Pass Labs, best known for producing powerful amplifiers with exceptionally low distortion, has released the Pass Labs INT-60 and INT-250 integrated amplifiers, building upon the success of the company’s popular standalone Point 8 amplifier series. Many audiophiles would argue that, in general, because integrated amplifiers often use multiple gain stages, they sound inferior to a system with a separate preamplifier and multiple amplifiers. However, Pass Labs’ extensive experience in developing amplifiers allowed the company to significantly reduce the number of gain stages, thereby increasing clarity and reducing distortion.
The INT-60 ($9,000) is a high-bias class-AB amp delivering 60 watts per channel into 8 ohms or 120 watts per channel into 4 ohms, depending on the speakers used. The INT-250 ($12,000) delivers 250 watts per channel into 8 ohms or 500 watts per channel into 4 ohms. Both models feature classic industrial styling, including an iconic VU meter on the front and heat sinks lining both sides. They include both balanced and standard RCA line-level inputs and outputs, as well as speaker jacks made by Furutech—a well-respected hi-fi connection manufacturer. The amplifiers can also be used as line-level preamplifiers, as they include a set of balanced and standard preamplifier outs. (passlabs.com)