Hegel Music Systems H390 Integrated Amplifier Review Specs

DIMENSIONS: (WxHxD, Inches): 16.9 x 5.7 x17.3
WEIGHT: (Pounds): 44
INPUTS: BNC, coaxial, optical (3) digital; USB type-B; analog RCA stereo (2), balanced XLR ADDITIONAL: LAN (Ethernet), BNC DAC loop output
AUDIO OUTPUTS: analog RCA stereo (2, fixed and variable) STREAMING: Airplay, Spotify Connect, UPnP-DLNA media servers; supports MQA (USB, BNC, coaxial, and optical inputs) COMPUTER AUDIO: HRA capable up to 32-bit/384kHz, including DSD 2.8 (via DoP)
Price: $6,000

Company Info
Hegel Music Systems
Hegel Music Systems

Billy's picture

Wonderful? Yes. Over priced? Of course. I can go into a pawn shop and pick up and old amp for a hundred bucks that 99% of the time will be pretty much the same as this. Why is this stuff priced for the 1%?

brenro's picture

This is priced toward the low end for an integrated with that much power. Let me know when you find a 250 watt per channel amp at a pawn shop.

Billy's picture

Please tell me why you need 250 watts per channel? Hey, if you want to spend your money on something that cost more then a nice used car, more power to ya, but I feel we need to use money a little more prudently. I bought a used Mitsui separate preamp-power amp in a used stereo store over 35 years ago and it to this day runs like a top. Not 250 watts, maybe half that, but I am still able to rattle the walls if I so desired. I think I paid $400 for the pair, so double it for inflation, and still a heck of a lot better priced then this .For the extra $5200 in inflation adjusted cash, would buy a lot of other nice gear. Use common sense in this hobby.

brenro's picture

My gear is old also but 250 watts isn't nearly enough power to drive my Martin Logan Prodigies.

funambulistic's picture

May I then suggest NOT heading over to the Stereophile website where a discussion is taking place about a $750,000 two-channel system not operating at its best because it was not "broken in" properly if you believe spending $6K on an integrated is irresponsible (heck, the cables alone on that system are $200K).


Bosshog7_2000's picture

Point me in the direction of the pawn shop that's selling a 250WPC amp that does Spotify and Airplay and has balanced inputs for $100...

Yes, there are lots of deals to be found in used gear, which is why I buy used equipment all the time. But come on man...let's compare apples to apples shall we.

My biggest gripe with this unit isn't the price but how ugly it is. For $6000 there are a lot of nice looking Integrated Amps on the market...

hk2000's picture

I know you give more detail in the review, but why don't you include all the specifications in the "Specs" section?

hk2000's picture

Personally, I'd go for something at 20% of this price and use the extra $4-5000 on SACDs, DVD-A and even regular CDs. If you're honest with yourselves, you'll admit that the extra money doesn't really get you any discernibly extra sound quality (other than the placebo effect, of course).

ace17's picture

perhaps that's because, personally, you've never heard one.
placebo effect? maybe you're just tone deaf ~ the Hegel sound engine2 made an IMMEDIATE difference in the sound of my system...over a really good and consensually acclaimed DAC [in my Oppo 105]