Ahead of a showcase demonstration at the Bristol Hi-Fi show, Denon has announced that its Home series of premium wireless speakers is available for purchase in the UK.
Announced back in December last year, Denon’s Home range is now available and includes the Home 150, Home 250 and Home 350 wireless speakers at an RRP of £219, £449 and £599 respectively.
Powered by the HEOS wireless streaming platform which supports backwards compatibility with previous HEOS devices, such as Denon or Marantz AV receivers, soundbars or systems, the Home speakers can be added to any existing HEOS setup. Alternatively, users can start a new multi-room audio setup with one or two Home speakers and add extra devices later.
For example, two Home speakers can be paired in stereo and wirelessly connected to a Denon DSW-1H subwoofer to create a 2.1 system with added bass. Home cinema fans can even connect a pair of Home speakers as rear surround channels for the Denon DHT-S716H soundbar and DSW-1H subwoofer to create a fully-fledged 5.1 sound system.
For music lovers, there’s the ability to connect to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, and more via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth connections. Those who wish to connect directly can do so via analogue and digital ports since each Home speaker comes equipped with a USB socket and 3.5mm aux input.
There’s support for high-resolution music files including ALAC, FLAC and WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks.
Control of the speakers is via a newly designed buttonless pad that illuminates touch controls using a proximity sensor that detects when a hand approaches, and Quick Select buttons (three or six, depending upon model) offer one-press access to your favourite internet radio stations.
For those that prefer to use voice commands, the Home speakers can be controlled via Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa through their respective compatible devices though note that the availability of Google Assistant and Amazon voice control does differ per country. For a more integrated voice experience all three Denon Home speakers have microphones built in, with native voice assistant support to be added via firmware update in 2020.
Meanwhile, a water- and stain-resistant wraparound cloth results in greater flexibility of placement, so the speakers can be used in the kitchen or bathroom.
Bart Muller, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Europe commented, “We talk about bringing joy to the world through sound, and Denon Home delivers on this. This speaker range brings the renowned Denon sound to consumers who care about audio quality.” He added, “Denon has managed to include its audio knowledge, gained as a market leader in AVR, into wireless speakers. Rock-solid as a single speaker, simply astonishing in a stereo setup.”
Available in a choice of black or white finishes , the Home speakers are available at authorised Denon retailers at the following prices:
Home 150: £219 (€249/$249)
Home 250: £449 (€499/$499)
Home 350: £599 (€699/$699)
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Source: Press release
Image Source: Denon