One more day of "burn in" and the serious listening starts. I have pages of notes commenting on how different recordings sound- the good with the bad. Truth be told at this point the Parasound a21+ sounds better overall to my ears. The Pass has some excellent moments but also too many that are slightly cringeworthy. The idea of one reviewer saying the Parasound sounds like grains of sand compared to the XA25 free flowing music is absolutely not what I am hearing. Definitely too much hype for the Pass Labs in the media which has led to some disappointment in my experiences with it. I am a little pissed off about that.