Why not ask Pass who would know better.
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I would, but I don't expect I'd get an answer. Theoretically, once a new line is announced, the demand for the old line drys up. I thought there might be some PL gurus here that could make an educated guess based on the age of the existing line and the release of Xs.
The X model amps came out in 1998, followed by the .5's around 2009 and the .8's in 2014. Seems logical the next generation preamps would be coming soon.
jmc, good point.
jafant, no matter how good a component is, they always find ways to make it better. :) Just look at Audio Research - Ref 6 is now out. (I currently own the Ref 5 se and am considering a PL pre to go with my XA-100.5 monoblocks.)
I agree, I would not mind simplifying the system and going to a PL integrated. They just came out with a couple of new models (INT-60 and INT-250) that, "take advantage of the point 8 amps." Might be worth a look.