The PS Audio Sprout – a compact integrated amplifier/USB DAC/headphone amp produced by the Boulder, Colorado-based audio company, has undergone a revamp and an upgrade. The new Sprout100 get’s a power boost, while also adding several new features.
This latest version retains the original’s compact form factor and simple control layout. The curved metal fascia is still home to just two rotary controllers – for source selection and volume control respectively – while it’s also home to a full-sized headphone socket.
However, the changes are significant. Output power has been doubled, and is now rated at 50 watts/channel RMS into 8 ohms, and 100 watts/channel RMS into 4 ohms. The Sprout uses the latest ICEpower Class D amplifier modules.
In addition, the on-board D/A converter has been upgraded, and now handles PCM files up to 384 kHz/24-bit, as well as DSD files up to DSD128. For vinyl fans, the built-in MM phono stage has been updated, while the headphone amp is a new, zero-feedback, low-impedance design, too.
Another new feature is a useful remote control handset, while a variable-output subwoofer output has also been added. Additional facilities include a line-level stereo input set, and a matching stereo RCA output set.
Local retail pricing has not been confirmed, but should be around R10 000, with availability by midyear.