Reviews

Industry recognition/commentaries

Product Model Reviews
XP-12
XP-12
X600.8

An interview with hifi legend Nelson Pass

Parttime Audiophile  

XP-17

" It's really rather difficult to think there are phono stages that eclipse the XP-17, because honestly, I don't know how my vinyl playback system could sound any better."

Positive Feedback / Gary Beard  

HPA-1

"I think it would be fair to say that the HPA-1 is one of the best headphone amplifiers I have heard."

Audio Beatnik / Adam Labarge  

Xs Phono

"After listening to it, I reckon the XS is the only way to experience vinyl."

Dagogo / Constantine Soo  

XA200.8

"Now I can say it: I love the sound of the Pass Labs XA200.8 monoblock. It is the most beautiful-sounding, color-rich amplifier ever to grace my system, and its ability to illuminate music from within with subtlety and finesse puts it in a class all its own."

Stereophile / Jason Victor Serinus  

INT-60

Stereo & Video 3/2018 (pg 62-63)

Stereo & Video / Pavel Visek

XA25
XA25

"Its divine transparency blesses and illuminates every aspect of the music it touches, enhancing the subtlest aspects of tone, texture, microdynamics, space, and atmosphere."

Stereophile / Herb Reichert  

XA25

"I thought I would never hear a solid-state amplifier that could create the gorgeous timbres/tonality/color of the finest tube-based amplifiers, yet that's what you get with the XA25"

hometheaterreview.com / Terry London  

INT-250

"The Pass Labs INT-250 may just be the best integrated amplifier in the world."

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity / Chris Groppi  

INT-150
INT-60

"Distilling it all down, it’s an amplifier that makes me happy because it gets me more involved and closer to the musical experience."

Part-Time Audiophile  

XP-10

"With the PASS' "textured" sound, vocals were especially good. Individual singers' timbre were more quickly and easily identifiable." Larry Cox

positive-feedback.com  

XP-12

AudioArt #349 - Taiwan

XP-17

"Exceptional resolution and dynamics. Stringed instruments sounded divine with richness and fullness, not just details only for the sake of details--the natural timbre of those strings played the prominent role; they were brought to life. Exquisite." Karl Sigman

http://www.audiophilia.com  

XP-17

"It is as richly colourful, as deeply emotionally communicative and as powerful as the recording that is played. Oh and it has the best bass that I have heard from a phono preamp so far." Christiaan Punter

http://www.hifi-advice.com  

XA60.8

"So then, you might ask, what is the Pass Labs “family” sound? Different people hear things differently, but for me, it goes something like this: it’s somewhat warm, well-balanced top to bottom, dimensional, and forgiving, all while demonstrating prodigious bass." John Richardson

parttimeaudiophile.com  

XP-17

AudioArt #350 - Taiwan

XA60.8

"The improvements rendered by the Pass Labs XA60.8s weren't only in the soundstage; the sound was now, when called for, sweeter, warmer, more delicate—as, for example, with the voices and tenor sax on Getz/Gilberto, an oh, so familiar recording I explored with new interest with the XA60.8s in the system." Jim Austin

Stereophile  

INT-60

"The INT-60, indeed, is one of the best sounding integrated preamp/amplifiers I have ever reviewed. It is tough to better the INT-60 with separates in this price range. Even if you spend a bit more, you probably will not top it. Incredible detail, width and depth in the expansive stereo image, plus quick bass response." John Gatski

Everything Audio Network  

INT-60

Review from Poland:

Stereolife  

XA200.8

"Without hesitation, I could go the rest of my life and never feel the need to upgrade from the Pass XA200.8 amplifiers.

Tone Audio #84 / Greg Petan  

INT-60

Polish review with lots of pictures

Soundrebels.com  

HPA-1

"To put it bluntly, Pass Labs HPA-1 is an exceptional, very addictive headamp/preamp combo every aficionado should at least audition once an opportunity strikes."

HiFi Knights  

XA25

"As I listened to album after album, I could hear the textures, colors, tones, and harmonics of music in a way that was very moving. The system’s timbre realism with individual instruments and voices was as satisfying with the XA25 as it had been with any amp. All of this added up to enable my system to play music with a wonderful lifelike flow." Jack Roberts

http://theaudiobeatnik.com  

HPA-1

" If I did not know that the HPA-1 was transistor-based, I would've been fooled: the HPA-1 had the natural warmth and slight fullness that mimic tubes." " In my view, headphone listening is about intimacy, and the HPA-1 is nearly perfect in this regard."

HometheaterReview.com  

HPA-1

"As far as headphones go, the HPA-1 is a brilliant amp which deserves every bit of praise I’ve thus far heaped on it."

Part-Time Audiophile  

XA25

"With my audiophile ears standing at full attention I noted that each instrument sounds like it's in its own "space" on my favorite recordings."

