(December 10, 2019) Sound United's HEOS platform makes for an incredible audio streaming experience, and its ecosystem of supporting products seems to expand every month. Today, Denon has announced plans to inject three new HEOS enabled wireless speakers into the mix, giving users the ability to spread Hi-Fi music around their home with impressive versatility.
Denon's new "Denon Home" series of speakers are available in three different sizes. The largest is the Denon Home 350 ($699/each), which sits roughly 18.5" W x 13" D x 10" T and carries a six-driver array anchored by dual 6.5" woofers. The Denon Home 250 is slightly smaller (11.6" x 8.5" x 4.7"), shifting bass duty to a single 5.25" passive radiator, while the smallest 150 speaker sports a 4.7" x 4.7" x 7.4" cabinet and a single tweeter and 3.5" woofer pairing.
High-level playback and usability are common themes across all three Home models. Not only can owners group or pair the speakers with other HEOS and AirPlay 2 capable products, but they can also stream directly from a variety of sources. Those sources include traditional services such as Amazon Music HD, Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL, but also Hi-Res music files streamed via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth. Additionally, the speakers have rear-mounted USB ports for gapless playback of Hi-Res audio, and six physical preset buttons for instant recall of internet radio stations.
"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 deliversunrivaled 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 trio of speakers versatile nature is radically boosted by HEOS's grouping capabilities. While the speakers can be paired within a room or around a home, they also can be tasked with left and right channel stereo duties or utilized as rear surrounds in a larger wireless HEOS 5.1 surround system.
The entire Denon Home speaker lineup is slated to begin shipping during Q1 2020. Denon says voice assistant capabilities will become available post-launch via a future firmware update.