(Pocket-lint) – In search of a soundbar to amp your TV’s sound? Denon has simply introduced a gorgeous addition to its Residence vary: the Denon Residence Sound Bar 550.

In the beginning this medium-sized soundbar is designed to reinforce your TV’s audio – and any gadgets, equivalent to next-gen consoles, that you’ll have linked up.

It might decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based three-dimensional codecs, outputting by way of its quad 55mm drivers, twin 19mm tweeters and a trio of bass radiators to provide rounded sound with out the necessity for a subwoofer.


However the Residence Sound Bar 550 is all about growth too. You’ll be able to add a subwoofer. You’ll be able to add Denon Residence separates, wirelessly, to create a wider encompass sound system if you want too. Or just sync it with different Denon Heos merchandise to create a multi-room system as you please – whether or not that is the Denon Residence 350, 250 or 150.

The Sound Bar 550 – which measures 650mm lengthy x 75mm excessive x 120mm deep – is sufficiently small to not get in the way in which of a TV display screen, whereas its touch-panel management system solely illuminates when being interacted with to make sure no undesirable reflections.

There’s additionally an included distant, or you may work together utilizing the Denon Heos app – or your voice utilizing Amazon Alexa or Apple’s Siri (the latter by way of AirPlay 2 and your iOS gadget, not direct microphone pickup). There is not any Google Assistant help at the moment.


So whether or not you need to use the Residence Sound Bar 550 for music, TV audio, Blu-ray, or next-gen consoles, there are sufficient wired and wi-fi connections to cater to your wants. An HDMI enter is paired subsequent to an HDMI output (with eARC) to cross Hello-Res Audio (as much as 192Hz/24-bit), 4K UHD HDR, with HDCP 2.three compliance guaranteeing the mandatory handshakes are made. 

And with a value of £/$599/€649 we might relatively wish to shake Denon’s hand, because the Residence Sound Bar 550 appears like an ideal addition to the Residence vary at a effectively thought-about value. Let’s hope it sounds nearly as good – which we’ll discover out once we acquire a overview pattern round its “mid February” launch date (pre-orders open 1 February).

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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