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Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:34 pm

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Musicraft is pleased to announce that at the Sound & Vision The Bristol Show on February 25th 2017 we received Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2016 Award and on February 8th 2016 we received Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of the Year 2015 Award which we proudly accepted on behalf of our clients. We and Hegel Music Systems thank our clients for helping establish and achieving great success with Hegel Music Systems in the UK.

Musicraft is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of the Year 2015 and 2016.

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Musicraft (Derby) is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2015 and 2016

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Musicraft (Derby) is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2015 and 2016 (our Rost and HD30 at the Show)

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Musicraft (Derby) is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2015 and 2016

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Musicraft (Derby) is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2015 and 2016 (our H360 at the Show)

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Musicraft (Derby) is Hegel Music Systems UK Dealer of The Year 2015 and 2016

Please contact or visit Musicraft Derby (the UK's leading Hegel Music Systems specialist dealer) to discover why more and more Hi-Fi and home cinema enthusiasts digital and analogue audio systems are benefiting from Hegel Music Systems patented SoundEngine technology.

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Hegel Music Systems. Presented by Musicraft. The UK's leading Hegel Music Systems specialist dealer.

HEGEL IN A NUTSHELL - Each thing can be found in other amps, but NEVER all three together. This is thanks to our patented SoundEngine technology -

1. Damping factor - is basically a description for bass control. The higher the damping factor, the better the bass control. Modern amplifiers typically have lower bass control than they used to have 20 years ago. The reason is that the tools you use to increase damping factor will also increase distortion (next - 2). Not so in a Hegel amplifier. Industry average: 60-80, A really good amp: 100-150, 20 years ago: +/-150, Hegel: 1000-4000 Meaning: Hegel can boogie

2. Distortion - is a description of the level of extra sound that is generated in the amplifier. Meaning sound that is not part of the recording. Distortion usually makes an amplifier sound either muffled or harsh. It will mask the finer details. Modern amps usually have fairly low distortion, and obtain this by sacrificing bass-control (previous - 1). Hegel have among the lowest distortion on the market, and it has it in combination with extremely high bass control. Meaning - it will sound incredibly dynamic, detailed AND smooth.

3. Power consumption - The third benefit of the Sound Engine technology is low power consumption in idle. We are actually using up to 60% less power. Preventing the amplifier of running too hot, and it is good for the environment. The technical term is low bias.


Hegel SoundEngine Technology

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http://www.hegel.com/technology/soundengine

https://www.facebook.com/hegelmusic/videos/1557873347773276/?video_source=pages_finch_thumbnail_video
Hegel SoundEngine Technology video with Founder and technical director of Hegel, Bent Holter


The story begins in 1988. Bent Holter - student at the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) decided to do a thesis under the original design of the amplifier transistor that would cure the problems of classical systems. Enemy number one - harmonic distortion. Holter somehow could not accept the fact that when we give a simple signal to the amplifier, you will get that signal plus something else - distortion produced by electronics. Fighting distortion usually meant the deterioration of other parameters, including damping factor. Holter decided to break out the classic schemes and developed a project that became the basis of what we know today as SoundEngine Technology. And where the name of the company came from? Well, after hours Bent played in a rock-metal band called The Hegel Band. When they needed amplifiers for concerts, Holter 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 nineties were a period of prosperity for the brand. First they ensured the patented solution known today as SoundEngine, later developed a DAC (1994) and the first CD Player (1996). Over the next eight years the company has steadily improved the product range and generated more and more profits from year to year. When the financial crisis came, most companies immediately took a defensive strategy which meant cutting costs. Norwegian designer played differently. He hired new engineers to design devices. Some time later, brand new D/A converters were born.

Today Hegel is one of the best established brands in Hi-Fi market, producing integrated, pre and power amplifiers as well as CD players and some of the most modern and sophisticated D/A converters. The SoundEngine Technology was just a start. Today there are six more original technical solutions in Hegel's portfolio. The company has dealers in 32 countries and its products are sold all over the world. Awards and press reviews speak for themselves.

