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Reviews for Hel

Schiit Audio Hel High Power Gaming DAC/Amp
Christopher Coke, MMORPG.com
"No matter what I threw at it, the Hel was able to drive it and sound incredible. The HD6XXs, the DT-990s, the HD58Xs, the AKG K7XXs, my new pair of Meze’s, the Audeze Mobius, any of my many gaming headsets; all of them were able to get and exceed a comfortable listening volume. Because the Hel had such headroom, I was able to game in confidence.
 
The understated all-star of the Hel is the microphone jack. The mic has its own 24-bit analog-to-digital converter, which allows for a pristine, high-resolution capture. It also has a gain knob for precise gain adjustments to your signal.
 
Most importantly, it’s quiet. I mean, game-changingly quiet. I tested it with my Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 gaming headset which we reviewed last year. Plugged directly into the PC, the mic had a very audible hiss, which is very common to 3.5mm mic inputs on even expensive gaming PCs. Plugged into the Hel, that white noise was gone. In fact, the PG1 went from being a pretty good headset mic to sounding like one of the best I’ve ever used. You could easily hop on a stream or podcast with it.
 
Between the improved clarity and quality of the 24-bit capture, the added volume for your recording, and the dramatically reduced noise, I can say this with confidence: If you’re a streamer or content creator that  uses a headset, you need the Hel. It really is that good.
 
No matter how you cut it, the current design leads me to believe the Hel is designed for audio-lovers who also happen to be gamers and streamers, not the other way around."
 

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One Hel of a Review
Joshua Valour
Fulla 3 and Hel Impressions
Mad Lust Envy, Head-fi.org

"The Hel is an even more serious powerhouse of a product. More power, physical adjustment of microphone output, and easily capable as an all you need device, even in a main setup. I recommend the Hel over the Fulla for more serious audiophiles who are looking for a main dac/amp, one that is permanently fixed to your desk setup. The Fulla makes more sense to me as a secondary or portable device, as you only need to attach one cable, whereas the Hel demands power from the wall, making it a little less travel friendly."

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A Powerful Addition To Any Gaming Setup
Patrick Kobeck, TheGamer.com

"A Great Buy For Gamers, Streamers, And Music Lovers

 
In sum, the Schiit Hel is an outstanding and an essential tool for those who love to game and stream, and the high sound quality for listening to music is a bonus. Priced at $189, the Hel is reasonable compared to what one could spend on similar devices in terms of functionality and is a great launching point for those who want to up their audio experience."

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This is the Schiit I'm talking about
Chris Jarrard, ShackNews.com
"The Hel got the job done with every set of cans I plugged into it, even the 300-ohm HD650s and temperamental Monolith planar magnetics. I’ve tried these particular headphones with other gaming-centric devices and “premium” motherboard sound solutions without much luck, so I was ecstatic from hearing the amount of clean power the Hel provided in high-gain mode. The built-in DAC offered clean output and worked in 24-bit/192KHz mode using the WASAPI plugin for foobar2000 for playback of high-resolution recordings, all without the need for driver installation (on Windows 10 machines). I found the DAC to be noticeably better than my first-generation Schiit Modi or FiiO E10K when I ran it through my Schiit Magni 3 headphone amp. Where the signal was distorting at a certain threshold with my Modi, the Hel DAC was cleaner than a preacher’s sheets (likely due to better design and higher output voltage).
 
I spend a lot of time gaming on my PC and talking with friends via Teamspeak and Discord, but I refused to give up my dedicated amp/DAC stack for music listening, so my microphone situation has always been a bit of a mess as I had to use USB desktop mics or lapel mics with cords running to the rear of my PC instead of into the same devices I used for listening. With the Schiit Hel, my mic and headphones end up in the same spot, allowing me to combine cables and keep my setup clean. The mic preamp offers clear, loud output when needed that is a noticeable step up from my motherboard mic input (which left me at the mercy of the Windows level setting and a simple 10db boost). The gain knob allows for easy mic adjustment in all situations and is a godsend when paired with the outstanding headphone amp."

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BadSeed Tech
Home Theater Review: Hel
Dennis Burger

"As tired a cliché as this may be, if Schiit asks me to pack up the Hel High-Power Gaming/Music/Communications DAC/Amp tomorrow, I'm going to ask for accommodation pricing. If that's not available, I'm buying one at retail. This wonderful little amp and DAC covers all of my desktop audio needs, both for gaming and music alike. Its bountiful output is enough to drive even the greediest headphones and gaming headsets in my collection, and its sound quality is simply delicious."

 
"I honestly kinda thought its preamp capabilities would be wasted on me, since I tend to feed my powered desktop speakers an optical audio signal. But having the volume control right within reach in a little device that sits just below my monitor on my desktop has proven incredibly convenient. And being able to plug in my headset and get to playing without fiddling with output options in Windows 10 (as easy as that may be) has been an added convenience that I never knew I was looking for."
 
"The functionality alone would be enough to sell me on Hel. But combine that with rich, punchy, detailed audio output, and I honestly think I've found my perfect desktop audio solution for gaming and music alike."

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To Hel and Back
UnfinishedMan

"Hel is a fantastic amplifier capable of outdoing a typical computer headphone by a wide margin. It is the perfect companion for those wanting a better sound experience while playing games or listening to music. With Hel, your PC setup is complete. It can outperform any standard audio device, and the fun is just beginning. Hel offers so much more.

 
For those wanting to start podcasts or channels, Hel has a powerful stereo-compatible electret microphone input. The difference between amateurs and professionals start with their equipment. With Hel backing your endeavor, you are in for a great start. If you are currently using onboard audio from your motherboard, this completely blows it out of the water. Listening with Hel can show you a fresh perspective from your music. With Hel, you are able to hear entirely new elements in your favorite songs."

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FunkyKit: Hel
Chris

"Well Schiit that was a great audio experience! Like any sound system you will notice a huge difference if you have a amp feeding the source. Car stereo systems, home theater systems, and even headphones just sound better when the source is amplified. Now what I first noticed about the Hel is the lack of plastic. The Hel is housed in metal and not cheap plastic. The finish and paint were both flawless. The switches are sturdy and the volume knob has a nice feel to it. Overall great construction.

 
Once you hook it up you start to appreciate the difference immediately. The sounds are enhanced across virtually every frequency. I like to listen to music and I will be honest if I don’t have something like this hooked up I will notice and I know I missing out on some of the sounds. It is hard to physically show you results other than throwing a bunch of specs at you that probably look like a different language. But I can express to you that the difference is there and the difference is very noticeable. This particular unit is simple to use, hook up , and has a small footprint on your desk. The unit is made of metal and has quality on every square inch. To wrap this up, some of the spec may be hard to understand to what they actually effect in the listening experience, but in simple terms, it enhance the majority over any stock output."

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