Denon has added a new soundbar and subwoofer to its HEOS lineup. Arriving in Canada in April, the new products can be used for home-theatre audio, and also integrated into a HEOS wireless multi-room music system.
Suitable to use with TVs 50" and larger, the HEOS Bar ($1,199) can be wall- or shelf-mounted. It has built-in Bluetooth, allowing streaming from any mobile device. Users can also play music from cloud services like Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn and Sirius XM. The HEOS system also allows wireless playback of music form a local library over a home network.
The HEOS Bar can also function as the centre of a home theatre. It has four 4K-capable HDMI 2.0a inputs for connecting components like Blu-ray players and set-top boxes, and can decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS:HD Master Audio.
A three-channel design with nine drivers in a 45-degree configuration, the HEOS Bar incorporates the same DSP technology used in Denon's AV receivers for creating virtual surround effects. Users can wirelessly integrate two HEOS desktop speakers and the new HEOS Subwoofer to configure a full 5.1 system.
The HEOS Subwoofer ($799) employs dual 5.25" woofers with Class D amplification, all in a slimline matte-black enclosure that can be placed vertically or horizontally. Denon says it's slim enough to fit under a sofa. It's designed to work with all HEOS speakers, as well as the HEOS Amp and Link. In addition to default settings for different configurations, there are advanced user-selectable settings accessible from the HEOS app.