Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar - Dreamedia AV
Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar - Dreamedia AV
Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar - Dreamedia AV
Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar - Dreamedia AV
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Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar

Compact soundbar with immersive audio tech
$2,099.00
$2,099.00

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Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar

Elevate Your Home Theater Experience

Welcome to a new horizon of auditory bliss with the Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar. Dreamedia is proud to present this exceptional soundbar that brings a cinematic audio experience into the comfort of your living room. With its sleek design and cutting-edge technology, the Denon HomeSB550 is more than just a soundbar; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in a world where every note, whisper, and explosion is delivered with unparalleled clarity and depth.

High-End Audio Engineering

The Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar is a masterpiece of audio precision, boasting a 4.0 channel system that envelopes you in a rich sound environment. Crafted with a passion for excellence, it features:

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X: Enjoy three-dimensional audio that flows around you, even overhead, capturing the full ambiance of your favorite movies and music.
  • Six-Driver Array: With a sophisticated six-driver setup, the soundbar delivers a powerful, wide-range audio performance.
  • Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The Denon DS-W1 subwoofer can be added for those desiring deeper, more resonant bass.
  • Support for High-Resolution Audio Formats: Revel in high-fidelity sound with up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD5.6 file support.

Visual Excellence in Harmony with Audio

The HomeSB550 doesn’t just sound good; it ensures your viewing experience is equally stellar:

  • 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision Support: Your visuals stay crisp and vibrant, matching the audio quality beat for beat.

Seamless Connectivity

Connectivity is key in today’s smart homes, and the Denon HomeSB550 leads the pack with an array of wireless options:

  • HEOS Built-in: For a multi-room audio system that plays music throughout your entire home.
  • Streaming Service Compatibility: Supports major services like Spotify, Tidal, and Amazon Music HD over Wi-Fi.
  • Voice Control: With Amazon Alexa built-in, control your sound experience using just your voice.
  • Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth, and More: Stream from any device with a plethora of connectivity options.

Intuitive Design and Control

Denon understands that technology should enhance, not complicate your life. Therefore, the HomeSB550 is designed with user-friendly features:

  • Compact and Stylish: A 26-inch footprint allows it to blend into any space without compromising on sound.
  • On-Speaker Control Panel: Proximity sensors activate the panel as your hand approaches, allowing for easy adjustments.
  • HEOS App Integration: Advanced controls and settings are at your fingertips with the intuitive HEOS app.

Effortless Setup and Integration

Setting up the Denon HomeSB550 is a breeze, ensuring you can enjoy your premium audio experience right out of the box:

  • Quick Setup: Get up and running in moments with a simple, intuitive process.
  • TV Remote Compatibility: Control your soundbar with the same remote you use for your TV.

Smart Home Ready

The HomeSB550 is designed to be a core part of your smart home ecosystem:

  • Compatibility with Major Automation Systems: Integrates seamlessly with Control4, Crestron, and other leading systems.
  • Roon Tested: Assures a high level of artistry and quality in networked music playback.

A Sound Investment

The Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar is priced competitively, making it an excellent value proposition for those seeking a premium audio experience without breaking the bank.

Detailed Specifications

  • Dimensions: 75 x 650 x 120mm ensures it fits neatly under your TV.
  • Weight: At 7.3 pounds, it's sturdy yet manageable.
  • Connectivity Options: Including HDMI eARC, Digital optical input, and more, for versatile connections to all your devices.

Unmatched Audio Capabilities

  • Speaker Configuration: Two 19mm tweeters, four 55mm full-range drivers, and three 'racetrack' passive radiators deliver a rich and detailed soundstage.
  • Audio Formats: Supports the latest in audio technology, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Control at Your Fingertips

  • Remote Control: A small, comprehensive remote is included for convenience.
  • Voice Control: Amazon Alexa is integrated for hands-free operation.
  • Touch Control: A proximity-sensing panel offers a modern touch to controlling your sound.

Beyond the Soundbar

The Denon HomeSB550 is not just a soundbar; it's a gateway to a more immersive audio experience:

  • Expandable System: Add an external subwoofer and Denon Home speakers for a full surround sound setup.
  • Wireless Surround Sound: Create a wireless surround sound system without the hassle of running cables.

The Dreamedia Touch

At Dreamedia, we know that every home theater is unique. That's why we stand ready to help you design the perfect system tailored to your space, preferences, and lifestyle. With the Denon HomeSB550, you're not just purchasing a soundbar; you're investing in an experience that we will help you craft to perfection.

Experience the Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar

Immerse yourself in the Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar's superior sound quality and seamless integration into your smart home. With Dreamedia, your ultimate home theater experience is just a step away. Elevate your entertainment and embrace the future of home audio with the Denon HomeSB550.

Our Review

Introduction

The Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar emerges as a versatile and compact audio solution aimed at enhancing the home theater experience. Positioned to appeal to both audiophiles and casual listeners, this sound bar promises a blend of high-quality audio, sleek design, and smart features. It is crafted for those who seek an upgrade from their TV's built-in speakers without the complexities of a full home theater setup.

