Denon has just launched a new family of wireless home speakers, called HEOS. The company, looking to go up against Sonos, will release the selection of wireless speakers that can tap into both local and cloud-hosted media collections. Music buffs will not only be able to listen to a synchronized experience through each speaker, it's also possible to have speakers play something entirely different with iOS and Android support to boot.
If you own a Windows Phone (or don't have a home Wi-Fi network) there's an optional HEOS Extender which will act as a bridge and work the magic. The company states leading cloud services will be supported for sourcing content, but we're not entirely sure which services will be included. The family of speakers come in three flavours – the HEOS 3, 5 and 7. Starting with the highest option, HEOS 7 sports five class D amplifiers, two custom tweeters and mid-woofers, one sub-woofer and two radiators. It's serious kit.
There are also USB and aux-in ports available for wiring up both ancient and up-to-date hardware. The HEOS 5 is the middle-range option with four class D amplifiers, mid-woofers and a passive radiator, sharing identical inputs as its more expensive sibling. Finally, the HEOS 3 is the smallest of the three speaker setups with a 2-channel digital amplifier, dual full-range woofers and the same input selection.
The main question now is cost. Just how much will the HEOS range set consumers back? Priced between $299 and $599, depending on which model is selected, the speakers are available in black or solver-white and can be found in stores from later this month. Those who may be looking to add an existing stereo, Denon has teased pre-amp and amplifier units.