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Stack in the Box
Before you become obsessed, buy a big rack, and stack a bunch of separate components into it (creating a monster obelisk that takes over your room)…start with a single Sprout.

Space & Flexibility
Sprout is just the right size. You can put it under your TV to be the hub of an entire entertainment system…or place it on your desk under your monitor to power some bookshelf speakers and headphones. People you live with won’t complain that you are taking over with your electronics obsession. :)

Borrow a turntable and some vinyl to use with the Sprout. (I bet your family has a free turntable and some vinyl that hasn’t been played in years. More fun to get together with family and talk about music than politics, probably.)

In California, real estate and rent is SO expensive. We end up spending a good deal of time in just a room before we make it to an apartment, and maybe (much later) we can own a house. Sprout is perfect for this progression.

Aesthetics
My home DAC is still a PS Audio Perfectwave Mk. II from about a decade ago. It’s big. It only does one thing, but does it very well in my system. I love the glossy finish on the top, but because of dust, fingerprint, and scratch possibilities…I have never even taken the protective plastic off of it. (And no, I do not have plastic protecting my furniture.)
The Sprout, however, sports a dense walnut top which is much more practical. Looks good in person and I can put my phone on top of it without worrying a bunch.

New Hotness
The original Sprout already had a lot going for it. Drives speakers, streams your phone wirelessly, connects to your computer (or other sources), runs with vinyl, drives headphones. A year and half ago, we did a deep dive into what would make the Sprout even better. It has taken that long to overhaul all of the systems inside.

The phono preamp is a special component in Sprout, many integrated tuners don’t include them today even though they have a ton of room in an oversized case. So the Sprout II retains this audiophile path for many and keeps things easy for getting into vinyl. PS Audio made the “phono stage” quieter with an even better JFET analog output stage.

Power Amp = Moar Power. The Sprout II amp can drive some seriously audiophile speakers with a big increase in power.
Hint: This will be quite convenient when some seriously audiophile speakers become available later… ;)

Right now, Massdrop has the excellent, self-powered JBL LSR30X monitors ready to go with Sprout II. In the case of powered speakers like these, the Sprout serves as a “preamp” instead of a “power amp”. This means that since the JBL LSR30X monitors have their own internal amps, the Sprout will just send a smaller signal to them and act as a great volume control with the new remote.

How do you get the biggest sound out of smaller speakers? A sub-woofer. These are getting better and more affordable. Sprout II now has an output for one.

To make the Sprout II as accessible as possible to new audiophiles as well as more flexible for use in home theaters, an optical input was added. This takes the red laser output from your TV or Cable Box through a fiber optic cable into your Sprout entertainment hub. Not sure if you have checked the back of these devices lately, but look for one of these:
A few units went out around a week ago. We expanded our group of reviewers with these units to cover multiple sites...some impressions should pop up soon!
What speakers will you be pairing with your new PS Sprout 2??
I need inspiration!
Are studio monitors recommended to be plugged on this amp or would regular Hi-Fi speakers be a better choice?
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I finaly settled on the Elac B6. They were 250$ cnd with free shipping!
Great deal. I could not pass it up!
thanks for the input guys
JamesCanada
Can't beat that deal! ;) Enjoy.
Hi Scott, any chance of this reopening soon? We have the original Sprout and would love to buy this. It will make us very very happy as it’s the best product we have ever purchased. Please make our wish come true. Many thanks.
SeeMeng
+1 for reopening this drop.
bentley9
yes please!
Am I safe to assume we will see these re-emerge in May once the initial batch has shipped?
As this is the sole distribution platform (not even PS Audio themselves sell it) I would assume so, but so disappointed I missed out and just waiting for a re-list is painful xD
Does anyone know if the RCA (analog unbalanced) output on the back of the unit sends a fixed line out signal, or a variable preamp level based on the volume knob on the front of the unit?

I'm looking to hookup the Sprout to power a pair of passive speakers, then use the RCA output on the back to send an audio signal to a separate tube amplifier that has its own volume control. As such, I don't want the RCA output signal to be cut if I turn the speaker volume all the way down to use my separate headphone amp.

Thanks!
as an old school audiophile who worked in and around the audio business for over 25 years i can say PS Audio makes nothing but top drawer products. i replaced some IEC cables from some fairly lofty brands with the PS Audio IEC cables and wow. not only functionally superior but it did some very nice, hard to quantify (without going into snob mode) things with my soundstage and imaging. that was 20 years ago and those cables are still going strong. this is the perfect solution for desktop audio. and if you're just starting out this will even let you expand into vinyl (as soon as you make the space for that turntable man). this will rock your world, and no need for headphone amp or dac.
you can get some amazing speakers from inexpensive to super premium and this will rock them (in a small to normal sized room).
how much was this drop?
Kumi
599
Missed that drop, I hope it'll be back, my 40+ years Sony TA-515 is making scratchy sounds now..
Super_Pierre
good on you.
buy this as (depending on where you live) non-warranty service is extremely spotty nowadays...you have to find an "old school" electronics repair shop (with actual soldering irons and multi-meters) that is still in business, hope for parts...or rather hope that the parts you need are generic.
I'm assuming Massdrop probably ordered extras to sell in May?
K.Mak
I hope so! Is that SOP for these Massdrop?
Bring it back! was saving up for this
Major bummer that I missed this. I hope the Sprout II comes back to Massdrop soon. Or even to regular market. The defeatable bassboost and increased wattage were both concerns of mine. The remote is a nice touch as well. How is the quality of the phono stage on the original sprout?
docbronze
It was mediocre at best. Really nothing special, but no glaring issues either. The phono stage is definitely the most improved stage of the Sprout II.
livingspeedbump
Well, hot damn livingspeedbump. Thanks for that tantalizing bit of knowledge. I really hope we get another crack at this one. I'm pretty certain the Sprout II is the amp for me at this point.