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    Quote Originally Posted by twitch View Post
    I drive my Revel's (Studio 2's) with PASS (X260.8 mono blocks), happy as a pig in poop !
    As do I (with Pass). XA-100.5 / XP-30

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitch View Post
    I'm not using the 250.8 'stereo' rather a pair X260.8 mono blocks. FWIW, in the X series (Class A/B) the 260.8 have the highest level of initial Class A bias (34 watts) with the exception of the might 650.
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    As do I (with Pass). XA-100.5 / XP-30

    Wouldn't change a thing!
    Thanks guys - so is the 250.8 comparable to what you guys are using or not. How do the Pass amps compare in terms of soundstage size to other amps you've tried? I've read in some places that the Pass amps don't quite have the bass control of other options, have you found this or not?

    Also, how are they at low listening levels?

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    I would highly recommend Wells Audio if that power level is high enough. The beautiful sound of tubes without the tubes. No balanced though. If you need more power, consider auditioning Merrill Audio. If you have the scratch, then the no-brainer in SS is D'agostino monoblocks.

    I would sell the SS preamp and get a good tube preamp. The kids will not get burned on this one. you can roll the tubes and get the most lifelike presentation. Nothing like a tube preamp, except maybe a transformer passive linestage.

    I have been auditioning amps and speakers at shows for 20 years and these are my picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookii View Post
    Thanks guys - so is the 250.8 comparable to what you guys are using or not. How do the Pass amps compare in terms of soundstage size to other amps you've tried? I've read in some places that the Pass amps don't quite have the bass control of other options, have you found this or not?

    Also, how are they at low listening levels?
    The tonality doesn't change listening at low levels vs. full tilt boogie! They are definitely not lacking in the bass region, that's for sure. I've tried other amps, even Class D, and solely prefer the Pass.
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    Bruce really , and as compared to your Wilsons what do you think of the bass in comparison ?

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    I see no Wilsons in comparison, i thought you had swapped your revels for Wilson Alexia s

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    Quote Originally Posted by andromedaaudio View Post
    I see no Wilsons in comparison, i thought you had swapped your revels for Wilson Alexia s
    This is a double-blind test by Sean Olive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce B View Post
    The tonality doesn't change listening at low levels vs. full tilt boogie! They are definitely not lacking in the bass region, that's for sure. I've tried other amps, even Class D, and solely prefer the Pass.
    I concur with Bruce although I will admit I have a soft spot for Plinius as well.
    Cheers - Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookii View Post
    Hi guys,

    I’m after some amplifier recommendations for my Revel Salon 2’s. I originally had these paired with my Levinson 326S pre-amp and a Levinson 532H power amp. However a couple of years ago I moved to a Levinson 585 integrated to reduce the box count.

    Whilst the 585 is excellent, that change was probabaly a mistake as I’ve missed the separates ever since, so I’ve recently decided to go back to separates after acquiring a Lampi B7 balanced DAC.

    I still have the 326S preamp, so I plan to use that in the medium term, but I need a decent quality power amp to anchor the whole system to.

    I could just get another 532H as there is certainly a synergy there, but I fancy trying something different (and a bit more over-engineered!)

    My days of buying brand new are long over (having been stung too many times on resale pricing), so I’m looking for used amps in the region of £5-8k ($7k-$11k).

    Currently my shortlist, kind of in order of assumed preference from having read about them (though I’ve heard none of them in the flesh) are:

    1) Burmester 911 Mk3
    2) Luxman M-900U
    3) DarTZeel NHB-108 B
    4) Aesthetix Atlas Signature monos

    I don’t really want tubes or pure Class A due to having young kids (both in terms of time/hassle [of tubes] and heat issues/burning little fingers) - hence why the current short list is class A/B only.

    I love the Salons, and they work perfectly in my relatively small room, but they can have a tendency to sound a little ‘polite’ so I want an amp that gives them a bit of energy. I’m also a sound stage fetishist, so I want an amp that contributes as much as possible to a large, wide and deeply layered soundstage.

    I know the ‘recommend an amp’ question is an old one, and might be a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question resulting in 50 different options, but having been reading this forum for a couple of weeks I’m hoping some of the knowledgable audiophiles on here might be able to offer some guidance.

    I could also do with some advice on maximum amp age to buy at. For example, would there be a drop off in an amps performance, if it’s 10 years old for example?

    Anyway, let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi wookii

    I never own a Salon 2 but some how I know them very well and I like them very much too,
    Lets say Burmester 911 Mk3,Luxman M-900U,DarTZeel NHB-108 B all 3 of these amps are great but your speaker needs more power and greater damping factor all these amps have finese but not enough power and dampings you need , Salon 2 is not easy to drive speaker, actually one of hardest one, for that , you need at least good 200 watts not cheat watts minimum and more are better. So I think Hegel H30, Sim audio Moon 870A or older generation amp from Sim audio, Bryston 7b,28b sst2 or sst3 or go chaeper old Mark Levinson 436 mono amps you can get for under 6K or go little higher Luxman M-900U mono blocks are something else and good with Pass Labs 350.8 you can find under 10k but If for me look for Hegel H30 and Bryston 28B sst2 or 7B sst3 will be my choice. Good luck for your amp hunting!!!

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