Hegel H2 Power Amp Mini-Review

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  1. Armaegis

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    Oh be realistic now... the record is only 30 lbs. o_O
     
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    I owned Hegel HD12 and HD20 DAC. Hegel H160 & H300 speaker amps.
    As I remember, the amps had a very thin and bright sound, a little harsh, slight metallic sound, but fun bass.
    I guess its what you would think a viking amp would sound like! :D
    The DACs? Well, I dont remember too much cause its many years ago, but I for sure remember their not so good imaging. Sounds would not pan around you, even if the song called for it.

    But as I said, their new stuff is suppose to be much better

    Here's the inside of a Hegel amp.
    And here's the link to the H360 which went up in smoke: http://www.tb.no/nyheter/tonsberg/brannvesen/brann-i-butikk-ved-brygga/s/5-76-152661

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    https://gyazo.com/3b96678bb949c32f3669f0cdcd7e48a5
     
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    Much better post. :)
     
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    The H2 wasn't harsh or thin at all, but I have the Freya preamp tubes running in front of it. This probably has a similar effect on the H2 as on the Jotenheim. The Fostex FE168 Sigma drivers in the BK-16 are slightly mid-bassy and laid back, with the supertweeters cover less than the top octave. I probably happened into a synergistic setup. I'll take pictures of the internals. I would pair this amp with darker sounding gear.

    Hegel as a US patent on its SoundEngine: https://www.google.com/patents/US6275104

    The amp seems to run slightly cool.
     
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    H20 internals H2 seems similar to the H20, I'll take photos of the H2 tonight.
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    Hegel HD12 is the latest in the 10 series so you have heard the latest one then.
    What speakers did you test with?The Hegels I have heard was not bright - HD160 driving some Amphion Kryptons.
    How do the Norwegians like Electrocompaniet?
     
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    System Audio Mantra 70. HD12 is still like... 3-4 years old.
    I'll admit that the reason why Hegel might have a bad rep in Norway is duo to the fact that the dealer who sells them mainly focus on System Audio and Monitor Audio speakers. In other words, in citys that are not so big, ur stuck with a limited choice.
     
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    for around 1500 you can have something like this if want something with hefty toroids....just saying...

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    I posted it the Deals thread earlier in the week, but a local shop in Dallas is doing a "refresh" sale with many of their outgoing floor models. I don't know how good of a deal most of it is, but they had a Hegel H160 that retails for 3500usd on sale for 2400.

    While this dealer went and posted all the floor models they were looking to turn over in one spot, I've known several others who'll certainly look out for you if you tell them ahead of time to let them know if they're ready to offload the floor model for X piece of gear. I'd venture to guess that the list they posted was probably quite a bit longer but already claimed by employees and favorite customers.
     
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    My back is hurting just looking at this thread...
     
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    May I suggest a visit to a chiropractor?
     
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    There is a Hegel H20 on ebay uk for £2650 with Best Offer in case anyone is interested.
     
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    I've mentioned Hegel once or twice before, as I have one myself: the H360 integrated (and no it hasn't caught fire yet!). I use it to power some Totem Arros, looking at Dynaudio C1's down the line.

    Contemplating about adding the Freya - I miss tubes in my 2.0 setup.
     
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    http://www.hifi4sale.net/t58147-hegel-h160-integrated-amplifier

    IN case anyone wants a 230v unit, here is one for 1.26k before shipping. You're in luck since the USD rose like mad recently. In the event you want this, i can help with the shipping to make sure it arrives safely, just give me 1 week to uhh pack it =P
     
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    The thing is, I don't know it the H2's performance trickles down to the integrated units. It doesn't seem like Hegel gimps their line like Parasound, but the H2 / H20 seem to have a much more heft power transformer, more output devices and heatsinking than their integrated amps.
     
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    Yeah their integrated units run pretty hot. Atleast some of them.
    So I guess thats how the H360 went up in smoke.
     
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    The size of that 160 looks like half the size of my H20, while having similar power output to the H2! Something probably has to give...
     
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    Photo of internals:
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