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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!
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.

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!
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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!
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...
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?
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.
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?
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
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!!!