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Digital Ear
(714) 544-7903
17602 E. 17th StreetSuite 106
Tustin, CA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Synergy
(714) 532-2048
300 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
 
Paragon Home Theaters
(714) 734-8662
1100 Irvine Blvd. #323
Tustin, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Marantz, Pioneer, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Niles, Velodyne, Stewart FilmScreen, Universal Remote Control, Parasound, Escient, Nuvo, Lutron, OnQ Home and HAI.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Daniel Di Maio, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
3741 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA
 
Best Buy
2982 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
 
Audio Images (Henry''s Audio Visual Solutions)
(714) 258-7238
1582 Parkway LoopSte. F
Tustin, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- James Anslow, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Larry Basham, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James Bower, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jordan Clark, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Corrigan, CEDIA Professional Subject Matter Expert, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jason Crawford, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Ju

JP Autosound
(714) 754-7700
3053 S. Harbor
Santa Ana, CA
 
Bose Factory Store
(714) 769-4080
The Block At Orange,20 City Boulevard West
Orange, CA
 
Best Buy
901 S Coast Dr
Costa Mesa, CA
 
Pure Audio
(714) 530-1888
10872 Westminster Avenue #103Suite 103
Garden Grove, CA
Services
Home Audio

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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