Denon has announced the arrival of its first claimed “full-range” sound bar with DTS Virtual:X, the DHT-S216, priced at $249. The company says the slim profile speaker includes “psychoacoustic” algorithms developed by DTS to simulate multi-channel playback, and the unit can be connected to TVs and media players via 4K UHD HDMI with ARC, or optical and auxiliary inputs.

The DHT-S216 is 2.35 inches and sports two 3-inch down-firing subwoofers, two 1 3/4 x 3 1/2-inch dual mid-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters. New to the Denon sound bar lineup is an onboard featured known as ‘Pure Mode’ designed to eliminate surround processing and remove “adjusted characteristics” associated with Movie, Music or Night presets for a more precise audio response. There is also a capability to pair smartphones or tablets with the sound bar via Bluetooth to stream music.

“The latest sound bar from Denon has been engineered to deliver the most lifelike listening experience, including detail, balance and bass extension far beyond other sound bars in this size and price range,” said Michael Greco, Global Sr. Director of Brand Management for Denon. “The DHT-S216 leverages partnerships with the industry’s leading virtual surround sound manufacturers like DTS and Dolby to provide people with a simple way to experience the excitement of cinematic sound quality at home.”

The DHT-S216 is wall-mountable and a supplied HDMI cable will send audio from TVs via HDMI ARC, which itself supports 4K/60 Hz and HDCP 2.2, and allows for control with a TV remote. There is also an optical input for those without ARC capability and the unit can be wirelessly paired via Bluetooth for music streaming. The new sound bar includes Dolby Digital decoding and a ‘Dialogue Enhancer’ where dialogue volume can be increased without affecting the overall level.

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Martin Dew