Hegel H600 Integrated Amplifier
In the wake of the remarkable success of the H590, Hegel proudly presents its heir, the H600, a reference integrated amplifier that embodies the pinnacle of audio innovation and performance.
Five years ago, Hegel introduced the H590 with a mixture of excitement and anticipation, as it marked our foray into the world of integrated amplifiers at this elevated level. The fusion of remarkable performance and unmatched convenience made it an instant sensation, and the overwhelmingly positive response from both reviewers and customers confirmed its exceptional capabilities.
Now, after three years of meticulous development, we are thrilled to unveil the Hegel H600, a worthy successor to the H590. With a range of new features, an alluring new chassis design, an upgraded DAC, an enhanced amplifier section, and an immensely superior streaming engine, the H600 stands as a true powerhouse. It caters to the diverse needs and desires of audiophiles, offering an unparalleled audio experience.
The H600 isn't just an incremental upgrade; it's a leap forward in audio engineering. Hegel not only refined the existing elements but also added a couple of extra watts to amplify the impact. With the H600, they pushed the boundaries of what's possible, striving to exceed expectations once again.
H600 is Hegel's reference integrated amplifier. With its 303 watts in 8 ohms, a damping factor of 4000, and 2 ohms drive capability, this powerhouse of an amplifier can drive any speaker with confidence and ease. The amplifier is a dual mono design, bringing it as close as possible to the performance of two mono amps in a single box. It also boasts a state-of-the-art preamplifier with the extremely precise volume attenuator found in our reference P30A amplifier. All electronic circuitry is designed in-house, and we only use the best-quality components. This gives us unprecedented control over the amplification process. When we combine this with our SoundEngine2 correction technology, we are left with an audio signal that is as close to the original recording as possible. The result is an immensely wide and deep soundstage with incredible dynamic range and tremendous bass control. This amplifier reveals all the details and nuances in the music. All you have to do is connect a pair of really good speakers of your choice.
The H600’s D/A Converter is a bit-perfect design, offering pure audio fidelity without any resampling or up sampling. The DAC has a large, dedicated power supply that ensures uncontaminated and stable performance, and it is shielded by a thick steel plate so there is no interference from other electronics inside the amplifier. The result is a cutting-edge D/A converter with incredible resolution and smoothness
The chassis is made of aluminium for better audio performance. It includes a solid bottom chassis and top cover with vents milled in two layers for added rigidity and airflow. Big aluminium feet with an anti-scratch design ensure excellent stability and reduced vibrations.
High-quality RCA connectors and optimized positioning of the analogue and digital connectors provide less noise and better channel separation
The amplifier boasts a large array of analogue and digital connections to accommodate various audio sources. There are two pairs of True Balanced XLR inputs and two pairs of RCA inputs. On the digital front, it features a LAN network port, an USB 32/384 input (supporting DSD256/DoP), three optical inputs, a coaxial input and a BNC true 75-ohm input.
For analogue outputs, it offers a pair of RCA fixed-level outputs and a pair of RCA variable-level outputs. Additionally, it provides a BNC fixed-level true 75-ohm digital output.
The H600 is an extremely capable and great-sounding amplifier. It is highly versatile and delivers high-end sound and ease of use, all in a high-quality and minimalistic housing that fits any interior style. The H600 is a hub for your digital music, a home for all your connected sources, with a sound suitable for mansions
Power output: 2 x 303W in 8 ohms, Dual Mono
Minimum load: 2 ohms
Analog inputs: 2 x Balanced (XLR), 2 x Unbalanced (RCA)
Digital outputs: 1 x Coaxial (BNC) S/PDIF - 24/192
Digital inputs: 1 x Coaxial (BNC) S/PDIF - 24/192, DSD64 (DoP), MQA 8x, 1 x Coaxial (RCA) S/PDIF - 24/192, DSD64 (DoP), MQA 8x, 3 x Optical S/PDIF - 24/96, MQA 8x, 1 x USB -32/384, DSD256 (DoP), MQA 8x, 1 x Network - 24/192, DSD64, MQA 8x
Line level outputs: 1 x Unbalanced fixed (RCA), 1 x Unbalanced variable (RCA)
Streaming: AirPlay 2, Roon Ready (pending), Tidal Connect, UPnP
Streaming formats: MP3, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSF, DFF, AAC, PCM, MQA, Ogg
Frequency response: 5Hz-100kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion: Less than 0.005% @ 50W 8 Ohms 1kHz
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Damping factor: More than 4000 (main power output stage)
Dimensions/weight: 17,1cm x 43cm x 44,5cm (HxWxD), 22kg
Dimensions/weight US: 6,74" x 16,93" x 17,52" (HxWxD), 48,51 lbs