The recording that first put me in this mindset was the tasteful series of duets between guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Charlie Haden from the album Beyond the Missouri Sky [Verve]—a brilliant exchange filled with complex harmonic interactions and fine gradations of dynamic energy. The XP will now be joining my system as preamplifier of choice. This redesigned volume control results in greater precision with a more luxurious feel. One of my favorite singers is Shirley Horne. The front panel is dominated by a large, bright and easy-to-read adjustable fluorescent display, a mode selector button for the single large multi-purpose knob which serves as manual volume control, a balance control, input selector switches, and a mute button. The XP preamp eschews the dual-chassis, outboard power supply of its uptown siblings in favor of a compact single chassis—an ideal fit for a modestly sized den or listening room. Movable bulkheads, rub rails.
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This ability to provide such clarity is but one of the characteristics of the XP that so impressed.
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Double deck, movable bulkheads so that inside length can be changed from 36” cu. Whether played via upright or electric, the music not only had great weight and visceral impact but the ability to articulate low level information that brings the sound closer to live. Poorly implemented it can degrade the soundstage, distort the stereo balance, and rob a performance of dynamic energy. As in all things Pass, there were quality and sonic refinement 112 abundance. The XP easily meets and exceeds my requirements.
The power supply circuitry itself is also lower noise and has added filtering.
Equally important is the music emerged from a black background. The digital circuitry is powered by its own power supply and fully isolated from the analog supply. The XP preamp eschews the dual-chassis, outboard power supply of its uptown siblings in favor of a compact single chassis—an ideal fit for a modestly sized den or listening room. Flush deck, frame svc. Except for the large, though far from massive, heatsinks festooning the XA25, these separates are smaller, unadorned, yet instrument-grade in appearance and construction.
The XP gives you a full picture of both the performer and the atmosphere of the venue. Ford auto part svc. Flush deck, stub bridge plates. Enclosed, flush deck, low deck.
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Rub rails, end bulkheads, auto part svc. Flush deck, Ford frame svc. Well known for the quality of its products, the longevity of its designs and the seriousness to which it addresses the ever evolving science and art of sound reproduction, the XP Preamplifier arrives.
It was obvious they were very special, but special how? The heart of a preamp is the transparency of its volume control. Low deck, protective screens. Tiedown devices, auto frame svc. What kind of picture would this new XP paint? Enclosed, no roof, no end doors.
One of my favorite singers is Shirley Horne.
Lading strap anchors, htw food product svc. I could not find any area in the music where one was stronger than another. Flush deck, pedestals, tiedown equipment, GM corporate A body frame svc.
Another area where the performance excelled was the bass. Low deck, western movement only. The XA25 amp is a solid-state, Class A design, single-ended throughout.
The XP is the replacement for the XP, which had been their entry level, reference, one-box line level preamp for nearly a decade.