NICE Pass Labs XA160.5 Mono Block Power Amplifiers:
See Rave reviews:
The Absolute Sound:
in part says: No matter your drug of choice—chemical, horsepower,
audio—with prolonged use, you always reach a plateau at which you
believe you just can’t get any higher. But sooner or later, something
else enters your reality that restarts the cycle, and you’re off and
running again. Such is my experience with the Pass Labs XA160.5
If you are new to the world of high-end audio, you can get the condensed history of Pass Labs here: http://www.passlabs.com/about.htm.
The shorter version is simple: Nelson Pass is a genius. He’s probably
got more patents for amplifier design than almost everyone else combined. And
he’s got a great sense of humor, too. The owner’s manual describes the
new amplifier as “tending to run heavy and hot, but elicit high
performance and reliability from simple circuits.”
Weighing in at about 130 pounds each and $24,000 per pair, the
XA160.5s are not for the light of wallet—or bicep. Or, for that matter,
air-conditioning capacity. The power draw isn’t huge, but each unit
sucks 600 watts from the power line, whether idling or at full power.
Because they only produce 160 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling
into a 4-ohm load, they get very warm to the touch. Yes, this behavior
is normal for a class A design. The extra heat was welcome in March when
the amplifiers arrived, as it kept our studio toasty. Yet, as days got
longer, the amps forced us to run the A/C well before we normally would.
Two years ago, I proclaimed the Burmester 911 Mk.3’s the best
amplifiers I’ve heard. And over the course of hundreds of product
reviews, I’ve used that dreaded “B” word just once in the absolute
sense. After conveying my enthusiasm for these amplifiers to Harrington,
he responded, “The 160’s are amazing, but you need to hear the 200s.”
So just when I thought I couldn’t get any higher, the quest begins
It’s always tough to make comparisons, yet the XA160.5 combines the
virtues of my three favorite amplifiers into one (actually two) boxes:
the delicacy of the Wavac EC300B, the texture and dimensionality of the
ARC REF 150, and the power, control, and composure of the Burmester
Independent of the “B” word, the Pass Labs XA160.5 monoblocks orbit
the top stratosphere of amplifier design at any price. If you would like
that je ne sais quoi that you thought required a vacuum-tube
amplifier, these are a consummate alternative. There is nothing that the
XA160.5s do not do.
The Pass Labs XA160.5 monoblocks
===================================One pair on US Audio Mart now for $12,000.
Clean pair light use a few small dings on the face plate (see pictures) in very clean well care for condition and comes in factory boxes and ready for your ENJOYMENT.
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