Review Hegel H95 integrated amplifier – with music samples

Pros

  • Powerful sound
  • Lots of control
  • Sound is bit 'warm'
  • Versatile (all-in-one)

Cons

  • Sound is bit 'warm'
  • No Roon support
  • ... or own app
  • No balanced input(s)
  • Price: € 1695

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    Hegel H95

    Intro

    Contents

    Hegel is a well know brand at Alpha Audio HQ… Their all-in-one models almost always perform well. Especially when it comes to control and stability. Even the most demanding speakers are in control with these Norwegian wonders. This time we pick up the ‘baby-Hegel’. The successor to the Hegel H90… the Hegel H95… A sleek amplifier with numerous inputs, including Ethernet for streaming!

    The naming of the new Hegel H95 differs a bit, because if we look at the other models: the Hegel H360 has become the H390. The Hegel H160 became the H190 and the H100 became the H120. Now the Hegel H90 used to be the H70 and H80. So H90 sounds logical. But that succeder became the H95… Well… you probably have to stay under 100 to not get into the domain of the H120! But then… what’s the successor to the H95 is going to be called? H96? H98? Anyway… Hegel is more often a bit weird. The volume control also goes up to 99… You shouldn’t have ocd when you own a Hegel, because then things could go wrong, we think.

    The Hegel H95

    The Hegel H95 has a large power supply. We are used to that from the Norwegians. That is partly responsible for the control that we always hear from a Hegel amp. The two times 60 watts may seem ‘cramped’ compared to others: these watts are a completely different story. Just like for example ‘watts’ from NAIM or NAD.

    Digitally we see an AKM AK4490 dac and digital receiver. Nice. We have some good experiences with dac-chips from AKM; very fine, musical sound. That will be no different now, we estimate. The dac-board looks modified, compared to the H90. USB is handled by the well-known Tenor chip.

    No surprises on the outside. Hegel has a very recognizable appearance. And this H95 also meets the minimalist image of the Norwegian manufacturer. Remarkable: the on and off switch is now at the bottom in the middle (bottom) and is no longer a switch as we knew it. This has become more of a standby button. Fine of course.

    The display is a super good readable oled-display. Very pleasant. Many manufacturers should take an example. The left dial is for input, the right one for volume. For those who sit on the couch: the revised remote control is a bit smaller, but works fine. Very intuitive.

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