I think you and DSJR got @Geert wrong (of course, this is just a stab in the dark, I may be wrong as well) I think his "low budget and poor execution" refers to the way it was slapped together to perform so lousy, not the feeling of the knob. I know, usually people associate build quality only with face-plate and heavy turning knobs. Perhaps he should have said "design quality is extremely low budget and poorly executed"Have You actually handled the Hegel? The build quality is easily on par with most amplifiers in the same price category. Yes, the measurements are mediocre, but to say that it is extremely low budget and poorly executed is exaggeration.
Regarding the sound quality, I doubt very much if many of us could detect it to sound inferior to other USD $2K amplifiers in a controlled blind test.
I know the question will upset some, but if you can get past the measurements, how does it sound? Did you listen to it before reading the review?
I have been disappointed in some highly review equipment, and quite impresses by some so-so reviewed. Kind of suggest there are more things to measure if what you hear does not correlate with the static bench measures.
They do have a good reputation and the technology they employ can work very well. Of course, anything can be screwed up.
Why let facts spoil your faux anger? Hegel state 60wpc into 8 ohms (1% THD), not 75wpc.Aghast! The "hype level" that Hegel has been able to build up is unbelievable. It's a sort of "would be" MacIntosh. It's (or rather was) a status symbol. It was unquestionable and unquestioned.
The H95 was the entry level model. But... 50-60w (when they claimed 75wpc), "low noise technology" totally dashed, dismal dac...and on and on.
I wonder how the upper reaches of the range perform. Probably acceptably well, this is a VERY expensive, very exclusive brand. Ditch the H95, focus on the high end and survive.
The intelligent user will get MUCH better results from the new Topping PA5 at about a quarter of the price. Forget the H95 and get a PA5. You'll be glad you did.
Great surprise at the results, rather. And even that is "on hold" after seeing another set of measurements. I always believed the H90/95 was overpriced for what you got, but NOT that it was a terrible amp. I will delete my post and inquire further.Why let facts spoil your faux anger? Hegel state 60wpc into 8 ohms (1% THD), not 75wpc.