In the Denon catalog, the first soundbar with Dolby Atmos support appeared – the Sound Bar 550 model. This soundbar is part of the Heos multiroom ecosystem and has all the necessary network functions.
The model can be connected to a pair of wireless speakers from the Heos series (Home 150, 250 or 350) as rear satellites and a DSW-1H subwoofer – and organize a full-fledged multi-channel cinema. In the soundbar itself, two 19-mm tweeters, four 55-mm wideband and three oval passive emitters of 50×90 mm are installed — they are powered by a 4-channel amplifier.
The soundbar is connected to the network both wirelessly and wirelessly. To the sources – via HDMI eARC or optics (the soundbar can be used to transmit the video signal). You can also install a USB drive in the Sound Bar 550 and play content directly from it. You can also connect any other source using a 3.5 mm plug cable. The built-in DAC is ready to work with audio signal quality up to 24 bit / 192 kHz PCM and DSD up to 5.6 MHz. There is also support for AirPlay 2.
On the top panel of the soundbar there are touch keys — their backlight lights up when the user approaches. For control, both the proprietary Heos application and the included remote control are used. Built-in microphones allow you to control the Sound Bar 550 with voice commands in the Alexa ecosystem.
The device supports all the necessary surround sound standards: both Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. The start of sales of Denon Sound Bar 550 is scheduled for mid-February, the cost of the soundbar in Europe will be 649 euros.