Sugden Audio Fusion 21 Precision Compact Disc Player


Sugden Fusion 21 Precision Compact Disc Player

The new Fusion 21 Precision Compact Disc Player is the result of nearly twenty-five years development of Sugden digital products.  The latest player combines modern digital technology with unique Sugden design criteria dedicated to high quality audio performance.

The heart of the Fusion player is a precision ‘CD Engine’ comprising of a very accurate loader/laser assembly driven by custom software.  The interconnected front-end board (servo) is capable of short term data storage through its on board memory, made possible by the compact disc running at a higher speed than conventional compact disc mechanisms.

The buffered output from the servo is passed to a dedicated digital interface transceiver.  An external high quality master clock allows low jitter recovery of S/PDIF through the high performance internal PLL.  The transceiver is also able to clean up (de-jitter) the received digital audio signals.  The data signal is re-formatted and the output status bits are selected before being sent to the multi-bit digital to analogue converter.  This method of signal processing has made both over sampling and digital filtering redundant.

The analogue signal from the DAC is then put through a current to voltage converter (trans-impedance amplifier) using circuits chosen and developed specifically for their performance and sound quality.  To remove any serious audible noise produced in the digital domain, an analogue 55K post filter is incorporated prior to the signal reaching the final pure Class ‘A’ analogue output stage.

To expand the possibilities of digital playback, the Fusion 21 CD player is also capable of acting as a high quality stand-alone digital to analogue converter.  When in Standby mode the S/PDIF coaxial input is activated allowing replay of an externally connected digital source.


Analogue Ouput – RCA phono sockets, right and left channel.

Digital Output – 75 ohm RCA phono socket supplies a coaxial S/PDIF digital signal.

Digital Input – 75 ohm RCA phono socket for coaxial S/PDIF digital signal.  Connect Apple TV, Sonos CONNECT, etc. Adaptor required for connection to USB or Optical connectors.

Front Panel Controls – Standby, next, previous, load, stop and play.

Remote Control Functions – Direct track access, repeat, store, random, play, pause, stop, load, previous, next, search, A-B and time.

Display – Track, repeat, store, random, play, pause, search, track time, A-B and CD length.


Max Power Consumption53 Watts

Cycle50/60 Hz

AC Fuse Rating – T1 AMP

Analogue Output2.1Volt r.m.s

Digital Output1 Volt

Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz -1.5dB

Signal to Noise Ratio>80dB

Disc TypeCD and CDR of 12cm and 8cm Diameter to Philips/Sony “Red Book” Standard, MP3

Recommended Retail Price – AUD$4,095.00.

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