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Sprout100 ELAC system

Everything you need for great music. Sets up in minutes.

This isn’t about specs and numbers, this is purely about the presentation of music, and this is happening in front of me in breathtaking fashion… I’ve had some pieces of gear come through my home that I’ve wanted. Some I’ve plain lusted after. This is one I know I’m going to own.

I can’t possibly recommend this little beautiful piece of audio glory any higher.” – Michael Laurance, The Shoestring Audiophile

We paired Sprout100 with Elac’s B6.2 so that you can find new depth and enjoyment from the music you love. No stress, no hassle, Sprout100 and the B6.2s simply allow your music to move you.

$899

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Sprout100 ELAC System

Product Description

The original Sprout was an overachiever – a single piece of audio gear that offered a plethora of connectivity options and great sound in a chassis the size of a hardcover novel. Sprout100 builds on this, offering more power, an improved Digital-to-Analog Converter, and a remote – all while staying in the same chassis. The greater power allows for a fuller, more authoritative bottom end, and the improved DAC offers extraordinary detail and clarity. 

However you like to listen – streaming, LPs, CDs, or digital audio from your computer or game console – Sprout100 is designed to handle it.

To match with Sprout100, we hand-selected Elac’s B6.2 speakers. Matching the ethos of Sprout100, the B6.2s are also overachievers, performing far beyond what their price tag might convey. The pair together truly sings, letting you explore your music like you never have before.

Don’t worry, we included speaker cables too; you’ll be up and running in 10 minutes or less.

The Sprout100 Elac package brings audiophile sound without the audiophile complications.

It’s time to sit back and enjoy your music.

Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier

  • Full featured integrated amplifier
  • 100 watts per channel
  • Drives any size loudspeaker
  • Remote Control, brushed aluminum: Volume up/down, Mute on/off, Power on/off
  • RCA analog inputs, precision stepped volume control
  • Fully asynchronous DAC supports up to 384/24 PCM or double rate DSD
  • Passive EQ moving magnet phono preamplifier
  • Low output impedance headphone amplifier
  • TOSLINK optical digital input
  • USB input
  • RCA analog input
  • Built-in Bluetooth receiver uses Sprout’s internal asynchronous DAC
  • Manual input selector for all inputs
  • Headphone output 32Ω: 500mW, 300Ω: 125mW (drives all headphones)
  • RCA analog output
  • Selectable bass boost
  • Dedicated subwoofer output, automated internal bass-boost switch
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 100 dB at max power into 4Ω
  • THD <0.01% (1 W, 1 kHz into 4 ohms)
  • Indicator light
  • Accessories Include: 6ft regional power cord, remote control, 4x banana adaptors, 2x Sprout Decal, Owner’s Manual
  • Dimensions: 6.2″W x 8.2″L x 1.9″H

ELAC B6.2 Loudspeaker Pair

  • 2-way, bass reflex
  • Frequency response: 44Hz – 35,000Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB at 2.83 v/1m
  • Maximum power input: 120 Watts
  • Tweeter: 1″ Cloth Dome
  • Woofer: 6-1/2″ Aramid Fiber
  • Cabinet finish: Black Ash Vinyl
  • Port: Dual Flared
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) : 7.69″ x 14.76″ x 10.55″

Sewell Speaker Cables

  • 2 meter
  • Gold plated banana plugs
  • 12 awg

Twittering Machines

Michael Lavorgna

...the Sprout100 / ELAC Debut 2.0 system is in every respect a winner. While you won’t get everything, where would you put it (thanks, Steven Wright), what you will get is a hifi capable of mating you to your music in meaningful ways. I also find the Sprout to be one heck of a nice looking piece of kit, better looking in fact than the endless parade of black metal box w/silver faceplate clones. Sprout has character, and wood! What more can you ask?
Based on my experience, if you decide to buy the PS Audio Sprout100 and the ELAC Debut 2.0 speakers, I can safely extrapolate from that experience and say with confidence you are getting one helluva Adrenalin-indusing hifi. Unless you are A) dead, or B) a jaded audiophile.
The PS Audio Sprout100 and the ELAC Debut 2.0 speakers earn our TM Select: Recommended System award with aplomb.

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The Shoestring Audiophile

Michael Laurance

The detail and depth are just striking. It’s still the channel separation and imaging that is grabbing me hardest...I’ve never had this disc startle me. I turned around because one of the voices came from behind me. This is two channel that I’m listening to. The Sprout has opened up the soundstage so wide that it played a ventriloquist act. I’ve never had a piece of gear do that in this room. The second track sounds like a drum circle in the room.

This isn’t about specs and numbers, this purely about the presentation of music, and this is happening in front of me in breathtaking fashion… I’ve had some pieces of gear come through my home that I’ve wanted. Some I’ve plain lusted after. This is one I know I’m going to own.

I can’t possibly recommend this little beautiful piece of audio glory any higher.

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Home Theater Review

Steven Stone

had some reservations about the original Sprout due to its always-on loudness curve and lower-than-I-usually-need power output capabilities. The new Sprout100 eliminates both of those concerns. Not only does it sound amazingly good, but it has enough of the right inputs and outputs to put together a first-rate, borderline drop-dead kick-ass desktop or even room-based audio system.

The bottom-line question, of course, is whether or not the PS Audio Sprout100 is a good value.

