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

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 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 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 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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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Cat5plus » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:10 pm

CONGRATS AudioM3 You should love the Pass XP-15. I have been running the X-ono for several years and would not trade it for anything. Pass Labs has the very best customer service I have ever experienced with an audio manufacture extending way back to the old Threshold days. Thank you Nelson !
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby tony22 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:09 pm

audiom3, I'm sorry but I can't find my notes for my setup with the Benz. I've been running with a SS Zepher Mk2 for a while. I don't recall exactly what load I was using for the Benz, but 20x the cartridge resistance seems to be sticking in my head.
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Dorian » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:08 pm

audiom3 wrote:
Dorian wrote:Will do!

Did you see my comment about the XP-17?

I got a great deal on the XP-15. The XP-17 wont be out until next year and I'm not sure what it'll cost. I was about at my budget for a phono pre with the XP-15.

Congrats. Looking forward to hearing your feedback on it.
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Re: Finally Upgraded My Phono Pre - Pass Labs XP-15 Incoming

Postby Dorian » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:11 pm

Jprod wrote: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?

Hey Jprod - yes the JC3+ is going back tomorrow. I ran one from the junction box and another under one of the feet of the motor. Others have said they also attached a wire to the screw underneath the platter.
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