Ampography

Masterclass ANV-50 Integrated Amplifier

2018-

Hi-Fi+ August 2019 - "The Sugden Masterclass ANV-50 is, by any standards, a remarkable achievement. As a spiritual, if not literal successor to the pioneering A21, the amp that made Sugden's name, it has some big shoes to fill.  On this experience, it does so magnificently...  its' going to be quite a challenge to find anything at the price that will give you anything like the musical satisfaction and sheer joy this amplifier delivers."

A21SE Signature Integrated Amplfier

2015-

Audiophile Recommended Award "Evokes a sense of pride in the ownership of it" - Videophile (Thailand) - Jan-17

A21 Signature Integrated Amplifier

2015-

 

Masterclass DAC-4 Digital to Analogue Converter

2014-

Sapphire FBA-800 Stereo Power Amplifier

2013-

***** "Outstanding - amongst the best."

Verdict: "Sweet-sounding, truly musical Class A amplifier that is a joy to listen to"

Hi-Fi World - Apr-15

 

 

"The New Crown Jewels" - Ecoutez Voir - Feb-15

Sapphire DAP-800 Digital Analogue Pre-amplifier

2015-

"The New Crown Jewels" - Ecoutez Voir - Feb-15

Fusion 21 CD Player

2013-2017

"A striker with rhythym and punch. With its bass power an accurate timings its definitely something for listeners who place value on detail and utmost precision" - Audiophile - Dec-13

LS Mystro Loudspeakers

2011-

Masterclass FPA-4 Power Amplifier

2011-2019

LA-4 / FPA-4 Combination ***** Verdict: "A winning combination from Sugden. Clarity, speed and hear-through sound mark it out from the herd.  Match it with the right speakers and you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better." - Hi-Fi World  - May-14

Masterclass PDT-4F CD Player

2011-2017

 

Mystro CD Player

2011-2013

Mystro Integrated & CD Player "The Mystro has an untroubled naturalness, a real sense of immediacy and presence, the sort of elan you expect to carry a much higher ticket price."  "Unless you are spending several multiples of the amplifiers price, you would be hard-pressed to find anything with the same mix of genuinely high-end qualities." - Hi-Fi+ - Sep-09

Masterclass HA-4 Headphone Amplifier

2010-

"the HA-4 pushes the recorded performance well beyond either side of your ears, and immerses you..." Hi-Fi World - Jul10

Mystro Integrated Amplifier

2008-2011

**** "Lively and highly convincing music-making that keeps feet tapping and hearts pounding." "... a thoroughly captivating experience." - Hi-Fi Choice - Feb-11

 

World Awards - Integrated "All in all, Sugdens Mystro is a most aptly named new contender in the mid-price integrated amplifier category." - Hi-Fi World - World Awards - Jan-10

 

***** "Verdict: Dizzyingly fast and musical sound allied to breathtaking detail and decent power make this Sugden's best value integrated amplifier ever. 

For: Rhythmic & dynamic fluency.  Big hearted musicality.  Pleasing tonality.  Build & finish.

Against: Nothing at the price." - Hi-Fi World - Nov-09

 

Mystro Integrated & CD Player "The Mystro has an untroubled naturalness, a real sense of immediacy and presence, the sort of elan you expect to carry a much higher ticket price."  "Unless you are spending several multiples of the amplifiers price, you would be hard-pressed to find anything with the same mix of genuinely high-end qualities." - Hi-Fi+ - Sep-09

 

 

LS21 Loudspeakers

2009-2018

"The mid-range is where the LS21 excels: tonally, dynamically, and musically." - Finland - Sep-10

Masterclass SPA-4 Power Amplifier (Handles removed 2020)

2006-

Masterclass PA-4 Phono Amplifier

2006-

Masterclass MPA-4 Balanced Power Amplifier (Handles removed 2020)

2006-

Masterclass LA-4 Line Pre-amplifier

2006-

LA-4 / FPA-4 Combination ***** Verdict: "A winning combination from Sugden. Clarity, speed and hear-through sound mark it out from the herd.  Match it with the right speakers and you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better." - Hi-Fi World  - Ma-14

