Denon HEOS Amp
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Not what I expected
Do you have a good pair of speakers collecting dust? Put them to use with the Denon HEOS Amp. This compact amplifier can supply enough power for most bookshelf speakers, and even some efficient tower speakers. With built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the versatile HEOS Amp puts a huge selection of wireless music at your fingertips. Download the free HEOS app for Apple®, Android™, or Kindle to play and control tunes wirelessly — including high-resolution music.
Wish your speakers had more bass? The HEOS Amp has a preamp output for connecting a powered subwoofer.
Just add indoor or outdoor speakers to enjoy your wireless tunes, in stereo.
Our in-house A/V designers tell us that outdoor speaker customers call with two common conundrums:
The HEOS Amp is a good solution for either scenario. You can place the amp just inside and it will deliver clean sound to a pair of outdoor speakers. Plus, with the help of a good Wi-Fi router or extender, you can control everything out on the deck with your phone or tablet. This saves you a trip inside every time you need to change the music.
After you download the HEOS app to your smartphone or tablet, you'll find an incredible amount of music to play through your stereo speakers. You have access to music stored on your smartphone or tablet, plus downloads found on a server or computer. This second-generation HEOS Amp will even play your high-resolution music files.
There's also support for Pandora®, TIDAL, Amazon Prime, and SiriusXM. Pull up a new song or podcast on SoundCloud, or stream Internet radio from TuneIn or iHeartRadio. And if you're a Spotify® Premium subscriber, Spotify Connect lets you play all your favorite albums and playlists.
Want to listen to live clips from YouTube? Or maybe you have a new music service that's not yet available through the HEOS app? The latest generation of HEOS has you covered. Use Bluetooth to stream any and all audio sources from your phone or tablet through the HEOS 1, without restrictions. You can also send that Bluetooth stream to other HEOS speakers.
The HEOS app lets you choose one song for speakers connected to the HEOS Amp, and something completely different on other HEOS speakers elsewhere. Or you can group HEOS speakers together and have the same tunes playing through several rooms. Have first-generation HEOS gear? All HEOS components are compatible, so you can mix and match.
The HEOS Amp has analog and digital connections for other audio sources like a disc player, cable or satellite box, turntable, portable music player, or streaming media device. You can send music from any of these connected sources to other HEOS speakers and components.
HEOS 7 - The largest speaker in the HEOS family is great for large rooms and open floor plans.
HEOS 5 - This mid-sized speaker is perfect for medium-sized rooms like a kitchen or bedroom.
HEOS 3 - Set up this HEOS speaker in a bedroom or office.
HEOS HomeCinema - Dramatically improve TV sound and play your music with this sound bar and wireless sub combo.
HEOS Link - Enjoy HEOS through your stereo system or with powered speakers.
Awesome performance. Great full deep sound quality.
Average Customer Review(s):
Not what I expected
Awesome performance. Great full deep sound quality.
Pros: performs as I expected based on ads and Crutchfield Customer Service.
I can't complain about the function or sound. Easy to setup. Not compatible with Play Fi to do speaker groups on Spotify. (that's my fault as I have anthem and paradigm products) If it had Play Fi I could setup my outside speakers in a group. Not sure what I'm going to do with this thing as it doesn't fit into what I initially bought it for.
Pros: Easy setup, sounds good
So easy to setup, and the app is awesome. Wife and kids love it too.
Easy to install. Small and compact. I am using it to drive 4 outdoor speakers in my pool area and patio. Was easy to get up and running.
Pros: Easy install and setup. Easily drives 4 speakers (8 ohm).
Cons: None to speak of.
Easy to install and is powering all my outdoor speakers. Highly recommended
Great app run amp. I am using it with a Heos reciever and the integration is flawless.
Pros: No lag time in zones. Easy app to combine inputs or seperate. Individual zone volume is really easy in the app.
Cons: They are tough to rack mount. They are mm over half rack.
Excellent product! Great design. We'll made. Connects with our IOS devices to access streaming media and control the units ooerations. One major negative is Apple''s streaming services and music content do not work on the unit. Not compatible. We use Apple TV to manage and deliver Apple content seperate from the HEOS.
Wanted to stream music to my wired speakers - does this and more. Easy to setup/install and use.
Works exactly as described. Wifi reaches our pool shed so I decided to try this out. The app actually works great. Music is good quality but I'm waiting for my quality speakers to arrive before I can really determine the hifi. Very happy with purchase.
Great product. Music is crystal clear. Hardware is top notch and a step up compared to competition. Software is on par with competition and constantly improving. I tried all of the competing brands and found that HEOS is just a better overall solution for my needs.
HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Sound: The HEOS Amp (HS2) is part of the HEOS wireless multiroom, high resolution audio system. HEOS is a wireless multi-room sound system comprising a family of network music amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, and speakers for your whole home. There is a free app to control them from your iOS or Android phone or tablet. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, internet radio, or your own music collection. Plus, set-up is intuitive and simple. To Make HEOS work in your home, you'll need..
