Using Sprout as Phono Stage


#1

Long story short, but I actually have an “extra” Sprout at the moment, and I’m planning to try it out in auxiliary system as a phono stage (turntable to vinyl input; analog output to my Hegel integrated). I’ll report back with results, but anyone else have experience with using Sprout as a phono stage? (I’m intrigued by what will become the “adjustable gain:” The volume knob).


#2

Results: The sound was comparable with MM phono stages in the $200-300 range, which is really impressive since the entire Sprout only cost $500! In my particular situation the gain wasn’t enough (I had the Sprout volume all the way up and didn’t get enough volume to remotely match the rest of the system I was using), but I could see the Sprout being used successfully for this in a lot of situations.

Interestingly, the phono stage was quite quiet.

Obviously this isn’t standard use case but it was fun to try out.


#3

Hi Michael,

Have you compared directly to another phono preamp? Which model (s) ?


#4

I compared it to a Musical Surroundings Phenomona 1, and a Schitt Mani phono stage - both using MM settings.