The HEOS by Denon wireless multiroom sound line, introduced last year, will include at the beginning of June a new entry-level model: the small-footprint HEOS 1 ($199) portable speaker. It debuts along with the HEOS 1 Go Pack ($99), a battery pack that locks onto the speaker at its base and acts as a mini stand as well as a power source. Both introductions expand the HEOS system’s utility to outdoor/anywhere use.
“Dealers have been asking for this from other brands, and we’re satisfying their request,” said Paul Belanger, technical product manager – Americas for the D+M Group, at a New York City-held showing of the speaker Wednesday.
HEOS 1, a dual-band Wi-Fi-only model, will be available in black or white. It is a bi-amped two-way speaker with custom active equalization and crossover technology, a custom woofer and a high-dispersion tweeter powered by a two-channel Class D amplifier. It is pairable with a second HEOS 1 for full stereo imaging, and it uses MaxxAudio by Waves DSP sound-optimizing technology.
The HEOS 1 Go Pack includes a six-hour battery, a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into the USB connection at the back of the HEOS 1, and the Splashguard, a splash-resistant cover for the open connection areas on the speaker’s rear; the IPX4-rated speaker is humidity-resistant even without the cover, so it may be used in high-humidity areas like bathrooms.
Belanger said HEOS 1, like the other HEOS speakers (HEOS 3, 5, and 7), may be set up and controlled by the HEOS app, which is being refined by mid-May to be landscape-viewable on portable devices; the company is also adding Tidal to the roster of music streaming services available through the app, which currently delivers Spotify, Sirius XM, Pandora, Rhapsody, TuneIn and iHeartRadio. By July, an additional two services will be added to that list, which will mean that around 90 percent of listeners’ needs will then be addressed, he said.