Pass Labs XP-25 Outputs

I am currently trying out a Pass Labs XP-25 phono stage and enjoying what I am hearing, particularly with an MC Step Up Transformer feeding into it vice using the MC settings available.

I do have a question which I could not answer from reading the manual. As any XP-25 or 27 users will know it has a RCA and XLR output, with the RCA output being 6db less gain. The question Is, is it possible to have both outputs connected to a preamp RCA and XLR inputs accordingly and switch between them on your preamp (adjusting the volume of course) to see what you prefer?


I have an XP-27.  I use both outputs simultaneously when I am recording a record.  RCA to my A to D converter and XLR to my preamp. I'm sure you can use both outputs in an XP-25.

I tried out a SUT (!:15 Bobs Devices) to see if my Lyra Etna SL would sound better that way versus the MC settings.  I much preferred the MC settings without the SUT in the middle. YMMV.

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@karl_desch I suppose it's horses for courses, I tried this with my friend also listening we both felt that putting it through the SUT gave it more tonal colour, body and musical engagement. Of course there are 3 variables in that yours is an XP-27, with a different SUT and cartridge. I would be interested to know you phono stage history as to how you arrived with the XP-27.

@benjie as stated before I don't have a gain/volume.

Keep in mind, your TVC linestage is a passive device. It adds no gain to the signal.  Most active linestages can add at least 10db or more of gain. So you are fully dependent upon phono stage gain.  Like benjie says, you need to up the gain setting on your Pass XP25.

@lewm as I have stated before gain/volume is not the issue, my question was can l use the XLR and RCA outputs simultaneously connected to my preamp.

Anyway people thanks for all your input and advice.