External DACs/Preamps and Sprout


#1

Anyone use external DACs/PreAmps with the Sprout? I wonder about connecting a DSD or MQA DAC to the analog input.


#2

I would like to know the same. Would it be possible to connect my Manley Labs line level all tube preamp to the amplifier section of the Sprout? I’m guessing it would be a dual RCA to 3.5mm cable.


#3

Welcome to the forum! You could connect it to the Sprout analog-in with that type of cable but the signal would be going through the pre-amp section (volume control) of the Sprout as well as the Manley’s. The Sprout does not have a true pre-amp-in connection.


#4

Thanks for the quick response. I thought it would be interesting to try the tube front end along with the class D amplification, similar to a hybrid amp. Thus far, I am impressed with the sound of the Sprout. I just want to understand my options.