Denon Readies Wireless Multizone Audio

Denon will become the latest home-audio supplier to offer a home-wide wireless multizone-audio system with the launch of its first Heos-series products in late June with key partners.
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Denon will become the latest home-audio supplier to offer a home-wide wireless multizone-audio system with the launch of its first Heos-series products in late June with key partners.

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Denon's first Heos wireless-multizone audio products consist of three tabletop Wi-Fi speakers at a suggested $299, $399, and $599.

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Denon’s first Heos wireless-multizone audio products consist of three tabletop Wi-Fi speakers at a suggested $299, $399 and $599. - See more at: http://www.twice.com/news/audio/denon-readies-wireless-multizone-audio/45527#sthash.mCGOTiEs.dpuf

Denon’s first Heos wireless-multizone audio products consist of three tabletop Wi-Fi speakers at a suggested $299, $399 and $599. - See more at: http://www.twice.com/news/audio/denon-readies-wireless-multizone-audio/45527#sthash.mCGOTiEs.dpuf


Additional distribution starts in August.

The first products consist of three single-chassis tabletop Wi-Fi speakers at a suggested $299, $399, and $599. They will be followed in September by a Heos Amp, which connects to passive speakers, and the Heos Link preamp, which connects to an outboard amplifier and passive speakers. Prices on the latter two devices weren’t disclosed.

The Amp and Link will also connect to AV receivers, and if connected to Denon AVRs, “there will be some special functionality,” said Brendon Stead, Denon product development VP.

The system will be controlled from Denon’s iOS and Android Controller apps, which incorporates a DLNA server to distribute smartphone- and tablet-stored music to the DLNA-equipped Heos devices. The apps will also distribute music stored on USB sticks and USB hard drives plugged into a Heos device’s USB port. And with a planned software upgrade targeted for August, the apps will select music stored on DLNA-enabled PCs and NAS drives for multiroom playback.

At launch, the Heos devices will incorporate Pandora, TuneIn, Rhapsody, and one other streaming service, with more added on a quarterly basis, Stead said.

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