Denon Reveals Two New Premium Sound Bars
Japanese audio manufacturer, Denon, announced the expansion of its sound bar lineup today with two new premium options: the DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H. The latest releases include many of the same features present in the HEOS Bar and HEOS HomeCinema HS2 sound bars, but with significant sound quality and connectivity improvements. The 4K HDMI inputs, ARC support, class-leading DSP processing, amplification, and Hi-Res capabilities, the DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H are a testament to Denon’s century-long prominence in the home theater, audio, and software product space.
Both of Denon’s new sound bar renditions feature Class-D amplification and built-in HEOS for whole-home audio and voice control through Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Josh.ai. The DHT-S716H pairs with the Denon DSW-1H (sold separately), while the DHT-S516H ships with a wireless subwoofer. Both support DSD (2.8, 5.6 MHz), FLAC, WAV, ALAC (192/24), MP3, WMA and AAC (USB/Network) for quick and easy access to Hi-Res content.
“Denon is known for its best-in-class A/V receivers and Hi-Fi components. We’ve built-in many of the capabilities found in our award-winning AVRs including 4K support, Dolby and DTS surround sound decoding, multiple digital and analog inputs and wireless music streaming, but with the convenience of a sound bar,” said Michael Greco, senior director, Denon brand management. “Most sound bars are designed for TV playback and are often underwhelming when streaming music. Denon’s legacy in Hi-Fi ensures these sound bars deliver both an immersive surround sound and amazing two-channel musical listening experience.”
The DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H can sync with other sound bars and speakers to play the same song throughout the entire home or different songs depending on the area. With built-in HEOS, users can access their music libraries from several major streaming services like Amazon Music, Spotify Premium and free, Pandora, TIDAL, TuneIn Internet Radio, and more. Additionally, the DHT-S716H can leverage HEOS speakers, including the HEOS 1, HEOS 3 and HEOS 5 as rear channels for immersive surround sound.
“Although Denon’s presence in the custom channel is very strong when it comes to electronics, we’re also seeing a hunger from integrators to access more premium sound bars for other areas of the home away from a dedicated theater or entertainment space,” said Paul Belanger, category director for Custom Integration at Sound United. “These two new sound bars are designed to easily fit into any job where a dedicated third-party control system or multiple zones are required. HEOS Built-in makes installing these into a bedroom, guest room or other areas with a TV simple without sacrificing compatibility with other areas of the home or running wires.”