Hegel Music Systems H160 integrated amplifier Page 2

Fri, 06/05/2015

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Allen Fant's picture

Owners, how are you guys liking this amp?

avanti1960's picture

Sound of the unit is unfortunately not relevant for me- I have components that need unbalanced analog connections and this amplifier is glaringly short on supply.

John Atkinson's picture
avanti1960 wrote:
I have components that need unbalanced analog connections and this amplifier is glaringly short on supply.

The Home Theater input can also be used as an analog input; see the "Manufacturer's Comment."

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

GQ's picture

I have owned very good and expensive audio equipment’s for over 15 years and I have this amp for few month now and I must say that I am so impress from its sound.

This amp is so powerful and smooth

I using it with commuter and jriver and I forget that I have a big collection off CDs and vinyl

jorgen's picture

I know that there is no "best" amplifier. But I just read the review of the Creek Evolution 100A and as I am in the buy for a new amp for my Harbeth SHLs 5, start to wonder which one of those (Hegel 160 and Creek) would work best with these nice speakers ?

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Hegel Music Systems H160 integrated amplifier

For decades, I read all the British and American audio magazines, and I pretty much believed everything written therein—with one exception. The equipment reviews published in Stereo Review had an off-puttingly disingenuous quality. I learned a lot from the magazine's reviews of recordings and loudspeakers, but every time senior editor Julian Hirsch wrote that any amp with sufficiently high power, low measured distortion, and high damping factor would sound the same as any other with similar qualifications, I felt estranged from my favorite hobby. Stereo Review's arrogance came off as duplicitous and self-serving. The magazine seemed committed to stamping out all forms of individualized audio connoisseurship.
Fri, 06/05/2015

Listening #150 Page 2

Fri, 06/05/2015

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Lofty's picture

One of the great joys of the summer season is a plate of freshly made linguine or fettucine with a basil pesto. Pair it with a crisp white or a lager and you're good to go. Heaven.

romath's picture

"I am prejudiced against retrieving hot cookware from the oven without using potholders, I am prejudiced against pesto, I am prejudiced against picking up snakes with my bare hands, and I am prejudiced against listening to Celtic instrumentals for longer than 15 minutes at a time—reasonable prejudices all, as I've tried each more than once, always with unpleasant results."

At least two of the four aren't prejudices, and one could make an argument that none of them are. That you choose to do or not do something doesn't make it a prejudice. Obvious examples: You choose not to jump off bridges or stand out in front of moving cars. Clear writing and clear thinking go together.

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The Fifth Element #91 Contacts

Fri, 06/05/2015

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dce22's picture

What is this a comedy magazine, there is no such thing as digital audio amplifiers you can't amplify digital data, you can convert it to analog, there are digital PCM to PWM convertion methods that are used on Equibit/TACT audio amplifiers that are obsolete now because its stupid to introduce all the convertion problems that a normal dac can have to a high voltage/current device all class d amps today use analog design that is simpler and of higher performance that any "Power DAC" can theoretically achieve.

As a highly popular publication these kind of incorrect classification cause a big problem into the uninformed public that adopt these terms and propagete them infinitum, just because there is squarewave involved does not make it digital , there is no quantization happening pulse modulation happens in any time its needed there is no predetermined grid it has infinite resolution only limitation is the universe physics of the specific circut just like in any linear amplifier.

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Listening #150

"I don't know what I think on that one. I haven't written about it yet."—Walter Lippmann (attributed)

As sometimes happens, this started out to be a very different column. But by the time I was a thousand words into it, I found that my point of view had changed.

A number of months ago, I received from a Canadian company called BIS Audio a review sample of their Expression interconnect: a shielded, unbalanced interconnect terminated with Eichmann BulletPlugs (RCA). Priced at $480 Canadian per 1m pair, the Expression falls squarely in the middle of BIS's interconnect line: a lowish range for high-end audio, and suggestive of a manufacturer that values value.

Fri, 06/05/2015

The Fifth Element #91 Page 2

Fri, 06/05/2015

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dce22's picture

What is this a comedy magazine, there is no such thing as digital audio amplifiers you can't amplify digital data, you can convert it to analog, there are digital PCM to PWM convertion methods that are used on Equibit/TACT audio amplifiers that are obsolete now because its stupid to introduce all the convertion problems that a normal dac can have to a high voltage/current device all class d amps today use analog design that is simpler and of higher performance that any "Power DAC" can theoretically achieve.

As a highly popular publication these kind of incorrect classification cause a big problem into the uninformed public that adopt these terms and propagete them infinitum, just because there is squarewave involved does not make it digital , there is no quantization happening pulse modulation happens in any time its needed there is no predetermined grid it has infinite resolution only limitation is the universe physics of the specific circut just like in any linear amplifier.

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The Fifth Element #91

The business of high-end audio can fascinate me almost as much as does high-end audio itself. Designers and entrepreneurs such as Frank McIntosh, Avery Fisher, Saul Marantz, Edgar Villchur (AR), David Hafler (Dynaco), and Henry Kloss (AR, KLH, Advent, Advent Video, Cambridge Soundworks, Tivoli Audio) combined technical brilliance and varying levels of business skill with flairs for publicity and marketing. Many of their products became objects of desire, and some became household names in the post-WWII era. Of that list, only McIntosh and Marantz are still in business as high-end audio companies—the latter relatively affordable, the former exclusive.
Fri, 06/05/2015

Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields

As readers of this space know, I'm a huge admirer of Maria Schneider's music, but her latest, The Thompson Fields (on the ArtistShare label), breaks through to a new level. It's her most ambitious recording, and her most accomplished; it places her in the pantheon of big-band composer-leaders, just below Ellington, Strayhorn, and Gil Evans at his very best; it's a masterpiece...The Maria Schneider Orchestra is playing at Birdland, in Midtown Manhattan, through June 6.
Thu, 06/04/2015

THE Show Newport 2015: That's A Wrap

One of the most delightful annual surprises of the now departed Las Vegas installment of THE Show was stumbling upon the NFS (Not For Sale) room. Assembled by the distinguished personage known as Buddha, it allowed visitors to become submerged in a combination of post-psychedelic revelry, good sound, lots of free booze, and a total absence of hawking...
Wed, 06/03/2015

Jason's Day 3 at THE Show

Resolving to get an early start, I skipped breakfast and hit the show floor at 10:30am on Sunday. Will Kline of Fine Sounds (left) and Sunil Merchant (right) of Covina, CA's Sunny's Components were justifiably proud of the simply beautiful midrange created by the marriage of Wilson Audio Alexia loudspeakers ($52,000/pair) and Audio Research components. This wasn't the most transparent of systems I auditioned, but it was unquestionably among the most musical.
Wed, 06/03/2015

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