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    Join Date: Aug 2010

    Location: Devon, Torquay.

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    I'm Shane.

    Default My System Blog

    My Sugden A21a is away on loan to a friend.

    I'm expecting an Exposure X Integrated amplifier, which is currently on its way. If all goes well with the Exposure. I will take some pics and upload them here on this blog.

    As some of you will already know. The X comes from an era when John Farlowe was working at Exposure in Portslade, West Sussex. Anyway, we're talking well over 20 years ago now.

    IMO the X is a stunning little thing, and I've owned 2 in the past. If you favour a musical, direct, punchy sound. This amp will tick those boxes! Its never too analytical and just carry on with the music!

    Will keep blog posted!

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    The X arrived OK here this morning.

    Will give it a decent listening session tomorrow evening.

    Will keep blog posted.

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    I reckon you'll be asking for the A21a back Shane.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I reckon you'll be asking for the A21a back Shane.

    The Exposure & Sugden are just simply different, Geoff.

    The A21a is a very respectful amp. I will only sell it to buy the IA-4!

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    Default System Pics.

    Some pics showing equipment that is currently in use.

    Sorry for the dust

    S.











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    Default Headphone System.

    My current headphone based system.

    Consisting...

    Grado SR60i
    NVA AP10H
    NVA Soundcord
    Rega Planet MK1

    S.








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    Very neat Shane. Are you not using speakers at the moment?
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Very neat Shane. Are you not using speakers at the moment?

    Just fed up with speakers atm.

    Headphone listening can be an interesting and fun experience!

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    Default Sugden A21a Series 2

    The Series 2 sounds similar like its predecessor. With this version you get more cleanliness and weight.

    The bass is perhaps a bit more controlled too.

    This amp defiantly does show up a bad recording!

    Like all Sugden Class A amps...It runs hot!!

    Without a doubt, a very good amp with a neutral (lack of character) sound!

    S.




    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    Default Sugden CD21 Series 2

    My recently purchased Sugden CD21 Series 2 arrived to me this morning.

    Below is just some of my views on the aesthetics quality...

    The feel and build quality of this CD21 Series 2 is a tad on the weedy side...It just doesn't feel very substantial IMO. But Its put together pretty well though.

    I guess some could perhaps label this CD Player as having ''average'' or ''basic'' build quality. Which I can understand. But I sincerely do hope the quality of the components inside are of decent high quality. The transport mechanism is most likely of hair shirt side of quality!

    To buy this CD Player brand new from a dealer, will cost you almost 1,600!....Hmmm interesting!

    Visual wise, this is actually a pretty handsome looking CD Player. Elegant appearance and fairly easy on the eyes. The blue display is pretty cool and doesn't glare at you!

    Will be having a good listen shortly!

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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