Hegel VIKING CD player was voted the Best High-End CD player 2023-2024 at the EISA Award
This player from the Norwegian marque takes an unapologetically purist approach, focused on extracting every last drop of performance from your CD collection. To that end, Hegel has engineered a high-quality AKM-based DAC stage and fully balanced analogue output, each fed by separate power supplies, while its proprietary SoundEngine technology also works to suppress digital jitter. An aesthetic match for Hegel’s latest pre/power amplifier designs, the Viking’s premium-grade sound has to be heard: articulate, three-dimensional and faithful to the source, it makes long listening sessions an absolute pleasure. Excellent build quality and supreme ease-of-use only heighten this CD spinner’s appeal.
Hegel VIKING is simple and straightforward but robustly built. Like several other new models, the cabinet has the small recess at the top of the faceplate, a couple of control buttons to turn it on/off, track selection, play and stop. The centre display is clear and has been chosen because it is very modest.
The player is available without a CD tray. Some might be sceptical of such a solution, but there is no need to be. The internal drive unit is of high quality and has been designed to play CDs only. Most people will probably choose to use drive units intended for video and audio formats, such as DVD-Audio and SACD, but Viking is dedicated to CD playback.
The back may be even more sparse than the front. You will find a single BNC digital output and a couple of phono/RCA analogue outputs, as well as, of course, a balanced XLR.
The inside is equipped with a BIT-PERFECT digital converter and Hegel's SoundEngine.
- Reference bit-perfect CD player
- Supported Discs: 12 cm Redbook CDs
- New design matching our P30A and H30A amplifiers
- Dedicated top-of-the-line CD drive and laser with slot-in loading
- Auto standby (configurable)
- XLR, RCA, and BNC output
- Line Level Output: 1 unbalanced fixed (RCA) 1 balanced fixed (XLR)
- Output Voltage Analog: 2.5V RMS
- Digital Output: 1 BNC true 75 Ohm
- Frequency Response: 0Hz-22 kHz
- Distortion: <0.0015%
- Finish: Black
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 9.9 cm x 43 cm x 30.5 cm
- Weight: 7.3Kg
To experience the sound of Hegel Viking, please contact The Audio Experts (Available in November).
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