CNET / Steve Guttenberg  

INT-60

So what does the INT-60 sound like? I'm sure this is too simplistic, but it sounds like music.

Positive-Feedback  

Xs Preamp

AudioArt #351 (Cover) - Taiwan

HPA-1

"in bass clarity and authority and in midrange transparency, the Pass Labs HPA-1 is without peer"

Stereophile  

XA100.8

"It would be tragic if you pulled the trigger on another brand/model and then happened to hear what this magnificent beast can do"

Canada Hifi  

XP-30

"Super quiet, super transparent and a sense of tone and purity to die for"

Positive Feedback  

INT-60

"The INT-60's dominant trait was to suck me in and glue me to my seat as it continued to reproduce music with so much low-key flavor, natural color, and more-ishness that I could never play just one record and go to bed early. "

Stereophile  

HPA-1

"This thing sounds so damn good twenty minutes out of the box"

Tone Audio  

HPA-1

"An amplifier that drives headphones to exceptional performance"

alpha-audio.nl  

XP-15

"There is more midrange tonal color than I would have ever expected from a solid state phono stage"

Positive Feedback  

INT-60

"Technical progress and music fun"

Music Emotion  

HPA-1

"The best I've heard from a headphone amp anywhere near the HPA-1's price."

Enjoy The Music  

XA60.8

"There are speakers that need more power and the XA60.8 is the choice"

Dagogo  

INT-60

Constitutes the heart of the integrated amplifier

Report magazine  

HPA-1

"the Pass Labs HPA-1 is a bona fide muscle amp in the guise of an equal-opportunity preamp with headfi function."

6Moons  

INT-60

"if you want to hear beautiful music produced by an integrated amplifier that is built to last a life time and is one handsome-looking beast without constantly messing with your system, the Pass Labs INT-60 integrated amplifier is for you."

HomeTheaterReview.com  

HPA-1

"Dynamics and authority are two of the best qualities in all listening sessions with the HPA-1, regardless of the headphone. With a great current delivery it also drives any planarmagnetic headphone, with an absolute control."

www.oldnewsound.es  

X350.8

"A superb example of the Pass Labs commitment to trickle down product development"

Positive Feedback  

XA30.8

"For me, listening to the XA30.8 is not unlike the first time I heard a really great stereo system; it is different, alive, and fantastic"

Positive Feedback  

XA30.8

"It has everything you could ever want"

Home Theater HiFi  

X250.8

"An amplifier that viscerally connects you to the heart and soul of the musician(s) you are listening to"

Connoisseur Corner  

HPA-1

"One Of The Best HPAs In The Audiophile World!"

Everything Audio Network  

X250.8

"Build quality is top shelf and the design has just enough subtle “audio jewelry” to delight the audiophile crowd"

Connoisseur Corner  

XA30.8

"You can sit for hours enjoying the tube-like, highly detailed musical nature of the XA30.8 with virtually no listening fatigue"

Home Theater Review  

HPA-1

"The HPA-1 had an effortless quality that made recorded music sound more like the real thing."

CNET  

INT-250

"The INT-250 also throws its prodigious weight around in the most unexpected and tender ways."

The Absolute Sound  

HPA-1

"Pass Labs, one of the most prestigious names in audio, has launched a terrific headphone amplifier"

Home Theater HiFi  

XP-30

"Ignite the imagination and accelerate your heart rate to thousands audiophiles worldwide"

Audioklan.pl  

HPA-1

"The Pass HPA-1 is on the top tier of the world’s finest headphone amplifiers"

Tone Audio  

XA100.8

"Ignite the imagination and accelerate your heart rate to thousands audiophiles worldwide"

Sound Rebels  

INT-60

"I strongly recommend that you check out this remarkable audio achievement."

Positive Feedback  

X350.8

"This is a high-powered, audiophile amp that delivers the desired sound"

Everything Audio  

XA200.8

"Pass Labs XA200.8 Pure Class A"

Dagogo  

X250.8

"This generation of Nelson Pass designs is the best that Nelson and his team have created so far."

Home Theather Review  

X250.8

"It has been my pleasure to experience the X250.8 as it was another great performer!"

Enjoy The Music  

XA30.8

"The Pass Labs XA30.8 excelled at musical flow"

Dagogo  

X250.8

"It’s probably the best sounding power amp I’ve had the pleasure of using in my system up to this time."

Paul  

XP-25

"If you like an inviting balance of warmth and detail along with superior dynamic punch and transparency, the XP-25 is a rock solid high reward investment and just might be your last phono preamp purchase! "

Positive Feedback  

X250.8

"With the X250.8 there’s detail, but there’s also texture."

Part-Time Audiophile  

XA30.8

Another stunning review of the XA30.8, available in Tone Audio #78 page 182

Tone Audio

XA160.8

"You must audition the XA160.8 I guarantee you will be highly impressed"

Tone Audio  

XP-30

Recommended Components 2015

Stereophile

XA100.8

"They’re so versatile and rewarding that it would be hard to praise them enough."

