Hegel Music Systems H160 integrated amplifier Specifications

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Description: Integrated amplifier. Analog inputs: one pair balanced (XLR), one pair unbalanced (RCA), one pair home theater (RCA). Digital inputs: 1 coaxial, 3 optical, 1 USB, 1 Ethernet (RJ45). Analog outputs (line level): fixed (RCA), variable (RCA). Headphone output: 6.3mm jack (front). Maximum output power: 150Wpc into 8 ohms (21.75dBW), 250Wpc into 4 ohms (21dBW). Maximum headphone output power, 270mWpc into 64 ohms. Frequency range: 5Hz–100kHz. S/N ratio: >100dB (no reference level given). Channel separation: >100dB. THD: <0.005%, 1kHz at 50W into 8 ohms. IMD: <0.01%, 19kHz+20kHz. Damping factor: >1000.
Dimensions: 16.9" (430mm) W by 4.7" (120mm) H by 16.1" (410mm) D. Shipping weight: 41.9 lbs (19kg).
Serial number of unit reviewed: H160-53A587.
Price: $3500. Approximate number of dealers: >65. Warranty: 3 years, parts & labor.
Manufacturer: Hegel Music Systems, PO Box 2, Torshov, NO-0412 Oslo, Norway. Tel: (47) 22-60-56-60. Fax: (47) 22-69-91-56. US distributor: Hegel Music Systems USA, Springfield, MA 01060. Tel: (413) 224-2480. Web: www.hegel.com.

Hegel Music Systems
US distributor: Hegel Music Systems USA
Springfield, MA 01060
(413) 224-2480

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 ?

tiborm's picture

This is a beautiful amp indeed. I am looking for a new amp for my Tannoys DC6T SE.
Could you compare it to Cambridge Audio 851A please? Do they have similar sound signature?
I would go for the cheaper model Hegel H80 if you prefer it more, because of the built-in dac.
Thank you guys, I appreciate it much :-)

abuhannibal's picture

I had walked into the shop having barely heard of Hegel, and had really just asked to audition one other amp. When I arrived, they had the Hegel, Ayre AX-7e, and Rogue Pharaoh connected to the Vandersteen Treos. For various reasons I walked in pretty much expecting to buy the Rogue - I ended up with the Hegel instead. The Rogue was very nice and with a different pair of speakers I may have preferred it, but damn, the H160 was doing something very right indeed with the Treos. I do find the 3 analog inputs to be a little limiting - in fact it was really the only thing about this amp that made me hesitate. I would probably have elected to forego the internal DAC, which I likely won't use or will use only temporarily, for another analog input. But the sonics were so spot-on that I decided I'd rather connect up an external switchbox if necessary than go with one of the other amps. YMMV of course. But I think this one is really special.

hififanatik's picture

I have this amp for 2 months now, and it plays wonderful! The hifi vendor was nice enough to let me try one for a few days at home, it played with my KEF LS50 extremely well, in my 50 sqm living room the sound had incredible bass, I repeat, with bookshelf speakers, something that my Arcam A19 or Accuphase E211 could never reach, not even close, as if the bookshelf speakers were hooked up with very well integrated & fast subwoofers. After that I decided to order one H160 together with the GoldenEar Triton One, which at first sounded really bad (boomy bass, no sounstage), but after a proper burn-in the sound changed completely (in my own experience the burn in really changes the sound dramatically, they played 10 hours / day for ¬ 40 days), now it sounds wonderful together with the GoldenEar. Speed, soundstage and incredible bass.

I have 2 dacs at home, Arcam Irdac and Audiolab M-Dac and I think the Dac inside H160 works better with the amp than those 2, just better integrated, easier, smoother and non-non fatiguing to my ears.