Masterclass IA-4 Integrated Amplifier

2006-

"I'm delighted, not to say addicted, to the musicality of this chunky hunk of a transistor." "Class A sounds like that, does it? Is this the much-lauded lack of distortion this operating mode is famous for? If it is, count me in as a fan. I want more!" "This integrated amplifier is able to match up to the industry's big hitters. And then some. I am extremely impressed." - Fidelity International - No.5 2017

***** "Verdict: Dizzyingly fast, musical sound allied to breathtaking detail and a useful amount of power make this Sugdens best ever integrated amplifier - pure class."  "Rarely have I heard an integrated amplifier that dives into any given piece of music, throws out so much detail and yet strings it together in such a musically satisfying way."  "the overall verdict is one of wide-eyed admiration for a glorious integrated amplifier." - Hi-Fi World - Dec-07

A21SE Stage 2 Phono Amplifier

2006-

A21SE Stage 1 Phono Amplifier

2006-

CD21SE CD Player

2005-2010

"BEST BUY - 87% - Conclusion: The CD21SE is designed to partner the A21SE Class A amp and it does indeed sound superb in that company, but it also delivers its particularly musical touch in less sympathetic surroundings and warrants the attention of all true music lovers." - Hi-Fi Choice - Sep-05 

A21SE Integrated Amplifier

2004-2015

​​"The Sugden A21SE amplifier is a real beauty.  I am almost shocked at how good it is - and it uses transistors!  It has the most fabulously detailed sound, one that is dynamic, full of vivacious life and enormously engaging as a result. I continue to use our review sample and am quietly addicted to it for reviewing purposes, because it makes the most of loudspeakers, due to its sweet tonality." - Noel Keywood - Hi-Fi World - Dec-12

 

Verdict: *****
"if you want to hear how transistor amplifiers should sound - and I wish they would sound! - then this is the one.  It is an utterly superb amplifier that is exciting to listen to with both Rock and Classical music, as any good amplifier should be.""

"The A21SE is deperately fast, but sweet and clear to an extent that is unmatched by other transistor amplifiers.  It was said before - an quite rightly - that this is one of the world's best amplifiers and I am happy to repeat the point." - Hi-Fi World - Sep-12

 

"Should you favour realism, body, musical flow and rich mids - i.e. fatigue-free purity and black backgrounds - this amp is among the best i've yet encountered.  I'm certain in fact that many a diehard valve fiend would go wild over this semi-conductor machine." "I was quite blown away by the results" - FairAudio.de - Feb-08

 

 

Translation "just impress in every way" - LP - Apr-08

 

Hi-Fi World - World Awards - Integrated Amplfiier: Sugden A21SE "the Sugden sang like no others can.  It's a truly unique sound; bright and crisp and open like no other integrateds, yet it plays music like its life depended on it.  There's something about it that makes you want to unplug your TV, pull your phone out of the socket power down your computer and run a gamut of your record or CD collections until the early hours  It makes you want to forget yourself and all the grim practicalities of life, and just 'go off on one' and get lost in music." "this is argualbly the ultimate audiophone integrated amplifier." - Hi-Fi World - Jan-06

 

"The coherent sound is why it deserves to be included among the high-end's great and good." - Hi-Fi Choice - Summer-06

 

***** "Verdict: Brilliantly music hear-through sound makes this one of the best transistor amplifiers ever made..."  "Musically brilliant is the best way I can describe it... do yourself a favour and hear something that has nearly all of the strengths of tube amplifiers and almost non of the vices.  Gorgeous." - Hi-Fi World - May05

 

"90% Verdict: Sugden has managed to upgrade the A21 wihtout losing any of its magic.  Although it may still lack ray power and doesn't follow the rhythm method, if you want to lose yourself in unforced, uncoloured music, put this at the top of the list."  FP: "In-depth Test: Class A audio brilliance from Sugdens super A21SE integrated stereo amplifier." - Hi-Fi Choice - Jul-05

 

A21a Series 2 Integrated Amplifier

2007-2014

"The 10 Most Significant Amps In European History" - "Perhaps part of the reason for Sugden's continued success is its beguiling sound, warm and comforting." - Hi-Fi+ - Issue 82

 