Part Time Audiophile  

XA60.5

"XA amplifiers therefore offer the promise of allowing their owner to have his single-ended, class-A cake, and eat it at high powers, too"

John Atkinson  

X600.8

"Solid build quality"

hometheaterhifi.com  

XA60.8

"Rock-solid dependability, never needing repair"

Home Theater Review  

Xs 150

"Super Class A Presentation,Super Class A Price Tag!"

Everything Audio Network  

XP-15

"Standout performance in bass and dynamics make the XP-15 one of the most exciting pieces I have ever had the pleasure of listening to."

New Record Day  

Xs Phono

The Xs series has drawn a line in the sand and has redefined the "state of the art"

Positive Feedback  

XA30.8

"This would be my first exposure to the grown-up stuff of Pass Labs"

6moons  

Xs 300

"Some might even proclaim them as the very best"

Positive Feedback  

XA30.8

"A pure conduit for music you ask? It truly is, and you must go and listen"

Enjoy The Music  

Xs 300

"The end result is musically realistic and involving at every level."

The Absolute Sound  

XP-25

"On the cut “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” her voice is smoother and more seductive than through some tubed units I have heard."

Tone Audio  

Xs Preamp

"For me, the Xs series has drawn a line in the sand and has redefined the 'state of the art'."

Positive Feedback  

INT-150

"Best High-End Integrated Stereo Amplifier"

Home Theater HiFi.com  

XP-30

"the Pass Laboratories XP-30 is an incredible linestage preamplifier and, in my experience, easily one of the best of its kind."

Parttime Audiophile  

Xs 150

"Even straight from the box, they sounded very good"

Dagogo.com  

Xs Phono

Best Products of the Year

Homet Theater HiFi  

XA200.5

"More liquid and resolved, greater transparency, you name it the XA200.5 has it."

Dagogo.com  

XA200.5

"The effortlessness provided by the bigger, beefier output stage and larger power supply is instantly evident"

-Jeff Dorgay- ToneAudio  

Xs Preamp

"Have a sound that is almost beyond description in words."

Home Theater HiFi  

INT-30A

PassLabs INT-30A article (China)

New Audiophile  

XA60.5

"Not only did they mesmerize me with their sonic attributes but their physical appearance won me over as well"

Anthony Nicosia  

INT-30A

"Exceptional sound"

hifi-voice.com  

XA160.5

"In pursuit of quality, the XA160.5 distinguishes itself from a crowd of higher power amps."

Dagogo.com  

XA30.5

"Deep, accurate and controlled in ways that you might not believe"

hometheaterreview.com  

XP-15

"The XP-15’s dynamics clarity and ultra-low noise floor are tough to beat, and may convince the most hardcore tube lover to make a switch"

Lawrence Devoe  

X1000.5

"With their sound and build quality, you won’t have to worry about upgrading. Ever."

hometheaterhifi.com  

X600.5

"The sensation of absolute control that the Pass Labs amplifiers create is overwhelming."

soundnews.ro  

X350.5

"Phenomenal audio fidelity"

audioholics.com  

X350.5

"It is clear to me that the X350.5 is worth every penny"

Enjoy the Music  

X250.5

"Quite possibly the greatest high-end deal that can be had today"

-HomeTheaterReview.com  

XA100.5

Amplifier review (videos)

avshowrooms.com  

XA100.5

"Pass Labs is part of an extremely short list of electronics I would integrate in my dream sound system"

Savu - soundnews.ro  

INT-30A

"The Pass INT-30A is a perfect choice"

Everything Audio Network  

XA160.5

"Simply Monstrous"

Tone Audio  

XA60.5

"The XA.5s have an organic tone that is seldom found in solid-state amps, and one that I've never found in a class AB amp"

Positive Feedback  

INT-30A

"The added weight and texture of the INT-30A provided leading and trailing edge harmonics that were spectacular on The Music"

Positive Feedback  

XA30.5

"The Pass Labs XA30.5 won me over in several system contexts and I plan to continue enjoying it for years to come"

Enjoy the Music  

X350.5

"The Pass Labs X350.5 amplifier is an extraordinary achievement for both sound and execution"

Robert S. Youman  

X350.5

"This amplifier indeed receives an emphatic recommendation from me."

Dagogo.com  

XA30.5

"It was as if the band members had relaxed, lowered their shoulders, and taken a deep breath."

Brian Damkroger  

XA160.5

"This amplifier lends each voice an absolutely precise physical weight and presence that was not there before"

Dr. Poltun  

X600.8

"Simply put, the Pass Labs X600.8s are the finest amplifiers I’ve ever had in my home"

Parttime Audiophile  

SR-1

SR-2

XP-20

XP-25

"All the adjustments are right upfront and easy to read, making fine tuning a snap"

Jeff Dorgay - Tone Audio  

X260.5

X150.5

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