Recently, I’ve been thinking about experimenting with Vinyl and an all analog signal path for audio and your Sprout project has me quite intrigued.
Some quick background: for the moment, I have a dedicated man-room which is primarily focused on video (TV, movies, etc.), but retains as much audio performance as possible. At one point, the signal path in this room was entirely digital, using Meridian Audio gear, but a desire to incorporate newer technologies without breaking the bank has led me back to a decent AV receiver. In doing so, I’ve also returned to my beloved, 16 year old B&W Matrix 804/HTM speakers.
This system is now centered around an Anthem MRX-300 and all of my sources are connected digitally via either HDMI or coax. As mentioned, the speakers consist of the Matrix 804/HTM up front and B&W DS6 surrounds, with two ancient SVS cylinder sub-woofers. Display is a 60" Pioneer plasma driven via HDMI.
And, for good measure, I have a Power Plant Premier powering most of the source gear.
Ok, so much for background… It is to this system that I will plan to add a turntable as an analog source, but am reticent of connecting a decent phono pre-amp to the analog inputs of the MRX-300 where the signal will immediately get digitized for processing.
So, my thought has been to add an analog-only path into the mix, but haven’t found the right mix of products that would work, at a price point that I can justify. Essentially, I’m looking for an analog setup that would provide what’s referred to as Home Theater Bypass, but it’s not clear if the Sprout could be used in such an application.
My thought would be to insert the Sprout between the L/R analog pre-amp output of the MRX-300 and the speaker level runs to the B&W speakers, using the Analog input. To work, ideally, the Sprout would need to be in a Unity Gain configuration. Though perhaps Unity Gain is the wrong term, but essentially a fixed, maximum gain configuration.
If the volume level on the Sprout was set to maximum, would this essentially provide a fixed gain from the analog In to the speaker output, allowing a variable input on the Analog In to control volume?
Presuming I’m not overlooking something obvious, I’d love to use the Sprout in this way as it would accomplish a whole bunch of things in my system that I’ve wanting to do!