***** "Verdict: Sumptuous sounding amplifier with an open and inviting nature allied to an innate musicality that makes listening a pleasure."  "The boys from Heckmondwike have done it again!" - Hi-Fi Wolrd - Dec-07

 

***** "Verdict: Class A without tears, this new incarnation adds power and control to the A21a's traditional transparency and musical ease.  Gorgeous." "the A21a S2 is a joy with almost any type of music" - Hi-Fi World - Aug-07

 

 

Bijou Phono Amplifier

2004-2010

Bijou MusicMaster Power Amplifier

2003-2007

Masterclass Integrated Amplifier

2002-2006

"The Masterclass simply peeled away the sound of electronics, presenting a vast soundstage and an effortless musical performance... this amp's line stage is incredibly revealing." - Hi-Fi News - Mar-04

R21 Tuner

2002-2005

Bijou FMMaster Tuner

2002-2005

 

"In a world of compromised hi-fi systems, this Sugden Master is truly a revelation." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2002

Masterclass AA CD Player

2001-2007

***** "This CD player, despite the hefty price tag, is genuinely competitive; in hi-end terms its good value for money.  Any thought of how good it is soon shifts to how good the music is, and that's the biggest compliment that can be paid to any CD player." - What Hi-Fi - Buyers Annual 2003 Ultimate Guide

 

"Sometimes products just click.  Its that old black magic called synergy and this beefy bundle of Brit-fi has enough of the stuff to power a small town." - Hi-Fi Choice - Sep-02

 

Masterclass PDT-4 CD Player

2006-2011

***** " This CD player, despite the hefty price tag, is genuinely competitive; in hi-end terms its good value for money.  Any thought of how good it is soon shifts to how good the music is, and that's the biggest compliment that can be paid to any CD player." - What Hi-Fi - Buyers Annual 2003 Ultimate Guide

 

 

Bijou Headmaster Headphone Amplifier

2000-2009

Bijou Pre/Power Amplifier - "**** Verdict: Wonderfully crisp, spry, detailed and musical sound will win it many friends."  "I lkoved this combo - its genuinely charismatic, quirky and most importantly - capable.  Theres little around that does what it does so well at the price." - Hi-Fi World - Jan-04

 

"The Sugden pre/power combination is a hi-fi jewel" - What Hi-Fi - Buyers Annual 2003 Ultimate Guide

 

Best Buy: Over £1000 - "This stack of components has changed the way we look at style systems."  "the Sugden system wins yet another Best Buy." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2003

 

"In a world of compromised hi-fi systems, this Sugden Master is truly a revelation." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2002

 

"For: A cute and compact system that majors on stereo imaging.  Against: Nothing." - What Hi-Fi - Ultimate Hi-Fi & HOme Cinema Guide

 

***** "The Sugden has it all: looks, build and sonic talen.  it can face any challenger at its price point without fear." - What Hi-Fi - May-02

 

***** "Winner £2000+ "..its the margin of superiority that puts it on the podium.  It has a combination of talents that just kept us listening hour after hour." - What Hi-Fi - Jan-02

 

***** "For: Transparency; dynamics and subtlety; excellent build and finish.  Against: Nothing at all.  Verdict: a great niche product that sounds simply brilliant.  We can't wait to hear the rest of Sugdens' Master range." - What Hi-Fi - 2001

 

"Each of these components deserves high praise in its own right.  When used together they have an obvious rapport, creating a first-rate system, which will have its owners rediscovering neglected corners of the CD collection long into the night." - Hi-Fi News - 2001

 

"Smooth, silky, and capable of tingling the spine, time after time, the Sugden is very special indeed." - Gramaphone - Awards 2001

 

Bijou CDMaster CD Player

2000-2008

Bijou CD / Pre / Power - "The CDMaster has a distinctive character - a lovely liquidity, a generous , full-bodied way with harmonics, a sweet midrange, extended highs." - Stereophile - Aug-04

 

 

Best Buy: Over £1000 - "This stack of components has changed the way we look at style systems."  "the Sugden system wins yet another Best Buy." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2003

 

"In a world of compromised hi-fi systems, this Sugden Master is truly a revelation." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2002

 

"For: A cute and compact system that majors on stereo imaging.  Against: Nothing." - What Hi-Fi - Ultimate Hi-Fi & HOme Cinema Guide

