Denon is expanding its line of wireless multizone-audio speakers down in price to a suggested $199 with the June launch of the Heos 1, which is the first speaker in the Heos Wi-Fi speaker line to mate with an optional battery pack for portable use.
The six-hour battery is part of the optional $99 Heos 1 Go Pack, which also includes a Bluetooth USB adapter and a Splashguard. The Splashguard adds IPX4 splashproof protection so the speaker can be used by a poolside or during rainy weather. The Bluetooth adapter turns the Wi-Fi speaker into a Bluetooth speaker when the speaker is out of range of a home’s Wi-Fi network. Within Wi-Fi range, the speaker will share a Bluetooth source with any Heos Wi-Fi speaker that’s on the network.
The company is also developing a Heos soundbar, which is due in the summer.
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