Denon launches Home range of wireless Heos speakers

posted on Friday, 13th December 2019 by Steve May

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Denon has unveiled a new family of the multiroom wireless products, under the banner of Denon Home. Building on its Heos platform, the range comprises three models, the Home 150, Home 250 and Home 350, all boasting a new design aesthetic with a buttonless panel and proximity sensor that causes the touch controls to illuminate when activated.

The smallest of the trio, the Home 150, features a 90mm woofer and 25mm tweeter, with two Class D power amplifiers. The Home 250 boasts a pair of tweeters, angled for wider sound dispersion, and two 106mm woofers driven by four Class D power amplifiers in a stereo configuration, bolstered by a 133mm passive bass radiator.

The Home 350 boasts six channels of Class D amplification, feeding two 161mm woofers, a pair of 50mm mid-range drivers, and two tweeters.

Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer and more. A USB socket and 3.5mm aux input on each speaker allows for the connection of a local source.

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The system has native Hi-Res audio support for ALAC, FLAC and WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Voice control is possible via Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa through respective compatible devices. All three Home speakers have microphones built in, with native support for Alexa due to be added via a firmware upgrade later in 2020. Set up is via the HEOS app.

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The new range is fully compatible with existing Heos products, including AV receivers, soundbars and systems. Two Denon Home speakers paired in stereo can be wirelessly connected to a Denon DSW-1H subwoofer to create a 2.1 system. A pair of Home speakers can be attached as rear surround channels for the Denon DHT-S716H soundbar and DSW-1H subwoofer, to create a 5.1 sound system.

Three or six (depending on the model) Quick Select buttons offer one-press access to favourite internet radio stations. A water- and stain-resistant wraparound cloth encourages flexibility of placement.

All of Home models are available in a choice of white or black finishes. The Home 150, 250 and 350 will retail for £219, £449 and £599 respectively.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and Ideal Home (amongst others).

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