Hegel P30

The Hegel P30 is the best preamplifier ever developed by Hegel. With its patented technology and hand-matched components, the P30 is a confident contender in the race towards being the best pre amplifier

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Hegel P30

Discontinued replaced by the superb Hegel P30A

The Hegel P30 is the best preamplifier ever developed by Hegel.

Hegel P30

With its patented technology and hand-matched components, the P30 is a confident contender in the race towards being the best pre amplifier in the world, at this price point.

Despite what many hi-fi enthusiasts believe, pre amplifiers are actually one of the most difficult audio components to develop.

At the same time, it is one of the most important components in a good sounding system.

The reason is that the signal strength is very low when entering the pre amplifier, and is therefore very susceptible to high-frequency noise and distortion elements.

The most critical phase in the pre amplifier is the volume regulation, and in the Hegel P30 this is a masterpiece in itself.

The physical volume control knob is only used to describe the desired volume output level to the array of Gigahertz MOS-transistors.

These direct the music signal through a network of high-quality resistors that reduce the signal level.

After the volume control circuit, the signal is directed through the amplification circuit.

For the first time ever they are using the patented SoundEngine technology in the pre amplifier.

Combined with Hegel’s use of hand-matched FET transistors, this results in unsurpassed levels of musical distortion and noise.

In total, the music signal will only pass through 2 transistors and between 1 to 3 resistors on its way through the P30.

The sound you hear from the P30 can only be described as organic and very natural.

To quote a journalist: “The Hegel sounds so much more natural than my previous reference. And it does so without flashing itself with gold and diamonds”.

Features Hegel P30


3 RCA Inputs

2 XLR Inputs

Home Theater Input

Balanced Output

Ghz MOS Transistors

Short Signal Path

130 dB SNR

The Hegel P30 has 2 pairs of balanced inputs (XLR) and 3 regular unbalanced (RCA).

In addition to this, it has a Home Theatre input that allows you to integrate it into a Home Theatre system.

The P30 also has a 3,5 mm IR-direct input and a 12V trigger output connector.

The Hegel P30 is available in both silver and black finish, so it can be matched with both the H30 and H20 power amplifiers.

Specifications Hegel P30

Specifications Hegel P30

Remote control: Volume, source and mute controlled by Hegel RC2

Inputs: 2 x XLR balanced, 3 x RCA unbalanced and Home Theatre inputs

Outputs: 1 x XLR balanced and 2 x RCA unbalanced outputs

Other connections: 3,5mm IR-direct jack, 3,5 mm jack 12V trigger output

Signal to noise ratio: More than 130 dB balanced mode

Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB

Distortion: Less than 0.005 %

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

Finish: Black and Silver

Dimensions/weight: 8cm x 43cm x 30cm (HxWxD), 10kg

Dimensions/weight US: 3,2″ x 17″ x 12″ (HxBxD), 22 lbs

Additional information


Black, Silver



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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