Denon has introduced the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, a high-performance, compact sound bar that adds superior TV audio to the Denon Home family of products. With the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound from a six-driver array, the sound bar makes movies, TV and music sound huge. Listeners can also stream high-resolution music from their favourite music services or local music libraries directly to the sound bar leveraging HEOS Built-in. Additionally, listeners who already invested in the HEOS ecosystem, including other Denon Home products, can add the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 as a separate wireless zone without pulling a single wire. The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 (€649 / £599 / $599) will be available for purchase February 2021.
The Sound Bar 550 can be used as a standalone sound bar or expanded with other wireless Denon Home speakers, including the Denon Home 150, 250 and 350, which can all be implemented as rear-channel surrounds. Listeners who want more impactful bass performance can add the DSW-1H wireless subwoofer separately for an even more realistic theatre experience.
Like every Denon product, the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is built to deliver best-in-class audio quality. With advanced acoustic hardware, expertly tuned digital signal processing and premium drivers, this sound bar offers everything a home entertainment enthusiast needs for great 3D surround sound without taking up too much space under the TV. Thanks to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing along with 4K video compatibility, the Sound Bar 550 creates a lifelike 3D cinematic experience.
For added convenience, the sound bar’s control panel lights up automatically as an outstretched hand approaches, enabling easy fingertip control of features like volume adjustment, play/pause, muting Alexa, and the ability to skip or restart songs without using the app or remote controller. Further, the remote controller and HEOS app are equipped with three Quick Select buttons. With Quick Select, listeners can store their preferred source with listening modes or Internet radio stations to enjoy them whenever they want with a single button press.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is easy to set up and can be controlled with the included remote and most TV remotes, the HEOS app or the on-board illuminated control panel, allowing users to manipulate the sound bar however they want. With eARC connectivity (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), the Sound Bar 550 delivers superior sound quality via a single HDMI connection to the TV.
The 3D sound bar is also compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 to stream from Apple devices. To ensure ‘effortless integration with popular smart home ecosystems’, the Sound Bar 550 is the first Denon sound bar to include onboard software drivers for Control4, Crestron, URC, Elan, and more.
In addition to the new Sound Bar 550, the existing Denon Home lineup is comprised of three wireless multiroom speakers, each expertly tuned by Denon’s sound masters to provide optimized, balanced performance while blending seamlessly into any décor. All Denon Home models, including the Sound Bar 550 provide effortless access to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL and more, as well as high-resolution files stored on phones or network via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth.
HEOS Built-in functionality gives users access to millions of songs, including thousands of high-resolution digital audio tracks all effortlessly controlled from a single app. Listeners can play different music in each room or group all HEOS Built-in and Denon Home devices together to stream the same music in Party Mode throughout the home or office.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 and Denon Home wireless speakers feature built-in microphones, which can be enabled via a firmware update in Spring 2021 and will activate Alexa smart assistant functionality. If a user chooses to enable Alexa, the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 will function as an Alexa controller. This will conveniently and discreetly add voice controllable capabilities to the home theatre, giving users the ability to utter voice commands and control the sound bar’s volume, select inputs, and adjust bass and treble. The microphones will not be enabled without explicit user permission.
Denon Home Sound Bar 550 (€649/£599/$599) will be available in-store mid-February 2021 and available for pre-order 1st February 2021 at authorized Denon Retailers and via the Denon webshop.