Sugden Audio - Rescuing Music from Technology

Sugden Audio was founded by James Edward Sugden in 1967, a division of Research Electronics. Research Electronics manufactured scientific instruments and test equipment, designed by James Sugden, for Universities. The A21 was the first amplifier to be put into production and was originally branded for a well known local loudspeaker company called Richard Allan.

The A21 was the worlds’ first production pure class A transistor amplifier and a great success.

Almost all the manufacturing processes were carried out at the new Sugden factory. These included cases, building circuit boards and final assembly of each item all by hand. The Cleckheaton factory saw the development of many new products including the A48 integrated amplifier and C51/P51 pre and power amplifier. There were also three analogue radio tuners and a full set of audio test equipment.

Sugden Audio products are designed and built in their factory in Heckmondwike in Yorkshire, a short distance from where it all began. Sugden still manufacture in the same tradition with each Sugden product being handmade by a single highly skilled team member. Sugden remains in control of the full manufacturing process from design to despatch, they operate their own custom engineering shop and assembly, screen printing and a cabinet making facility or their loudspeakers.

Sugden products are a truly handmade quality British product.

Sugden Masterclass DAC-4 Digital to Analogue Converter

The DAC-4 offers a well judged alternative to the plethora of other DAC’s available in the current market.

With sound quality top of the list, Sugden's watchwords ‘Rescuing music from technology’ could not be more appropriate. Instead of accepting and using the latest digital trends, Sugden have produced a product meticulously engineered to play music.

Throughout design the DAC-4 uses Sugden's own conversion circuits and data reformatting, a near analogue experience can be enjoyed.

The DAC-4 is without limitations and has no over sampling or digital filtering.