4K HIGH-RES AU­DIO HEOS HOME CIN­EMA HS2 SOUND­BAR SYS­TEM

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // DENON - Writ­ten by STEVE MAY

Denon has re­leased an HS2 it­er­a­tion of its Heos HomeCinema sound­bar sys­tem. The 2.1 sound­bar and sub­woofer pack­age is fully com­pat­i­ble with the brand’s ex­ist­ing Heos wire­less mul­ti­room range.

The new HS2 model adds 4K UHD HDMI and sup­port for high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio, as well as Air­Play and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. The new model also has a slim­mer de­sign, with metal feet, plus a built-in power sup­ply, which should make for a neater in­stall. Built-in key­holes are pro­vided for wall mount­ing. Ad­di­tional con­nec­tions in­clude op­ti­cal and coax­ial dig­i­tal au­dio in­puts, a 3.5mm Aux in­put and USB reader.

A firmware up­date planned for this sum­mer will en­able Ama­zon Alexa voice con­trol. Users need only en­able the Heos Home En­ter­tain­ment skill in the Alexa app.

The Ama­zon Alexa fea­ture be­comes avail­able in the next cou­ple of months via a firmware up­date.

The HEOS HomeCinema HS2 fea­tures bi­ampli­fied mid-woofers and tweet­ers, aided by ad­vanced

DSP pro­cess­ing. The sound­bar sports dual 50 x 127mm driv­ers that han­dle up­per bass and midrange au­dio; a pair of 20mm dome tweet­ers han­dle higher fre­quen­cies.

High-Res play­back sup­port cov­ers FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and DSD.

The same ca­ble man­age­ment sys­tem found on QLED TVs is also adopted in the MU7000, MU8000 and MU9000, and is de­signed to re­duce clut­ter from the mul­ti­ple de­vices found in typ­i­cal home en­ter­tain­ment set­tings.

Mean­while, the flat screen MU6400 fea­tures an ul­tra slim de­sign and “in­cred­i­ble pic­ture qual­ity” ac­cord­ing to Sam­sung thanks to its lat­est panel tech­nol­ogy.3 The same also ap­plies to the curved MU6300 and the flat screen MU6100.

The Ama­zon Alexa fea­ture be­comes avail­able in the next cou­ple of months via a firmware up­date.

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