In that regard, I say yes. Hell, yes.

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Parttime Audiophile

John Richardson

A Sprout, you say? Indeed, I’m speaking of PS Audio’s gateway drug into high-end audio, the venerable Sprout integrated amplifier/DAC/phono preamp. It seems that receipt of a Sprout has become something of a coming of age moment in my family. My daughter got the first generation sample I reviewed when she was a junior in college, having moved out of the dorms and into a place of her own with a bunch of other collegiate ladies.

…Ultimately, as with the original Sprout, I had to conclude that one of the best attributes of the Sprout 100 is that it serves to bring generations of people together, which is something that seems to rarely happen today. I invited my son to come up to listen and experiment with it to see if he would be interested in having one in his apartment. What began as a simple demo session evolved into a deep discussion of music between father and son; one of those rare moments when two generations find themselves on the same wavelength.

All I can say is that PS Audio has only improved upon what I consider to be its best product ever, and that’s great news indeed for listeners both new and old. Enjoy!

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Record Collector News

Jim Kaplan

I pulled out about $6,000 worth of amp and preamp and stuck the $599 Sprout between a pair of Legacy Classic speakers on the output side and about $12,000 worth of MC cartridge, tonearm, turntable, phono cable and phono stage on the input side of the Sprout using the analog input. Not a fair test at all. I was setting up the Sprout to fail. It was surprising easy to listen to. Very non-fatiguing. Not grainy or crappy at all. This $600 unit held its own.

This is the new vintage integrated amp. And with Bluetooth and all those other features this could be the entry level integrated that you hang on to for a long time while you upgrade the components around it. And yes, my son is taking the Sprout with him when he leaves for college this fall. I know I will miss you.

You too son.

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Dagogo

David Blumenstein

The Sprout100 ticks all the boxes and then some. It poses a headscratcher of a question itself: What does it not do for $599? And as you can see from the specs listed below, "not much" is the answer. How one judges PS Audio’s latest incarnation is a matter of perspective, so I’m going to look at it as the core of 3 systems: starter, office, and travel. Normally, specifications find themselves at the end of a piece, but the Sprout100 is nothing short of extraordinary for the price.

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Headphone Guru

Gary Allen Barker

I began this review by stating that PS Audio was once considered the poor man’s budget audiophile gear, and the PS Audio Sprout100 continues that tradition without reservation. Providing a large soundstage with excellent dynamics, a great tonal balance and musicality sufficient to tame the occasionally edgy SABRE DAC chip, while able to drive anything from the most sensitive of IEMs to reference quality planar magnetics, the Sprout100 has earned a place as one of my three favorite DAC/Headphone Amplifiers under $1,000, and is only bested by the Modwright/Oppo DAC, as an ESS based DAC.

The addition of a phono stage and the ICEpower amplifier make it an unparalleled value. In fact, if someone were to come to me and say they had a $5,000 budget to put together a home audio system, I would tell them to spend $1,500 on headphones, $1,500 on speakers, $1,000 on a turntable, then buy the Sprout100 to run it and spend the rest on cables (though it might be a challenge to find $1,500 speakers to match the performance of the PS Audio).

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Audiophilia

Karl Sigman

...to see how the Sprout100 can handle these very serious speakers that cost $15K per pair, with a frequency response down to 29 Hz. We jumped right to it and played Bela Fleck’s classic cut Flight of the Cosmic Hippo. The Sprout100 drove them well, displaying more depth, more bass, more presence and shaking my couch. Of course they did not yield the sound quality that the Celesta shows off with when paired with my 700 W per channel reference mono blocks, and peripheral reference equipment—but confirming that a $599 Sprout100 can drive these speakers was a revelation.

At the mere price of $599, the new and improved Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier excels at all it tries to do; I am hard pressed to find anything wrong with it. A must for those wishing to have a full simple system with fine sound and low cost, it will pair well with just about anything you attach it to, and it only weighs 2.9 pounds. An absolute bargain by any measurement. Very highly recommended.

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C-NET

Steve Guttenberg

I watched a few episodes of Handmaid's Tale Season 2 on Hulu with the Sprout 100 and the LS50s, and the sound was so good I didn't miss a center channel speaker (in part because I was sitting equidistant from the left and right speakers). Stereo imaging was broad and sharply focused in ways you'll never hear from a sound bar.

So yes, the PS Audio Sprout 100 is an overachiever, just pair it with a good set of speakers and you'll be good to go.

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Audio Bacon

Jay Luong

PS Audio knows the importance of maintaining tonal integrity and placing musicality above all else. No matter how smartly engineered, elegant, or expensive a piece of gear is…it’s fruitless if it ignores these key ingredients. These qualities are what makes something captivating and keeps you in your seat.

It’s obvious a lot of thought, passion, and heart went into the design of the Sprout100. It has been beautifully voiced by some hardcore music lovers. At only $599 (which is cheaper than my USB cable) I consider the Sprout100 to be one of the best-kept secrets in audio. One of those rare times you could steal your cake and eat it too.

The goal of the Sprout100 was to provide quality sound without the hassle. They’ve not only succeeded but also went above and beyond. Instead of being a stepping stone into great sound, I think the PS Audio Sprout100 could be your long-term cornerstone as you scale up. It has the power. It has the flexibility. And it definitely has the sound.

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