Are Pass Labs amps probably the best ever you can buy ?

I have about 15k to spend on an amp/preamp/integrated amp.

I mostly listen to smooth jazz like Dave Koz, Rippingtons, Brian Culbertson etc.... and loud.

I have yet to hear any amp that comes close to Pass Labs.

Your experiences pls ?
I too have Pass Labs on my short list of amps I would like to try. Pass X260.8, as well as PS Audio BHK 300 Monos are my two short listed SS Amps. I have the BHK Pre with NOS tubes (the Tungrams recommended by Uncle Kevin). My speakers are Von Schweikert VR 5 Anniversary Mk 2s, and I am currently bi-amping with a highly modified Sonic Frontiers Power 1 SE+ on the top (KT150s) and a pair of custom built Class D Audio monoblocks for the base. The sound is superb, but I am growing tired of large power tube maintenance, cathode resisters blowing every 6 - 7 months, and would like to simplify. The input tubes of the BHK wouldn’t be a bother for me, as I know those amps would be a great match for my pre, as well as speakers. That said, I am still interested in owning a Pass. I owned Bryston 7BSST for quite a while, and although they were a great match for my older VR 3.5 speakers, they were not a good match with my VR 5 Anniversaries. Anyone here have experience running Pass X series monos with Von Schweikerts? I do not have a local dealer close to me, and the Pass Dealer that is 1.5 hours away does not sell PS Audio.
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Good to see that you are still enjoying the Vitus Audio gear.

Happy Listening!
One of the things you want to consider is not only build quality but service after the fact. I have a Pass Labs X250 sounds wonderful bought it second hand if I have questions I can call Pass Labs and they will answer questions as if you just made the perchase yesterday.
Have communicated with Kent English a number of times always willing to help.

I also just bought a PS Audio Signiture 250 amplifier best I have ever herd for the money.
Also CS is outstanding have communicated with Founder ( Paul M) he responded to my email within hours. Call an 800 for Marantz took 3 weeks to get a call back and it was the USA sales line 

Also in my opinion Luxman and Macintosh do not have the build quality they had years ago. I have also heard repair on Macintosh even from a certified repair shop sucks.

Also not sure why one of the people that responded would want to keep his amp on 24/7 if someone has the answer please respond 

I like Nelson Pass. His stuff is good. Are and Spectral stuff is better. If you are going to spend in that range. You owe it to yourself to listen first.