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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.
Hegel Mohican Reference CD Player
Thousands of people still own thousands of CDs. Some even prefer playing a physical disc, rather than streaming off their phone, when really enjoying their audio system. There is no lack of CD-players, but nowadays most of them are trying to be "everything". They should play SACD, have digital inputs, support DSD and perhaps even have an app and a headphone jack. The problem is that these functionalities not only drive up the cost but actually reduce the sound quality when playing a CD.
For years, we wanted to do something about that. And finally, it is here... The Mohican - for people who want the best from their CDs.
The Hegel Mohican is a true CD-player, using original CD-drive mechanisms from Sanyo, updated with our own designed servo boards. It has the newest and best DAC chips, working in native 16 bit/44.1 kHz resolution. It has the best clock mechanism we have ever designed. We use our patented SoundEngine to control the clock, forcing jitter down to levels we have never reached before. Perhaps the lowest in the world. But let us not bury ourselves in the technical details. What does it do for you? It plays magically natural. It sings... fluid and with great temperament, where needed. Compared to any other digital device we have heard, it simply plays without "edges" in the sound. Almost analog.
DAC resolution: 16 bit/44.1 kHz
Line output: 2.6 V RMS
Analog outputs: 1 fixed line level (RCA), 1 fixed line level (Balanced XLR)
Digital outputs: 1 BNC, true 75 ohm
Frequency response: 0 Hz - 50 kHz
Noise Floor: -145 dB
Distortion: Typical 0.0015%
Output impedance: 22 ohms unbalanced and 44 ohms balanced
Finish: Black and Silver
Dimensions: 8 cm (10 cm w/feet) x 43 cm x 29 cm (HxWxD)
Weight: 6.5 kg (net), 9 kg (shipping)