Consumer vs Pro
Built to Spec vs. Built to Price
What’s the difference between “professional caliber” and consumer-level gear?
To Sherbourn, it has a lot to do with how it’s engineered and built. Consumer-level products are usually engineered and built to hit a specific price—even if that means leaving out critical features or skimping on unseen-but-ultra-important components like the power supply and amplifier sections.
That’s why some companies can seem to offer huge value: plastic faceplates, anemic transformers, chip amps rather than discrete power, and deceptive power ratings.
Although these may seem like a bargain at first glance, they quickly come to their knees in a demanding installation. They weren’t designed for the rigors of rack mounting, or the heat of a typical equipment rack. That’s why they come with short, 1-2 year warranties, and are intended for occasional use alongside a low-end system.
Sherbourn looks at things differently. We engineer and craft our components to a specific set of specifications, then set a fair price for it.
That means we can use premium-quality components such as precision resistors, film capacitors, toroidal transformers, discrete amplification stages, and more. It’s also why we can house our products in premium chassis that were designed specifically for custom installation, with hefty aluminum faceplates and heavy-duty steel structures.
The result is a component that is more than just beautiful—it is strong and durable. Strong enough that we’re confident in our industry-leading 10-year warranty.