Hegel's Top-of-the-Line

I met Hegel's Bent Holter at HE 2007, and I was instantly attracted to his combination of tech-talk and passion for music. Bent is at once serious and strangely wacky.

When I asked if he'd please pose with his top-of-the-line CDP4A CD player ("Sorry about all the numbers and letters," he said), P4A preamp, and 2 x 300W H4A power amp—all making their US debuts—he immediately jumped down onto the floor and gave me a big smile.

The CDP4A ($4500) uses Hegel's own server board and offers 24-bit/352kHz synchronized upsampling. The P4A ($4500) is a fully-balanced preamp, and the big, class-A/B H4A ($8000) is designed to eliminate all crossover distortion for "a smooth sound with great dynamic range," said Bent.

Hegel's best-selling unit, however, is their H200 integrated amp which, according to Bent, provides 95% of the performance at just over a third of the price of their P4A and H4A.

I played a bit of Henry Fiol's great Fe, Esperanza, y Caridad, which sounded really fine—large and alive—and Bent got down.

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Hegelfanboy's picture

The Hegel H200 is really an excellent integrated amp, SQ, power, and really great design. The cdplayer CDP4A is state of the art! My best buy ever! The pre/pro is on top of my whishlist. Love the products!

Timmie's picture

I agree. Superb combo, beats lots of high end pre/power giants. Better than the first rival - Bladelius. More musical stuff. Primare is totally outperformed. Different league...

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