Denon has combined its 110 years of continuous audio expertise with an eye on clean, modern design and cutting-edge technology plus the connectivity music fans now expect and announced its new Home series of wireless, multi-room speakers.The range consists of three speakers, the Home 150, Home 250 and Home 350 which all exist in Denon’s HEOS wireless ecosystem thus allowing expansion of a fledgeling Home-based audio system into something more potent by adding soundbars, subwoofers or additional speakers.
All the latest Home units use class D amplifiers to drive each individual speaker, so the entry-level Home 150, which predictably has the smallest footprint of the range, incorporates two Class D amplifiers to drive its 1-inch tweeter and single 3.5-inch woofer. The middle 250 unit features a stereo configuration with two angled 0.75-inch tweeters, two 4-inch woofers and 5.25-inch passive radiator. Finally, the daddy bear of the series, the Home 350, changes the driver configuration to encompass two 0.75-inch tweeters, two 2-inch midrange drivers and two 6.5 inch woofers.
Design-wise, each speaker has a buttonless panel that uses a proximity sensor to detect when a user’s hand is near thus causing the touch controls to light up. Quick select buttons allow access to favourite internet radio stations and the Home range can be used in the kitchen or bathroom thanks to a water- and stain-resistant wraparound cloth.
There’s a host of wireless connectivity options including Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth to enable connection to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer and more. For those who want to access their digital files on hard drives or flash drives, there's a USB socket and a 3.5mm aux input on each speaker also enables you to feed analogue audio directly to your Denon Home system. Each speaker can handle Hi-Res music files and there’s support for gapless playback of 192kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, ALAC files and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz too.
The Home speakers have built-in HEOS technology and the flexibility afforded means that users with other HEOS based audio products such as compatible Denon or Marantz AV receivers, can add the Home 150, 250 and 350 to their existing set ups. For example, a paired stereo set of Home 250s can add extra bass by wirelessly connecting a compatible Denon subwoofer to create a 2.1 system which can then be expanded to a full 5.1 home cinema set up merely by adding a compatible 3 channel Denon soundbar.
All three Home speakers have microphones built in and voice control is possible via Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa through their respective compatible devices. Discussions are apparently underway to add native support for voice assistants which may be added via a firmware upgrade in 2020.
The Home series of speakers will be available from late January 2020 in a choice of black or white finishes at the following prices:
Home 150: £219 (€249/$249)
Home 250: £449 (€499/$499)
Home 350: £599 (€699/$699)
If you’re looking to get into a multi-room, wireless audio, how does the Home series of speakers from Denon sound to you? It’s a competitive market and the likes of Sonos and Yamaha also have their own products available. What would be the key factor in your decision? Why not discuss this with others in a similar situation in the discussion thread.
Source: Press release
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