Hegel’s H190 and H120 amps were already Roon Ready but recently Hegel have announced that their range topping Integrated’s – the H390 and H590 are also now Roon Ready – see here
This is welcome news as Hegel have been working on Roon certifying these amps for a while and coinciding with recent news about Roon Arc, a mobile based version of Roon which allows you to access your Roon server remotely.
In my video I show how to set up Roon on your top Hegel Integrated, as well as using the remote and settings to limit volume, so that you don’t inadvertently damage your speakers if you are using software controlled volume controls.
Hegel H390 and H590 go Roon Ready
If the amplifier in the Hegel’s isn’t good enough already, as I’ve found with the H120 and H390 and having bought the H390 myself, adding streaming functionality to the existing DLNA / Spotify Connect Infrastructure, adds more value to Hegel’s Integrated’s. See a shoot-out comparison of the H390 to the Naim Supernait 3, Kinki Studio EX-M1+ amp, and NAD M33 here
Now Roon Readiness, on top of an amplifier with a DAC of the quality of the Chord Qutest in the H390…. Bags of utility!
What Hegel Say about their Sound Engine technology…
At the heart of the H390 is Hegel’s patented SoundEngine 2 amplifier section. The SoundEngine 2, in many ways, works like a noise cancelling headphone. A computer inside will sample what comes into the amplifier and compares it to what comes out. The computer subtracts the difference (distortion) and then add it into the music but in reverse phase. The result being that, without any time delay, the SoundEngine cancels out almost all errors made by the amplifier. Leaving you with the most musical and natural sound you ever have experienced.