Denon’s HEOS platform has been revamped of late and has become a serious multiroom contender. The Home range comprises the Sound Bar, Subwoofer, and 150, 250 and 350 wireless speakers.
With HEOS built into all of these and many Denon and Marantz amplifiers / receivers, creating a flexible, easy-to-use, music and film streaming system is a breeze. Here, we’ll be looking at the Home 150 wireless speaker in more detail.
This mighty marvel is a direct rival to the well-known Sonos One Gen 2 multiroom speaker. The compact 150 is made up of a 3.5” woofer, a 1” tweeter and a Class-D amplifier. The body is encased in a woven fabric designed to deter dust and requires very little upkeep.
As expected from any multiroom system, HEOS supports all major streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Music, to name a few.
Connectivity also includes Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth, USB and a 3.5mm jack in each speaker as well as 24-bit 192kHz support. The USB and 3.5mm are rarely found in speakers of this size, so are a great addition.
This Home system now offers much more than the market leader, and the fun doesn’t stop there. With Amazon Alexa built in, the Home system has full voice control for the ultimate convenience. You can also use Siri and Google Assistant via third-party devices, such as your iPhone or Android phone.
Those of you familiar with the Denon brand might be aware that the company goes hand in hand with Marantz. Given the huge catalogue of high-end audio products being produced by these companies, it’s safe to say the Denon Home 150 sounds pretty good.
In fact, scrap that, the Denon Home 150 sounds great! Taking its the size and shape into consideration, it offers a surprisingly large sound stage and ample low-end detail despite being only a mono speaker, and the top to that mid-range has plenty of depth too.
I used ours for the better part of a day and not once did I feel the need to criticise or get involved with the Digital EQ in the brilliant Denon app. For me, it ticked all the right boxes a small speaker should. Don’t get me wrong, it will not be replacing your hi-fi any time soon, but it certainly has its place. As a secondary speaker that offers a lot more than some of its rivals, it is clear the multiroom market has become anyone’s game.
If you’re interested in getting involved with multiroom, want to know what options there are or what’s possible, why not pop into one of our stores for a full demonstration!
Author: Dave, Bath store