Hegel H120


Integrated amplifier

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Hegel H120


Standing on the shoulders of GIANTS, the H120 carries forward the proud history of HEGEL amplifiers.

The multi award winning designs that over the years have dazzled listeners with their combination of raw dynamics and delicate naturality.

The H120 carries that legacy with it, but in a smaller and more affordable package.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” – said Isaac Newton in 1675.

Without comparing ourselves to Isaac, Hegel claim the same for the H120.

It is a relatively affordable integrated amplifier that would not have been possible, were it not for its brothers leading up to its design.

The Hegel H120 is a small step up from their entry level amplifiers in terms of price, but it is (and they refrain from the obvious quotes here) a solid step up in features and performance.

The significantly larger power supply creates a more dynamic sound and for combining with large loudspeakers presenting more challenging drive loads.

The digital section is taken directly from its bigger siblings, and this is really the core of the H120.

They see the typical user of the H120 as people who are into digital music streaming.

For the money Hegel claim that the H120 does that better than anything else.

The digital-to-analogue conversion is of the highest quality in the H120, with technology crafted from the ground up by Hegel.

They take full control of the digital data stream, using technology developed from their absolute reference products, ensuring digital music delivery in its purest form.

H120 front

The result for you is perfectly natural sound, without any artifacts that make you want to turn the volume down.

The H120 has Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, IP Control, Control4 and upnp streaming.

More features are already in progress and will be offered at no cost, using the easy software update functionality.

All inputs are configurable for volume bypass, so you can integrate in a home theater or with (for example) a Bluesound or Sonos.

Whatever you want, you can do it with the H120.

The H120 uses the Hegel SoundEngine 2 amplifier platform allowing a damping factor higher than 2000 together with extremely low distortion levels.

Details about the SoundEngine can be found on hegel.com.

In many ways it works like a noise cancelling headphone.

It compares the output of the amplifier with the input.

It detects all the sound pollution (distortion), and plays this forward into the speaker output, but in reverse phase.

Like 1 minus 1 equals 0.

It cancels out all pollution in real time, leaving you with only the most natural sound.

The SoundEngine technology has been developed over more than 30 years, from conception to where it is now.

Millions of dollars were invested in initial development.

It is what makes possible the sound performance for the money in the H120.

Specifications H120

H120 Specifications

Power output: 2 x 75 W into 8 Ω

Minimum load: 2 Ω

Analog Inputs: 1 x balanced (XLR), 2 x unbalanced (RCA)

Digital Inputs: 1 x coaxial (RCA), 3 x optical, 1 x USB, 1 x Network

Line level Output: 1 x unbalanced variable (RCA)

Frequency response: 5 Hz – 100 kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100 dB

Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB

Distortion: Less than 0.01% @ 50 W/8 Ω/1 kHz

Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)

Damping factor: More than 2000 (main power output stage)

Dimensions incl feet: 10 cm x 43 cm x 31 cm (HxWxD), 12 kg shipping weight


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Hegel The story begins in 1988. Bent Holter, a student at the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) decided to do a thesis under the original design of the transistor used in amplifiers, that would cure the problems of traditional hi-fi systems. Enemy number one was distortion. Holter somehow could not accept the fact that when we supply a simple signal to an amplifier, the output reproduces that signal plus something else; distortion produced by the electronics. Fighting distortion usually means deterioration of other parameters, including damping factor. Holter decided to break free from classic schematics and developed a project that became the basis of what we know today as SoundEngine Technology. And where does the name of the company come from? Well, during his spare time Bent played in a rock-metal band called The Hegel Band. When they needed amplifiers for concerts, he suggested building them himself. His ideas took on real shape, but it took lots of money to refine the technology. Help came from Telenor - one of the biggest players in the telecommunications industry. The early 90s were a period of initial prosperity for the brand. First, they ensured the patented solution known today as SoundEngine. Later a DAC was developed (1994) and the first CD Player came (1996). Over the next eight years, the company has steadily improved its product range and generated more profit year on year. When the financial crisis came, most companies immediately took a defensive strategy which meant cutting costs. Hegel played differently. He hired new engineers to design devices. Sometime later, brand new D/A converters were born. Today Hegel is one of the best-established brands on the Hi-Fi market. We produce integrated, pre and power amplifiers as well as CD players and some of the most modern and sophisticated D/A converters. SoundEngine Technology was just a start. Today there are six more original technical solutions in Hegel's portfolio. The company has dealers in 54 countries and its products are sold all over the world. Awards and press reviews speak for themselves


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