Hegel C53 3x 150 Watts Multi-Channel Power Amplifier

$10,995
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This product is available exclusively from our Malvern store in Adelaide SA.

 

"Used in an appropriately sized room with any "reasonable" loudspeaker load, I don't know of any other amplifier that makes movies or music sound better than Hegel's C5 without spending much more to get it." - Widescreen Review

C53 - Custom Installation Power Amplifier

A multi-channel amplifier designed for sound performance, not priced like diamonds, and still tailored to your needs. Sound too good to be true? Well, it used to be, but not any longer. The Hegel C5 series: 3, 4 or 5 channel power amplifiers are rack-mountable, configurable, specified to your needs and will - most importantly - blow you away with their sound performance. Three channels of 150w/pc analog amplifier power, with enough ooompf  to boogie with almost any loudspeaker on the market. Meet the Hegel C53 from the Custom Installation C5 series.

Key Features:
• 3 x 150 W/8 Ω
• Gain Control
• RCA & XLR Inputs
• Trigger In/Out
• Modular Design
• Rack Mountable
• SoundEngine Technology
• DualAmp Technology
• DualPower Technology


Outstanding Performance in any Application

Introducing the most versatile high-performance multi-channel amplifiers on the market - the Hegel C5-series custom installation power amplifiers. The C5 is available in 3 different versions, tailored to your needs. You can choose to have it as either a 3-channel, 4-channel or 5-channel configuration. Meaning you can build a 5.1 or Atmos theatre using one or more C5s. Perhaps you want to bi-amp speakers or use active cross-overs? You could also use it to power multiple speakers in a mastering studio, in a restaurant or in a home. In short, wherever you need high-performance sound with dynamics and ultra-low distortion.

If your needs change over time, you can upgrade the C53 by adding extra channel modules (sold separately).

 

Tailored for Sound

As flexible as it is, the C5 series of amplifiers still maintains the full Hegel Sound. C5 uses the patented SoundEngine2 technology with its many benefits. One of them is the possibility to run low bias, meaning the high power class A/B amplifier do not run as warm as normal, allowing you to install it in a 19” rack. Another benefit of the SoundEngine2 is the very high damping factor (more than 2000). Higher damping factor means deep, deep bass and complete control of the bass drivers. It is one of the reasons people are talking about the dynamic Hegel sound. Yet the most important is its low distortion. Hegel’s patented SoundEngine2 amplifiers work almost like a noise-cancelling headphones. All distortion elements created within the amplifier circuits are dynamically cancelled out, by being played back in a negative phase. So no matter how you choose to configure, the C5-Series will deliver a spectacular soundstage. Never hard or unpleasant. Always natural, smooth and with incredible dynamics.

 

Versatile and Powerful

Versatility stretches further than the number of audio channels and ways to use. The ability to switch phase individually for each channel or selecting between different gain settings for each channel makes it so much easier to integrate into a larger system. The trigger input and output (allows daisy chaining) means you can place it in a separate room and never worry about switching it on or off.

The C53 is 3RU tall, with massive rackmount ears that are an integrated part of the amplifier shell. When installed in a rack, we recommend 1u spacing on top and bottom. There are also adjustable and detachable rear-mount ears. If you do not choose to install it in a rack, feet are supplied in the accessory box. Meaning, the C5-series can fit in any application.

 

 

SoundEngine2 Technology

The C5 Series power amplifiers use the Hegel SoundEngine 2 amplifier platform allowing a damping factor higher than the industry average together with extremely low distortion levels. In many ways it works like a noise-cancelling headphone. It compares the output of the amplifier with the input. It detects all the sound pollution (distortion), and plays this forward into the speaker output, but in reverse phase. Like 1 minus 1 equals 0. It cancels out all pollution in real time, leaving you with only the most natural sound.

The SoundEngine technology has been developed over more than 30 years, from conception to where it is now. Millions of dollars were invested in initial development. It is what makes possible the sound performance for the money in the C5 range.

 

 

DualPower Technology

Hegel amplifiers use completely separate DualPower power supplies for the input and voltage gain stages, and for the current output stages of the audio amplifier. The custom-designed Hegel power transformers have got separate DualPower windings feeding independent high-speed rectifiers and high-capacity power supply capacitors.

By using the DualPower power supply technology Hegel amplifiers will prevent disturbances from the high currents flowing in the loudspeakers entering the sensitive input gain stages and voltage gain stages. The Hegel DualPower technology gives lower total distortion and a higher dynamic range than normal audio amplifiers. The Hegel DualPower technology is developed in-house by Hegel and is only found in Hegel products.

 

DualAmp Technology

In normal audio amplifiers, the voltage gain stages and current gain stages are combined in the same amplifier module.

DualAmp Technology from Hegel separates the voltage gain stage and the current gain stage into two completely different stages. First, the music signal goes to the voltage gain stage, amplifying only the voltage level of the music signal. By doing only voltage gain in this first stage, we can use amplifier building blocks that are specially designed to do voltage amplification. After the separate voltage gain stage, we have the current gain stage, doing only current gain and nothing else.

The Hegel DualAmp technology gives lower total distortion and a higher dynamic range than normal audio amplifiers. The Hegel DualAmp technology is developed in-house by Hegel and is only found in Hegel products.

The Hegel Concept

Music enjoyed on a Hegel system is the closest you can get to the live studio session. We are proud to present The Hegel Concept - the first music system in the world that utilises the very latest technology from all related fields, like integrated circuitry, broadcasting technology, and telecommunication. More than 10 years of research and development have made it possible to reproduce music in a more natural way than ever before.

Our goal is to give music lovers the most natural and engaging listening experience possible. Real-life sound from acoustic instruments and voices from known artists were our preferred reference point while developing Hegel because nothing else would do.
Specifications
Model Number HEG-C53
RRP 10,995.00
Specs

Power output: 3 x 150/300/600 W into 8/4/2 ohms
Minimum load: 2 ohms
Analog Inputs: 3 x balanced (XLR), 3 x unbalanced (RCA)
Control Inputs: 1 x mini-jack 5-12 V trigger
Control Outputs: 1 x mini-jack 11,9 V trigger out
Gain control: Switchable between 23 dB or 29 dB (individual)
Phase control: Switchable 1/180 (individual)
Frequency response: 5 Hz - 100 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100 dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB
Distortion: Less than 0.01% @ 100W 8 Ohms 1 kHz
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)
Damping factor: More than 2000 (main power output stage)
Net Weight: 28,5 kg
Gross Weight: 34 kg
Dimensions note: For precise installation dimensions, refer to user manual
Dimensions: 48,2 cm x 13,2 cm x 52 cm (WxHxD incl handles, ex feet)
Special features: Balanced and unbalanced inputs, Trigger in/out, Modular design, Adjustable rear rack mount, Gain & Phase selectors

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