So yeah - as the days and weeks go on, I have to say I love having everysingle piece of musical media whether in Itunes(wavs) or my record collection feel like I'm listening to it for the first time. After reading all the XSP-1 reviews and seeing the same thing written I cant wait to cause that feeling again, but for now, simply loving thew USP-1's phono stage, and stunned at hearing other two channel feeds into the USP-1 from my various DACS. I had compared all these feeds MANY MANY times before but the USP-1 reveals things and opens up things that I wasnt able to discern when just going through my trusty old denon AVR (or via carver C1 pro, or through my mackie studio monitors.
XPA-200 USP-1 ADSL990's/Magneplanar MMG's Carver C1 Pre Denon AVR-2801 Sources: Itunes on MAC - Jriver PC TT - Lovely Oak - 1950's Rek-O-Kut Rondine Jr L-34 w/JICO SAS M55E TT - Dual 1257 as my ROK has no 45 RPM Reel to Reel - Teac A-3340 Alesis - Masterlink Alesis ADATs 20/48's Various forms of mid END DAC/ADC/soundcards/digital mixers
... Track 1 of Robbie Robertson Music for the native Americans.....with my sub off.....just the mmgs. Speechless. I had no idea my MMG's could do that amazing low mid bass magnepan sound. jaw on floor, this isnt possible. The depth to the soundstage that I have is now WAY beyond my front screen wall. I did not expect that to be improved so dramatically.
I don't know if I have the balls to simply order it when it comes out, or wait for some reviews.
I've always been intrigued with the Pass Labs class AB amps that hold class A power a reasonable distance into the power band. However, I confess I have no direct experience with class A. Further, I've always had stereo or multichannel amps. Combined, these two features really make me interested in the XPA-1L.