 

***** "The Sugden has it all: looks, build and sonic talen.  it can face any challenger at its price point without fear." - What Hi-Fi - May-02

 

***** "Winner £2000+ "..its the margin of superiority that puts it on the podium.  It has a combination of talents that just kept us listening hour after hour." - What Hi-Fi - Jan-02

 

**** "The stylish and sleek CDMaster is a fine performer that's easily at the top of its class.  Highly recommends." - Hi-Fi Wolrd - 2001

 

"Each of these components deserves high praise in its own right.  When used together they have an obvious rapport, creating a first-rate system, which will have its owners rediscovering neglected corners of the CD collection long into the night." - Hi-Fi News - 2001

 

"Smooth, silky, and capable of tingling the spine, time after time, the Sugden is very special indeed." - Gramaphone - Awards 2001

Bijou Ampmaster Power Amplifier

2000-2007

Bijou Pre/Power Amplifier - "**** Verdict: Wonderfully crisp, spry, detailed and musical sound will win it many friends."  "I lkoved this combo - its genuinely charismatic, quirky and most importantly - capable.  Theres little around that does what it does so well at the price." - Hi-Fi World - Jan-04

 

 

"The Sugden pre/power combination is a hi-fi jewel" - What Hi-Fi - Buyers Annual 2003 Ultimate Guide

 

Best Buy: Over £1000 - "This stack of components has changed the way we look at style systems."  "the Sugden system wins yet another Best Buy." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2003

 

"In a world of compromised hi-fi systems, this Sugden Master is truly a revelation." - What Hi-Fi - Awards 2002

 

 

"For: A cute and compact system that majors on stereo imaging.  Against: Nothing." - What Hi-Fi - Ultimate Hi-Fi & HOme Cinema Guide

 

***** "The Sugden has it all: looks, build and sonic talen.  it can face any challenger at its price point without fear." - What Hi-Fi - May-02

 

***** "Winner £2000+ "..its the margin of superiority that puts it on the podium.  It has a combination of talents that just kept us listening hour after hour." - What Hi-Fi - Jan-02

 

 

"Each of these components deserves high praise in its own right.  When used together they have an obvious rapport, creating a first-rate system, which will have its owners rediscovering neglected corners of the CD collection long into the night." - Hi-Fi News - 2001

 

"Smooth, silky, and capable of tingling the spine, time after time, the Sugden is very special indeed." - Gramaphone - Awards 2001

CD21 CD Player

1999-2003

"Complicated tunes are delivered without fluster or muddle, simple ones with pace and conviction." "Simply the most music system here." - Hi-Fi choice - Dec-00

Symetra Mono Block Power Amplifiers

1995-1999

Au51c II Pre-amplifier

1999-2000

Masteclass AA Phono Amplifier

1999-2000

***** "The Masterclass amp is a truly stonking performer that will worry all-comers below £5000.  It produces a solid, controlled performance with plenty of detail, authority and dynamics. " - What Hi-Fi - Ultimate Guides Hi-Fi 2003

 

Verdict: ***** - What Hi-Fi - Jun-02

 

"One of the best sounds to be found in solid state audio." - Hi-Fi+ - Jul-02

 

"Sometimes products just click.  Its that old black magic called synergy and this beefy bundle of Brit-fi has enough of the stuff to power a small town." - Hi-Fi Choice - Sep-02

Masterclss AA Pre-amplifier

1998-2006

Masterclass AA Pre/Power

Hi-Fi Choice Awards 2003/04 Product of the Year: Amplifieris.

"This pairing is one of the most organic and dynamic transistor amplifiers you can buy - the similarities to good valve amps are uncanny." - Hi-Fi Choice Awards Special 2003

 

"Editors Choice.  90% - Conclusion: This is a well-built and lovely-sounding pre/power combo that will reveal the best in all the most sensitive speakers.  If you want the best assets of valves and trasnsistors combined, this Sugden duo will be very hard to beat at the price." "If you haven't heard your favourite albums through an amplifier like this, then you haven't heard them." - Hi-Fi Choice - Oct-09

 

Verdict: ***** - What Hi-Fi - Jun-02

 

"One of the best sounds to be found in solid state audio." - Hi-Fi+ - Jul-02

 

"It is almost valve-like in quality, sweet and detailed wihtout a hint of grain or over brightness.  The system suited all types of music which, to me, is the sign of a thoroughbred, no compromise amplification." - Hi-Fi World - 2001

 

"The finest Sugden amplification, in three boxes - the Masterclass pre-amp and 160W monoblocks." - Hi-Fi News - Mar-00

Masterclass AA Power Amplifier

1998-2006

Masterclass AA Pre/Power

Hi-Fi Choice Awards 2003/04 Product of the Year: Amplifieris.

