In Issue 183, Neil Gader reviews the new Pass Labs INT-150, a 150Wpc integrated amplifier. This is Pass' first integrated amp.
I have the Pass XA-100.5 in my system right now. These are 100Wpc pure Class-A monoblocks.
I read Neil’s description of the INT-150 with frequent head-nods of recognition at his description of the amplifier’s sound. There must be a strong family resemblance between the INT-150 and the XA-100.5 I’ve been listening to through Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2 Series 2 loudspeakers. Neil’s descriptors “ease and fluidity” and “sweetness” were particularly striking, because that’s exactly what I hear from the XA-1005s. Music reproduced through the XA-100.5s has an astonishing beauty of timbre, with tremendous liquidity and ease. Significantly, it achieves these qualities by apparently reducing, rather than adding, colorations. This amplifier has a warm and inviting sound that is simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating; the former quality is a result of the sense of warmth and ease, the latter from the amplifier’s explosive dynamics and high resolution.
My full review of the XA-100.5 will appear in issue 184.