The P30A is The Conductor. The Conductor brings forth the music just as it was intended to sound. It handles low key jazz, stadium rock and everything in between. Nothing added, and nothing subtracted, the P30A is the best conductor you will ever meet.
The P30A is a reference preamplifier. Nicknamed "The Conductor" because its job is to control the power amplifier with a signal that is as true to the music as possible. First, we use single pair FET transistors that have no higher order harmonic distortion. Hegel's founder and chief engineer Bent measures and carefully matches those transistors that have the exact same values. Having perfectly matched transistors is of paramount importance to the performance of the preamplifier, and it makes the P30A sound very smooth and natural, without compromising on the details. Furthermore, the internal layout is designed in a way that makes the signal paths within the preamplifier as short as possible. Also minimized are the number of electrical components the signal passes through. In the P30A the music signal only passes through two transistors and an ultra-low noise volume attenuator. The P30A also uses Hegel's patented SoundEngine2 technology. This actively monitors the music signal for corruptions and corrects for intermodulation distortion using a feed forward design. SoundEngine2 effectively removes distortion in real time as the signal is amplified.
The P30A offers a wide array of inputs and outputs. It features 2 balanced (XLR) and 3 unbalanced (RCA) inputs and a fixed level Home Theatre input that allows you to integrate it into a Home Theatre system. This input can also be configured to act as a normal input. On the other end you have one balanced (XLR) and two unbalanced (RCA) variable outputs that are all active, allowing you to connect several devices at the same time. One of the unbalanced RCA outputs can even be configured to be a fixed volume output. The P30A also has a 3,5 mm IR-direct input and a 12V trigger output connector.
Remote control: Volume, source, and mute
Inputs: 2 x XLR balanced, 3 x RCA unbalanced and Home Theatre inputs
Outputs: 1 x XLR balanced and 2 x RCA unbalanced outputs
Other connections: 3,5mm IR-direct jack, 3,5 mm jack 12V trigger output
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% (19kHz+20kHz)
Dimensions/weight: 9,6 cm x 43 cm x 30 cm (HxWxD), 7,2 kg
Dimensions/weight US: 3.8" x 17" x 12" (HxWxD), 15.9 lbs