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The History of HEGEL
The story begins in 1988. Bent Holter, a student at the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU), decided to do a thesis under the original design of the transistor used in amplifiers, that would cure the problems of traditional hi-fi systems. Enemy number one was distortion. Holter somehow could not accept the fact that when we supply a simple signal to an amplifier, the output reproduces that signal plus something else; distortion produced by the electronics.
Fighting distortion usually means deterioration of other parameters, including damping factor. Holter decided to break free from classic schematics and developed a project that became the basis of what we know today as SoundEngine Technology, a Hegel Patent.
The Hegel SoundEngine technology will cancel high-frequency distortion components found in normal types of audio amplifiers. This technology is not using any kind of global negative feedback. It is using local and adaptive feedforward technology if there should ever be any need for cancellation of distortion within the audio amplifier stages.
A multi-channel amplifier designed for sound performance without the price of a diamond. The Hegel C5 series: 3, 4 or 5 channel power amplifiers are rack-mountable, configurable, specified to your needs and will - most importantly - blow you away with their sound performance. Up to 5 channels of 150w/pc analog amplifier power, with enough Ooompf to boogie with almost any loudspeaker on the market. Meet the Hegel C5 series.
The Hegel C5 series are the most versatile high-performance multi-channel amplifiers on the market. The C5 is available in 3 different versions, tailored to your needs. You can choose to have it as either a 3-channel (C53), 4-channel (C54) or 5-channel (C55) configuration. Meaning you can build a 5.1 or Atmos theater using one or more C5’s. Perhaps you want to bi-amp speakers or use active cross overs? You could also use it to power multiple speakers in a mastering studio, in a restaurant or in a home. In short, wherever you need high-performance sound with dynamics and ultra-low distortion.
3/4/5 x 150 W/8 Ω
RCA & XLR Inputs
Power output: 4 x 150/300/600 W into 8/4/2 ohms
Minimum load: 2 ohms
Analog Inputs: 4 x balanced (XLR), 4 x unbalanced (RCA)
Control Inputs: 1 x mini-jack 5-12 V trigger
Control Outputs: 1 x mini-jack 11,9 V trigger out
Gain control: Switchable between 23 dB or 29 dB (individual)
Phase control: Switchable 1/180 (individual)
Frequency response: 5 Hz - 100 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100 dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB
Distortion: Less than 0.01% @ 100W 8 Ohms 1 kHz
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)
Damping factor: More than 2000 (main power output stage)
Net Weight: 33 kg
Gross Weight: 8,5 kg
Dimensions note: For precise installation dimensions, refer to user manual
Dimensions:48.2 cm x 13.2 cm x 52 cm (BxHxD incl handles, ex feet)
Special features: Balanced and unbalanced inputs, Trigger in/out, Modular design, Adjustable rear rack mount, Gain & Phase selectors