I bought a new Hegel H390 last week and it arrived last Thursday. Sadly, my girlfriend has been working from home, so I haven’t been able to listen to it nearly as much as I would like, but I have left it on for the past 125 hours and have logged maybe 18 hours of listening during that time.
I bought it to replace/upgrade my trusty old A-S801 amplifier that I enjoy so much that after buying a A-S2200 to replace it, I found that I preferred the A-S801 with my B&W 704 S2 speakers. After waiting awhile, I decided that I wanted to try a Hegel, based on the reviews that I have read and, more importantly, on personal experience, as the amp that I demoed the 704 S2 on at my local dealer, which convinced me to buy, was a Hegel. I wanted more power than I was getting with my A-S801 (100W into 8ohms), so I decided to try the H390 (250W into 8ohms, Hegel reports that this doubles (500W) into 4ohms.) I bought it from ListenUp online, they have great service and Scott was very patient, informative and gave me a good deal.
As I am a believer in burn in, because I always have experienced it in new components, I feel it is too soon to say anything definitive, I thought I would share my current impression of the amplifier in my system. I’d love to hear the experiences of this and other Hegel amplifiers.
- The tonality is incredibly even, I can crank the music and I get zero harshness.
- The sound is slightly smooth, tonally neutral and very powerful
- It is made incredibly well, better than any component I have owned.
- The internal DAC sounds awesome, I have ordered an upgraded coaxial to do it justice. Mine is cheap.
- Bass is solid and powerful, treble is detailed but never harsh, mids are spooky real, natural.
- Resolution is superb, my SACDs sound awesome
- Well worth it’s price, IMO.
- No hum that others have found on this and other Hegel amps
- Bass is so tight, I get no bass distortion, even from loud masterings
- Soundstage is wider than ever in my system, the dual mono blocks allow for great separation between instruments.
- Cymbals to die for! Realistic and clear, never bright.
- The power cable it comes with is 18AWG! I have replaced it with a hospital grade 14AWG cord that I had.
- I had always liked my speakers, but never felt anything close to love for them. Now, I’m thinking I might ask them to marry me.