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    Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Has anyone compared the Diablo 300 to Pass Labs with Magnepans (3.7)?
    At first I was leaning towards the Pass XP22 with X260.8 monos, but is it worth the money? 🤔
    Gryphon is cheaper here in 🇸🇪 than in the states while Pass is more pricey so the Pass combo is twice the price of the Diablo.
    What are your thoughts?

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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Panelguy View Post
    Has anyone compared the Diablo 300 to Pass Labs with Magnepans (3.7)?
    At first I was leaning towards the Pass XP22 with X260.8 monos, but is it worth the money? 🤔
    Gryphon is cheaper here in 🇸🇪 than in the states while Pass is more pricey so the Pass combo is twice the price of the Diablo.
    What are your thoughts?
    Buy the Gryphon.

    It's cheaper.

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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    At twice the price its a no brainer mate , Gryphon it is ...!!!

    BTW , Sanders Magtech is popular with Maggies 3.6/7 series



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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    You can’t go wrong with either amp. Buy the one that you or your wallet prefers and enjoy the music.

    Ken
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    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps; MSB M204 Mono Amps
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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Panelguy View Post
    Has anyone compared the Diablo 300 to Pass Labs with Magnepans (3.7)?
    At first I was leaning towards the Pass XP22 with X260.8 monos, but is it worth the money? 🤔
    Gryphon is cheaper here in 🇸🇪 than in the states while Pass is more pricey so the Pass combo is twice the price of the Diablo.
    What are your thoughts?
    I have Diablo 300 and Pass Int-250 and I like both with Maggies 3.7. For Pass separate, I would pick XP22 along with X350.8
    Jim

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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Q3Di View Post
    I have Diablo 300 and Pass Int-250 and I like both with Maggies 3.7. For Pass separate, I would pick XP22 along with X350.8
    What are your thoughts comparing those two integrated amps?

    I have the Diablo and it's an amazing amp.........in a few weeks I hope to have the Pass at home to compare the two on my Kharmas.
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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Mark,
    The Pass has the power for demanding speakers like my Maggies and the Studio2. It also has nice mid. The Diablo sound a bit darker and the bass is awesome. It delivers the best bass I got from my Maggies.
    Jim

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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    It's an apples to oranges comparison. They don't sound alike. For my application and my particular system (see my signature) I prefer the int 250. But the D300 is a killer sounding amp. You might prefer it with your system. Let your ears be your guide.
    Amplifier: Pass Labs INT 250 integrated.

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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    My two cents worth: I listened to Pass INT 250 with Sonus Faber Amati speakers. Gorgeous. Warm and rich sound. Then I heard Gryphon Diablo with Magico S3 mk2 (and also with Dynaudio Contour 60s). Close call but the balls of the Gryphon (honestly: you just feel the power and richness of the music) and the transparency of the Magico did it for me
    Digital: Innuos Zenith Mk3 Server + MSB Premier DAC with Powerbase
    Amp: Gryphon Pandora + Gryphon Antileon Evo Stereo
    Speakers: Magico S3 MkII
    Cables: MIT SL-Matrix 36 XLR interconnect cables + 70 speaker cables; AQ Diamond & Vodka ethernet cables
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    Re: Diablo 300 vs Pass

    Something exciting about the sound that Gryphon amps produce. Energy. Richness. Wide soundstage. Details. Balls. So fast as well but also huuuge bass. Magico speakers give a transparent pass-thru of this sound.
    Digital: Innuos Zenith Mk3 Server + MSB Premier DAC with Powerbase
    Amp: Gryphon Pandora + Gryphon Antileon Evo Stereo
    Speakers: Magico S3 MkII
    Cables: MIT SL-Matrix 36 XLR interconnect cables + 70 speaker cables; AQ Diamond & Vodka ethernet cables
    Power: AQ Niagara 5000 + AQ Tornado power cables
    Headphones (travel): Sennheiser Momentum + Chord Mojo

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