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Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  1 comments

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
App-driven HEOS eco-system
Up to 5.1 channels
Wireless HEOS surround and sub options
Minus
Nearly no front-panel controls
No low-volume mode
No Dolby Atmos or DTS:X

THE VERDICT
The Denon HEOS AVR reimagines the black-box receiver as a sleek, shapely, app-driven beauty that leverages the home network to provide wireless sub and surrounds.

Having successfully developed their own wireless ecosystem under the HEOS brand, Denon is using it to reinvent the audio/video receiver. What the company calls the HEOS AVR departs from the black-box norm by offering suave dove-gray aluminum as an optional alternative to the usual black. It isn’t a box, either, or at least not a pure rectangular solid, thanks to a diagonally split, convex front panel. Whereas other A/V receivers wear lots of buttons or conceal them behind a flip-down door, the HEOS AVR has a front panel that’s pointedly devoid of any controls except a large metal volume dial. And in lieu of a front-panel display, it has only a large horizontal LED stripe in the HEOS style for volume and status. This isn’t just another receiver. It’s a deliberate provocation.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 12, 2017  |  1 comments
917applebow.jpgApple will take the wraps off a new version of AirPlay in December as part of the forthcoming iOS 11. AirPlay 2 goes multi-room by including a multiple-speaker function that enables you to pick speakers throughout the home. You might send different songs to different rooms. Multiple users can contribute songs to a playlist. AirPlay 2 can also reach Apple TV devices, thanks to the tvOS 11 update, and it integrates with Apple HomeKit smart home devices.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
dARTS celebrated its recent renaming by flaunting 50 grand worth of holistically integrated surround gear in one of the show's best-sounding demos.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  1 comments
The triple highlights of the Parasound booth were a new ZoneMaster two-channel amp, new five-channel amp, and new phono preamp, all designed with a knack for combining performance and value.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Take a look at the four-element Trinnov room correction setup microphone, with one element elevated over the other three. The mic performs time-based measurements of phase and impulse response plus the azimuth and elevation of all speakers. We decided to show this instead of the customary black-box product shot. You're welcome.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
You may have heard about Bluesound's Pulse Soundbar before but you probably haven't heard about a couple of recent updates.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
How dare you, sir, how dare you accuse soundbars of being low-end proletarian piffle when Paradigm is custom-cutting aluminum enclosures to match the flat screens of its discerning clientele.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The sound rooms lining one side of the show floor featured loads of great projection and surround demos (thank you, GoldenEar, Meridian, and Emotiva). Many featured in-walls. One of the few to feature new freestanding speakers in our beat was RBH.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Dynaudio celebrates 40th anniversary with a special speaker.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Where are the woofers in ELAC's new Adante speaker line? The camera didn't catch them because they were hiding within the enclosures.

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