Passion "Pre/DAC 550A" •3 Analog + 5 Digital Inputs (incl MAC "AirPlay") •180° Phase Switch (on Faceplate & Remote) •2 Linear HIgh-Performance Power Supplies • 2 Transformers for separate Analog & Digital section •Analog Transformer: 190VA C-grain oriented pumped under vacuum for 48 hours at 100 °C • Volume Attenuator: "Burr-Brown 2320 resistor ladder" for ultra-high accuracy, fine details & startling clarity •9mm Aluminum bottom plate with mechanical ground path
Stereo Amplifier A650 200w/ch (600w via Mono XLR) • Output A has a high damping factor which will provide a very clear sound • Output B with a lower damping factor will provide a ‘sweeter’ sound (more like a tube) • 9mm Aluminum bottom plate with mechanical ground path • Transformer: 1000 VA C-core grain oriented pumped under high vacuum for 48 hours at 100 °C
Passion CDP430 + IA350 at 2014 Munich by Yves-Bernard André Viewable in 1080HD & 720HD
"Dynamics were powerful, yet subtle when required, and fast. The quietness I’d already noted let me hear a lot of detail -- real detail, not the fake detail created by goosing up the high frequencies. Speaking of the highs, they were open and extended, with plenty of sparkle."
"To hear how the YBA reproduced a solo instrument, I cued up Ottmar Liebert’s One Guitar (24/96 FLAC, Spiral Subwave/HDtracks). The detailed realism the YBA PRE550A retrieved from this high-resolution recording was amazing.It reproduced the sound of Liebert’s guitar incredibly well -- not only the notes, but also the extraneous noises inevitably produced by a guitar being played by a master. Notes were harmonically complete, attacks and decays were extremely lifelike, and some of the initial transients were startling in their forcefulness" "YBA’s Passion PRE550A lived up to its French origin by producing unfailingly beautiful, realistic sound. Its extended highs were gorgeously smooth, with nary a bit of peakiness. The midrange was very detailed and harmonically rich -- little to grumble about there. Very highly recommended."
"YBA sound is a close, powerful sound. It is very open and we have a lot of information in advance of the band. But as much it happens in the middle and bass. It is hard not to talk about the advantages treble. Just one listen and one has the impression of wealth of detail and density transmitted in the information."
"The more that the sound is fed close to us. It is this type of communication in which everything is at your fingertips, strong, dynamic, very true. In this sense, we look at everything from the first row, rather than from a distant perspective."
"It's just that YBA adds to the incredible purity. It is as if to get insight into the recording, as if between the speakers appeared more and it had it all: detail, space, attack, dynamics."
All Passion series products feature a seamless, 1 piece wrap-around cover attached underneath to a thick 9mm Aluminum baseplate in a mechanical grounding design