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Best Buy
390 Northridge Mall
Salinas, CA
 
Digital Home Convergence Designs
(831) 240-4494
PO Box 7060
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Netstreams, Kaleidescape, Control4, Sunfire, All major consumer electronics brands
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Carl Gadener, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Wilson Home Theater Systems ~Founding Member~
(818) 881-7665
6130 Melvin Ave.
Tarzana, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jules Leach, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Randy Wilson, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Southwest Audio Visual
(858) 324-1704
10635 Roselle StreetSte. C
San Diego, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Savant, Integra, Triad, SpeakerCraft, Gefen, Universal Remote Control, APC, PSB, JVC, Russound, Sphere, Screen Research Theater Screens, Panasonic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jim Diez, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- William Kauzlarich, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Concepts
(562) 597-5450
6236 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Inter@ctive Sound & Wireless
(831) 770-1671
728 E. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA
 
Kartunes auto stereo and alarm in Seaside CA
(831) 394-1700
767 Boadway Ave
Seaside, CA
Services
sales, service and installation of mobile electronics

Best Buy
18811 Bear Valley Rd
Apple Valley, CA
 
Best Buy
1015 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
 
Best Buy
2460 E Charleston Rd
Mountain View, CA
 

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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