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http://www.hegel.com



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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby MattSPL » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:39 pm

Hi Rick

Great news :D The Hegel equipment looks extremely nice 8-)

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby MevDinc » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:03 am

Congrats Rick!
Hegel is a great brand and they make super products at reasonable prices!
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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:49 pm

Hi Matt and MeV

Thanks :)

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:03 am

Hegel SoundEngine Technology

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http://www.hegel.com/technology/soundengine-technology


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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:13 pm

The Absolute visits Hegel Music Systems in Oslo, Norway

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/visit-to-hegel-music-systems-in-oslo-norway/


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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:26 pm

Hegel SUPER headphone amplifier

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Hear what your headphones actually sounds like, with the new Hegel headphone amplifier. Milled out of one solid piece of brushed aluminum, it is a beautiful piece on its own, but the real beauty lies in the sound. Simply connect the SUPER to your computer, connect your headphones to the SUPER and let Hegel’s Reference amplifier technology give you an instant sound upgrade. A much richer sound, far deeper and better bass response and more gain. Why is this so? The answer is complex, but there are two major obstacles to getting the optimal sound from your headphones. The SUPER addresses both.
The first reason you should have a look at the Hegel SUPER has to do with noise. No modern computers are actually designed to sound good. They are designed for speed and versatility, and create a lot of background noise. Not so much that it is audible in itself, but enough to blur the finer details of the music - making everything sound a bit dull and flat. The Hegel SUPER uses proprietary technology, designed in-house by Hegel, that dramatically reduces the noise – allowing you to hear everything there is to hear.
Secondly, the different headphones on the market have very diverse impedances and are notoriously difficult tasks for an amplifier. The result is that a normal headphone amplifier will act as an equalizer and sound significantly different, depending on which headphone you connect. Hegel’s Reference amplifier technology ensures that the SUPER plays with exactly the same sound signature on all headphones: No sound signature at all.
This is why we say that when your headphones are more than just a gem to you – you should try the SUPER

http://www.hegel.com/products/headphone/super


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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:17 am

Hegel's reference H30 (mono/stereo) power amplifier

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With a power rating of more than 1,1 kW in 8 ohms it is on the verge of being easier to measure the H30 in horsepower. The massive H30 mono power amplifiers from Hegel play any loudspeaker in the world with ease and authority. The H30 is our best power amplifier ever, and is definitely a combatant for being the best power amplifier in the world. The H30 is developed as a mono block, but there is also the possibility to use it as a stereo power amplifier to start with if you are on a budget. Progress is a one way street and so for our power amplifiers. The H30 is using a new and improved version of the patented Hegel SoundEngine amplifier technology. This further reduce all types of distortion. In addition to the improve SoundEngine we are also using the highest possible level of the Hegel FET-technology in the input stage and the voltage gain stage. This technology reduce a very specific type of distortion called Harmonic Distortion. This particular type of distortion causes what many people call "transistor sound", and this is therefore dramatically reduced in the H30. It will simply let the music reach you in a different way than what you have ever experienced before.

Normally, when you compare a less powerful amplifier with a more powerful amplifier, the most powerful will have a more potent bass, more attack and more "SLAM" than the less powerful one. This is how it works up to a certain point. The Hegel H30 is beyond this point, and all of a sudden the differences become different. The H30 will simply play with a completely undisputed control, regardless of the loudspeakers. The bass is tremendously deep, but not dominating. The level of detail in the high frequencies are unheard of, but never overbearing. Usually a demo of the H30 and P30 combination ends with clapping hands and a whispering "wooooow..."

