H600 is the new reference integrated amplifier from the Norwegian firm Hegel. With 303 watts into 8 ohms, a damping factor of 4000, and a driving capacity of 2 ohms, this powerful amplifier can easily drive any speaker. The amp is a dual mono design, bringing it as close as possible to the performance of two mono amps in a single box. It also features a state-of-the-art preamp with the extremely accurate volume fader in your reference P30A amp. All electronic circuitry is designed in-house; only the best-quality components are used. Combined with its SoundEngine2 correction technology, you are left with an audio signal as close as possible to the original recording. The result is an immensely wide, deep soundstage with incredible dynamic range and tremendous bass control. This amp reveals all the details and nuances of your music.
The H600’s D/A converter is a design that delivers pure audio fidelity without resampling or oversampling. The DAC has a large dedicated power supply that ensures stable and pollution-free performance and is protected by a thick steel plate, so there is no interference from other electronics inside the amplifier. The result is a state-of-the-art D/A converter with incredible resolution and smoothness. The chassis is made of aluminum for better audio performance. It includes a solid lower chassis and a top cover with two-layer milled vents for increased rigidity and airflow. Large aluminum feet with an anti-scratch design ensure excellent stability and reduce vibration. At the same time, high-quality RCA connectors and optimized positioning of the analog and digital connectors provide lower noise and better channel separation. The large control knobs are equipped with touch control, making this amp simple and intuitive.
Great audio shouldn’t come at the expense of ease of use, which is why the H600 features a full list of streaming options. It supports UPnP streaming, Spotify Connect, Airplay 2, Tidal Connect, and Roon Ready (pending). However, this is only the beginning. The H600 is also highly customizable to ensure it fits into any environment. All digital inputs except USB have signal sense. Any device connected to these inputs can activate the amplifier and set it to the correct input. Also, the volume can be limited to suit your preference for maximum volume. With the remote control feature, you can program the amplifier to be commanded by ordinary TV remote controls, eliminating the need for two remote controls and making it easy for everyone in the household to get great TV sound. Most inputs can also be configured as a fixed high-level home theater input, making it easy to pair the H600 with surround sound receivers or multi-room devices. As with streaming, more features will be available in the future. Of course, these firmware updates are always free and will be installed automatically by the amp when it starts up, ensuring your H600 is always up to date.
The amplifier features various analog and digital connections to accommodate various audio sources. There are two pairs of True Balanced XLR inputs and two RCA inputs. On the digital front, it features a LAN network port, a USB 32/384 input (DSD256/DoP compatible), three optical inputs, one coaxial input, and one true 75-ohm BNC input. For analog outputs, it offers a pair of fixed-level RCA outputs and a pair of variable-level RCA outputs. In addition, it provides a BNC fixed level true 75-ohm digital output. The H600 is an extremely capable and great-sounding amplifier. It’s highly versatile, offering high-end sound and ease of use, all in a high-quality, minimalist housing that fits into any interior style.