Hegel Music Systems H590 integrated amplifier

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Hegel Music Systems H590

The DAC is a resolution monster. There is more detail on offer here than many good standalone DACs. In fact, it’s good enough to make you wonder whether the company’s own HD30 is worth the investment! I’m MQA-agnostic (when it sounds good, it sounds great... other great-sounding formats are available) but I couldn’t help but be enthralled by the sound of the best in MQA. There is ‘some’ inverted snobbery in the audio industry, but the MQA version of Beyoncé’s ‘Sandcastles’ and the intro to ‘Daddy Lessons’ [both from Lemonade, Columbia] are outstanding pieces of work. The combination of effortless ease and the excellent sound make the H590 something of an MQA ambassador.

All up, the Hegel H590 ultimately asks some difficult questions of the audio amp world. This is the ‘straight wire with gain’ for the high-end world. More (in most cases) buys you a shinier case, a greater number of boxes and some extra hoops to jump through. Unless you need that kilowatt power amplifier to drive your difficult loudspeakers to PA levels, the Hegel H590 might just be all you will ever need.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Integrated amplifier with network connected DAC

Power output: 2 ×301 W into 8 Ohms

Minimum load: 2 Ohms

Analogue inputs: 2 ×balanced (XLR), 3 ×unbalanced (RCA)

Digital inputs: 1x BNC 75Ω S/PDIF, 2 ×coaxial S/PDIF, 3×optical S/PDIF, 1 × USB, 1 ×RJ45 Ethernet

Line level output: 2 ×unbalanced variable (RCA)

Diigital outputs: 1x BNC 75Ω S/PDIF

Frequency response: 5 Hz–100 kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100 dB

Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB

Distortion: Less than 0.01% @ 50 W 8 Ohms 1kHz

Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)

Damping factor: More than 4000 (main power output stage)

Dimensions (H×W×D): 17.1 ×43cm ×44.5cm 

Weight: 22kg 

Price: £9,000

Manufactured by: Hegel Music Systems

URL: hegel.com

Tel: +44(0)7917 685759

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