Pass Labs X 5 Amplifiers

4.75/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $4500.00


Product Description

5 Channel Super Symmetric Amplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kris a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is the best sounding amp I have ever had in my system period. I have deomed Krell kav, Classe, Sunfire, Proceed and this was hands down the best. This amp replaced my Proceed amp 5 and even though they are rated the same the Pass just has so much more power and headroom campared to the others. It also had more power then a Sunfire 425x5 amp that I had for a short time. It also looks like it cost $$$$ compared to just just looking like a black box. I will be a Pass Labs man for life. These drive my Dynaudio speakers that are 86db like they were 96db. Hats off the Pass Labs.....

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $4250.00

Purchased At:   Internet



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Lee a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Very nice product by Pass Labs. One of the best 5 channel AMP I have ever heard... excellent. Much better than Proceed (I previously owned for 2 years).

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is one fine amp. I'm using it with an Aragon Soundstage via balanced inputs and w/M&K speakers all
around. It seems to have unlimited headroom with no strain.
Very detailed but not harsh at all. I can't really comment
on overall bass response because it runs my 5 monitors and
my sub takes up the lows. Maybe this makes for an easier
time for the X5, but it sounds wonderful. I thought I would
be stepping down a little in 2 ch stereo but not the case.
This matches my previous system which consisted of Threshold/Levinson electronics and Wilson speakers. I couldn't be happier. 5 stars of course.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have been using this amp for about 5 months now and can honestly say that it gets better every day. Setting it up takes time and the better you treat it (Support, Mains cable) the more you will get out of it. Detail is superb and low level instruments in the mix are reproduced faithfully and not mixed up with everything else. Dynamics are also impressive and with balanced conections, you can go from absolute silence to LOUD in an instant.
This amp can be equally satisfying in 2-channl as it is in 5-channel and no performance dropoff is noticible when driving all 5 channels hard.
I am using a ProAc Studio 150's, CCOne and Tabblette 50's and a TagMcLaren AV32R processor/pre-amp which has unbalanced connections. This does not enable me to use the balanced connections but Nelson Pass told me that the performance gains are only to be had in the level of noise rejection. I did however hear it using balanced connections and there was a perceived performance gain but it was marginal and that was not a conclusive test by any means.
Comparing it to the Parasound I would choose it every time. The Parasound has a bit more grunt but cannot deliver the dynamics and the fine detail. I would also happily listen to the X5 for hours on end delivering THX reference levels (105dB peak) where by the end of half an hour in front of the Proceed I would be reaching for the remote to turn it down. If you like bags of bass then you might be dissapointed by the Pass. But if you like finely resolved bass which may seem like less at first then the X5 is for you. You can always add a good sub for those earth shattering sound tracks.

All in all I would buy this amp again. The only things which dissapointed me were the chassis construction which is not up to Pass's usuall standards exept of course for that faceplate. I would also have preferred Speaker terminals with less plastic content. Nelson Pass said these were economic considerations when I asked the question so a worthwile upgrade in the future. So I would say that it is slightly overpriced.


As with all gear above a certain price point you need to hear them and make your mind up. If you are a person who has more CD's than DVD's give the Pass a try you won't be dissapoined.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Doug Lang a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Great looking, well designed, hot running, soft sounding, & sweet upper frequencies. It blew away the ATI pair and had the 9B from Bryston (5 channel) on the run in my system; B&W N802, HTM1, 805 (rears), and Tara Lab cables, etc.

The only thing that held me back from buying was a demo with Bryston 7Bs, one for each main and one for the centre with a 3B for the rears. That thin veil over the higher frequencies was instantly removed, the bass came out of nowhere and really established a fundamental foundation for the sound. The resolution improved dramatically. The silence was astounding as were the incredible dynamics from quiet to loud. The voicing over the centre was so much more natural in was very noticable. It was a night and day improvement!

The Pass is a good piece of equipment, however, I suggest that readers shop around a bit. It is expensive and there are other solutions out there that don't rely on a single chasis that only produces class A up to approximately 25 watts and then shifts into class AB thereafter. If it is pure class A you're after try the Krell FPB or tubes.

Here in Canada a X5 is anywhere from $5,500 to $7,500 CDN. I found much better sound for about the same money with the Bryston seperates!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000




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