PS AUDIO - SPROUT
Sprout is a simple, elegant source of music for those who want quality sound without the hassles that come with it.
Appealing to the eye and ear, solid and reassuring to the touch, Sprout’s user interface is human, providing feedback to the user and connection to the music. Sprout’s ease of use makes it appealing and accessible to music lovers around the world. It features a phono preamplifier for vinyl, a Bluetooth receiver for music streamed from smartphones, a high-quality hi-res DAC to handle anything stored on a laptop, enough power for any speaker, and a headphone amp that drives even the toughest loads.
Passive EQ moving magnet phono preamplifier
Vinyl is an important part of a growing number of people’s lives today and Sprout brings LPs to life as you have rarely experienced. The engineering team at PS Audio has been designing and building vinyl amplification for 40 years and we know a thing or two about making records sound their best. Sprout features a precision passive RIAA curve nestled between two high speed gain stages that perfectly amplify any moving magnet phono cartridge.
High resolution digital audio
Built inside Sprout is a highly sophisticated Digital To Analog Converter (DAC) that accepts digital audio from just about any source including USB, coaxial and Bluetooth. Sample rates up to 192kHz and bit depth up to 24 bits are supported by a Wolfson asynchronous precision sigma delta modulator.
Sprout features an exceptional sounding 50 watt per channel power amplifier capable of driving just about any loudspeaker you connect to it. Selected for its musical virtues, Scott McGowan personally curated this Scandinavian designed amplifier from amongst a dozen fine candidates before selecting it for Sprout. Musical, powerful, never aggressive sounding, the amplifier within Sprout honors the music.
Built in Bluetooth receiver
Streaming music from a mobile device is common and expected amongst Sprout owners. That the sound quality of that streaming service is exceptionally good in Sprout is a testament to PS Audio’s engineering team’s decision to pass streaming services through Sprout’s internal upsampling DAC.
Line level output
Sprout’s analog output can feed a separate subwoofer, tape deck or second set of amplified loudspeakers with ease. Separated and buffered from the main signal path, Sprout’s analog outputs are available through its rear 3.5mm connector.
Discrete zero impedance headphone amp
Listening to music through a fine set of headphones is an experience many of us cannot be without and Sprout honors the music with one of the finest headphone amplifiers made. Driven by a discrete, fully complementary discrete output stage, Sprout’s headphone amplifier has near zero output impedance to power even the most demanding devices available.
"I have always felt that real art lays in hiding—in the transitions between contrasts like dark and light, near and far, beginning and end—and with the Sprout, I always enjoyed the way I felt when a song ended and the next one began. I took pleasure in how I would go from smiling satisfaction to eager anticipation. This important, user-friendly intangible eludes traditional audiophile analysis. Most of all, the Sprout specialized in the beguiling reproduction of every kind of music I sent through its four inputs. Recommended to style-conscious, value-seeking human beings of all ages, genders, and heights. You go, little Sprout!"
"It has everything music lovers need. For audiophiles it is an noteworthy, highly functional device, which can become the heart of a second hi-fi system. However, the price trumps all the other advantages od Sprout. Excellent value for money, and a really nice amp regardless of the cost."
Cartridge Type: MM Only
Phono Input: RCA (pr)
Compatibility: 2mV to 50mV
Cartridge Loading: 47kΩ (100pF)
S/N Ratio: >80dB
Coax Input: RCA
USB Input: USB B-Bus type
Transfer Mode: Asynchronous
S/N Ratio: >102dB
Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo
Input Level: 2.0V RMS
Input Impedance: 10kΩ
Output Jack: 1/4" (7.5mm)
1000mW @ 16Ω (1kHz @ 1% THD)
200mW @ 300Ω (1kHz @ <0.03% THD)
Impedance: <0.3Ω (10Hz to 10kHz)
Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo (full bandwidth)
Output Level: 4.0V RMS (Max)
Output Impedance: 220Ω
S/N ratio: >94dB
Output Connections: Three-way binding posts, bananas preferred
32WPC @ 8Ω (both channels driven)
50WPC @ 4Ω (both channels driven)
THD: 0.03% @ 1W (50Hz - 10kHz)
Voltage: 120VAC @ 60Hz
Consumption: <10W @ Idle, 125W Max
Dimensions(WDH): 6" x 8" x 2"
Weight: 2.9 lbs.