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Thread: Pass X5-350 versus Karan S 600

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    Pass X5-350 versus Karan S 600

    Hello everyone,

    I am new on this forum so please excuse my eventual clumsiness..
    I acquired recently a pair of Wilson Alexia speakers. The pre-amp is an Ayon S5. For the moment I use my old Pass Labs X5-350 amplifier. My hifi dealer suggests me to replace it with a new and much better Karan s 600 amplifier. I can imagine that the Karan is better, but is it so much better than the Pass? Does somebody have experience in driving Alexia speakers with Pass X5-350? What would be a “sufficiently good” amplifier for driving these speakers?

    Thanks for your advice!

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    Sir,

    You either have an X-350 or an X-350.5
    The X-350.5 is the second generation of this amp, with noticeable improvements in sound.
    I'm not familiar with the Karan amplifiers. If you have an X-350, the Karan may be noticeably better.
    If you have an X-350.5, it would be much harder to beat, in sound quality.
    Hope this helps..

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    Dear Daniel,
    You are right, it is an X 350.5. My mistake, sorry.
    I agree that it is a good amplifier even if Pass is not very popular here in France, in any case much less than in the US. Generally it is blamed to be a little up in the high midrange. The Karan is certainly better, but I try to evaluate how much it is better..
    Thanks!

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