About this project
STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED! Let's put one of these custom Sprout Power Boost cables in every box!
Help us get to $425,000 and EVERY box gets a PS Audio Sprout custom designed power cable, which is an $89.99 value. Will you tell ONE friend about Sprout?
PS Audio has been making power cables for fifteen years, and we know the great impact they have on sound quality. The Sprout Power Boost Cable boasts unique stranding, geometry, and shielding, and these crucial differences translate into better performance, enhanced noise rejection, and more powerful dynamics. Exchange any stock power cord with a Power Boost custom designed power cable, and you'll hear it immediately. PS Audio Power Cables tout specially machined prongs, hewn from a solid billet of material. Cold and hot welding, over-molded and hermetically sealed connectors, excellent shielding, and finely stranded spirally wound conductors complete this seriously good cable design. This power cable is the perfect compliment for your hi-end Sprout.
OK, back to Sprout...
An amplifier for the modern home
Sprout is the link between your music and your speakers. Sprout is the size of a big novel, yet it will fill your living room, bedroom or any room with enormous, live sound. Sprout is designed down to the very atom. Constructed of stainless steel, extruded aluminum, and walnut, this is not audio equipment. It's audio furniture.
All Music (Connect to Sprout with):
- Any bluetooth enabled device: tablet, phone, or computer
- Turntable to play vinyl records
- TV or gaming console, or even a reel-to-reel tape deck
- Computer through USB (Hi-Rez)
- CD or DVD player over COAX
All Speakers (Listen to Sprout with):
- Any Size Speakers
- All Headphones
Most likely, you love music
Me too. I'm Scott McGowan. 31-year-old audio-enthusiast, concert-goer, and amplifier-designer. I work at PS Audio in Boulder, Colorado. I've been around HiFi systems my entire life because I love LIVE music.
Unfortunately, when I play music on my small stereo at home, it just doesn't sound live. But all that has changed.
Home audio can be done better
PS Audio makes high-end stereo systems for audiophiles. An audiophile's goal is to reproduce live music exactly as it is heard on stage. Can that actually be done?
You bet. Our company does it every day.
It's not something most of us can afford however. It's not something most of us have space for either.
Teresa (my fiancee, above) and I have a one-bedroom apartment; we spend our money on bills. Normal-people stuff like student loans and groceries. We're planning a wedding, not a HiFi system!
Yet who doesn't want concert-quality music in their living room? From our phones, turntables, computers or CD players: here's how most people listen to music...
These really frustrate me:
And the back is even worse...
Ever notice how these big receivers get tucked away behind cabinet doors? Ever notice how 90% of their features go un-used? Worst of all, they DO NOT honor the music.
Loving music should be easy!
Sprout brings me the music: pure, sweet, simple and LIVE!
This is much easier:
And it's all relevant to music lovers. Nothing superfluous.
Here's the thing...
Stereo equipment is incredibly complicated. It's a fact.
But then again, so is your car's 4-stroke internal combustion engine. I have only the vaguest conception of how cars operate. But I don't have to know. I drive everyday. They make it easy.
This is what I want to bring to the home audio industry, which until now has failed normal people like you and me. Everyone loves music. But wattage, voltage, signal-to-noise ratio, interconnects, EQ controls, output impedance? I feel your pain. Don't get discouraged.
Change has arrived
Sprout is designed by music lovers, for music lovers.
Sprout takes you back to the music's source in a warm, friendly sort of way. No remote control, just a solid connection between you and your music. Feel the precision. Put the tactile beauty of control back in your hands. Reach out for Sprout!
Add headphones or speakers to Sprout, and your music will come alive. You can adios the dock.
It's big, awkward, and hard to use. You shouldn't need a degree in electrical engineering to love music in your home. Sprout is simple and elegant and brings the artists into your living room!
Laptop or Phone Listeners
You've got a great source—unleash it on Sprout, and you'll hear your music for the first time.
42 years ago PS Audio released our first product: a phono-stage amplifier. We've been doing it ever since. We cherish our LP's. Use Sprout to draw every drop of analog purity from your records.
UPDATE: Sprout powers HUGE speakers:
Check this out:
Every Sprout comes with this adapter:
Don't miss this chance to own Sprout!
There will never be a better opportunity to bring Sprout home. Help me bring music and magic into the world.
Sprout will retail for $799.99 when it's finished. This is your only chance to score the amazing Sprout personal music system at a very low price and fill your home with the sound of live music like you've never experienced before!
- Dimensions: 6"W x 8"L x 1.75"H
- Inputs: Phono (Moving Magnet), Analog (3.5mm), USB (asynchronous 192kHz/24-bit), Digital Coax (any sample rate and bit depth up to 192kHz/24-bit), aptX Bluetooth (built in).
- Stereo power Amplifier 4Ω 50W (drives any size speakers)
- THD <0.025% at normal listening levels
- Headphone output 16Ω 500mW, 300Ω 425mW (drives all headphones)
- Analog output: variable 3.5mm line, for subwoofer or otherwise.
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted) >90dB
- Retail $799.99
Read what the press says about the Sprout project:
"This little Swiss army knife will stream music from your phone, drive your cans and the speakers on your desktop. The Bluetooth connection was lighting fast; it took Scott less than 20 seconds to bridge it to his iPhone. The built-in DAC sounded very nice with Audeze’s LCD 2 headphones; in fact, after a couple of tracks ('Missed the Boat' from Modest Mouse, 'Audiophile Recordings' and Gluck’s 'Dance of the blessed spirits' from Naxos), all I can say is that it will sell like hotcakes."
Mark Rushton, StereoNet: "Sprout certainly has an impressive feature-set, and if PS Audio's reputable name is even remotely attached to this off-shoot, one could assume it will be of considerable quality."
...and what the press says about PS Audio:
John Darko, DigitalAudioReview.net: "PS Audio ensures you're looked after each step of the way: the packaging, customer support, website, YouTube channel and firmware upgrades are solid examples of this manufacturer’s innovative ambition." (PerfectWave DAC)
Marja & Henk, 6moons.com: "We firmly believe that we can now speak of the beginning of the second digital revolution... Kudos to PS Audio for being at the very front lines staking out this exciting future." (PerfectWave Transport & DAC)
Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound: "PS Audio’s NuWave Phono Converter is truly an innovative product with great sound and value for the money. A real pleasure to review...." (NuWave Phono Converter)
Karl Sigman, Audiophilia.com: "PS Audio has perhaps achieved the impossible with the DS [DirectStream]. The DS gets my highest recommendation; hats off and a bow to PS Audio." (DirectStream DAC, winner of Publisher's 'Star Component' award).
Risks and challenges
Risk is low. Our track record of designing, building and delivering stereo equipment to music lovers the world over, for the last 42 years, speaks to our tenacity and dedication. This is not our first rodeo!
Pre-production prototypes have been built and the product is fully engineered. We are working on Round II and adding small changes from user feedback to finalize the design. You will get the latest & greatest!
We are doing the Kickstarter program to fund the tooling costs of ramping up production, as well as the large inventory costs associated with building this product and keeping the costs where we need them to be.
We should be able to begin shipping in September, 2014, following a successful Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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