The Hegel Mohican CD player allows the listener to gain insights into the music—its various moods, its flow, its thrust—at a level I have not encountered in CD playback for less than four times its price. It has very low levels of Red Book’s typical hardness and edginess. The Mohican has analog-like ease, tonal density, and rhythmic fluidity that make it a solid choice for the long haul. While its somewhat humorous name and format may make it easy to dismiss as a novelty or legacy item, it has some legitimate, original engineering on board. As noted, Hegel has stocked up on the component parts, so it is prepared to honor its tacit commitment to support the product for years to come. I could easily live out my CD days with the Mohican. Highly recommended.
Specs & Pricing
Formats: CD audio, CD-R
Analog outputs: One fixed line-level (RCA), one fixed line-level (balanced XLR)
Digital outputs: One BNC 75 ohm
Dimensions: 16.93" x 3.93" x 11.42"
Weight: 14.3 lbs.
Price: $5000 (includes remote handset)
HEGEL MUSIC SYSTEMS USA
East Long Meadow, MA
Analog source: Basis Debut V turntable and Vector 4 tonearm, Benz-Micro LP-S MR cartridge
Digital sources: Ayre Acoustics C-5xeMP universal disc player, Esoteric X-01 D2, HP Envy 15t running JRiver MC-20, Hegel HD12 DAC
Phonostage: Moon by Simaudio 610LP
Linestages: Ayre K-1xe, Hegel P30
Integrated amplifier: Hegel H360
Power amplifiers: Gamut M250i, Hegel H30
Speakers: Dynaudio Confidence C1 Signature, YG Acoustics Sonja 1.2
Cables: Shunyata ZiTron Anaconda signal cables, Nordost Heimdall 2 USB, AudioQuest Coffee USB and Hawk Eye SPDIF, Shunyata Anaconda SPDIF, Shunyata ZiTron Sigma power cords
A/C Power: Two 20-amp dedicated lines, Shunyata SR-Z1 receptacles, Shunyata Triton v2, and Typhon power conditioners
Room treatments: PrimeAcoustic Z-foam panels and DIY panels