Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming!

Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming!

Postby audiom3 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:16 pm

I've been researching a new phono pre for nearly two years. I've had a few nicer units in my system that just didn't work out but I have a very good feeling about the XP-15. I should have it tomorrow. Can't wait to hear it! I decided on SS because I do a fair amount of vinyl rips and I don't want to hear tube rush through my headphones or in my car. Anyone else using this phono preamp?
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby tony22 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:26 am

Congrats audiom3. I've been using an XP-15 for a few years. I absolutely love it. The only thing I might consider trading it in for would be either the XP-25 :D or a D'Agostino. :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby audiom3 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:15 pm

tony22 wrote:Congrats audiom3. I've been using an XP-15 for a few years. I absolutely love it. The only thing I might consider trading it in for would be either the XP-25 :D or a D'Agostino. :shock: :mrgreen:

Oh nice! That's good to hear man. I see you're running the same cart as I am too. Do you have it loaded at 500 ohms and 66 dB of gain?
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby tony22 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:56 pm

Let me check when I get home.
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby audiom3 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:55 pm

Thanks tony22. I'm going to start there either way, but I'm curious where you ended up. It delivered to my office today, so I'll be plugging it in when I get home!
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby SubVet » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:51 pm

I am very happy with my XP-15 as well. I am running 66db and 500 ohms, but don't have the same cart (see sig). I need to try 825 and 1000 just to see if I can tell a difference.
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Dorian » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:54 pm

The XP-15 is on my radar. I just ordered a Herron Audio vtph-2 for an in-home demo. Arrives in a couple of weeks. Anyone heard both?

I just saw that the XP-15 is being discontinued at year end and is being replaced by the XP-17. Did you consider the XP-17?
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby audiom3 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:08 pm

Dorian wrote:The XP-15 is on my radar. I just ordered a Herron Audio vtph-2 for an in-home demo. Arrives in a couple of weeks. Anyone heard both?

I just saw that the XP-15 is being discontinued at year end and is being replaced by the XP-17. Did you consider the XP-17?

I can't imagine you would return that Herron. I've never read anything but incredibly positive praise about it. I would have considered it if I didn't love ripping vinyl so much. Let me know how you like it!
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Dorian » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:47 pm

Will do!

Did you see my comment about the XP-17?
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Jprod » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:57 pm

Hey Dorian
Did you send back the jc3+?
Out of curiosity, you mentioned in the other thread that you ran 2 ground wires from the TT . How did you run them?
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