I know lots of audiophiles who get weak in the knees fantasizing about big, powerful amplifiers.

Some of you might recall that just last year I raved about First Watt's sweet-sounding 20-watt-per-channel F7 amp.

The company makes a wide range of power amps, and while it's best known for its heavyweight brutes, the XA25 received an outsize share of attention in the high-end audio scene leading up to its release.

Connectivity is as straightforward as it gets.

There's high quality stereo RCA inputs and binding posts for speaker cables, and that's it.

Pass regularly performs blind listening tests to confirm he's going in the right direction as new designs take shape in his workshop.

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