"Hegel is a small Norwegian audio company with a big reputation. In just a few years, the brand has gone from 'wasn't he a philosopher?' to one of the keenest choices for the discerning audiophile seeking out high-performance audio electronics. A good deal of the reason why Hegel has proved so remarkably successful comes down to the innovative circuits designed by Bent Holter, the technical brains behind the brand, who first published papers on audio distortion in 1988. That thesis formed the backbone of Hegel's SoundEngine technology, the first of seven original technical solutions to audio problems that Hegel uses in its audio electronics. The company has been building high-performance digital audio and amplification since the early 1990s, and recently finally responded to almost everyone's requests - the company produced its first-ever phono stage."