PS Audio’s Sprout100 doubles the power on an already impressive amplifier

ps audio sprout100 integrated amplifer

In 2015, we took a look at PS Audio’s Sprout digital integrated amplifier and liked what we saw, or rather, what we heard. The company managed to squeeze an awful lot of features into a small package while keeping the unit easy to use. Now some time has passed since the release of the original Sprout, and PS Audio is back with the next-generation Sprout100, which keeps everything great about the original while doubling the power.

The original Sprout maxed out at 50 watts per channel, while the Sprout100 is capable of either 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms or 100 watts per channel at 4 ohms. That is enough power to supply most modern speakers, especially considering the small size that gave both models of the Sprout their names. Like the original, the Sprout100 features a built-in vinyl preamp and can function as a headphone amp.

A more powerful output isn’t the only difference between the Sprout100 and the original. The Wolfson DAC used in the Sprout has been replaced with a Sabre 9016 for increased linearity. This new DAC can handle up to 384 kHz/24-bit PCM or double rate DSD, making it a nice option to hook up to your hi-res music player. We haven’t yet heard the Sprout100 in person, but the original did a great job of avoiding the sterile sound that class D amplification can be known for, and we expect the new model to be similar.

The Sprout100 features a dedicated subwoofer output alongside the standard speaker jacks, as well as RCA analog inputs and outputs. Digital inputs are available for hooking up CD players or hi-res music players, with an optical TOSLINK port joining the coaxial jack found on the original. If you prefer your music with a little extra thump, an optional bass boost is included. Finally, a remote control lets you get a little more hands-off when it comes to controlling the device.

The PS Audio Sprout100 will begin shipping in May, selling directly from the PS Audio factory as well as retailers like Amazon. The price is almost as impressive as the feature list: While the original Sprout sold for $500, the Sprout100 sells for just $100 more at $600. If you’re getting into vinyl collecting and looking to put together a listening setup, the Sprout100 is a relatively affordable option that likely won’t disappoint in the sound department.

Home Theater

Demystify home audio with our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide

Today's A/V receivers are packed with lots of advanced technology and just plain cool features. From understanding watt ratings to Wi-Fi, we explain how to buy one that will last you for years in our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide.
Home Theater

Keep those albums sounding great by converting your vinyl to a digital format

There are all sorts of reasons for ripping records and storing them digitally, but what's the best way to do it? We cover the different types of equipment and software available for ripping records at any price in this guide.
Home Theater

How to buy speakers: A beginner’s guide to home audio

From the difference between bookshelf speakers and monitors to the proper way to audition, our ultimate speaker buying guide has all the information you need to create your own home audio nirvana.
Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2018

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? No worries. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? Don't sweat it. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.
Home Theater

They’re not just for gaming: Watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

While the Xbox One S and Xbox One X boost the visuals of your games, they also can pull double-duty as Blu-ray players, but there's a bit of set up needed. Need help? Here's our guide on how to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and X.
Movies & TV

You can ditch cable but still get your 'SportsCenter' fix with ESPN+

ESPN's streaming service, ESPN+, is finally here. Despite appearances, ESPN+ isn't a replacement for your ESPN cable channels, and it differs from other streaming apps in a few key ways.
Product Review

Google’s third HD Chromecast is still a good streamer, but its value is slipping

At Google’s October event, we saw a slew of new products, but the new third-generation Chromecast didn’t even make it onstage. We spent some time with the incrementally upgraded, third-generation HD Chromecast to see if it’s worth…
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Smart Home

SiriusXM, Amazon team up for two Echo Dot deals with freebies

Amazon and SiriusXM partnered on two joint promotions. New SiriusXM subscribers can receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. People who already own an Echo device can sign up for new SiriusXM subscription with the first three months free.
Music

Bolster your HD music catalog with the best high-res audio sites

Music connoisseurs relish HD audio, but scouring the web for all the best streaming and downloading sites can be a pain. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Check out our list, and let the high-resolution good times roll.
Home Theater

Lynxsonic’s 4:33 headphones offer premium features at a not-so-premium price

If you're looking for a set of wireless headphones that has a similar feature set to Bose's QuietComfort 35 but with a lower price, the Lynxsonic 4:33 is an intriguing new contender on Kickstarter.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Home Theater

The best noise-canceling headphones paint your music on a cleaner canvas

Drowning out the sound of babies, jet engines, and the outside world isn't as hard as it seems. Here are the best noise-canceling headphones, whether you're concerned with style, comfort, or sound.