High-end Audio Electronics Designed in Norway

Hegel Music Systems

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We engineer, machine, and assemble our headphones from scratch using the finest materials. Patented planar speaker drivers deliver music to your ears with a speaker-like performance no other headphone can match. Solid aluminum frames, minimal moving parts, soft lambskin leathers and Italian Alcantara®- USA build quality.

Hegel Technology - Improving what matters most - the sound.

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BENEFIT ONE

Good recordings are best enjoyed naked. The organic sound of Hegel means that all parts of a dynamic recording are reproduced exactly like the original. The quality of the sound coming out of your speakers are only limited by what happened in the recording studio. Nothing added, nothing taken out - no artificial ingredients.

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BENEFIT TWO

It's a common fact: As a story is told from person to person, details change. Things are added, others lost. At some point, the story has changed. When a music signal is passing through an audio amplifier a similar effect will take place. As the signal is passed from stage to stage within the audio amplifier, the music signal will be changed by every single amplifier stage.

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BENEFIT THREE

All Hegel audio amplifiers are using a new kind of distributed amplifier technology called DualAmp Technology. This technology is used in all integrated amplifiers and power amplifiers from Hegel. In normal audio amplifiers, the voltage gain stages and current gain stages are combined in the same amplifier module.

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BENEFIT FOUR

Normal audio amplifiers are using the same power supply for the different amplifier blocks within the audio amplifier. The amplifier output stage driving the loudspeaker is using the same power supply as the crucial input stages and voltage gain stages of the audio amplifier. The large currents flowing in the connected loudspeakers will disturb the sensitive input and voltage gain stages of the audio amplifier.

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BENEFIT FOUR

After converting the digital CD data to the analog domain with the SyncroDAC converter, the high-frequency noise has to be removed from the analog signal. This prevents high-frequency noise from the conversion process to reach the pre-amplifier and power-amplifier in the audio system. High-Frequency noise will reduce the linearity and resolution of the complete audio system.

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In a CD player, one of the most important parts is the master clock signal. The master clock is controlling the rhythm of the CD player by telling the DAC chip exactly when to convert the audio signal from digital to analog. To have the best possible sound, it is vital to have a master clock that has a very stable clock frequency and lowest possible jitter. Jitter is timing errors in clock generator circuits.

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BENEFIT FOUR

Almost all HiFi CD Players today are using asynchronous upsampling to convert digital audio data to analog audio. Hegel found that using this kind of asynchronous converter technology will convert jitter error into amplitude error, giving less than optimal sound quality. The Hegel CD Players are using a new digital to analog conversion technology called synchronized upsampling.

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BENEFIT FOUR

The USB connector found on Hegel amplifiers and digital to analog converters opens a whole new world for music and movie lovers. This functionality allows you to easily connect your Hegel product to any computer with a reasonably new Windows or Mac Os operating system installed. The most common Linux systems will also work. The Hegel USB technology is actually a computer sound card, or audio controller if you like.

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Modern day Digital-to-Analog Converters are much driven by a numbers game. How high a sampling rate can they achieve? Are they bit perfect? What levels of DSD can they decode? The list is long. All of these things are essentially good features. There is absolutely nothing wrong with playing DSD files or having a bit perfect DAC.

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Is Hegel Still The King of Integrated Amplifiers? Still my TOP recommendation in 2021?

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Hegel is an all-in-one complete audiophile system. The Hegel H90, H95, H120, H190, H390 and H590 are a music streamer, Hifi DAC, Pre-amplifier, and an Amplifier. It has RCA and Balanced inputs if you wish to by-pass the DAC/Streamer.

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Hegel Music Systems

High-end Audio Electronics Designed in Norway

The story begins in 1988. Bent Holter, a student at the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) decided to do a thesis under the original design of the transistor used in amplifiers, that would cure the problems of traditional hi-fi systems. Enemy number one was distortion. Holter somehow could not accept the fact that when we supply a simple signal to an amplifier, the output reproduces that signal plus something else; distortion produced by the electronics.

Fighting distortion usually means deterioration of other parameters, including damping factor. Holter decided to break free from classic schematics and developed a project that became the basis of what we know today as SoundEngine Technology. And where does the name of the company come from? Well, during his spare time Bent played in a rock-metal band called The Hegel Band. When they needed amplifiers for concerts, he suggested building them himself. His ideas took on real shape, but it took lots of money to refine the technology. Help came from Telenor - one of the biggest players in the telecommunications industry.

The early 90s were a period of initial prosperity for the brand. First, they ensured the patented solution known today as SoundEngine. Later a DAC was developed (1994) and the first CD Player came (1996). Over the next eight years, the company has steadily improved its product range and generated more profit year on year. When the financial crisis came, most companies immediately took a defensive strategy which meant cutting costs. Hegel played differently. He hired new engineers to design devices. Sometime later, brand new D/A converters were born.

