Sprout is the brainchild, passion and obsession of my son Scott. Scott’s our Director of Sales, but he’s been involved in high-end audio and music since he was, well, born. After all, he is my son.
Scott loves music in a way that makes many of us look pale in comparison. His kind of music, live music, concerts, friends, turntables, and lots and lots of music.
Sprout started about 2 years ago when Scott came to me over beers and asked “I love concerts and live music. But when I go home and listen on my system (and he has a nice small system) it doesn’t sound even close to what it’s like live. Pipe dream or possible?” Of course he and his friends have been to Music Room One and been in awe. “That sounds live. But my friends and I haven’t the real estate or the money to come even close. We listen on vinyl and stream from our phones.” But he was passionate, and we all love passion at PS Audio.
So we gave him the reins and said “yes, it can be done, but it’s a tough big project.” It was important to Scott that every single detail was perfect: the sound, the look, the feel, the price, the accessories, the manual, the packaging. And over two years he’s really thought of nothing else.
We’ve gotten it built, but only a few and they are prototypes. There’s much more to go if it’s ever going to be a real product that we make a lot of (tooling, inventories, etc.). All the feature sets, looks and feel are cemented at this point. And it sounds freaking awesome! This product just is amazing.
Here’s some stats:
- 50 watts per channel (4 Ohm) stereo power amp
- Passive EQ MM phono preamplifier built in
- Line level analog input
- Line level analog output
- Asynchronous 192kHz/24 bit DAC
- USB and coax inputs for digital
- aptX Bluetooth streaming
- No silly wall wart power supply. AC inlet with real IEC connector
- About the size of a novel
No remote control? Old school knobs? You bet, conscious choices agonized over for a couple of years. There’s a philosophy you’ll like with Sprout and I hope you enjoy talking, cussin’ and discussin’ with Scott.
Best of all? Scott’s 30 year old peers can own Sprout, can get into high-end audio, can get concert level performances out of their systems at home. Sprout does that. Sprout brings life to the music and we’re dying to share it with people. We will have 5 of them in Munich at the show. Come listen, touch and feel.
And yes, we’re planning on a Kickstarter program to fund the enormous tooling and inventory costs to allow us to achieve the price point.
Ready to meet Sprout?