Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by Art K., Apr 11, 2018.
Perhaps my forever amp! Single ended joy.
I have been auditioning a Belles Aria. Although painful to listen to at first it has improved remarkably. Still, I had to work hard to convince myself that I would like it long term.
Then came the A21. I just unboxed it this morning. I accidentally left my office key at home and went back home for it. While there I succumbed to the temptation of hooking up the Sugden. Within 5 minutes, still stone cold, I knew I loved it. I listened for an hour as it sounded better and better.
As far as looks, it's beautiful. Comes with a tag signed by everyone involved in it's manufacture. Hand built in England by folks who really care about workmanship. Pride of ownership is off the charts. Phono stage is a bit noisier than the Belles which is dead silent. That said the Sugden is very quiet and sounds great.
In short, I love it! Bravo. The Belles goes back to Gene with many thanks for letting me audition it. The Sugden is my long term solution. More as it just gets better!
Not a lot of power there. What are you hearing?
I wish I was closer - I would lend you my Bow Tech Wazoo for a comparison.
Plenty of power, actually. Much better with inner detail and great control of the of driver. 25 watts with this single ended Class A design seems like all I'll need.
How hot does the chassis get? Is it possible to leave it turned on 24/7?
You can leave it on 24/7 but it just shortens it's life per Sugden. Turn it on and it's perfect in a half hour. Excellent from the moment you turn it on. Best amp I have had in my space ever. Makes me wish I had never wasted money on the others. The SE is even better but you have to buy an outboard phono.
Oh and it gets quite hot. Single ended Class A...damn fine!
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So, youve moved on from the Heed it looks like. Sounds like a wonderful amp. Is it a big improvement above the Heed?
Both the Sugden and the Belles offer detail and texture that are missing with the Heed. I love the Elixir but yes the A21 and the Aria are significantly better. I can only keep one so I have some decisions to make.
I agree,in the right room,25 class A watts is plenty. I mix in a First Watt F5 in my system,and the results are rather impressive in my small listening room.
Class A seems to have some magic, maybe it is the control, maybe the wonderful midrange and highs and maybe all of it.
I happen to have one in my files, since I think it's so sharp looking.
Congrats to the OP.
Great amp. I have the A21SE and can't get enough of it
The A21 is a lovely amp. In the end the midrange was too forward for me and I kept the Belles.
Indeed, for now. I can't say forever about anything, can you?
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