Pass Labs XP-30 Stereo Preamplifier



Introduction to the Pass Labs XP-30 Preamplifier

Recently, we reviewed the Pass Labs XP-20 stereo preamplifier, and it was marvelous. Hot on its heels is the new XP-30, which has the analog gain stages for each channel in a separate chassis, making a total of three chassis instead of two. The power supply is more substantial, and there are other changes as well, all resulting in lower noise and better dynamic range. I was surprised at how different the sound was from the XP-20, and the bench test spectra will show you why.


  • Design: Fully Balanced Stereo Preamplifier
  • Maximum Voltage Output: 35 Volts into 100 kOhms
  • MFR: 2 Hz - 100 kHz, - 1.5 dB
  • Inputs: XLR and RCA
  • Outputs: XLR and RCA
  • Input Impedance: 96 kOhms XLR, 48 kOhms RCA
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohms XLR, 50 Ohms RCA
  • Dimensions: 4" H x 17" W x 12" D (Each Chassis)
  • Weight: 50 Pounds (All Three Chassis Together)
  • MSRP: $16,000 USD
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  • SECRETS Tags: Preamplifiers, Class A