thank you to the team at PS Audio for creating the Sprout100
I thought I would never have a sound system that even came close to my old Sennheiser 580s and an analog amp I used a couple decades ago to study recordings while preparing for auditions. now almost 20 years later after letting the listening side slack while continuing to raise a couple of boys and playing my tuba at work every day I have recently gotten the bug to actively listen again.
the internets told me to get a Sprout and some Elac Unifi speakers along with the Elac sub. after all of the reviews I had very high expectations but what I lacked was perspective. my best listening experience up to this point outside of live events has been some Sennheiser 580 headphones from decades ago along with an analog headphone amp plugged into a CD player. I had set my “lofty” expectations too low.
I don’t buy into hyperbole even though I occasionally throw some out myself but I type this while listening to Mahler 2 streaming from Idagio set to FLAC plugged into the USB of this Sprout100. I am not listening to music. I am experiencing the emotion and journey of the performance. I never realized just how much distraction and lack of truth I was hearing through previous listenings on other setups. I realize this is “just” your entry level product but what you have done is democratize music.
I have to pause for a moment…
so THAT is what is going on during the low brass chorale on the fifth movement. so glad I also bought the subwoofer. I have worked on the tuba excerpt of that low brass chorale hundreds of times in practice rooms prepping for auditions and lessons. I honestly never before heard the contrasts and answers that came after.
thank you for creating the Sprout100. you have allowed this tuba player on a limited budget the opportunity to live recorded music in a way that approaches that of performing it live. it is not the same as sitting on the stage facing a well prepared and respected conductor, which is a rare bird also, but I am so much closer to the musical moments during the recording sessions than I ever have been.
thank you for respecting the music.