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Schiit Audio Hel E

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Hel 2E is the latest generation of our super-popular, super-power transportable DAC/amp. A lot of people think Hel 2E is just for gamers, but it’s really much more than that. It’s so powerful and versatile you may find Hel 2E is everything you need—in one single box.

  • If You’re a Gamer

    Just plug Hel 2E in to any PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, or Switch, and you’ll get tremendous sound…and you’ll also sound amazing to all of your friends. Super-high-quality headphone audio, combined with a podcast-quality microphone input, means you are going to hear every detail…and sound great while doing so.

    If You’re a Keyboard Warrior

    Hel 2E seriously ups your game in the office or home office. Your voice will stand out on Zoom calls with 24-bit TI analog-to-digital conversion, and you’ll enjoy headphone audio with much higher power and lower distortion than any PC.

    If You Just Want To Listen

    Hel 2E is also an amazing DAC/amp, with incredible flexibility. The high-end ES9018 digital-to-analog converter delivers exceptional sound. Connect to your computer via USB, your TV via optical, and create an entire system with powerful headphone output and versatile preamp output for powered monitors or external speaker amplifiers.

    Flexibility for Your Entire Desktop

    Magnius isn’t just a headphone amp. It also has balanced and single-ended preamp outputs, so you can connect to powered monitors for a complete system. It also has both balanced and single-ended inputs, and two gain levels. And all these connections use best-in-class Neutrik connectors, together with Alps signal switches, for ultimate integrity and reliability.

    Top-Shelf Components

    Like DACs costing many times its price, Hel uses the ESS ES9018 D/A converter. Coupled with an Alps RK09 potentiometer, high-quality filter and amp stages from Texas Instruments, a sophisticated bipolar +/-12V supply, and precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors, Hel delivers amazing performance for its price.

    Designed in California, Built in Texas

    The vast majority of the total production cost of Hel—chassis, boards, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Chassis are made in California. PCBs are made in Utah or Nevada, and it all comes together in Texas.

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.3db

    Maximum Power, 16 Ohms: 1350mW RMS
    Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 1200mW RMS
    Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 800mW RMS
    Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 200mW RMS
    THD: <0.0008%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
    IMD: <0.0008%, CCIR
    SNR: >110db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
    Crosstalk: >-80dB, 20Hz-20KHz
    Output Impedance (headphones): 0.25 ohms
    Output Impedance (line out): 75 ohms
    Gain: Low and High, selectable via front panel. Low has maximum output of 1.3V RMS, high has maximum output of 8VRMS.
    USB Receiver: C-Media CM6635
    DAC: ESS ES9018 with TI OPA1656-based filter stage
    Sample Rates and Bit Depths: 
    USB Playback: 16/44.1 to 32/384 supported without drivers on Windows 10, Mac, Linux, Android (any UAC 2 device) with autoswitching to UAC1 for PS4, PS5, and Switch consoles.
    Mic Input: 48kHz
    Optical Input: 16/44.1 to 24/192
    Output Stage: TI OPA1656 (4 amp stages per channel) 
    Power Supply: Via USB, with +/- 12V rails via high-current dual-polarity switching regulator, with inductor filtering and local regulation
    Power Consumption: 2.5W typical
    Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.375” (including knob)
    Weight: 13oz

    APx Report for HEL 2E

    United States / Mexico / Taiwan
    USA Plug (Type B) 115V
    Australia / New Zealand / China Australian Plug (Type I) 230V
    UK / Singapore / Malaysia / Hong Kong UK Plug (Type G) 230V
    Europe / India / Korea / Russia / Thailand / Indonesia EU Plug (Type C) 230V
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