Denon has announced a new suite of wireless multi-room speakers comprised of three models, the Denon Home 350 ($699), 250 ($499) and 150 ($249), all of which include HEOS Built-in capability and will be available from early next year. The HEOS app itself allows connection and expansion to other products, such as Denon AVRs, sound bars and hi-fi equipment.
Each model features touch controls and three or six one-touch Quick Selects for tuning in preferred stations. You can also stream songs from Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and TIDAL, as well as hi-res files stored on USB drives, phones or networks via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth. The speakers can be grouped with other AirPlay 2 devices. The HEOS and Airplay 2 capabilities allow different music selections in each room, and grouped devices to stream the same music throughout a 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.”
The 350 (pictured above) includes network support and a USB port facilitates “gapless” playback of high-res audio (192kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz). The unit promises “natural sound and authoritative bass” with two ¾-inch soft dome tweeters, two 2-inch mid-bass drivers and two 6½-inch woofers powered by a six-channel amplifier. Two 350s can be grouped as a stereo pair or as rear surrounds using the HEOS app when linking up to the Denon DHT-S716H sound bar and DSW-1H subwoofer.
The Denon Home 250 has the same features as the 350 model but with a more compact footprint, but with two ¾-inch tweeters, two 4-inch mid-bass drivers, a 5¼-inch passive radiator for bass and powered by a 4-channel amplifier.
Finally, the smaller Denon Home 150 includes a 1-inch soft dome tweeter and 3½-inch woofer, and three Quick Select buttons for internet radio stations.
All three models come equipped with two microphones for future voice assistant support. The microphones will be disabled and not functional until a future software update is available, at which point they can be enabled via the HEOS app. The new Denon Home speaker line will be available in Q1, 2020 from authorized Denon retailers. For more information, visit Denon.