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    Pass Labs XA 30.8 Pure Class A Stereo Power Amp

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    Re: Pass Labs XA 30.8 Pure Class A Stereo Power Amp

    The XA 30.8 is a superb amp and bult far better than the asking price.
    It also sounds more powerful than the rated output suggests.
    Buddy

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    Pass Labs XA 30.8 Pure Class A Stereo Power Amp

    Once upon a time I used XA30.8 to drive Focal Electra 1038Be to very satisfying results. Pre was Ayre KXR. Focal has a reputation of being bright, but not this combo to my ears. I’m sensitive to high frequency sibilance and it never really bothered me. Although I moved on eventually, I wouldn’t mind to own both again for a second system. At the used price, not only XA30.8, but 1038Be are a bargain for very good full range sound.

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    Re: Pass Labs XA 30.8 Pure Class A Stereo Power Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Audio 1 View Post
    The XA 30.8 is a superb amp and bult far better than the asking price.
    It also sounds more powerful than the rated output suggests.
    Yeah, Pass Class A amps have a habit of doing that.

    Funny how that works.

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    Re: Pass Labs XA 30.8 Pure Class A Stereo Power Amp

    My experience with Pass amps is that virtually all of them can drive virtually any speaker. It really comes down to different sonic profiles. Pass offers a number of options so that you can match the amp up properly with the needs of the rest of the system. I have owned the XA30.8 and it drove 88db, 4 ohm speakers without breaking a sweat. The needle (indicating when the amp is leaving class A) barely ever moved.
    Morgan

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