PS Audio Sprout100 vs NAD D 3020 V2

PS Audio Sprout100 vs NAD D 3020 V2

PS Audio Sprout100 review

The Sprout100 has almost two times more power output than its opponent. 50W vs 30W at 8 Ohms. A serious and functional filling was placed in a compact case: a DAC based on the ESS Saber 9016 chip, a Bluetooth module, a phonopred, a headphone amplifier and a class D power amplifier. 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. 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. PS Audio Sprout100

NAD D 3020 V2 review

The aptX Bluetooth module is built into the amplifier, so signal transmission from various mobile devices will not cause any difficulties. It is also very useful to have a 3.5 mm output for connecting headphones on the front panel. Something was added on the rear panel of the new amplifier. The D3020 V2 received an output from the preamplifier and a connector for connecting a subwoofer (the necessary adapters are included), as well as a control 12-volt trigger input. NAD D 3020 V2

PS Audio Sprout100 pros & cons

Pros

  • This Sprout 100 keeps the originals bass boost
  • Overall the built in phono pre is amazing sounding, with the right higher output MM cart

Cons

  • The only thing that I don't like much in this Sprout 100 amp is the knobs, they feel like loosy with the inputs switching, and the volume control isn't smooth nor click feeling

NAD D 3020 V2 pros & cons

Pros

  • Flexible feature set
  • Small size and high quality workmanship
  • The volume control knob has a pleasant working stroke, and the device is characterized by high quality workmanship

Cons

  • A limited number of inputs of each type
  • Phono entry is good but not great

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

Integrated amplifiers comparison chart

Overall
PS Audio Sprout100
5.8
NAD D 3020 V2
6
8
8
0
3
PS Audio Sprout100

PS Audio Sprout100 review

Feb 28, 2020

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 S...

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Common

Product

PS Audio Sprout100
NAD D 3020 V2

Model

Sprout100
D 3020 V2

Brand

PS Audio
NAD

Reviews

75
59

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 200/4
60/8, 100/4, 150/2

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

50/8, 100/4
30/8, 55/4, 80/2

Output Impedance, Ohm

8,4
8, 4, 2

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.01
0.01

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

100
106

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
1/0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

1
1

Subwoofer output

1
1

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

0
1

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

0
1

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

2
1

XLR inputs (pair)

0
0

Record outputs (pair)

0
0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

RS-232

0
0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

280
320

Power consumption standby, W

0.5

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
5.8 x 18.6 x 21.9/2.2 x 7.3 x 8.6

Weight, kg/lbs

1.3/2.9
1.5/3.3
PS Audio Sprout100
NAD D 3020 V2
PS Audio Sprout100
NAD D 3020 V2

Integrated amplifiers CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 5.8
  • 6
  • 5.8PS Audio Sprout100
  • 6NAD D 3020 V2

The NAD D 3020 V2 is better integrated amplifier in this comparison. Check NAD D 3020 V2 price