PS Audio Sprout

jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
This is the original version with fewer features than the current Sprout100, but the price of these older units should continue to drop, so keep your eyes open for a bargain.

I've had my eye on these little units for quite awhile, and finally popped on one.
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Basically, this is a mini integrated amp with analog, DAC, and MM Phono input...also has BlueTooth for streaming from smartphone or tablet. Speaker output is 33WPC>8 ohms, and 50WPC>4 ohms...also has a big headphone socket.

Tonight, I paired it via BT with my smartphone, and started it driving a pair of Baby Advent II speakers...for what it was - a great combination spilling lots of detail. Then I pulled-out a pair of KLH Model Twenty speakers, which are actually 4 ohm speakers.
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No problem whatsoever making these vintage guys sing :)

For a small space, or for testing speakers and turntables, this little guy is QUITE handy!
"Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator

Comments

  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,356
    How very cool - I would be very curious how well the DAC sounded
    would be a great bedroom setup all in one
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI W JUMPERS, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS X3/AURORA X1 PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,962
    I had one for a while and really enjoyed it. Great versatility for such a small box. I've been looked for one ever since I sold it... :(
    Zu Audio Omen MK-1B's, Peachtree Decco65, Bryston BDA-2, Cheap TT, PS Audio UPC200, PS Audio AC3's, Zu Mission SC's, HTPC, One, Bottlehead Reduction & Crack w/Speedball
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
    Yeah, I can see this guy getting a lot of varied use. I'm not much of a BlueTooth guy, but it was sure handy last night using Spotify on my phone, going through the Sprout. And my wife brought home an old Toshiba turntable from her mom's, so I was able to quickly hook it up and test it through the Sprout. That sure beats lugging out an extra receiver, or swapping out of my main rig. And with the headphone jack, you don't even need to hookup speakers.

    I kept an eye out on hifishark til I found one at a good price. Have to be patient, though. Some people are still trying to sell them for $400+, which IMO is too much.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,835
    So cool.
    I disabled signatures.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
    Via headphones, I have been able to compare the Sprout's DAC with the PSA Stellar Gain Cell Pre/DAC. The SGCPD pre wins by a nose. They both retrieve an immense amount of detail, but the StellarGC is a hair quieter...blacker in the background. Again, this is via headphones. With speaker playback, the difference might be less noticeable, depending on one's auditory memory :)

    For grins and giggles, I'll probably continue comparing the Sprout to various amps and phono-preamps. Oh wait, it can also be a line-level preamp...
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
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    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,356
    That is a very impressive little piece of tech. I want one.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI W JUMPERS, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS X3/AURORA X1 PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
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    The only question is which one? First generation w/ max 50WPC, or newest Sprout100 w/ max 100WPC?
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,356
    Best comedy ever made ^
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI W JUMPERS, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS X3/AURORA X1 PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 681
    Wait...I thought it was drama...
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
  • halohalo Posts: 4,954
    If it were me, @joecoulson or @jdjohn, I would get the latest model. Zero Fidelity gave it a very nice recommendation (and he disliked the original quite a bit).
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,356
    He probably got some cash on the second review.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI W JUMPERS, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS X3/AURORA X1 PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
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