PS Audio Sprout100 Review and Specs

PS Audio Sprout100 PS Audio has released a new integrated amplifier in the Sprout line - the Sprout100, which is twice as powerful as its predecessor. See all the interesting PS Audio Sprout100 specs in this PS Audio Sprout100 review.

PS Audio Sprout100 review

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Specs and features

A serious and functional filling was placed in a compact package: a DAC based on the ESS Saber 9016 chip, a Bluetooth module, a phono preamplifier, a headphone amplifier and a Class D power amplifier, generating 50 watts per channel per 8 ohms and 100 watts per 4 ohms. The updated topology, according to the developers, improved the dynamics and reduced the noise level. The new, fully asynchronous DAC is ready to work with PCM signals up to 32 bit / 384 kHz and DSD up to 5.6 MHz. For fans of forced low frequencies, the Bass Boost function is provided. As for the sound via Bluetooth in the Sprout 100, it was suitable only for background listening.

Design and build

The appearance of the amplifier has undergone only cosmetic changes that have touched the volume knobs and input selector. But the control panel is completely updated. Now it is an elegant all-metal little thing, with which you can turn the amplifier on and off, adjust the volume, turn off the sound. The kit includes a remote control. Since the Sprout 100 measures 152x203x44 mm, it is compact enough to be used in desktop setups. During operation, the aluminum case was only slightly warm to the touch.

PS Audio Sprout100

Connectivity

It is equipped with a subwoofer output, speaker outputs, as well as RCA inputs and outputs, coaxial and optical inputs for connecting digital players and headphone output. Connection options are somewhat limited by the miniature size of the Sprout 100, but at the same time there is a phono input (for MM cartridges), a linear stereo input and a stereo output, a monaural output to a subwoofer, a headphone output of 6.3 mm, a digital optical input and USB Type B. Built-in digital The analog converter can work with PCM signal up to 384 kHz / 24 bit and DSD 128. Acoustic connection is provided only with banana connectors. But the good news is that a set of these all-metal connectors comes complete with an amplifier.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good separation and realistic sounds of each instrument
  • For low volume listening the boost really flashes it all out, so late night listening really draws you in

Cons

  • No adjustable EQ, other than bass boost on/off

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Common features

Product

PS Audio Sprout100

Model

Sprout100

Brand

PS Audio

Reviews

79

Amplifier

Channels

2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 200/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

50/8, 100/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8,4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.01

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

100

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS9016 384 KHz/24-bit

Speaker A/B switching

Pure direct mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

optional

Ethernet (RJ45)

Control

Bass

Treble

Balance

Remote control

Extensive connection

Optical digital input/output

1/0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

1

Subwoofer output

1

Headphone outputs

1

USB

0

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

0

Main inputs (pair)

0

Line level inputs (pair)

2

XLR inputs (pair)

0

Record outputs (pair)

0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

RS-232

0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

280

Power consumption standby, W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

15.7 x 4.8 x 20.8/6.2 x 1.9 x 8.2

Weight, kg/lbs

1.3/2.9
PS Audio Sprout100
PS Audio Sprout100

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