Published On: September 20, 2011

Pass Labs Introduces XP-30 Flagship Preamplifier

Published On: September 20, 2011

Pass Labs Introduces XP-30 Flagship Preamplifier

Pass Labs has delivered a new stereo preamplifier to rest at the top of the XP line as the new flagship model: the XP-30. Given the features listed by the company, the XP-30 looks to be an impressive component.

Pass_Labs_XP-30_stereo_preamp.jpgPass Laboratories recently introduced the XP-30 Preamp, a new flagship to its line. The XP-30 joins Pass Labs' XP-10, XP-15, XP-20 and XP-25 in its XP series of preamps and phono preamps.

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In measurable performance, the XP-30 exceeds its predecessors in generating reportedly lower noise levels, better crosstalk specifications, greater dynamic range, producing music exhibiting more resolution, more dynamics, and a better sense of space and dimensionality.

The XP-30 is a modular preamplifier consisting of one power supply and control chassis and additional gain chassis, each serving one channel. It is typically supplied as a two-channel product although it can be configured to serve anywhere from one to six channels.

Each channel provides master and slave outputs. A knob on the front of each of the gain chassis sets the slave output to be equal to or less than the master level; all connected gain chassis respond to a master level adjustment on the control chassis. Both single-ended and balanced outputs have the same gain structure and may be used interchangeably. The control chassis also supports a mono function.

A new low-noise volume control covers a range of allegedly 100 dB in 1-db increments.

The XP-30 Preamp is currently available from authorized Pass Labs dealers at a suggested price of $16,500 (U.S. MSRP).

Additional Resources
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• Explore reviews in our Stereo Preamplifier Review section.
• Find a pair of Floorstanding Speakers or Bookshelf Speakers to pair with the XP-30.

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