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I did hear them at CES, and like every Pass amp at CES, they sounded wonderful. According to the Pass representative at the show, Nelson was getting some special sound out of the latest generation of First Watt amps that they wanted to capture on the new series.
Also, dealers were asking for "more expensive amps." Notice they were not asking for "better sounding amps." That is the sad state of the hobby.
The XS-300 monoblocs go for $85k per pair.
When mfgs price amps at such rarified prices, can anyone estimate how many sets per year they can expect to sell? It seems at those prices that they would probably be made to order. Will dealers stock such an item?
With an item this big, heavy and pricey....is an in-home audition out of the question?
Got an extended audition today of the XS300's. The most grain free, open and absolutely controlled sound I have yet experienced. They are new classics and I dare say worth every penny of the asking price. I have also heard the XA200.5's. These amps beat them in every way. Other amp manufacturers have a big mountain to climb attempting to best these babies.
Based on what a friend said the sound of the XS was a huge step up in control and three dimensionality over the XA 100.5s. Never heard them myself. The bass is supposed to be immensely improved as well. This was on top of the line Avalon speakers but I don't know what. But for $85K they better sound great. But I wonder how it would sound on a more efficient speaker compared to the XA100.5s.