Denon announces new HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar

Denon's latest foray into the home cinema arena comes in the form of the HEOS HomeCinema HS2 - a 4K-compatible soundbar and subwoofer pairing, packed full of features.

Let's start with the physicalities: this soundbar comes with two 5x13cm drivers to handle upper bass and midrange, while a pair of 20mm dome tweeters handle the high frequencies.

We don't yet know the size of the driver in the sub, nor the power driving it, but we'll update once we get the information.

There's both HDMI input and output (with ARC TV audio return channel) capable of passing Ultra HD 4K content through, joined by optical and coaxial inputs, an aux-in port and a USB input for external storage devices.

With regard to features, near the top of the list is connectivity for AirPlay and Bluetooth - so you can wirelessly stream music to it. It's also capable of supporting hi-res audio, via FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and DSD files.

But for those with Amazon Alexa devices (and the respective HEOS Home Entertainment skill), streaming music is faster and easier using your voice - and the soundbar will support Amazon's voice assistant. That function isn't available until the summer, unfortunately, but we look forward to playing with it when it is released.

Since it's a HEOS device, it'll also work wirelessly with all other HEOS speakers, including the HEOS 1 and HEOS 7.

The HEOS HomeCinema HS2 is available now, priced at £700.


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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.