The fact that the Xs 150s were being fed a healthy diet of vinyl from the new Clearaudio Performance DC Wood turntable ($5,000 USD approx.) sporting the Clarify tonearm, and Stradivari V2 LOMC cartridge, a Pass Labs XP-30 preamplifier ($16,500 USD), and Pass Labs XP-25 phono preamplifier ($10,600 USD), and then pumping that analog goodness into a pair of Focal Sopra N°2 loudspeakers ($14,000 USD/pair) only made my time in this room that much sweeter.
I’ve come to truly appreciate Pass Labs ability to translate complex musical harmonics over the years. A friend has an earlier version of Nelson Pass’ seminal First Watt series of amplifiers, and every time I visit his place I’m struck at what Pass has been able to achieve with simple circuit design, execution, and quality parts: all hallmarks of every amplifier I’ve ever taken to heart. Quintessence Audio did a great job of bringing this together, and the Focal Supra loudspeakers never let me down, always transparently broadcasting whatever they are being fed without coloration.