- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 10 July 2013
I tested the INT-150 using an OPPO BDP-95 universal player and a variety of speakers that I had in the lab at the time, including full range floor-standers, and also some bookshelf speakers. Cables were Wireworld and Emotiva.
The Pass delivers a romantically warm sound. Just a smidgen to the left of neutral, skimming into delicious.
I picture it being in a den on a shelf under an end table with a disc player, and some nice bookshelf speakers on stands at either end of a well-used leather couch. There is a fireplace about 8 feet from, and directly facing the couch, and the speakers are toed in midway between the couch and the fireplace. There is a shag throw rug on the floor in front of the couch, and an old oak coffee table is on the rug.
A young couple moves the table off the rug, and are sitting on the rug snuggling, with a bottle of Chenin Blanc nearby and two glasses. The music is Romantic Piano, in three volumes. He pours the chilled wine, until both glasses are half-full. As he turns to place the bottle on the shelf next to the INT-150, she notices his chiseled torso and the shadow of dark whiskers on his face that no close shave can hide.
She puts down her glass, places a finger on his lips, slides her hand downward, and begins to unbutton his shirt.
She twirls the dark hair on his chest and tilts her head, moist lips parting, inviting him into her world.
Sorry, the phone is ringing. I'll get back to the review in a moment.
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OK, I was talking about something I was imagining while listening to the INT-150, but I lost my train of thought. Oh, well . . . .
Warmth, clarity, detail, dynamic range, beautiful chassis (both the INT-150 and the girl), plenty of power, but perfect for an evening of relaxation. Anything else? Yeah, it's the best integrated amplifier I have ever listened to.