Denon says the sound delivered by the small speaker is “clear and expansive” and has been specifically designed with stereo playback in mind - two HEOS 1 speakers can be paired together to play in stereo.
Alternatively, users can play music from PCs, Macs, NAS drives or USB storage devices. As with most multi-room systems, users can opt to have different songs playing on different speakers, or all speakers in a group playing the same song.
The HEOS 1 benefits from a bi-amped two-way system with Denon’s own custom active EQ and crossover. Denon has also fitted a custom woofer and “high dispersion tweeter”, which is powered by a two-channel Class D amplifier.
If you want a portable multi-room speaker, then there's the optional Go Pack. This "fits perfectly to the base of the HEOS 1" and adds a rechargeable battery with a claimed six hour life, a splashguard for full IPX4 protection and a Bluetooth USB adaptor, so users can still stream music when there’s no wi-fi around.
The Denon HEOS 1 is available to pre-order now for £199. The Go Pack (above) will cost £79 but is available at 50 per cent off (£39.50) if you pre-order.