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Hegel launches H190v Integrated Amplifier: Now with MM Phone Stage

Hegel launches H190v Integrated Amplifier: Now with MM Phone Stage

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Key Features and Improvements
  • Technical Specifications
  • Streaming Capabilities
  • Home Cinema Integration
  • Design and Aesthetics
  • Pricing and Availability


Hegel, the renowned Norwegian audio brand, has unveiled its latest all-in-one integrated amplifier, the H190v. This new model marks a significant evolution of the highly successful H190, building upon its predecessor's strengths while introducing crucial new features and enhancements. The original H190 garnered a 91% CE Critic Score, raising expectations for this refined version.

Key Features and Improvements

  • Integrated MM Phono Stage: The Hegel H190v incorporates a high-quality moving magnet (MM) phono stage derived from the company's acclaimed V10 phono preamplifier. This addition allows for direct connection of turntables, streamlining vinyl playback.
  • Enhanced Power Supply: The preamplifier and DAC sections now benefit from an improved power supply design, resulting in superior noise reduction and a smoother, more refined sonic presentation.
  • Versatile Streaming and Connectivity: The H190v continues Hegel's tradition of comprehensive connectivity, including AirPlay 2, Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, UPnP, IP Control, and TV remote compatibility.

Technical Specifications

  • Power Output: 2 x 150W into 8 ohms
  • Minimum Load: 2 ohms
  • Analog Inputs: 1 x Balanced (XLR), 2 x Unbalanced (RCA), 1 x Phono (MM)
  • Digital Inputs: 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF (24/192), 3 x Optical S/PDIF (24/96), 1 x USB (24/96), 1 x Network (24/192)
  • Line Level Outputs: 1 x Unbalanced Fixed (RCA), 1 x Unbalanced Variable (RCA)
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 100kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >100dB
  • Crosstalk: <-100dB
  • Distortion: <0.01% @ 50W 8 ohms 1kHz
  • Intermodulation: <0.01% (19kHz + 20kHz)
  • Damping Factor: >4000 (main output stage)
  • Power Consumption (Standby): <0.5W
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 12 x 43 x 41cm (US: 7.72 x 16.93 x 16.15 inches)
  • Weight: 14.2kg (US: 31.3 lbs)

Streaming Capabilities

The Hegel H190v embraces modern music streaming standards. Key features include:

  • AirPlay 2: Seamless wireless audio streaming from Apple devices.
  • Roon Ready: Effortless integration with the popular Roon music management platform.
  • Spotify Connect: Convenient playback directly from the Spotify app.
  • UPnP: Compatibility with DLNA compliant network devices for access to local music libraries.

Home Cinema Integration

The H190v offers flexible options for home cinema setups:

  • Volume Limiting: Set a maximum volume level for optimal integration with your system.
  • TV Remote Compatibility: Control the amplifier using your existing TV remote, simplifying usage.
  • Home Theatre Bypass: Fixed high-level inputs permit easy connection to surround sound receivers or multi-room systems.

Design and Aesthetics

The H190v maintains Hegel's minimalist design philosophy. Constructed with a robust steel chassis and a sleek aluminum front panel, it's available in both black and white finishes to complement various interior styles.

Pricing and Availability

The Hegel H190v is expected to start shipping in May 2024 with the following pricing:

  • EUR: €3,795
  • USD: $4,200
  • CAD: $4,899