PS Audio Sprout and Teac AI-301DA Integrated AmpDACs Review Specs
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PS Audio Sprout and Teac AI-301DA Integrated AmpDACs Review
PS Audio: $799/TEAC: $549
AT A GLANCE: PS Audio
Line input and output
Warm, engaging sound
No remote control
No direct DSD decoding
AT A GLANCE: Teac
Six source inputs
Dedicated sub output
Dynamic and transparent
No stereo line out
These compact, versatile, and affordable combos will drive good bookshelf speakers or headphones to audiophile heights, each with its own sense of style.
It’s certainly a thing. It may be a trend. Or possibly even a wave—a new-wave, high-res groundswell sweeping over the nation’s small but growing (we hope!) cadre of youthful audio fans.
I’m talking about ultra-compact integrated-amplifier/digital-to-analog converters: “ampDACs,” I’m calling them. The newly evolved species combines a two-channel integrated amplifier (usually of modest power), a headphone output (usually), and high-resolution audio digital-to-analog conversion, all engineered to meet audiophile expectations of quality, and all packaged into a single, paperback-sized unit conceived for versatility. (Most models, including the two under review here, add today’s ubiquitous Bluetooth wireless capability.)
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