McIntosh MC-1.2KW vs PASS XA-160.5 amps ??


I am torn between the two set of amps.

Love the finesse of the PASS AX-160.5 amps and also love the brute power of the McIntosh MC-1.2KW amps.

Both priced around $22K msrp for the pair.

What is the better choice in general between the two?

My TAD reference speakers will sound great on either set, so it comes down to pros and cons of the PASS vs MCINTOSH.

Thank you for your contribution.
moltze
Moltze: Before you drop a big bundle of cash (maybe I shouldn't say this as you may have a big bundle that you want to spend), you should seriously check out the Sanders Sound Systems Magtech amplifier. 500 watts per channel at 8 ohms and 900 watts at 4 ohms. The amp will play down to one third of an ohm and it only draws 40 watts from the AC line at idle. If that isn't enough power for you Sanders also offers a monoblock that delivers 2000 watts. All Sanders products also INCLUDE A LIFETIME WARRANTY and a 30 day free trial. I had a McIntosh MC 402 before I purchased the Magtech and all I will say is Happy Days are now here. If you are truly interested in getting a fantastic amp contact Roger@SandersSound Systems.com. Better still, give them a call and get all the info you desire. Happy listening in whatever choice you make. I am not a dealer and have no financial connection with Sanders Sound Systems. I am just a very happy Audiophile/Music Lover. The Magtech amp adds no colorations to the sound that I can hear. A very accurate amp with no audible distortion.
Like both amps but, its all about the power in my view. The Pass amps are limited and could not compete with the Mcintosh massive 1200W of power in 8ohms. Pure Class A is finer but yet less bold and soundstage is not as wide in the Mcintosh amps. Resolution and imaging edge to the Pass amps. Big presentation and depth edge to the Mcintosh amps.

Reliability both good but Mcintosh is better. The Pass amps run in class A and heat is not solid state amps friend. Heat shortens the lifespan of the Pass amps.

I would go with the Mcintosh amps.
Try the Pass X600.5 monos. Lots of power, and sonically wery close to the XA 160.5
I have heard both amps, but never up against eachother. But as I recall it, the 600.5 sound very much like the XA´s. A little less air and finess, but with a lot more brute power on tap.
Burmester 911 MK3 or McIntosh 601 monos.Thank me later :)t