Hegel H4SE is mind blowing
Has anyone else heard this amp? Good god, this amp is incredible and I am wondering how this has gone under the radar for so long.
I have been a long time solid state fan always looking for that ultimate expression of iron-fisted bass and control with the smoothness and openness of tubes. Spent many years as a Pass Labs owner, and still love Pass Labs, but I recently had a chance to demo the H4SE against my 250.8 and wound up selling the 250.8.
In short, my speakers have never sounded so good. They absolutely come alive with bass that is earthshaking, while having a delicacy and openness to the soundstage so far unheard. Compared to the Pass, the Pass sounded slow, closed-in and dull in comparison. I know this is a shock to many as I LOVE Pass gear, but the Hegel absolutely is portraying details, layers and soundstage the Pass just could not render. The only other time I have heard a system sound so open and effortless was on tubes, never from a solid state amp. I think this is finally what I can relate the "tube" sound to. Just plain open and effortless, and the Hegel has it. Not to mention the immediacy, the slam, the big brass balls this amp has. My system: Clearwave Symphonia 7.2 with massive upgrades (all Clarity MR caps in high and mids, Clarity ESA everywhere else). Mundorf resistors, foil inductors, upgraded wire.
I had to share this.