Denon introduced the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, a compact sound bar that adds 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 also has 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 ($599) will be available for purchase beginning 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. The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing along with 4K video compatibility.
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 and the ability to skip or restart songs without using the app or remote control. Further, the remote control 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 onboard 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.
In addition, the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is Roku TV Ready and was verified by Roku to work seamlessly with Roku TV products. It is also compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 to easily 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.
The Sound Bar 550 joins the existing Denon Home lineup, which 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.
In Spring 2021, Denon Home 550 and Denon Home wireless speaker owners will be able to activate voice capabilities using Amazon Alexa. All Denon Home products feature built-in microphones, which can be enabled via a firmware update, and will allow for Alexa capability. If a user chooses to enable Alexa and link their account, Denon Home customers can use Alexa as they normally would on any other Alexa enabled device. This will add voice capabilities to the home theater, giving users the ability to utter voice requests to adjust features like the sound bar’s volume, select inputs and bass and treble levels. The microphones will not be enabled without explicit user permission.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 will be available in February 2021 for $599.