"This pairing is one of the most organic and dynamic transistor amplifiers you can buy - the similarities to good valve amps are uncanny." - Hi-Fi Choice Awards Special 2003

 

"Editors Choice.  90% - Conclusion: This is a well-built and lovely-sounding pre/power combo that will reveal the best in all the most sensitive speakers.  If you want the best assets of valves and trasnsistors combined, this Sugden duo will be very hard to beat at the price." "If you haven't heard your favourite albums through an amplifier like this, then you haven't heard them." - Hi-Fi Choice - Oct-09

 

 

"It is almost valve-like in quality, sweet and detailed wihtout a hint of grain or over brightness.  The system suited all types of music which, to me, is the sign of a thoroughbred, no compromise amplification." - Hi-Fi World - 2001

Masterclass AA 140 Mono Power Amplifier

1998-2006

Masterclass AA Pre/Power

Hi-Fi Choice Awards 2003/04 Product of the Year: Amplifieris.

"This pairing is one of the most organic and dynamic transistor amplifiers you can buy - the similarities to good valve amps are uncanny." - Hi-Fi Choice Awards Special 2003

 

Verdict: ***** - What Hi-Fi - Jun-02

 

"One of the best sounds to be found in solid state audio." - Hi-Fi+ - Jul-02

 

 

"The finest Sugden amplification, in three boxes - the Masterclass pre-amp and 160W monoblocks." - Hi-Fi News - Mar-00

Audition Power Amplifier (AMP 98P)

1998-2004

"Equalization on or off, the Sugden Audition system produces a beautiful sound that is a credit to the company's heritage and dedication. "  "This is unquestionable an amplifier of a very high standard indeed." - Gramophone - Jun-99

 

"Perhaps what startled me first was the way these units sounded so civilised straight from the box..." - Hi-Fi News - Apr-99

 

Audition C Integratd Amplifier (AMP 98C)

1998-2004

Audition CD Player

1998-2002

"... its good to find something British which stands out from the crowd." - Hi-Fi+ - Au-99

 

"In a price area that is already congested with black boxes from all quarters of the world, its good to find something British which stands out from the crowd." - Hi-Fi Plus - Jul 1999

Audition T Integrated Amplifier (AMP 98T)

1998-2001

Optima Phono Amplifier

1996-2000

Optima 80 Passive Line Amplifier

1997-1998

Signatue 41p Power Amplifiier

1996-2006

Signature 41c Pre-amlifier

1996-2006

Optima 140 Passive Line Amplifier

1995-1999

"A true sophisticate, it was stylish, beautifully constructed, slick in use with remote control and offered a top quality sound." - Hi-Fi World - Dec-95

Optima 200 - Passive Line Amplifier

1995-1998

Stemfoort SF-100 Line Power Amplifier

1994-2004

"I'm going to nail my colours to the mast.  The Stemfoort SF100 is about the best sounding integrated amplifier I've heard to date.  The few that can challenge its performance have four-figure price-tags.  It has enough grunt to drive all bar the most difficult of speakers, but with the sort of subtlety and grace that will challenge refined single-ended Class A amplifiers.  In all it looks like a star buy." - Hi-Fi Choice - Nov-94

Stemfoort SF-60 Line Power Amplifier

1994-1999

Stemfoort Pro CD Transport

1994-1996

Au51 Pro Transport

1993-1999

Optima CD Player

1993-1997

"A true sophisticate, it was stylish, beautifully constructed, slick in use with remote control and offered a top quality sound." - Hi-Fi World - Dec-95

 

"This thoroughbred may leave you begging for discs with even more information." - Australian Newspaper

Au51p II LIPS Power Amplifier

1993-1997