Perfect match is a Pass Pre like the XP-20. I have an XP-20 with a pair of xa-100.5's and it is a very satisfying combination. No DAC though but you can always add that ..
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Right now using cat cables silver king cats RCA. Will be changing them to XLR. How are the sound characteristics of the pass pres. I would really like more bass and slightly more forward presentation. The pass XA60.5 are kinda on the darker side of things, even with running silver cables. I'm sure just switching to XLR will fix a lot of things.
I am running a pair of Focal 1007 Be monitors with Homegrown Audio DNA Interconnects (silver) and x-32 speaker cables (silver). The XP-20 / XA 100.5 combination given my set-up is very detailed smooth and places you up front and close to the soundstage. I only have conrad johnson to compare it to which placed you further back about mid concert hall to the sound stage.
If you buy from Reno Hi-Fi Mark offers a trial period all you pay is shipping to and fro if you don't keep the pre-amp. Worth a try in my opinion especially since no one will know but you if you like what you hear or don't.
For me I have always tried to stay with the same manufacturer for amp and pre-amp because of system synergy. And given the quality and sonic character of pass labs pre-amps along with system synergy I would without hesitation try the pass first.