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HEOS Soundbar Offers Amazon Alexa Compatibility

The new HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Soundbar offers multiroom audio capabilities and streaming compatibility from Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL, and others.


HEOS Soundbar Offers Amazon Alexa Compatibility
The HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar streams Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL and Amazon Music, and it carries an MSRP of $799.
Robert Archer · April 20, 2018

Adding to its selection of wireless multiroom audio products, the new HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Soundbar provides users with a host of features for both home theaters and whole-house audio setups.

HEOS' latest product provides homeowners with a competitively priced home theater solution that also pairs with Amazon Alexa, bolstering its voice control options.

"The HEOS HomeCinema HS2 not only provides outstanding sound for any TV, it also increases the efficacy of the HEOS network, which is currently the most fully featured IoT audio platform in the industry," says Nick Murrells, technical category, HEOS.

"In combining Denon's legendary audio prowess with whole-house audio capabilities, Amazon Alexa and the latest entertainment technologies, the HomeCinema HS2 is an easy choice for consumers who prize grat sound, flexibility and ease-of-use."

As a wireless whole-house audio zone, the soundbar offers homeowners access to a variety of music streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, TIDAL and more.

The soundbar also provides access to music stored on a network, allowing users to listen to their favorite tracks stored locally.

HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Soundbar Decodes Surround Sound

The HS2 supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS surround sound decoding.

Internally, the unit incorporates two Class D bi-amplified midrange drivers and dual tweeters that are controlled by a 400MHz floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) engine. 

The soundbar's DSPs support several listening modes, including "Movie Mode," which enhances certain movie scenes, and "Music Mode," which widens the soundstage.

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Additionally, a companion wireless subwoofer employs a pair of 5 1/4-inch subwoofers to help augment the soundstage. The subwoofer can be placed horizontally or vertically to help it blend into a variety of home environments. 

The HS2 wireless soundbar also incorporates a choice of optical or HDMI inputs and outputs to provide system installation flexibility. 

On top of its Amazon Alexa voice control capabilities, the HS2 soundbar also provides IP control capabilities, and control/automation system integration from companies such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, and Elan Home Systems. 



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at rarcher@ehpub.com

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Home Theater · Speakers · Wireless · Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · News · Products · Denon · HEOS · Whole-House Audio · All Topics
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Comments

Posted by sam.azp1 gmail.com on April 24, 2018

Good to see Amazon giving some more love to Alexa users, hope to see more products available online soon with this kind of integration.

Posted by sam.azp1 gmail.com on April 24, 2018

Good to see Amazon giving some more love to Alexa users, hope to see more products available online soon with this kind of integration.