Could the H360 be better? Sure, at least one more analog input would be nice. The home-theater bypass input should probably be left as a single-purpose input, rather than allowing it to be configured as another line-level analog input. The display doesn’t bother me, but some folks might like an improved screen, in which characters are nicer to look at, rather than the mix of somewhat crude upper- and lower-case characters Hegel currently offers. I realize there are probably good reasons why Hegel has not done this already—increased cost, possibly lower reliability, and maybe added noise. (I can almost hear designer Bent Holter grumbling.)
The Hegel H360 is simply a marvelous piece of audio kit. Its neutral tonal balance, articulate and lovely rendering of details, commanding power reserves, spacious soundstaging, and natural imaging are laudable. At $5700, as solely a linestage integrated amp of its quality and power output, it is a bargain; the included nice-sounding and versatile DAC makes it a real winner. I absolutely loved listening to the H360. I never tired of its low noise, dynamic liveliness, and winning musicality. A very easy recommendation.
SPECS & PRICING
Power output: 250Wpc into 8 ohms, 420Wpc into 4 ohms
Analog inputs: Two RCA (one switchable to HT bypass), one XLR
Digital inputs: One coaxial, three optical, one USB, one Ethernet (RJ45)
Outputs: One fixed line level (RCA), one variable line level (RCA); one digital coax (from digital inputs only); speaker terminals
Frequency response: 5Hz–180kHz
Damping factor: More than 4000 (main power output stage)
Dimensions: 16.93" x 5.9" x 16.93"
Weight: 45.2 lbs.
HEGEL MUSIC SYSTEMS USA
East Long Meadow, MA
Analog source: Basis Debut V turntable & Vector 4 tonearm, Benz-Micro LP-S cartridge
Digital sources: Ayre C-5xeMP universal player, HP Envy 15t /JRiver MC-20, Hegel HD12 DAC
Phonostage: Ayre P-5xe
Linestages: Ayre K-1xe, Hegel P30
Power amplifiers: Gamut M250i, Hegel H30
Speakers: Dynaudio Confidence C1 Signature, GamuT RS3, YG Sonja 1.2
Cables: Shunyata Anaconda ZiTron signal cables, Cardas Clear Reflection, Nordost Heimdall 2 USB, Audioquest Coffee USB and Hawk Eye S/PDIF, Shunyata Anaconda S/PDIF, Shunyata Anaconda and Alpha ZiTron power cords
A/C power: Two 20-amp dedicated lines, Shunyata SR-Z1 receptacles, Shunyata Triton/Typhon power conditioners
Accessories: Stillpoints Ultra SS and Mini footers, Shunyata Research DFE V2 cable elevators
Room treatments: PrimeAcoustic Z-foam panels and DIY panels