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Massdrop x PS Audio Sprout II

Massdrop x PS Audio Sprout II

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Hi everyone, The Massdrop x PS Audio Sprout II has arrived at the warehouse and the team is wrapping up quality control checks. We expect the units to ship by tomorrow (May 23). We’re looking forward to you receiving the Massdrop x PS Audio Sprout II ahead of schedule!
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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.)
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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:
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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!
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Interesting, hadn't noticed those before - I actually don't think my unit has those and there is a solid piece all the way around. I'll need to double-check, but it's an interesting difference between the two versions I hadn't noticed before!
Sloblo
Oh- you have Sprout 1? Ah, lower powered amp might not have needed vents. Not sure if resting sideways causes any weird thermal or other concerns with your Sprout 1...
Is there any Sprout100 amp remaining for the purchase ?? I can buy it right away..
Anyone know how the remote control work?I am wondering does it need to replace the battery?The remote control is a solid block of aluminum and has no cut out for battery.
Anyone looking to sell their sprout II in black?
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Hello, are these available for purchase ANYWHERE else? I would kill to have the black version of the Sprout ii!!
Hey folks, I noticed that system recommendation questions don't get entertained here very often, but I'm going to try anyways. I've been researching components for a good 6 months now and finally pulled the trigger on the Q Acoustics concept 20, however I'm running them with a crappy AVR receiver. Could anybody recommend this or another amp please? :) I have a little dot mk iii I can use as a pre-amp and a topping d30 I can use as a DAC so i don't necessarily need an integrated amp. Thank you very very much.
I really need a black one of these! Hook a brother up! I missed the boat on the initial order and I need one asap!
Anyone wanna sell me their black sprout 2 (100)?
What is the likelihood of a sprout 2 release in the near future?
Thinking of pairing jamo. C603 with thi. What do you guys think
So here’s my problem. I feel we have been utterly dupped. We backed this product, basicly financed the Sprout 2 and today the doorbell rings.... A brand new Sprout. This sprout is the generic sprout 100 that is currently sold everywhere. For the same price as what I paid 6 months prior to help finance this project. Not one extra sticker, not one particular difference between this and the 100 because it simply is a prout 100. I feel like I just got shaffted, big time. We paid full price on top of that. Not cool PS Audio, Not Cool... I was not expecting this from a respectable company such as yours.
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You insinuated foul play/unethical behavior by saying "I was not expecting this from a respectable company such as yours" that is very much calling their good standing in to question. In addition as far as I know the black color option isn't available anywhere but here so there is an aspect still exclusive to MD. Hate to break it to you but businesses try to make money, it allows them to pay their employees and grow the business. Your disappointment and multiple posts about it are unfounded.
ElectronicVices
So because it is accepted, this means it is OK? Crowdfunding are clear, and early backers usually get a cheaper price for helping out. I invested in an Audeze Mobius. I am Well aware of what I am getting into, i'm also happy to see that since I backed them early I got a nice discount. Not in this case. If our Sprout would have been 50-20-100$ difference I would have never said anything, because in my head that is the way crowdfunding works. I don't agree with the Sprout one bit. I do not think it's fair practice to make us pay full price to be funding a project. I was unaware Massdrop did these deals also. I tought they only purchased in bulk to help us reduce prices. This does not mean the Sprout is a bad product. I believe you are right about the black color. I think it is MD Exclusive. I'd like to know how many people got it in back. Like I said, I learned from this.
My Sprout was shipped on the 23rd but DHL still can't find my package by the tracking number. Does anybody else have this problem?
Tanthanis
The mail I received said DHL too, but it came with UPS. Think it was a typo on their part! Just got it this afternoon, playing with it now
Lceaucx
Yes you are right. Support got back to me pretty quick and told me its through UPS. So if you can't find it in DHL look at UPS.
Does anyone know if the supplier is on time to ship by the 29th may date?
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Can't wait
So excited
Fantastic news!!!
Would the Klipsch RP-150M be a good pair of speakers to go with this amp?
Has anyone rec'd theirs yet? Just curious if we are still set for this month.
So it seems that PS Audio has announced Sprout100. Simular specs to Sprout II, but with both a optical and coaxial ports for digital according to Digital Trends. The price is the same. I do wish the Sprout II had a coaxial port.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/ps-audio-sprout100-integrated-amplifer/
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Well that's a bit a a relief. I would be bummed if it was an enhance version. Still, a little bummed that isn't a special Massdrop model or price.
I spoke to PS Audio Sales, and they highlighted that the only difference between the Sprout 100 and the Massdrop version is the color offering. As Bruce Wayne asked Fox: “Does it come in black?”
Why bluetooth 2.0 not 5.0?
What speakers are recommended with the sprout. I was thinking of using golden ear Aon 3.
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$1000 for the pair max
Shaner
I got a set of Elac B6 as a starter kit for work with a smaller amp I own (Teac 101) and they are suprisingly good for the price and sise. your budget is a lot bigger than mine, I would look into Focal at that price, also chek up on speaker forums. You can always get help there
What speakers will you be pairing with your new PS Sprout 2?? I need inspiration! Are studio monitors recommended to be plugged on this amp or would regular Hi-Fi speakers be a better choice?
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I finaly settled on the Elac B6. They were 250$ 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.
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SeeMeng
+1 to reopen! I was late to the party - would pick one up for sure.
steeban
I'd also really like a black one. Asap!
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?
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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.
over the sprout 1? I was under the impression they were the same hardware.
oh wow missed it -_-