Denon Home HEOS Wireless Speaker Trio Slated For Q1
Denon introduced Wednesday a new suite of high-fidelity HEOS wireless multiroom speakers dubbed Denon Home.
The lineup of “high-resolution” speakers includes three models: the Denon Home 350 ($699 suggested retail), 250 ($499) and 150 ($249), all of which will be availabe in early 2020, the company said.
Each model is said to be “expertly tuned” and compatible with Sound United/Denon’s HEOS whole-home wireless audio platform, which can be linked through most recent Denon and Marantz AVRs, or just a free HEOS smartphone mobile app that also links to many of the leading streaming music services including: Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL and more.
For simplicity of use, the Denon Home speakers offer touch controls and three or six (depending on the model) Quick Selects to access favorite stations with a single press.
Each speaker supports high-resolution audio files stored on USB drives, phones or networks via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth. Users can also group Denon Home speakers with other AirPlay 2 devices and HEOS built-in products, like AV receivers, Hi-Fi systems, sound bars, and speakers to fill a home with detailed, expansive sound, the company said.
Using multiple speakers linked through the HEOS platforms, users will be able to play different music in each room, or group devices together to stream the same music throughout the home.
“This new lineup of high-fidelity speakers from Denon are designed from the ground-up. Leveraging Denon’s expertise in Hi-Fi amplification, DSP engineering and sound master tuning, the new Denon Home delivers unrivaled precision and incredible bass response,” Said Michael Greco, Senior Director of Global Brand Management at Sound United. “Since Denon Home uses the latest HEOS platform, they are fully compatible with Denon AV receivers—the leading AVR brand in the world—as well as all HEOS built-in products. With high-resolution audio more accessible than ever before, it was important to support gapless playback of 192kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz files. Finally, wireless setup makes it incredibly easy to setup and add more speakers to Denon Home to get users up and running in no time.”
Denon Home 350
The Home 350 wireless speaker is designed for larger rooms, providing high clarity and detail levels from high-resolution stereo audio content without having to find a place for a full Hi-Fi separates system.
The speaker has a sleek chassis design and uses network support and a USB port to provide “gapless playback of high-resolution audio including 192kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz,” Denon said. Sound is said to be very natural, supported by deep bass from two dynamic quarter-inch soft dome tweeters, two 2-inch mid-bass drivers and two 6½-inch woofers powered by a six-channel amplifier. It features six Quick Select buttons to easily access favorite streaming stations. Using the HEOS app, users can group two Denon Home 350 speakers together as a left and right stereo pair, or as rear surrounds in a 5.1 system with the Denon DHT-S716H sound bar and DSW-1H subwoofer.
Denon Home 250
The Denon Home 250 is said to offer many of the same features in a more compact chassis. This wireless stereo speaker can be used in most rooms to generate rich sound and access to popular streaming services from a smaller enclosure. The Denon Home 250 incorporates two dynamic quarter-inch tweeters, two 4-inch mid-bass drivers, a 5.25-inch passive radiator for extended bass response and is powered by a 4-channel amplifier. The unit’s three Quick Select buttons provide fast access to favorite internet radio stations.
Denon Home 150
The Denon Home 150 is positioned for smaller spaces by offering a compact design with a premium 1-inch soft dome tweeter and 3.5-inch woofer, that produces a big, full sound, despite its size. The Denon Home 150 also offers three Quick Select buttons.
Denon said all three models will come equipped with two microphones for future voice assistant support. These microphones will be disabled and not functional until a future software update is available. At that time, all Denon Home users will be able to activate the microphone if they wish via the HEOS application.
By Greg Tarr
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