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Like so many people, I had assumed that moving coil step-up transformers were a relic from the past. Well-designed, modern phono preamps can achieve plenty of gain at very low noise AND a very intimate connection with the music.

Adding a step-up transformer into the signal path seemed like an expensive, unnecessary, and detrimental complication.

But, contrary to this, the popularity of SUT (Step Up Transformer) is on the upswing. So many people were telling me how putting a good SUT in front of their phono preamp brought out a rich, lush and emotive character that was completely seductive. People were passionate about the sound quality.

I realized it was time to take a serious look at the role a SUT could play in vinyl playback.



Sutherland Engineering

Sutherland Engineering is all about precision technology. The powerful PhonoBlock exemplifies Sutherland Engineering’s optimized, “no-compromise” design. Its latest breakthrough, the N1 Preamp, is built on the latest technology – of 1955 – the Nixie tube. Sutherland Engineering’s laser device, the Timeline, measures the rotating speed of the turntable precisely. Its new AC-powered 20/20 Phono Preamp produces precise sound. As the nationally recognized leader in the field of high-end audio, home theater and home electronics, Overture is proud to carry Sutherland Engineering’s range of products. If you are interested in purchasing a Sutherland Engineering product, you can trade-in any turntable, speaker, or electronic component toward a Sutherland Engineering component by filling out our Trade-In Form.
Additional information

Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 10 × 6 in