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  1. HI All, I had the good fortune to have the Hegel 190 in the house last weekend. Bear with me for a moment as I explain the Hegel and then the competition. (I think it will save time in the long run) When comparing A-B-A with the Mac (MA252 Hybrid), the presentation is so much more immersive and slightly holographic that you really feel like you are in the room with a piano. Brad Mehldau's cover of Martha My Dear. It murders the Mac for sound stage and scale. The Hegel offers a warmer/slightly darker presentation and is superlative with Orchestra and Jazz. By comparison, the Mac sounds a bit brighter and leaner with a more direct sound stage. However, when playing James Taylor, the Beatles, Ray LaMontagne, Sting, the Mac is my preference. It sounds more "real." It is doing many, but not all, vocals better. Ultimately though, the comparisons all get tossed out with the bath water. Once your in the bath tub for ten minutes, you don't notice the mineral content of the water. The overall immersion in the hot water is a different story. That's the Hegel. It does lots of what the Mac can do, but it also does something the Mac can never do. The sound pours all over you. THIS iS WHAT I"VE BEEN MISSING. A new source was never going to fix this. The Mac, new, goes for €5k. The Hegel 190 €3.7k. The Hegel also comes with DAC and streamer. Sometimes the DAC is better than my Node 2 other times not. However, I'm not interested in the 190. I'd like to hear the big brother 390 at €5.8k, If this is the 190 and more, the Mac is on it's way out. (98% of listening is Tidal into the Node2) I was reading some reviews, I know lots of people hate them, but when they use comparisons it's helpful to me. This is the Hegel 390, Mark Levinson N 5805 and the Krell 300i. Both can come with the digital module and will for my demo. One of the shops here in Brussels has both the Levinson and Krell, but not the Hegel. I have a demo with both amps tomorrow morning. One Problem: They don't carry the Spendor nor my normal substitute the ATC SCM40. Will the Sonus Faber Olympica Nova 2 or 3 be a decent replacement for my Spendor D7 (sensitivity 91dB) for the demo? The sales guy seems to think so, and I have my doubts. (other options would be B&W, Kef, Focal, Dali, Dynaudio). I've not heard Focal floorstanders, nor anything from Sonus or Dali. Dynaudio, Kef and B&W to my ears are not Spendor D7 like. The other amps on my shortlist are: Leben CS600, Pass labs Int 25, Line Magnetic ????, and possibly the Audio Research VSi75 (a bit out of my price range). Other than these there is not much else available as far as integrateds go in this price range. The second hand market is also very wishy washy here and I'm not very interested. All advice is welcome and appreciated. Chem
  2. Hi all. Just looking for some guidance from anyone who has experience of the above question. I own a pair of Spendor A7 speakers which I feel are amazing with anything you throw at them. I use an Arcam SR250 for movie duties with a Cyrus Stereo 200 as it's power amp. The Cyrus performs double duties with its XLR inputs being fed by an RME ADI2 DAC which, in turn is fed by an Innuos Zen mini mk 3 acting as my cd ripper and ROON core. I own an OPPO UDP 203 which I was going to sell until I realised that I could use it's analogue outputs to feed a good integrated which will outclass the Arcam/Cyrus combo. The OPPO has good bass management and plenty of options for for mixing to 2 channel which puts my use of the Arcam into question. I feel the Arcam is being wasted as it essentially just a VERY LARGE audio decoder/HDMI switcher/space heater. I've recently been attracted to HEGEL and would like opinions on the pairing of my Spendor speakers to either a H190 or H390. Does anyone have any experience of a Spendor/HEGEL combo? All thoughts and opinions are very much welcomed. Mike
  3. The brilliant new Hegel H90 is launched! In the Hegel H90 we included network streaming, Apple Airplay®, and a variety of digital and analogue connections. All (except streaming) of which are configurable to be fixed level inputs, allowing you to easily integrate the H90 in a Home theatre system. Or perhaps you just want to connect the digital output of your Sonos streamer and use the Sonos volume attenuator rather than the Hegel remote? There is also a high quality headphone output and a sleek, informative, white OLED display.
  4. The Hegel HD30 high-resolution DAC and Hegel H20 power amp are now on demo! 01403 336 339
  5. The Hegel Rost network amplifier is now available to order at Audiologica 01403 336 339 The Hegel Rost is a beautifully designed amplifier that will grace any listening room, but don't be fooled by its handsome looks....this is a serious audiophile stunner!
  6. A nice review by Alan Sircom of the brilliant Hegel Rost network amplifier 01403 336 339 HIFI 144 Hegel_LR.PDF
  7. Audiologica are pleased to announce that we are now Hegel dealers - come and hear the award-winning H160 amplifier! 01403 336 339
  8. The Hegel H160 is a fantastically flexible integrated amplifier with built-in DAC The H160 amplifier has one purpose, and one purpose only - to allow you to connect whatever device you want and make it sound as good as it possibly can.
  9. Hegel P20 Pre-Amplifier - Black - £1390, RRP - £2250 **SOLD** 1 owner from new, in excellent condition Original box and packaging and remote control 12 month warranty provided Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at for more information.
  10. SOLD - My Hegel H160 integrated amplifier. It comes with original inner and outer packaging, remote control, instruction handbook. It's in very good condition, with only a slight blemish to the 'Hegel' logo in the middle of the amp, but you have to get quite close to see this. The H160 is a powerful, sweet sounding thing with capable DAC and headphone facilities built in. It's as quiet as a tomb, and completely unfussy in operation. I'm only selling because it has been replaced by a much more expensive Naim SuperNait 2/HiCapDR pairing, which I prefer. It's located in Norwich and I'm happy to demonstrate it to anyone willing to make the journey. Price: £1600 including carriage via UPS within the UK (Highlands, Islands and Overseas extra). Specs: Power output spk: 150 w/pc into 8 Ohms, 250 w/pc into 4 OhmsPower output hp: 270 mw/pc into 64 OhmsAnalog inputs: 1 balanced (XLR), 1 unbalanced (RCA), 1 home theatreAnalog outputs: 1 fixed line level (RCA), 1 variable line level (RCA)Digital inputs: 1 coaxial, 3 optical, 1 USB, 1 ethernet (RJ45)Headphone output: 6.3 mm Jack (front)Frequency response: 5Hz-100kHzSignal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dBCrosstalk: Less than -100dBDistortion: 0.005% @ 50W 8 Ohms 1kHzIntermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19kHz + 20kHz)Damping factor: More than 1000 (main power output stage)Dimensions/weight: 12cm x 43cm x 41cm (HxWxD)/19kg (shipping)Dimensions/weight: 4.7" x 16.93" x 16.15" (HxBxD)/42lbs (shipping) Here are some review links: