New Hegel H-160

Hegel H-160 stereo amp

Now on demo the Hegel H-160 is one stereo amp which is affordable but can compete with much higher end components in the market.  Hegel makes it easy to connect to any home theater system using it’s theater bypass mode. The Hegel H-160 has some of the broadest connections on the market which features analogue inputs, Airplay, USB, digital coax and optical. One of the newest features is the ability stream via DLNA or Airplay. The Airplay feature is like no other where it bypasses the normal digital volume controls on your phone/tablet and uses it’s own preamp to control the volume.  This new advance airplay allows you to stream music from your phone and other services such as Tidal with high quality transfer.

Just like other Hegel amplifiers it features it’s patent sound engine technology. This amplifier design completely turns ordinary amplifiers designs upside down. This results it greater dampening factor for control is bass and a much more pure and smoother sound.

Review Excerpts

“The Hegel does this not in a colourless, bloodless manner, but rather with the kind of intrinsic ‘rightness’ that should be inherent to all amplifiers in theory, but usually fails to appear in the real world. Describing the H160’s performance in terms of musical presentations is a little pointless, because you might as well read a review of the recording itself, the amp adds and subtracts so little.”

If our little audio world wasn’t quite so set in its ways, the Hegel H160 should be a Shot Heard Round the World, like the Devialet.

Alan Sircom
Hi-Fi +

Technical Details

Power output spk: 150 w/pc into 8 Ohms, 250 w/pc into 4 Ohms
Power output hp: 270 mw/pc into 64 Ohms
Analog inputs: 1 balanced (XLR), 1 unbalanced (RCA), 1 home theatre
Analog outputs: 1 fixed line level (RCA), 1 variable line level (RCA)
Digital inputs: 1 coaxial, 3 optical, 1 USB, 1 ethernet (RJ45)
Headphone output: 6,3 mm Jack (front)
Frequency response: 5Hz-100kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion: 0.005% @ 50W 8 Ohms 1kHz
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Damping factor: More than 1000 (main power output stage)
Dimensions / weight: 12cm x 43cm x 41cm (HxWxD) / 19kg (shipping)
Dimensions / weight: 4,7” x 16.93” x 16.15” (HxBxD), 42lbs (shipping)

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