Not quite "Doorway" but I see that PSAudio has rebooted the "Sprout"

Discussion in 'The Doorway' started by mhardy6647, May 17, 2018.

  1. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

  2. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    I was gung-f'n-ho on the Sprout when the original Kickstarter launched: the concept, the marketing, the appearance, the feature set - everything.

    But while I was saving up for one, Stereophile published those jaw-dropping measurements showing a 7 db 70 Hz boost and steep 50 Hz highpass. While I acknowledge that this may compliment some small speakers, the design choice makes Sprout useless to me. Sprout II evidently continues with this bold "voicing".
     
  3. Celt

    Celt Forever Plaid

    I wonder if they addressed the humped up mid-bass the earlier version had.

    Oh...nevermind...John just addressed that. Forgettaboutit...could have been nice...
     
  4. Thermionics

    Thermionics Post Whore In Training

    Too bad you can't have a defeat switch (or hell, even a jumper on the circuit board that can be set at the factory). :(

    -D
     
  5. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    Reading more today, there is appaently a defeat mode on the Sprout100.

     
  6. Thermionics

    Thermionics Post Whore In Training

    Aha!

    -D
     
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  7. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Yes, the new one has a defeat switch -- and more power.

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  8. Celt

    Celt Forever Plaid

    It has De Feet!
     
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  9. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    Similar look, but completely redesigned.

    In even more ways than before, Sprout begs comparison with the TEAC AI-301DA. Same B&O amp module now, similar feature set. Sprout100 has onboard phono and pre-outs. AI-301DA has additional line and digital coaxial inputs, and can be had ~$300 cheaper.
     
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  10. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Didn't realize the TEAC was that much less expensive!
     
  11. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    Retail is $399 on the TEAC, but if you sniff around, $290 is doable.

    I had one for a while in a misguided bid for absolute simplicity. Nice amp. Very good build quality.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2018

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