draw. Wing-like protrusions that can be used as handles surround the meter and the whole amp has a brushed silver look. The back of this rather hefty stereo amp sports both single ended and balanced inputs and clever, large binding posts that are very easy to hand tighten. The binding posts are good for spades, but can’t be used on bananas since there’s nowhere to plug them. Also on the back is the obligatory IEC receptacle for the power cord, and the main power switch. The amp’s operation is intuitive. The manual gives the Nelson Pass design philosophy of low noise, very low distortion, achievable with only 2 stages of amplification and low global feedback using "Supersymmetry" and balanced circuitry. His discussion of distortion minimization makes good reading – in the user’s manual http://www.passlabs.com/pdf/x250man.pdf . Of course, the proof is in the implementation

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I unplugged the Kora Cosmos amps and plugged the Pass X250 directly into a dedicated 20 amp outlet using a fairly hefty Tiff power cord. The rest of the system used included a CEC TL1 transport with Marigo Signature digital interconnect into an Audio Magic modified Kora Hermes 192/24 tubed DAC, Kora Eclipse tubed preamp hooked together with Goertz Triode interconnects. The amp drove the JM Labs Mezzo Utopias, a fairly flat 4 ohm, efficient load through shot-gunned (one run on each terminal) Kimber 8TC. The low powered equipment was plugged into an API Powerwedge 116 II, with the preamp into a non transformer filtered outlet. The amp changed the character of my system. Gone was the seductive sound of the Kora Cosmos, in came POWER. The first thing I noticed was a sense of the music becoming more dynamic. On my speakers, it seemed effortless and amazingly energetic. It sounded as if the dynamics of the performances were brought closer to the original. With the possible exception of very high efficiency horn speakers, dynamics of the music reproduced is markedly diminished compared to the original. Many people deride this type of speakers for poor tonal balance and a honky, "cupped hand" sound and with a few exceptions, they’re right. Despite this they can convey lively dynamics that would otherwise be far more compressed on more "audiophile approved" speakers....

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