The P20 is our entry-level preamplifier and offers an affordable door into the Hegel Reference line of products. Designing the P20 was not a task we took lightly. Many of the ideas and concepts were taken from its bigger brother. Although scaled-down, many of the good characteristics remain – the enormous soundstage, the deep rhythmic bass response, the perfect timing… In short, the sense of being there with the performers.
The idea behind the P20 was, as mentioned, to offer a more affordable entry into Hegel`s line of separates. But most of all, it was to set a new standard of price and performance in preamplifiers. Something we think we have achieved. The preamplifier is perhaps the most delicate unit in a sound system. Because the signal levels are so low, even the tiniest levels of noise or distortion smear the image and mask the small details that enliven the music.
Remote control: Volume, source and mute controlled by the Hegel RC8
Inputs: 1 x XLR balanced, 4 x RCA unbalanced and Home Theatre inputs
Outputs: 1 x XLR balanced, 1 x RCA unblanced and 1 x RCA recording outputs
Signal to noise ratio: More than 130 dB balanced mode
Crosstalk: Less than -100 dB
Distortion: Less than 0.005%
Intermodulation: Less than 0.01% (19 kHz + 20 kHz)
Dimensions/weight: 8 cm x 43 cm x 30 cm (HxWxD), weight 10 kg
Dimensions/weight US: 3,2″ x 17″ x 12″ (HxBxD), weight 22 lbs