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Stereopal Home Visit: Rebecca of Audiotechnique Magazine Date: March 20, 2006
|Source:||Accuphase DP-77 SACD/CD player|
|Preamplifier:||Mark Levinson No. 326s|
|Amplifier:||Pass Labs X600.5 Monoblocs|
|Speakers:||Verity Audio Parsifal Ovation|
|Cables:||Siltech Interconencts, Isoclean Speaker Cable|
|Room Treatment:||Complete wall to wall 1/2 inch fiber board treatment|
If I was ever to buy a solid
state power amp, it would probably be the Pass Labs X600.5.
They are very different sounding than the usual popular amps by Krells,
Levinsons or Classe Audio. Pass Labs amplifiers seem to have
a natural smoothness to them similar to tube amplifiers. On
female vocal performances, I find them even more natural and
refined than certain tube amplifiers on the market.
They are never aggressive sounding, but will not run out of gas when
power is needed.
The Verity Audio Parsifal Ovation is equally satisfying. Despite having an almost "sub-woofer" like bottom cabinet with an 8" woofer, I could not detect any boominess or boxiness to the sound. I actually like the sound of the Parsifal better than Verity higher end flagship models which utilizes ribbon tweeters.
Overall, the entire setup could have been mistaken for a Triode Tube system. Its extreme musicality combined with the refined elegance of the sound, makes this an ideal reference setup. I wouldn't mine duplicating this entire system in my own living room.
Accuphase CD player, very analog sounding.
Mark Levinson No. 326s Preamp
Very nice famous output meters.
I thought this black and white photo looked pretty cool.
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