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I have not compaired the pass X1 to the Ayre K-1x but have compaired the new Superphon Revelation 111 to the Pass X1. the Superphon 111 in my system was superior. Placement of instruments dead on, Huge soundstage, bass tight and deep with Lush Mids and I can go on and on. The Superphon is by far the closes SS preamp that I have heard that if you did not know better you would swear it was a tube preamp. It has the warmth of tubes and as dynamic as the best SS I have heard. At $1900 here on Gon thru Neil at Clearsound I can honestly say this one is a keeper. The search is OVER.
Hi, this is my first post but I agree with what Faziod said about the Superphon Rev3. I have compared it with my current preamp the Audio Research Ref2 in my system. Don't let the price fool you. This is one fine piece. It reminds me of a CAT preamp that I used to own in its ability to draw me into music.
I thought Id throw in my .02 about my experiences with my Pass Labs X-1. I bought a refurbished (and spotless, a 9+ here at Audiogon) X-1 from Reno HiFi and could not be happier. It truly was (and still is) goose bump moments when Im listening. My soundstage has exploded. The music is coming from behind my speakers, to the left, to the right, and in front of. I guess thats what they mean when they say your speakers disappear. There is more space between the instruments. I can't honestly tell if it is "coloring" the sound at all. If it is, I sure can't pinpoint the effect.
My previous preamps were a Belles 21A and a Creek 5350R. The Belles was quite nice, but the Pass is definitely a big step up. The Belles did have a more tubey sound.(If I discuss why I didnt like that tubey sound, a posting war will probably follow, ha!)
Im sure my X-1 will be in my system for a long time and Ill upgrade the other components once or even twice before I even consider upgrading the X-1.
CDP: MF A5
Amp: MF a308cr
Speakers: Spendor 9
All interconnects & cables: Analysis Plus Oval 9
I'm sorry but I'm not sure exactly how to answer your question as I'm not that well versed in audiophile terminology, ha! All high & low ends sound realistic and nothing jumps out at me as being out of place. I don't have a clue as to what "transient speed" is, sorry.
Rookie Audiophile. I just love music :-)