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Denon HEOS AVR: Your Wireless Multiroom Audio System Hub

Denon's HEOS AV receiver has been specifically engineered to work with wireless speakers from the HEOS range.

Denon HEOS AVR: Your Wireless Multiroom Audio System Hub
The HEOS AVR is expected to be available in April for $999.

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A little over a week after being acquired by Sound United, the parent company of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, Denon has introduced its latest AV receiver, dubbed the Denon HEOS AVR. 

At a first glance, the Denon HEOS AVR may not look like a standard AV receiver, and that’s because it isn’t. The HEOS name should be the big giveaway as to what Denon intends for this device – a hub for those wanting a complete multi-room audio system.

Of course, Denon isn’t being completely misleading with the ‘AVR’ in the name. It still packs 50W per channel of Class D amplification and standard speaker terminals on the back for wiring up a 5.1 speaker system, but installers are unlikely to use it for those. The 5.1 speaker support does mean that the HEOS AVR is incapable of supporting DTS:X and Dolby Atmos audio formats.

Denon HEOS AVR Remote

The Denon HEOS AVR has been specifically engineered to work with wireless speakers from the HEOS range. That means installers can work with a completely wireless surround sound system, rather than having to contend with any wiring.

That’s similar to the approach Sonos is making with its speakers, which is unsurprising given HEOS is a direct competitor to Sonos.

As part of Denon’s drive to cut wires, the company has worked tirelessly to add support for pretty much every streaming service and file format that a user could want. This includes WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD, as well as streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer.

As this is still an AV receiver, the HEOS AVR provides support for four HDMI devices for connecting devices such as Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. All of the ports also support HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2.

The HEOS AVR is expected to be available in April for $999.


The question still on our minds: What’s next for HEOS and Play-Fi under Sound United?


This story originally appeared on CE Pro Europe.





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Comments

Posted by hmurchison on March 10, 2017

Love it.  Been waiting for it since CEDIA last year.  I like that Denon is doubling down on Heos.  The hardware looks good it’s time to focus on software and integrations. Sonos is winning not based on absolute sound but their ability to work with other systems.  Heos has ground to makeup here.

Posted by loren roetman on March 10, 2017

Hey Jordan,
All of the 5.1 channels can be HEOS wireless? Funny that they don’t show a center or soundbar in the video or product listing, what’s up with the larger soundbar in the montage picture on the website? Coming soon? Also, find out more about that new wireless sub, larger size than the existing one that’s part of the HomeCinema. Assuming that it has the UPNP server inside to fix the need to have a static PC on the network? This could finally be the turning point for the shift from Sonos…

Posted by loren roetman on March 10, 2017

Hey Jordan,
All of the 5.1 channels can be HEOS wireless? Funny that they don’t show a center or soundbar in the video or product listing, what’s up with the larger soundbar in the montage picture on the website? Coming soon? Also, find out more about that new wireless sub, larger size than the existing one that’s part of the HomeCinema. Assuming that it has the UPNP server inside to fix the need to have a static PC on the network? This could finally be the turning point for the shift from Sonos…

Posted by hmurchison on March 10, 2017

Love it.  Been waiting for it since CEDIA last year.  I like that Denon is doubling down on Heos.  The hardware looks good it’s time to focus on software and integrations. Sonos is winning not based on absolute sound but their ability to work with other systems.  Heos has ground to makeup here.