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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.
The P20 is Hegel's entry level preamplifier. It offers enormous soundstage, the deep rhythmic bass response, the perfect timing, etc. In short, the sense of being there with the performers.
The preamplifier is perhaps the most delicate unit in a sound system. Because the signal levels are so low, even the tiniest levels of noise or distortion smear the image and mask the small details that enliven the music...
Combining the brand new technology and the Silicon Germanium transistors, the Hegel has managed to achieve an open and natural sounding preamplifier at a very competitive price.
4 RCA inputs
1 XLR input
Home Theatre Input
Short Signal Path