Hegel V10


Listening to vinyl is a tactile experience. You carefully open the album jacket, remove the record from the inner sleeve, inspect for dust or scratches, place it on the platter, and slowly let the needle drop to let the sound out

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Hegel V10

The Hegel V10 is a brand-new take on an old technology.

Hegel V10

With 30 years’ experience designing state-of-the-art discrete transistor circuits, Hegel have built a phono preamplifier like no other.

It is neutral, dynamic, and exceptionally revealing.

They have used all their knowledge in amplification and applied it to one goal – To reach down into the record and reveal every bit of information.

The V10 is designed to capture the sound. To get you closer to the music. To get you into the groove.

Listening to vinyl is a tactile experience.

You carefully open the album jacket, remove the record from the inner sleeve, inspect for dust or scratches, place it on the platter, and slowly let the needle drop to let the sound out.

It is all about you and your music, selected for exactly this moment.

With the Hegel V10 they aim to make this special experience even better.

Developed from the ground up and utilising truly clever and unique technologies, the Hegel V10 will give you an unprecedented transparency and soundscape – Making the music you hear as tangible and real as the record it is pressed into.

They achieve this because everything on the Hegel V10 is designed with the sole purpose of making your music sound as good as possible.

The chassis is divided into two compartments, physically separating the power supplies from the sensitive amplification circuitry.

Hegel V10 angled

There is simply no detectable interference between the two parts.

For the best possible connection, Hegel have fitted the V10 with gold-plated terminals, balanced XLR outputs, and a solid custom grounding screw.

On the all-important input stage, they have used ultra-low-noise discrete JFET transistors for both the Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) input.

Eliminating external noise is especially important when using sensitive low output MC cartridges.

That is why they have fitted the MC input with four such transistors connected in parallel.

Making the input completely silent and stopping any bias current feedback to the cartridge coil.

The input signal feeds into equally silent amplifier circuits, where both the MM and the MC gain stages use ultra-low-noise power supplies built with discrete bipolar transistors to keep the signal noise at a minimum.

This ensures an extremely accurate amplification of the input signal coming from the turntable.

And to make sure the V10 gets the best operating conditions, it is supplied with a linear, low noise, analogue AC-power supply.

This features a large, custom design, E-core transformer, placed in its own housing to eliminate all possibility of interference.

For Hegel it has been particularly important that all vinyl enthusiasts get to enjoy the V10. So, out of the box it is configured as an excellent plug and play MM preamplifier.

For many, this is exactly what they want and need, but some want even more.

That is why they made the V10 highly optimisable, catering to individual preferences and requirements in set up, the V10 can be adjusted for any MM and MC cartridge.

When using a MM cartridge, you can freely increase the Capacitance between 100 and 467 pF and when using a MC cartridge, the impedance can be set freely between 33 and 550 ohms or fixed at 47 kohm.

On both MM and MC, the gain can be increased by 5, 10 or 12 dB, matching the output of your other sources, the V10 even has a Subsonic Filter to remove unwanted low frequency noise.

And at the end of the night, when the listening session takes you way past bedtime and you forget to turn off the V10, the adjustable auto standby function does that for you.

All this makes the V10 the perfect companion for your vinyl setup.

Finding the perfect synergy between your system and your listening preferences. Transporting you into the groove.

Hegel V10 Specifications

Hegel V10 Specifications

Amplifier Typology: Ultra low noise discrete JFET transistor input stage for both MC and MM

Gain XLR Out MM: 40dB / 45dB / 50dB / 52dB

Gain XLR Out MC: 60dB / 65dB / 70dB / 72dB

Gain RCA Out MM: 34dB / 39dB / 44dB / 46dB

Gain RCA Out MC: 54dB / 59dB / 64dB / 66dB

MC Load Impedance: Freely adjustable between 33 and 550 ohm / 47 kohm

MM Load Capacitance: 100pF / 147pF / 220pF / 247pF / 320pF / 420pF / 467pF @ 47 kohm

Subsonic Filter: Switchable on / off, -3dB at 20Hz, -18dB octave

RIAA Accuracy: +/- 0,2dB / 20Hz – 20kHz

Output Noise*: -84dB/MM (“A” weighted ref: 0dBV), -81dB/MC (“A” weighted ref: 0dBV)

Output Impedance XLR / RCA: 200 ohm

Channel Crosstalk: -84dB @1kHz 0dBV

Frequency Response: 2Hz – 20kHz

Distortion (THD) MM: < 0.005% @1kHz 0dBV

Distortion (THD) MC: < 0.009% @1kHz 0dBV

Inputs: 1 x unbalanced (RCA) MM, 1 x unbalanced (RCA) MC

Outputs: 1 x unbalanced fixed (RCA), 1 x balanced fixed (XLR)

Power Adapter: Hegel Power Adapter M30103

Dimensions with Feet: 6cm x 21cm x 28cm, 2.4″ x 8,3″ x 11″ (H x W x D)

Weight: 2,2kg / 4,9lbs unit weight



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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