Today Hegel is one of the best-established brands on the Hi-Fi market. We produce integrated, pre and power amplifiers as well as CD players and some of the most modern and sophisticated D/A converters. SoundEngine Technology was just a start. Today there are six more original technical solutions in Hegel's portfolio. The company has dealers in 54 countries and its products are sold all over the world. Awards and press reviews speak for themselves.

Frequently Questions Asked

Do you ship for free anywhere in Australia?

HeyNow Hi-Fi ships products all over Australia. The cost of shipping is free no matter what it is or where it’s going. HeyNow Hi-Fi uses an efficient and agile business model and therefore can afford the cost of shipping without increasing its prices to compensate or by charging you an additional fee to get the product to you.

Can I pick my purchase up from the shop?

Yes, you can pick up your purchase from the showroom in St Kilda in Melbourne or my warehouse. However, this is done only through prior request. I have selected stock in my warehouse but often have stock stored by the Australian Distributor and therefore I must have them release the stock first and ship it to me.

Do you match competitor’s prices?

The answer is yes. HeyNow Hi-Fi does match competitor’s prices. I’m happy to do so and won’t make you jump through hoops to make a purchase. There are many reasons why you would like a price matched. Sometimes a competitor has left a pre-price rise price on their website. You may not connect so well with the competitor who has a cheaper price. The competitor may have been rude or pushy and put you off. You may have a great relationship with HeyNow Hi-Fi and like the way we treat you. You may be buying other items with your order and would like to buy it all from one place. You may like to shop locally, and we are your nearest dealer. HeyNow Hi-fi may have the product in stock and the other shop doesn’t. You may like my photo and video on the website and want to buy from me. I have offered you great service and advice, but someone else has the item listed lower. Please let me know and I will be very happy to help you.

Is the price on the website the best price?

The price on the website is the retail price or the Australian distributor’s advertised sale price. HeyNow Hi-Fi displays retail pricing so you can see the value of the product. Under every product and on the top banner of the website is a button to click to get a discount code. This discount code is yours for every purchase you make in store and online. – keep it somewhere safe. If you have seen a better price advertised or offered, please get in touch as we do match Australian competitors’ prices and still offer free shipping. If you want to offer me a price, please feel free to ask as at worst I will refuse – but if you don’t ask you won’t know.

Do you have everything listed in your website in stock?

This website is much an online shop as it is a catalogue of possibilities for you to read, appreciate, do some research, educate yourself, compare and of course purchase from. With the myriad of possibilities and options available in this sector it is impossible for anyone to keep everything in stock. I work very closely with the Australian Distributors of all products listed and will do whatever I can to get your chosen item to you as quickly as possible. Often products are in stock but sometimes they are on a plane or boat coming to us. Sometimes, however the order needs to be generated for you. I am here to help and to pressure the distributor to get it as quickly as they can for you. I will keep you updated and request the fastest route to get it here for you. When something is out of stock with one reseller or two, it is often the case that it is just not in the country. Therefore, you need to choose someone to be in your court to get it promptly and manage your order. HeyNow Hi- Fi is here to do that for you.

I am concerned about overseas parity pricing

So am I! I want the best deal for my clients and customers. I think that if the pricing model that a distributor or manufacturer uses doesn’t work for global sales then they need to negotiate harder before choosing to import a product. We live a long way from the rest of the world and therefore there are considerations to contemplate before you come up with your final price from an overseas retailer. Firstly, there is the cost of shipping, which has gone up considerably thanks to additional global demand for consumer items and the ships and planes are at a premium and charging accordingly. Next the pricing in the US never includes TAX. This is always added at point of sale and is always an additional charge when shopping in the US. The US works on state taxes which means the tax can vary dramatically from state to state up to approximately 15%. The next consideration is warranty and therefore the issue of the local distributor who has made no money from your transaction and is not interested or obliged to fix your faulty overseas purchase. This is obviously a risk you can take in an educated manner some things have less risk of failure than others and all products come into Australia with no warranty – this is added by the distributor as it’s their risk – this does have a financial cost to protect you. Australia has some of the best consumer protections in the world.

Next is the insurance liability of shipping these products around the world. Manufacturers and Distributors have ways to pack containers with product and safety mechanisms in place when they airfreight sensitive parcels, unlike an opportunistic retailer with a cheap price overseas price, who may send it cheaply and as you’re trying to save a couple of hundred may not pay for freight insurance and then you’re stuck – this is another factor on the cost of reaching our parity figure.

Next is customs and GST. When you import anything above the threshold, the Australian government wants their pound of flesh. You must pay for customs clearance and GST on your purchase – yes you may think there are ways around this but, not if you get caught...

So, with all these considerations in place HeyNow Hi-Fi does all it can to offer products that come as close to overseas parity pricing as we can. If you think you like a product, which has a cheaper retail price overseas than here, please reach out to me and I will see what can be done to help you to buy it locally and with the full support of the Australian distributor.

You have a lot of brands on your website...

