Integrated amp brings kick-ass music in the home to a new generation
Boulder, CO: June 16, 2014 – PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio equipment for over 40 years, is proud to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for ’Sprout’, an all-in-one integrated amplifier. The campaign on Kickstarter launched this morning at 8:31 am MST and was funded in less than one hour.
‘Sprout’ was recently shown in prototype form at the Munich High End show, to overwhelmingly positive response from media, industry and the public. The brainchild of Scott McGowan (PS Audio’s Sales Director, and son of Founder Paul McGowan), ‘Sprout’ is the simple but high-quality hub of a home music system, and contains a 50 watt/channel integrated amplifier, a phono preamplifier, 24/96 asynchronous DAC, headphone amp and a Bluetooth receiver. ‘Sprout’ can thus play music directly from a turntable, any digital input, and wirelessly from a smartphone.
“Most people of my generation—in their ‘20’s and ‘30’s—have grown up with earbuds and cheap plastic home-theater systems, and have no idea how great music at home can sound,” said Scott McGowan. “This product is our first step in growing awareness of awesome home audio—so we think ‘Sprout’ is an appropriate name. We expect big things from this little guy.”
Built to the usual PS Audio standards of quality, utilizing aircraft-grade aluminum, steel and walnut, ‘Sprout’ will offer PS’ legendary concert-hall sound, reliability and customer support to a whole new audience.
“We’re excited to be able to bring the experience of great sound to a new generation,” said Paul McGowan, Founder and CEO of PS Audio. “The really cool thing about ‘Sprout’ is that it plays music the way people listen today—from their phones, from turntables, from their computers—and it does it simply. Gamers and movie-viewers will have a more-immersive experience,too. ‘Sprout’ is a great product, and we’re proud to put the PS Audio name on it.”
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will have the opportunity to sample ‘Sprout’ for as little as $399 before it begins shipping in Q3 2014 to specialist audio retailers and online resellers, where it will sell for an MSRP of $799.99 The campaign can be seen here , and will run for 30 days.
- Dimensions: 6″W x 8″L x 1.75″H
- Inputs: Phono (Moving Magnet), Analog, USB (asynchronous 192/24), Digital Coax
(any sample rate and bit depth up to 192kHz 24 bits), Apt X Bluetooth (built in).
- Stereo power Amplifier 8‡ 33W, 4‡ 53W (1KHz, @1% THD)
- THD <0.025% at normal listening levels •Headphone output 16‡ 500mW, 300‡
425mW •S/N Ratio (A-weighted) >90dB
- Retail MSRP $799.99
About PS Audio: Founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973, PS Audio has a long history of offering innovative designs at affordable prices. PS has been an industry-leader in the fields of power-regeneration, phono preamplifiers, DACs and transports. PS Audio’s administration, engineering and manufacturing facilities are all located in Boulder, Colorado, and all core products are fully made in the USA.
About Kickstarter: Kickstarter is the world’s leading crowdfunding website. Founded in 2009, over 50,000 projects in the fields of art and technology have been launched through the site. The PS Audio ‘Sprout’ Kickstarter campaign can be seen here, and will run for 30 days. www.kickstarter.com