Design and Build Quality

Denon has a reputation for well-crafted audio equipment, and the HomeSB550 Sound Bar is no exception. Sporting a minimalist aesthetic, its dimensions of 75 x 650 x 120mm and weight of 7.3 pounds suggest it can comfortably sit under most televisions without intruding into the living space. The build quality appears solid, with a design that should blend seamlessly into modern home decor. Attention to detail in the choice of materials indicates that this sound bar is built to last.

Connectivity Options

Connectivity is a strong suit for the HomeSB550. With HDMI eARC and a second HDMI port, digital optical input, an Ethernet socket, a 3.5mm analogue input, a USB socket, dual-band Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and Bluetooth 3.0, users have a plethora of options. This versatility ensures that the sound bar can integrate into virtually any home theater setup and cater to a variety of user preferences for both wired and wireless connections.

Audio Capabilities and Performance

The Denon HomeSB550 supports high-resolution audio formats up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD5.6, and is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Its speaker configuration includes two 19mm tweeters, four 55mm full-range drivers, and three 'racetrack' passive radiators. This setup promises to deliver a powerful auditory experience. However, the lack of upward firing drivers means that the spatial audio effect of Atmos content may not be as immersive as systems with dedicated height channels.

Control Options

Users can control the sound bar using the included remote, Amazon Alexa voice commands, a proximity-sensing control panel, or through the HEOS app. This range of options ensures that users can interact with the HomeSB550 in whichever way they find most convenient, whether they are tech-savvy or prefer traditional methods.

Features and Functionality

The Denon HomeSB550 is more than just a sound bar. It supports streaming from various services such as Spotify and Tidal over Wi-Fi, and can function as part of a Denon HEOS multi-room system. Its ability to process spatial audio and integrate into a wireless surround setup adds to its appeal. However, the true potential of its features, especially for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, may only be fully realized with additional speakers.

Sound Quality

At moderate volumes, the HomeSB550 delivers clear and immersive sound. The audio quality is crisp, and there's an appreciable sense of space. However, when pushed to higher volumes, the sound bar's performance reveals limitations. The bass, while adequate, lacks the depth and punch needed for a truly cinematic experience, and dialogue clarity can suffer. Adding an external subwoofer and additional Denon Home speakers as rears could mitigate some of these issues.

Pros and Cons

The Denon HomeSB550 boasts a compact form factor, excellent connectivity, and versatile control options. It delivers respectable sound quality with high-resolution audio support. However, the sound bar's performance at high volumes is less than stellar, with a lack of deep bass and a drop in sound quality. The spatial audio experience is also limited without extra speakers, and there is no room correction feature to optimize sound based on room acoustics.

Price and Value

Priced at £470 in the UK, $549 in the US, and AU$899 in Australia, the HomeSB550 sits in the mid-range bracket. Considering its feature set and performance, it offers fair value for those looking to enhance their audio experience without committing to a full surround system.

Comparison with Competitors

When matched against competitors in the same price range, the HomeSB550 holds its own with its array of features and solid build quality. However, other sound bars may offer better bass performance or a more convincing Atmos experience out of the box, without the need for additional components.

Final Thoughts

The Denon HomeSB550 Sound Bar is a commendable choice for users seeking to upgrade their TV's audio with a device that balances functionality with ease of use. It is best suited for those who value a wide range of connectivity options and the flexibility of a multi-room audio system. For those seeking ground-shaking bass or a full Dolby Atmos experience, additional speakers will be necessary. Despite its limitations at high volumes, the HomeSB550 remains a strong contender in the mid-range sound bar market, especially for users already invested in the Denon ecosystem.

Specifications

Audio Features

  • Number Of Channels: 4.0
  • Supports Video Quality: 4K
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • DTS: X
  • HDR10 Support: Yes
  • Dolby Vision Support: Yes
  • Six-Driver Array: Yes
  • Optional Wireless Subwoofer: Denon DS-W1

Wireless Connectivity

  • HEOS Built-in: Yes
  • Streaming Services: Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, TIDAL
  • Multi-Room Audio System: Yes
  • Bluetooth Enabled: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes

Voice Control

  • Amazon Alexa: Yes
  • Smart Home Automation System Compatibility: Control4, Crestron, others

Design

  • Dimensions: 26 inch footprint
  • Industrial Design: Yes
  • On-Speaker Control Panel: Yes
  • Proximity Sensors: Yes

Setup and Connectivity

  • Quick Setup: Yes
  • HEOS App Support: Yes
  • TV Remote Compatibility: Yes

Compatibility and Integration

  • HEOS Built-in Product Compatibility: Yes
  • Home Automation Drivers: Control4, Crestron, URC, Elan
  • Roon Tested: Yes

General

  • UPC: 883795005470

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