The flagship integrated amplifier / DAC. The alchemists of old devoted their lives to finding a way to make gold out of stone.
As far as we know they never succeeded. However, with the H300, we finally feel that we have. At least, from an audio perspective. On one side, the H300 is a spectacular integrated amplifier. With its 250 watts per channel, it is powerful enough to pair with even the most demanding loudspeakers on the market.
Hegel's patented SoundEngine technology ensures completely undistorted and natural sound with a dynamic and powerful bass response. The H300 is, to a large extent, based on Hegel's Reference products rather than its smaller brothers. On the other side, it has 5 digital inputs and this is where the alchemy comes in. Hegel's digital inputs are designed with unique technology that can make your computer, streamer or other digital device sound extremely good. You can take some of the most affordable digital music players on the market, connect them to the H300's digital inputs, and get fantastic musical and dynamic sound.
The secret lies in how we receive, treat and re-build these digital signals in the H300's built-in DAC. The digital side of the H300 is also future-proof as you can upgrade it using our "DAC-loop". Our claim is that aside from a good pair of loudspeakers, the H300 may be the only "audiophile" component you need in your system. On the technical side, the H300 uses the hand-matched FET transistors, normally only seen in Hegel's most esoteric power amplifiers. This dramatically reduces, or even eliminates, higher-order harmonic distortion, resulting in more resolution and a smoother sound. It normally requires about 100 transistors to find one perfect pair.
The biggest step forward is the preamplifier stage. The high quality dual-mono construction borrows several ideas from our top of the line pre amplifier. This ensures the lowest possible noise and distortion levels. The H300 uses what we call the Hegel 2 amplifier platform. This platform ensure very good channel separation and low noise levels. Still, all sections in the H300 are designed ground up specifically for this unit and is far superior to any other integrated amplifier from Hegel. The H300 has a wide range of both analog and digital inputs. It has a fixed-level Home Theater input that allows you to integrate it in a Home Theater system. If you are using advanced remote control systems, you can also control it directly through the direct IR inputs on the back panel.
Output power: 250W + 250W in 8 ohms, 430W + 430W in 4 ohms
Minimum load: 2 ohms
Analog Inputs: 1 balanced (XLR), 3 unbalanced (RCA)
Fixed analog inputs: 1 unbalanced Home Theatre (RCA)
Digital Inputs: 2 coaxial S/PDIF, 2 optical S/PDIF, 1 USB
Line level output: Unbalanced Pre Out (RCA)
Digital outputs: 1 coaxial S/PDIF
Control inputs: IR direct input (3,5 mm jack), max 12V
Speaker outputs: One pair of heavy duty gold plated terminals
Input impedance: Balanced 10kohm, unbalanced 10kohm
Output impedance pre out: 1kohm
Frequency response: 5Hz-180kHz (+/- 3dB)
Signal to noise ratio: More than 100dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion: Less than 0,005% @ 100W 8 ohms 1kHz
Intermodulation: Less than 0,01% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Damping factor: More than 1000 (main output stage)
Power Supply: 1000VA dual mono, 90 000uF capacitors
Output stage: 20 pcs 15A 150W high speed bipolar transistors
Power consumption: 60W in standby switched on
Dimensions/weight (ex feet): 12cm x 43cm x 38cm (HxWxD), weight 25kg
Dimensions/weight US (ex feet): 15" x 17" x 4,7" (LxWxH), weight 55 lbs