So what sets the H30 apart from the H4SE? There are several technical differences. As a mono power amplifier, the H30 has a fully balanced output stage which reduces distortion and cancel out distortion. Further more, the H30 has a much more advanced input stage and voltage gain stage. Both the H4SE and the H30 uses hand matched transistors, but only the H30 uses the special combination of JFET and MOS-FET transistors. This further reduces higher order harmonic distortion in the H30. The third big difference between the two is H30's output transistors. These are of higher quality, with less distortion, than the ones in the H4SE. In addition to this, the use of dual transformers in the H30, reduces mechanical noise. The higher budget also allow the use of better parts throughout the H30.

http://www.hegel.com/products/power/h30

http://www.hegel.com/technology/soundengine-technology


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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby MattSPL » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:41 am

Hi Rick

1.1kW into 8ohm's :D 8-) :lol:
That sounds impressive and a very low idle current :)

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:01 pm

Hi Matt

I've only used a stereo H30 and even in this configuration the H30 feels like its got unlimited reserves of power available not to mention the vice like grip its also exerts on speakers :) I dread to think what H30 monoblocs must be like :twisted:

Btw, the H30 only ever gets warm to the touch regardless of how hard its been used. I think their SoundEngine technology has alot to do with this -

Less power consumption has long been considered a nice side-effect of SoundEngine technology. In fact, most probably didn’t even know about it. The output stage in Hegel Sound- Engine amplifiers have 65% lower power consumption than a normal amplifier. The bigger the amplifier, the bigger the power saving.

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby MattSPL » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:37 pm

Hi Rick

Thanks for the explanation, very interesting. It sounds like Hegel know a thing or two about amplifier design :)

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Dogill » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:23 am

Yet another variant of Current Dumping ?
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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:47 pm

Hi Dogill

Pass. I'll look into this though as you've got me intrigued.

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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby Musicraft » Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:53 pm

Hegel's new HD12 DSD DAC, headphone amp and pre amp

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Introducing the next generation of Hegel D/A-Converters - The HD12, introduces a combination of great new functionality as well as greatly improved sound quality. First of all, a brand new USB interface allows you to use all common sampling frequencies up to 24 bit / 192 kHz. Also, this new interface allows playback of native DSD-files, without conversion to PCM. Furthermore, the HD12 has equal quality on the 2 optical and 1 coaxial inputs. Versatility - With an HD12 you can upgrade virtually any system to Hegel standards. There is a very high quality headphone output, regular RCA phono outputs as well as true balanced XLR outputs. This means you can connect to any receiver/amplifier and/or subwoofer. However, the built-in and remote-controlled volume attenuator also allows direct connection to a pair of active loudspeakers or to a power amplifer. High End to the people.

Sound - New research in the digital domain has resulted in extremely low jitter levels. In particular, great improvements have been made to “skirting”, a distortion that reduces the timing and precision in the sound. You hear it very well in drums and dynamic elements of the music. Another large improvement comes in the analog part of the D/A-Converter. We are talking about a noise floor of -145dB. It means the HD12 brings out so much more of those tiny details that suck you in to the music.

Quite simply a significant upgrade and a remarkable D/A-Converter.

Technical Details

Digital inputs: Coaxial / optical up to 24bit / 192kHz, USB up to 24bit / 192kHz, DSD64
Dac IC / digital filter: 32 bit
Output signal level: 2.5V RMS (at 0dBFS)
Digital inputs: 1 coaxial, 2 optical and 1 USB-B (2.0)
Analog outputs: XLR balanced and RCA / phono unbalanced/ headphone
Frequency response: 0Hz - 50kHz
Phase response: Linear phase analog filter
Noise floor: -145dB
Distortion: Typically less than 0.0005%
Power supply: Internal toroidal transformer and 20,000uF capacitors
Dimensions / weight: 6cm x 21cm x 26cm (HxWxD) / 3.5kg
Dimensions / weight: 2.35” x 8.3” x 10.24” (HxBxD), 6.6 lbs

http://hegel.com/products/dac/hd12#g_vsig1_0


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Re: Hegel Audio (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)

Postby MattSPL » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:58 pm

Hi Rick

Looks very interesting :D
What's the retail on the new HD12DSD?

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