Hegel Music Systems Enters the Home Theater Market With C5 Series Amps

The Norwegian audio manufacturer’s C5 Series of amplifiers are available in three-, four- and five-channel configurations, and are designed to keep music and action peaks fully reproduced.

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The Norwegian audio company Hegel Music Systems C5 Series of multichannel amplifiers are the company's first entry into the custom installation and home theater markets. 

Available in a choice of three-, four- and five-channel versions, the C5 Series of amps utilize analog Class A/B designs, and they produce 150 watts of power per channel.

Hegel states the amplifiers are engineered to maintain “peak reserve capability that virtually doubles down to 2 ohms closing in at 600 watts per channel.”

“The C5 is a hybrid between our H30 monoblock and the H190 amplifiers,” notes Anders Ertzeid, vice president of sales and marketing, Hegel Musc Systems.

“The C5 is based on the latest SoundEngine2 and the sound from the H190, yet with 50 percent more output transistors and individual massive power transformers on each channel. At the same time, it uses the same concept and layout at the output stage s the H30 monoblocks, resulting in unprecedented speed and slam. Even compared to our giant H590 when people hear the C5 they go, 'wow … what was that?'”

C5 Series Amps are Home Theater “Flamethrowers” 

The C5 Series of products offers integrators the ability to switch phase individually for each channel, and the amps provide gain options for each channel. 

The amps incorporate single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, as well as input and output triggers, and the company says these features allow integrators to daisy chain amps for placement in various locations with remote switching capabilities. 

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Physically, the amps are 3U-high components and they incorporate rack-mount ears to facilitate their installation into rack environments. 

“The majority of high-end speakers are 4 ohms and many will dip into 2 ohms, requiring a lot of current to keep music and action peaks fully reproduced. However, many amps simply choke at that point,” adds Brad Paulsen, national sales manager, North America, Hegel Music Systems. 

“The C5s will easily deliver down to 2 ohms in a big way. These amps are flamethrowers that will seriously light up any home theater.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.