Denon outfits Heos audio system with Bluetooth and excessive-res audio

Denon debuted its Heos line of audio system almost two years in the past, a set of audio gear that seemed to rival multi-room setups like Sonos and others. Now Denon is giving the audio system a little bit of a lift by including some new options. The Heos lineup now sports activities the HS2 label, so you’ll be able to inform them aside from the group that arrived again in 2014. That is an necessary differentiation as the outside design hasn’t modified. What has modified is the addition of excessive-res audio and Bluetooth connectivity.

So far as the excessive-decision audio is worried, Heos by Denon HS2 helps uncompressed WAV (PCM), ALAC (Apple Lossless) and FLAC music information as much as 24-bit/192-kHz over community or USB. And shortly, you’ll play DSD and AIFF tracks, too. Excessive-res playback is made attainable by a 1.25GHz ARM A9 processor alongside 512 MB of flash reminiscence and 256 MB of RAM. What’s extra, you’ll be able to add any of the brand new HS2 gear to first-gen Heos audio system that you simply already personal with out having fear about compatibility points.

Denon can also be retaining the pricing the identical as the unique Heos units, regardless of the extra options and upgraded internals. The Heos 5 and Heos 7 can be found now for $four hundred/£349 and $600/£499, respectively. In July, you’ll decide up the retooled Heos Amp ($499/£399) and Heos Hyperlink ($349/£299) which give wi-fi amplifier and pre-amp choices for any set of audio system. Final however not least, the Heos 1 and Heos three are each anticipated to reach in the midst of the yr, priced at $200/£199 and $300/£249 every.

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