Wireless sound around your home
All HEOS (by Denon) music systems connect together by dual-band Wi-Fi, making them easy to set up with your existing home network. Should your signal be weak in a certain part of your home, then the HEOS Extend can be used to boost the signal quality. Up to 32 HEOS units can be set up at one time, ensuring even the largest of homes are covered for multi-room music. Should you prefer to stick with a wired connection, then you can make use of the Ethernet socket that’s standard on all HEOS speaker systems.
Effortless control from your smartphone or tablet
Once you’ve set up the HEOS systems, controlling them is simple with the free HEOS app. This user-friendly app uses three main tabs that feature at all times – Rooms, Music and Now Playing. Rooms allows individual control of the music being played in a particular room. You can see what music is playing where, from anywhere around your home. For an instant ‘party mode’ simply ‘pinch’ the zones together and get up to eight speaker zones, all playing the same music at once. The Music tab selects the streaming music service or stored music either on your device or a remote device connected via the DLNA network. This means you should be able to access pretty much all the digitally stored music available in your home. Now playing gives you artist, title and track timer information plus lets you control the master volume and also view the music queue.
Now with Bluetooth
The latest version of the HEOS 5 HS2 now comes with the added bonus of built-in Bluetooth. This means that, even if you don’t take advantage of the HEOS multi-room room system, you can get quick and easy Bluetooth streaming from any smartphone or tablet. Bluetooth connectivity is also handy if the speaker is outside of your wi-fi range – such as a sunny day in the garden.
A great benefit of choosing the HEOS system is its class-leading compatibility. In terms of music streaming services, it’s compatible with Spotify Connect (requires Spotify Premium account), Rhapsody, Pandora, TuneIn and other services offering DRM-free tracks. Supported music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC and WAV, making it compatible with just about all stored music libraries.
Denon hi-fi sound quality
A big step up on the 3 in terms of sound quality, the HEOS 5 HS2 is the first in the range to use a two-way speaker system. Rather than using full-range speakers for the left and right channels, the HEOS 5 HS2 boasts separate tweeters and woofers. This array benefits the sound quality in all areas. At the top end, the treble is more spacious and detailed. The mid-range is better defined and has a more natural quality. At the bass end, an additional passive bass radiator ensures the HEOS 5 HS2 can hit hard when the music requires. As with all the HEOS speakers, a Class-D, digital amplifier keeps the speakers under tight check and ensures the most dynamic sound quality whilst still being efficient to run.
Added connectivity from USB and 3.5mm Aux
In addition to wireless connectivity, the HEOS 5 HS2 also offers both USB and 3.5mm AUX connections. Plug in your USB media stick and listen to stored music anywhere on the network! The 3.5mm AUX input is ideal for adding another local source, such as MP3 player or even your TV to the main speaker zone.
The perfect wireless speaker for medium-sized rooms; in terms of sound-per-size little, if anything, can beat the HEOS 5 HS2.