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September 2017 Reno Hi Fi News

We're making BIG PROGRESS at Reno Hi Fi! Soon we'll have a new website and the very first peek is below.  Additionally we'll have more staff dedicated to posting pictures and updating the site each day. 

Reno Hi Fi's New Offices:


To the right is a snapshot of Mark Sammut and Orson the cat as we work on the new website.  September 03, 2017: 



Summer 2017 Product News: 

The New PASS XP-12 single-chassis remote control linestage preamp (successor to the XP-10) is now in stock and ready for quick shipment.

The New PASS XP-17 single-chassis phono preamp (successor to the XP-15) is now in stock and ready for quick shipment. 

In September-October 2017 the XP-22 (successor to the XP-20) is scheduled to be released by PASS. 

In Fall 2018, the XP-27 and XP-32 (successors to the XP-25 and XP-30) are forecast to be released by PASS.  

As Always-- Reno Hi Fi makes it fun, easy and no-risk to upgrade to a new model.  Our in-home demo program allows our clients to A/B the new preamp with their existing preamp in their own systems. 


Summer 2017 Reno Hi Fi News:

Reno Hi Fi continues to expand to serve you better!  We have just moved to our larger facility on Longley Lane in Reno.  We've hired two new employees and additionally we're now looking for two highly-experienced audio consultants to join the Reno Hi Fi family.  Mark Sammut will continue to work in the business as always, and with better facilities and with more staff and sales associates, everything for our clients will only be enhanced. 

We are now working hard on a new and upgraded mobile-device-compatible Reno Hi Fi website.  And with additional staff we look forward to even more offerings starting in Fall 2017.   We will have more PASS, more First Watt and many more other-brand trade-in items with detailed pictures-- and Always Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Meanwhile, we are providing the outstanding customer service and support our clients have come to expect since 1998.  



March 2017:

The New PASS XA-25 single-ended class-A power amp is now in stock and shipping from Reno Hi Fi!  See all the exciting details on the PASS website: 


May 2016:

First Watt F7's are now in stock and shipping from Reno Hi Fi.  May 2016 issue of Absolute Sound has a wonderful review of F7 by Dick Olsher.   And there's also a tremendous review by Srajan Ebaen on 

PASS HEADPHONE amp is now in stock and shipping from Reno Hi Fi. 

PASS INT-60 and INT-250's in stock and new owner's are Thrilled.  Please call to place your order today. 

First Watt F6's are delighting new owners:   REVIEW link of the F6:   on, with video and Q&A with Nelson Pass.




New PASS Products for 2015.  (Copied from the PASS CES press release.)

  Xs Phono: Dual Chassis, dual mono phono preamplifier:

This is a complicated product for a company that prides itself in high performance simplicity, but in taking a signal from microvolts to volts and equalizing it, requires that you do many things correctly.

  Lets start with the input stage we use three separate input gain cards to avoid the use of relays in switching low level signals. We use great low level relays guaranteed for micro volt levels but a direct connection is even better. These circuit boards are made of high temperature ceramic composite and suspended on elastomeric mounts. These are seven times the cost of standard boards and are Gold plated, designed to last and be extremely stable. This is important when amplifying a low frequency signal almost 100,000 times, any errors are multiplied so we better get it right. This is the stuff they use in rocket science. The transistors chosen are NOS Toshibas hand matched and trimmed for all six input cards 84 total FETs. Purchase these today if you can find them or make a house payment instead, I have found nothing better.

  All this is enclosed in heavy dual aluminum chassis’s for stability and shielding and to hold the user interface. Three inputs are selectable with loading from 30-47K Ohms and 100-750 PF and variable gain plus nonvolatile memory for the loading settings. A front panel mute is available as is a 20 Hz RIAA high pass.

  Size: 19W x 6.5H x 13.75D*  *15D including connectors and Knobs

MSRP: $45,000

Now shipping from Reno Hi Fi.


 Headphone amplifier: HPA-1

  We introduced the first of two headphone amps at CES. This is the smaller one and will be single-ended only with 1/4" headphone jack..

1) Two single ended inputs
2) Headphone and single-ended pre-amp outputs
3) Class A circuitry with Mosfet outputs, low feedback design
4) Designed to drive headphones impedances from 20 ohms and up.
5) Custom over designed toroidal power transformer with Faraday shield.
6) Low noise power supply with discreet regulators with over 40,000 uF of capacitance.

  Size:                11W x 4H x 13.25D   

MSRP:            $3,500

Now Shipping from Reno Hi Fi 


 The INT-60 and INT-250

  Based on Pass Labs’ lauded INT-30A, the 60-watt INT-60 Integrated Amplifier provides wattage with all the finesse and delicacy surpassing its predecessor, and works best with speakers of 87dB efficiency or greater. The INT-60 builds upon the INT-30A’s legendary “You are there” soundstage, offering spectacular realism, even with difficult speaker loads such as electrostatics or planars in small systems. The INT-60 features the same power supply and output stages, along with the iconic glowing meter, as found on Pass Labs’ Point 8 amplifiers. The new model features Direct Access buttons for the four inputs on the faceplate, a display for line-level, plus a Volume Control knob and Mute button. On the back are four line-level inputs, a line-level output, and two pairs of Furutech speaker binding posts.


The new INT-250 ups the wattage from the INT-150’s 150 watts to 250 watts per channel. The INT-250 is optimized for greater versatility with speaker loads of 86dB efficiency or less. Like the INT-60, the INT-250 features the same power supply and output stages, along with the iconic glowing meter, as found on Pass Labs’ Point 8 amplifiers, and features four line-level inputs, a line-level output, and two pairs of Furutech speaker binding posts. As with the INT-60, there are Direct Access buttons for the four inputs on the faceplate, in addition to a Volume Control knob and a Mute button.


Both the INT-60 and the INT-250 are ideal for reference systems or secondary, superior audiophile systems, and were optimized by Pass Labs’ unusually rigorous listening processes using six different sound systems to deliver exceptional musical experiences.


Specs:              INT-60                                    INT-250

Power              60W                                        250W

Class A            30W                                        10W

Size:                19W x 7.5H x 21D                   19W x 9H x 21.25D

Weight            88 lbs                                        100 lbs

MSRP:            $9,000                                     $12,000

Both INT-60 and INT-250 are now shipping from Reno Hi Fi. 



Click Here to view the new 2014 PASS Brochure

Click Here for more details on the exciting new Xs Amplifiers

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