Never had any issues with H80
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I really struggled with the volume settings on my Hegel H80. I just never sounded right (I had the KEF LS50s at the time, too). I was always turning it up or down, sometimes several times during the same song. Details seemed glossed over, so I'd turn it up, but then a dynamic passage was too loud. Never got a handle on it. I demoed a Hegel H200 and had a similar but less severe problem. It might be the type of volume control, the signal correction technology, the high damping factor, or some combination. I know many love Hegel, and it gets consistently good reviews. But for me, it just didn't work.
Not sure if you were asking me, but my experience was with an Oppo 105 CD player. I tried both the unbalanced and balanced inputs. The balanced seemed a bit better, but I just never got comfortable with the sound. The volume didn't wander, but it the Hegel sounded either veiled and soft or way too loud, often within the same song. Couldn't figure it out. Some people never have an issue with it, but there are a few of us who struggled with it.