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Bose Factory Store
(281) 644-2673
Katy Mills,5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX
 
AV Expert
(281) 856-8367
17510 Golden Glade Lane
Houston, TX
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
APC,Da-lite,Denon,Draper, Escient,Furman, JVC,Lutron,Monster Cable,Mitsubishi, Niles Audio ,Paradigm, Pioneer, Panasonic,RCA,Runco,Russound,Screen Innovations(SI),Sony,and Sooloos
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Fernando Delgado, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Michael Grove, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Architectural Electronics
(713) 465-6333
1732 W. Sam Houston Parkway
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Home Theater Evolutions
(281) 980-2300
3157 Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Denon, Primare, B&K, DALI, Savant, Niles, Bose, Samsung, JVC, Sony, Mitsubishi, ISF Video Calibration, Universal Remote Control, Philips Pronto, RTI Remotes
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Richard Machemehl, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Video Guys, Inc.
(281) 894-2800
11500 FM 1960 W.Ste. 103
Houston, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
Brands
Halcro, B&K, Denon, Control4, SpeakerCraft, Da-Lite, Inteset, Lumagen, Panasonic Premiere, PurePower, RBH Sound, Triad, JVC Pro, others
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Darren Orta, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Polk, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Leisure Electronics, Inc.
(832) 434-3647
19408 Park RowSte. 352
Houston, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bill Bresett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

SARA International Inc.
(713) 988-1522
10516 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX
 
Architectural Electronics
(713) 465-6333
1732 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
AMX, Autopatch, CinemaTech, Crestron, Fortress, Furman,Irwin,JBL Synthesis,JVC, Lexicon, Lutron, McIntosh, Panasonic, Revel, Rives Audio, Samsung, Sharp, SIM2, Sony XBR, Sony Bravia, Speakercraft, Stewart, Totem Acoustic, Triad, Velodyne
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grady Jarrell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Marshall Nguyen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Paul Norred, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Doug Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional Home Theater Designer- Jeff Warford, CEDIA Certified Professiona

At Home Media
(713) 781-1999
3036 Rodgerdale Rd
Houston, TX
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, AMX, InFocus, UStec, NetStreams, Panasonic, Sanyo, Liberty Wire & Cable, Extron, Klipsch, Tru Audio,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lee Fipps, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Hollenbeck, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jason Janis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Manuel Pereda, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
8210 S Gessner Dr
Houston, 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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