The Hegel H120 is a small step up from Hegel’s entry-level amplifiers in terms of price, but it is a solid step-up in features and performance. The significantly larger power supply creates a more dynamic sound and combining with large loudspeakers presenting more challenging drive loads. The digital section is taken directly from its bigger siblings, and this is really the core of the H120.
The H120 uses the Hegel SoundEngine 2 amplifier platform allowing a damping factor higher than 2000 together with extremely low distortion levels. Details about the SoundEngine can be found on hegel.com. In many ways, it works like a noise-canceling headphone. It compares the output of the amplifier with the input. It detects all the sound pollution (distortion) and plays this forward into the speaker output, but in reverse phase. Like 1 minus 1 equals 0. It cancels out all pollution in real-time, leaving you with only the most natural sound. The SoundEngine technology has been developed over more than 30 years, from conception to where it is now. Millions of dollars were invested in initial development. It is what makes possible the sound performance for the money in the H120.
The digital-to-analog conversion is of the highest quality in the H120, with technology crafted from the ground up by Hegel. It takes full control of the digital data stream, using technology developed from Hegel’s absolute reference products, ensuring digital music delivery in its purest form. The result for you is perfectly natural sound, without any artifacts that make you want to turn the volume down. The H120 has Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, IP Control, Control4, and UPnP streaming. More features are already in progress and will be offered at no cost, using the easy software update functionality. All inputs are configurable for volume bypass, so you can integrate with a home theater or with (for example) a Bluesound or Sonos. Whatever you want, you can do it with the H120.
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