Hegel H190 integrated amplifier and Amphion Argon 7LS floorstanding loudspeakers

Integrated amplifiers
Amphion Argon 7LS,
Hegel Music Systems H190

So, to answer the question in the first paragraph, the Hegel H190/Amphion Argon 7LS combination is clearly more than merely a marriage of convenience. Splitting the pairing up shows they are both very fine products in their own rights. Speaking for myself (not in the more dispassionate tones of the reviewer) I think the Amphions are the better part of the pairing, but I can see why many would say the opposite, and that is at best nit-picking and both are capable of delivering a very musical experience in combination and in other systems. It’s easy to hear why people are excited about the products of both brands, and it’d be interesting to hear the bigger (£4,900) H390 amplifier in place of the H190. Whether that might be closer to a match made in heaven will have to wait for another day (and the successful pitch to the Editor for a follow-up review), the combination of Hegel electronics and Amphion loudspeakers is clearly one of those partnerships which has settled into long-term, happy contentment.


Hegel H190

Type: Solid-state two-channel integrated amplifier with onboard DAC

Analogue inputs: 1 balanced via XLR connector, 2 unbalanced line level via RCA jacks

Digital inputs: 1 coaxial (BNC connector); 1 coaxial (RCA connector); 3 optical; 1 USB; 1 network (RJ55)

Analogue outputs: One unbalanced (RCA); one pre-amp (variable) (RCA), one pair multi-way loudspeaker binding posts

Rated power into 8Ω:150 Watts, both channels working

Damping factor: >4000 (main power output stage)

Signal to Noise Ratio: >100dB

Frequency response: 5Hz–100kHz

Intermodulation: <0.01% (19KHz & 20KHz)

Crosstalk: <-100dB

Distortion: < 0.01% @25 Watts, 8Ω, 1KHz

Minimum load: 2Ω

Finishes: White; Black

Dimensions (HxWxD): 12 × 43 × 41cm

Gross Weight (packed): 19kgs

Price: £3,200

Manufacturer:  Hegel Music System AS

URL: hegel.com

Amphion Argon 7LS

Type: Two way, floorstanding loudspeaker with passive radiators

Driver complement: 1 × 25mm titanium tweeter; 2x 165mm aluminium woofer

Crossover frequencies: 1600 Hz

Frequency response: 28 Hz–25lHz (+/-3dB)

Impedance: 4Ω

Sensitivity: 91 dB

Finishes: White (grill accent colour options available for driver grilles); walnut

Dimensions (H×W×D): 116 × 19.1 × 30.5cm

Weight: 30Kg

Price:£3,600 (white); £3,840 (walnut)

Manufacturer: Amphion Loudspeakers Ltd

URL: amphion.fi

UK distributor: Auden Distribution

URL: audendistribution.co.uk

Tel: +44(0)7917 685759 

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