Denon plans to offer its Heos wireless multiroom-audio technology for use in installed multiroom-audio systems installed by custom integrators.
Denon’s four-zone Heos Drive at $2,499
The company plans July shipments of the $2,499-suggested Heos Drive, a component-size rack-mountable four-zone preamp/amp that incorporates Heos technology to distribute network-music sources and cloud sources around the house. Like the company’s Wi-Fi-equipped Heos tabletop speakers, the Drive can be controlled from Denon’s Heos app for smartphones and tablets.
The Drive, however, lacks the wireless capabilities of current Heos products, so it distributes music via speaker cables to in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, and it connects to the home network via Ethernet cable, not via Wi-Fi.
Denon’s current Heos app will control a Drive along with a mix of wireless Heos speakers placed in rooms where wired custom speakers can’t be installed, said product manager Paul Belanger. The Drive appears as four zones in the Heos app, he said.
Up to eight Drives can be installed to create a custom-installed multiroom audio system with up to 32 wired zones.
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