MAF 2024: Hegel, MoFi Electronics, AudioQuest

MAF 2024: Hegel, MoFi Electronics, AudioQuest

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Norway-based Hegel has been steadily gaining popularity with its great-sounding and elegantly-styled products. Of the two rooms they hosted at this year’s Montreal show, one presented a static display of several of the company’s successful products, while the other had an active demo that included a pair of MoFi SourcePoint 8 speakers ($4399/pr, including matching stands), a 150Wpc Hegel H190v integrated amplifier ($4899), a MoFi UltraDeck +M turntable complete with a 10″ Ultra tonearm and a Mastertracker MM pickup ($3999 total), with cabling by AudioQuest ($various).

I listened to two tracks from the LP Black Acid Soul by Lady Blackbird (an incredible album): “Lost and Looking” and “It’ll Never Happen Again”. The vibraphone solo in the first track sounded natural, with realistic timbre and none of the sharpness I often associate with recordings of this instrument. Lady Blackbird’s vocals were sweet and rich-toned. It was interesting to compare the solo piano parts in the first and second tracks. In the first, the piano sounds farther away from the singer; in the second, it appears in a more normal fashion, closer to the voice. The system made the difference in the locations of both pianos striking, a testament to its transparency and ability to reproduce an authentic soundstage. It was also effortlessly musical. For some, this simple system may be all that’s needed for long-term musical satisfaction.

Hegel Canada’s Brad Poulsen


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