Would you rather buy a brand-new Hegel 360 for the $5700 list price, or would you like to buy a two-week old unit with 15 hours on it and save $1000? The Hegel has been consistently praised, such as this review from The Absolute Sound
"Hegel Music Systems, of Oslo, Norway, has developed yet another fantastic-sounding integrated amplifier/DAC. Hegel also makes preamps, power amps, and digital products, but it is its continually evolving line of integrated amps that, in a way, represents the heart of the company. Bent Holter, the founder and chief engineer behind all things Hegel, truly believes in bringing as much sonic performance, versatility, and reliability to the music-appreciating public as possible for a reasonable price. He applies his considerable engineering skills—he holds a Master’s Degree in Semiconductor Physics from Norway’s principal technical institute Trondheim University—to designing high-performing audio products that will work in real-world situations and can be purchased by ordinary citizens, not just well-heeled aficionados.
Background and Description
I have reviewed three other Hegel integrated amps over the past few years, so I can understand that it may seem like I am “Mr. Hegel” at the TAS table. Although other TAS writers (including Robert Harley, Neil Gader, and Jacob Heilbrunn) have also reported on Hegel gear—all positively—I am happy to review yet another Hegel integrated amp because, among other things, Hegel makes good products in general, and the company has really pulled out all the stops with the H360 in particular. It is, to give you my overall assessment upfront, a truly excellent amp. I believe it can readily compete with separates costing more than its $5700 asking price.
With 250Wpc into eight ohms (420Wpc into four) and a damping factor of 4000, the H360 will drive a wide range of speakers with ease. The H360 is equipped with two line-level inputs, one RCA and one XLR, although a home-theater bypass can be configured to function as a third unbalanced (RCA) line-level input. In addition, the H360 has a very good, on-board DAC, capable of supporting 24/192 PCM files and native mode DSD64 and DSD128. The unit also supports Apple’s wireless AirPlay, and can function as a DLNA digital-media streamer/renderer so you can connect a UPnP/DLNA-compatible Network Attached Storage device (NAS) through your local router and, voîlà, you have an amplifier that will play a lot of different sources."
Complete review here http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/hegel-h360-integrated-amplifier/
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