The new XP series preamplifiers are more true to state of the art recordings than Pass Labs' previous product. Highly dynamic passages typically have more weight; bass lines are more clearly, cleanly and accurately delineated. Instruments and voices are presented in a more refined spatial envelope, and with better spectral balance. Fine nuances and details become apparent - even in loud and highly complex musical passages.
The volume steps on the new preamplifiers are more numerous and generally of smaller increments, giving the listener a wider choice of listening levels. So that these very low-volume listening levels have real world practicality, the noise floor and very fine detail retrieval of these new pre-amplifiers is dramatically superior to our previous product.
Thoughtful listening and careful adjusting have produced products where enhanced detail comes through without any loss of musicality. You may play these preamplifiers as loudly as you dare; but contrary to popular audio lore, you will not have to play your music at live performance levels to enjoy the experience.
As good as the XP-10 is, the XP-20 performance metrics are enhanced over those available in the XP-10 by virtue of a separate and additionally regulated power supply. For the listener these circuit enhancements will convey musical bass with significantly more impact, articulation and timber accuracy. With well-recorded material the XP-20 will present a more refined sound stage than the XP-10 with greater ability to accurately delineate instruments in their proper spatial perspective of depth, width and height.
Simply put the XP products deliver the experience of a past musical event in a more believable sonic panorama than anything Pass has previously brought to market.
Gain: 3 / 9 dB
No. Volume control steps: 63
Freq. Response: -3 dB @ 2Hz, -3 dB @ 60kHz
Distortion: approx. 0.001%
Maximum Output Voltage: 7V single-ended, 15V Balanced
Output Impedance: 200 ohms single-ended, 1K / leg Balanced
Input Impedance: 48K single-ended, 48K per leg balanced
Number of gain paths: 4
Input voltage before overload: 11 volts
CMRR: approx. -60 dB @ 1 kHz
Output Noise Floor: less than 0.5 uV
Crosstalk: -95 dB
Inputs: 2 balanced, 3 single-ended
Tape loop: yes
External Amp turn-on: yes
Remote control: yes
Power Supply: External
Power Consumption: 25 Watts
No. of Chassis: 2
Chassis Dimensions: 2 @ 17” W x 12” D x 4” H
Shipping Weight: 55