Denon has been aggressively playing catch-up with Sonos in all areas of multi-room audio over the last few years. Its latest move is the new HEOS Bar, a home theater add-on that packs impressive features and a big-time price tag. Coming in at $899, the latest creation from Denon sits at $200 more than the Sonos Playbar. But the price difference might be warranted, given that the HEOS Bar sports four HDMI 2.0a inputs that support 4K video. For comparison, the Sonos model sports just a single optical input.
Of course, the HEOS Bar has access to popular services like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and others plus multi-room compatibility with the rest of Denon’s lineup. A three-channel design is meant to create the illusion of a surround sound setup. Alongside the Bar announcement was the unveiling of Denon’s HEOS Sub, a $600 add-on that brings more bass to the party. It’s powered by a class D amp that pushes dual 5.75-inch drivers. Denon is clearly making a push to dethrone Sonos, the question is, are they too late?
Whether you place it on a sideboard or mount it on your wall, the HEOS Bar lets you experience thrilling HD home cinema and sensational music streaming. Break the sound barriers and get the room filling sound your TV deserves. The HEOS Bar delivers exceptional performance with state of the art signal processing, amplification and 9 high-performance drivers. It’s an excellent upgrade for even the largest screens. Four 4K-compatible HDMIs let you use the HEOS Bar even with multi-source AV set-ups, while HEOS integration allows you to enjoy all your music wirelessly.