Sugden Sapphire DAP‑800 preamp and FBA-800 power amplifier

Solid-state power amplifiers,
Solid-state preamplifiers,
Digital-to-analog converters
Sugden Audio Sapphire DAP‑800,
Sugden Audio Sapphire FBA-800
Sugden Sapphire DAP‑800 preamp and FBA-800 power amplifier

Actually, I’m about 8/10 with the DAP-800. I like its overall performance, and what could be thought of as a limitation in the DAC actually turns out to be the star of the preamp show. It’s a flexible and good sounding model and a keenly priced one at that. But it’s not the FBA-800. That’s something really special. It’s good with its Sugden brother, but it would really shine on the end of a superstar preamp, the kind that people talk of in hushed tones and are willing to spend tens of thousands owning. If I’m 8/10 on the DAP-800, I’m at about 11.5 out of 10 for the FBA-800. It’s best in balanced mode and that might keep away those who went from ‘purist’ to ‘puritanical’ but forget the connections, and even forget the 40W power output – these are some of the nicest watts you’ll ever hear. This isn’t just a world-class power amp, it sounds like home. If you can relate to what I mean by that, you are on the way to owning a Sugden Sapphire. 



Inputs: Four line level inputs, one balanced input, bypass

Digital Inputs: Three S/PDIF coax, two S/PDIF optical, one USB type B, Word length up to 24bit 96k

Outputs: Two line level outputs, one balanced output, tape output

Volume Control: Motorised remote control (analogue) RC5 compatible

Mains Power Switching: Separate for analogue and digital circuits

Input Sensitivity:120mV for 1 Volt out

Maximum Output: 9 Volts

Frequency Response: 0dB 15Hz–98kHz

Bandwidth: 8Hz–125kHz

Signal to Noise: >85dB

Distortion: <0.05% @ 1kHz, 1 Volt out

Dimensions: 120 ×430 ×340mm (hwd)

Gross Weight (packed): 10kgs

Price: £4,635


Type: power amplifier

Inputs: Stereo line level, stereo balanced

Outputs: Stereo pair multi-way locking binding posts

Front Panel Gain Selector: 6dB input attenuation

Front Panel Input Selector: RCA or XLR

Input Sensitivity: 735mV for full output

Power Output: 40 Watts into 8 Ohms both channels working

Frequency Response: 0dB 20Hz–80kHz

Bandwidth: 6Hz–113kHz

Signal to Noise: >96dB

Distortion at 1 Watt 1kHz: >0.05%

Dimensions (H×W×D): 21 ×43 ×46cm

Weight (packed): 25kgs

Price: £6,635

Manufactured by: Sugden Audio


Tel: +44 (0) 1924 404088

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