I'll Take a Pass

The Pass SCPI phono section ("under $4000") was an awfully slick looking piece of kit. "Basically, we took everything we learned in the Aleph Ono and improved upon it," said Pass engineer Wayne Colburn. The SCPI accommodates multiple inputs and has improved circuit traces, capacitors, and toroidal power supply.

"A lot of listening went into this one," Colburn remarked. Loading and capacitance are easily adjusted on the read panelby way of swith banks mounted between the inputs. The SCPI also allows easy gain adjustments: 46dB, 56dB, 66dB, and 76dB—which ought to be enough for any cartridge, even those old Ortofons.