SmartHouse - - SOUNDBARS // DENON - Writ­ten by STEVE MAY

Com­pat­i­ble with 24-bit FLAC (up to 192kHz), ALAC, WAV, MP3, WMA and DSD (2.8MHz and 5.6MHz) au­dio file for­mats, with Blue­tooth and Ap­ple Air­play 2 sup­port for mu­sic stream­ing, it’s a for­mi­da­ble stand­alone mu­sic sys­tem, as well as a HEOS mul­ti­room stream­ing so­lu­tion.

Much like SONOS, HEOS al­lows mu­sic to be streamed around the home to com­pat­i­ble HEOS speak­ers. With it, you can group speak­ers to­gether for whole home mu­sic stream­ing, or play dif­fer­ent tracks into dif­fer­ent rooms.

In home theatre guise, the HS2 sound­bar is com­pat­i­ble with Dolby Dig­i­tal and DTS sound for­mats, and has two 4K com­pat­i­ble HDMI con­nec­tions, in ad­di­tion to op­ti­cal and coax­ial dig­i­tal au­dio in­puts and ana­logue stereo. There’s even a USB port for play­ing mu­sic from thumb drives.

Like all HEOS com­po­nents, setup and con­trol are sim­pli­fied by the HEOS app. You can also use the TV re­mote to take con­trol of your sys­tem. The HEOS HS2 HomeCinema sound­bar suits larger screen sizes, but if your panel is sub 50-inches, con­sider its sta­ble­mate, the slim­line HEOS Bar.

This com­pact sound­bar fea­tures no fewer than nine front fac­ing driv­ers in a left, cen­tre, right con­fig­u­ra­tion. If you want to build a larger home cinema sys­tem around it, you can add an op­tional wire­less HEOS sub­woofer and two wire­less HEOS rears.

The Blue­tooth bar comes with four 4K ca­pa­ble HDMI in­puts, and sup­ports all the main stream­ing au­dio ser­vices (Pan­dora, Spo­tify, Tune-in, Soundcloud, Tidal and Deezer).

Look­ing for a home theatre sound­bar sys­tem that dou­bles as a High-Res Au­dio sys­tem? Then De­non’s HEOS HomeCinema HS2 could be just the ticket.

The Ama­zon Alexa fea­ture be­comes avail­able with Heos in the next few months.

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