Denon Electronics, a manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, unveiled “significant upgrades” to its popular line of HEOS wireless multi-room sound system speakers. Rolled out by the company in 2014, the HEOS by Denon series has made efforts to evolve along with the changing demands of the consumer.
As of Tuesday morning, Denon announced that the HEOS family of speakers, pre-amps, and amps will be adding Bluetooth accessibility, which means consumers will have their choice of utilizing either their existing WiFi network or Bluetooth to play music through their HEOS system.
But that’s not all. In addition to the new Bluetooth functionality, HEOS will now be compatible with hi-res audio files, which means users can listen to uncompressed WAV (PCM), Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) music files up to 24-bit/192-kHz over the network or via USB. Denon will also be adding compatibility for DSD (the audio coding format of SACD) and Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) audio tracks.
“We are pleased to introduce this new upgrade to our HEOS platform that brings high resolution audio playback, built in Bluetooth, and a significant increase in processing power that will intensify performance and support new features that we can’t wait to bring to the HEOS family,” Brendon Stead, SVP product development at Denon, said in a statement. “Consumers are embracing our HEOS line of products, and we are looking forward to making the platform even better with new software features.”
Similar to how users connected their speakers to their WiFi network through the HEOS app, they’ll be able to connect via Bluetooth now as well, Denon explained. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and Fire devices, gives the user multi-room audio control at their fingertips. The added functionality will also allow the user to stream Bluetooth content from one speaker to other speakers over the WiFi network, and add one new HEOS HS2 device to an existing HEOS product without the concern of compatibility issues, Denon explained. Users can use HEOS to group the speakers together to listen to one track throughout their entire house, or they can playa different song in every room if everyone in the family wants to listen to their own music.
Looking down the road, Denon said that the HEOS series will continue to expand with “new and innovative products.” For now, though, the HEOS multi-room wireless sound system is available at select Denon dealers. And for more info, be sure to check out the HEOS by Denon website.