Hegel H20 Power Amplifier
The Hegel H20 incorporates the latest version of the Hegel FET-technology. A practical benefit of the H20 FET-technology is a more rhythmic sound. It is simply better at re-creating a bass line. Another vital element is the removal of harmonic echoes in the higher frequencies, which result in a lot more detail and still a smoother and more natural sound.
The core design of the H20 is based on the H30 reference amplifier, with the best possible implementation of our patented and laser trimmed SoundEngine modules. Also designed in the timeless Hegel look, it will fit in any modern or classic home. Just one single button on the front and a solid bead blasted and anodized front panel. A truly rigid design with well over 1,5 kg of aluminium in the front panel alone.
New too the H20 is bead blasted and anodized top and side covers. This adds to the exclusive look, and the overall design is more consistent. The Hegel H20 is a remarkable power amplifier with power capabilities of more than 130 Ampere. Extremely low distortion levels. Amongst the highest damping factor in the industry, and full control of the loudspeakers. All this to give you the most natural, rhythmic and dynamic sound on the market today.
Output power: More than 200 W + 200 W in 8 ohms, Dual mono
Inputs: RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced
Speaker outputs: Two pairs of heavy-duty gold plated terminals
Input Impedance: Balanced 10 kohm, unbalanced 50 kohm
Frequency response: Less than +/- 0.2 dB deviation 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Phase response: Less than 2 degrees deviation 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal to noise ratio: More than 100 dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB
Distortion: Less than 0.006% at 100 W8 ohm
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)
Damping factor: More than 1000
Power supply: 1000 VA dual mono, 90,000 μF capacitors
Output stage: 20 pcs 15 A 200 W high speed, ultra-low distortion bipolar transistors
Power consumption: 60 W in standby switched on
Dimensions/weight: 14,5 cm x 43 cm x 37 cm (HxWxD), weight 25 kg
Dimensions/weight US: 5.7" x 17" x 15" (HxBxD), weight 55 lbs
When I began to listen to the Hegel H20, I smiled - this was going to be fun. I'd listened to amps that I'd borrowed or reviewed that cost several times the H20's price but couldn't touch it in terms of overall performance. I was becoming jaded by the escalating costs of audio gear. It's refreshing to come across a company that makes affordable gear that competes head-to-head with the expensive offerings from better-known names. I recommend it as highly as almost anything else I've ever reviewed.