Hegel P20 Preamplifier
Hegel P20 Preamplifier
The P20 is Hegel's entry level preamplifier and offers an affordable door into the Hegel Reference line of products. Designing the P20 was not a task we took lightly. Many of the ideas and concepts were taken from its bigger brother. Although scaled down, many of the best characteristics remain, including the enormous soundstage, the deep rhythmic bass response and the perfect timing. In short, the sense of being there with the performers.
You can really feel the quality each part of the P20, as well as hear it. There is a total of 5 standard inputs, both balanced and unbalanced. In addition, a special Home Theatre input allows integration in AV systems. Finally, there are both balanced and unbalanced outputs as well as a fixed line-level output. The P20 comes with a high quality system remote control, milled out of one solid piece of aluminium. It has the same bead blasted and anodised surface finish as the preamplifier itself.
The idea behind the P20 was to offer a more affordable entry into Hegel's line of separates. But most of all, it was to set a new standard of price and performance in preamplifiers. 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. In designing the P20, we achieved the highest quality of sound at such a low price point by using brand new technologies, such as Silicon Germanium transistors. In addition Hegel implemented high frequency components that were not originally designed for audio, and used them in ways that had never been done before. The result is an open and natural sounding preamplifier at a very competitive price.
- Erich Wetzel for SoundStage!
- Remote control: Volume, source and mute controlled by the Hegel RC8
- Inputs: 1 x XLR balanced, 4 x RCA unbalanced and Home Theatre inputs
- Outputs: 1 x XLR balanced, 1 x RCA unblanced and 1 x RCA recording outputs
- Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
- Distortion: Less than 0.005%
- Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19kHz+20kHz)
- Dimensions/weight: 8cm x 43cm x 30cm (HxWxD), weight 10kg