Yes, I do. And I intend to grow my portfolio too. The reason for this is that you, the consumer, the music lover, will have spent a lot of time reading reviews and working out what you are interested in. Then you can call your regular Hi-Fi store who probably knows less about what you’re interested in than you do, because you’ve watched every YouTube clip and read every review about it; but they have a special on something they’ve got in stock or which they believe is right for you, or maybe they don’t know anything about the upcoming game changing product you’ve dedicated every night before bed for a fortnight reading about, and then they try to talk you out of it, talking about reliability or poor sound or paid reviewers getting a kickback.

I respect your time and research as well as your desire to try something new or different and am as excited about the next new product rather than the brand we’ve sold for the last 40years. I’m as excited to hear about how it works in your system as you are too. I love new toys and never want to miss out on the next great technology, I also want you to have a place where we learn together. I have over 30years experience in the Hi-Fi industry and have sold some of the most amazing new technologies – The first Philips wide screen 32inch TV in 1991, Laser Disc players in 1988, the first Sony PS1 in 1993 with ridge racer on a rear projection TV, the first Fujitsu Plasmas PDS4201 in 1997 and the first Sonos Systems nearly 20 years ago. I must be open to new technology – this can only happen by having as many amazing brands as possible on my website and available to you. I listen, I play. I understand and I consult with my experts to be able to offer you useful and helpful advice.

My goal is to offer you unbiased advice on Australia’s largest range of high-performance Hi-Fi, Home theatre and all the accessories and ideas that go with it.

What is the warranty on your products?

HeyNow Hi-Fi purchases all its stock from the authorised distributors. They determine the warranty period, terms and conditions. We have tried where possible to provide warranty length on each product page as a quick reference. All products also come with a warranty card in the box as provided and created by the supplier. Some of these documents are very official and stern. HeyNow Hi-Fi’s role in your potential warranty claim is to make this a more personalised and understanding process. If you have a warranty claim the best thing to do is email hello@heynowhifi.com.au with the details of the issue. Please note that adding a contact number makes communication much easier. Depending on what the issue is we will suggest a few troubleshooting ideas, understanding: of course, that you will have tried many ideas before contacting us so we will probably just suggest what you’ve already tried. From there we can work out numerous solutions to get your product fixed quickly, including sending you to the repairer with it, get you to ship it to our warehouse or to the distributor, or sending out a service technician. Note that shipping, transportation costs and installation are not covered by warranty. Unless of course the issue is an installation issue as a result of our installing your system in which case you are covered .

We will get your product fixed a quickly as possible, bearing in mind that all repairers are third party to us and we have no control over their schedules and parts availability. HeyNow Hi-Fi’s role is to make you as comfortable as possible and hopefully keep the music playing in your house while your product is being repaired.

How do I get a quote and advice from HeyNow Hi-Fi?

The best way to get advice from us is to call me, on either 0415668307 or 03 95250022.

You can also email me on geoff@heynowhifi.com.au , please do include a contact phone number as it is much easier for me to call you back and advise you than sending back and forth emails in the hope that I’m offering you the advice you need.

If you just want a price or price match the easiest way is to call me or text me through the icon at the bottom right of the website. Just copy and paste the link from my website for the item you are interested in and simply ask what price or ask me to match a price. Unlike many of my competitors I am happy for you to tell me the price you want – I can say yes or no.

If you want a quote on a system, please outline what you’re hoping to achieve, provide enough detail so I understand the scope of the works. Let me know where you are geographically and importantly again, please provide a contact number. I can learn a lot more about how to help you in a phone call than trying to put an email quote back to you without conversation.

Please remember there is only one Geoff, and I am trying to help a lot of people, I have a great team around me – including Australia’s best audio distributors, my amazing installation team and my incredible website and administration team. We can absolutely build the system of your dreams; we just need to work together.

Can you design a home theatre system for me?

Yes! I have many years’ experience in this sector f the market. I understand all the technologies of surround sound, HDMI. 4K, HDR etc. I work with the best leading brands of surround sound AV receivers, disc players and streamers, speakers, screen and projectors and televisions.

I can design your room, your acoustics, the step for your second row of seats, the blinds, even the lights. My team can work with your builder to do as much or as little as you want us to.

We can provide you with a programmed control system with a remote or iPad or better still, both. The control can operate the whole audio/ visual system, the lights, lower the blinds as well as make your home secure with cameras and alarm systems which can be monitored remotely.

I personally love home theatre and enjoy watching movies and on demand TV shows as often as I can. I favour many genres including Sci-Fi, Drama, comedy, Horror, action and but certainly not limited to effects laden blockbusters. I love a good story and great acting and really appreciate the artform.

I want you to get the maximum excitement for the money spent. I think that some of the component parts of a Home theatre system are technological rather than performance based and therefore within a budget – If there is one. – There are some things you’ll keep forever and others that should be changed to keep up with technology – highlighting those areas can save unnecessary costs and compromises. Talk to me about your home theatre desires, I’m sure together we can make a great movie space in your home.