Note: The HEOS wireless multi-room sound system can support up to 32 HEOS music amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, and/or speakers (sold separately) on a single wireless network.
Wireless Amplifier: The HEOS Amp (HS2) is designed to add HEOS multiroom audio functionality to a pair of stereo speakers. Featuring advanced Class D amplification, the HEOS Amp (HS2) delivers 100 watts of power per channel (70W +70W into 8Ω at 20Hz-20kHz with 0.05% THD), with low distortion and high current capability that provides reliable and stable operation with lower impedance speakers, including 4-ohms models. In addition to the stereo speaker outputs (binding-posts), the HEOS Amp (HS2) features a mono-RCA sub output for connection to a powered subwoofer.
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The HEOS system uses your home's wireless (WiFi) network for whole-house audio entertainment. The HEOS Amp (HS2) can connect to your home's network via Ethernet (RJ-45) or WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac). At least a dual-band (2.4/5GHZ) "N" router is recommended for the most reliable wireless network connection. The free HEOS HEOS app for Apple iOS and Android is used for wireless (WiFi) setup with your home's network.
Note: A WiFi extender (sold separately) may be necessary if your network's wireless signal is weak to some of the HEOS systems in your application.
High-Res & Audiophile-Grade Synchronization: To deliver a true audiophile listening experience for high-resolution music playback (up to 24-bit/192kHz) with multiple HEOS components at once, each HEOS device must be synchronized to an extremely high degree. Based on years of meticulous research, HEOS delivers unparalleled synchronization performance within microseconds for exceptional high-resolution music playback.
HEOS App: You'll need to download the HEOS App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store onto your Apple iOS (7.0+) or Android (2.3+) device. The app is required and provides everything you need to set up and enjoy music on the HEOS system. Using your mobile device and the HEOS app, you can setup, browse, explore, and control HEOS system right in the palm of your hand, from anywhere in your home. Your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home wireless (WiFi) network as the HEOS wireless multiroom system. The HEOS app consists of 4 control screens.
Note: The only controls that are physically located on the HEOS Amp (HS2) are Volume Up/Down and Mute.
HEOS Account: Prior to using the system, you'll need to setup up your free HEOS account. Your HEOS account remembers all your settings and preferences such as all your music service logins and HEOS playlists. When you'd like to add multiple smartphone or tablet controllers to your system, you only need to sign in to each new device with your HEOS user name and password. Instantly all your music services and HEOS playlists are available in the new controller too. If you prefer, we support multiple HEOS accounts in a single household. This way, each family member can enjoy their own personalized Pandora or Spotify account settings and still share all the same HEOS devices in the home.
Multi-Room Configuration: Combing the HEOS Amp (HS2) with other HEOS wireless music amplifiers and speakers (sold separately), you can configure a true wireless multi-room sound system in your home. You can play the same song in every room or any combination of rooms you choose, including a different song in every room. The HEOS wireless audio system automatically synchronizes audio playback between multiple speakers so that the audio coming from different rooms is perfectly in sync with great sound.
Note: A Group refers to the HEOS App's ability to play multiple HEOS systems together, so you're simultaneously outputting the same source information from all the HEOS systems. Grouping the systems will also allow proper synchronization to all systems so you should never hear an audio delay between the HEOS systems.
High Resolution & Compressed Music Formats: The HEOS Amp (HS2) supports compatibility with high-resolution audio files for the ultimate listening experience over network (DLNA) or USB (MSC), all in the convenience of your home. Listen to uncompressed WAV (PCM), ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) music files up to 24-bit/192-kHz. HEOS is also compatible with compressed music files; such as MP3, WMA, and AAC (MPEG4).
|Compatible Audio Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|AAC (MPEG-4)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a|
|WAV (PCM)||32/44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||.wav|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||.flac|
|ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec)||44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||.m4A|
Note: Compatibility with DSD (audio coding format of SACD) and AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) high-resolutions music files will be supported later this year via a firmware/software update.
USB Port: The HEOS Amp (HS2) is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of high-resolution and compressed music files from a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive (formatted in FAT 16/32). You'll be able to control your USB device's music and view song/artist info from the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the amplifier's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. USB audio can be distributed other HEOS products connected to your home network.
Note: It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the USB port of this unit using a USB cable.
DLNA Certified: The HEOS Amp (HS2) is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant. This allows you to wirelessly stream a variety of high-resolution and compressed music files stored on your network connected Windows PC or DLNA-certified NAS drives to the HEOS Amp (HS2). From the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device you can browse music files, control playback and view song/artist information with album art. DLNA music content can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.
Online Music Services: You'll be able to stream your favorite online music service like Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Tidal, Amazon, Rhapsody, TuneIn, Spotify Connect, and Amazon Music. More streaming music services coming soon (stay tuned). The HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information with Album Art. You can create a "Favorite" station list, so you can quickly access your favorite internet radio stations and online music channels. These online music services can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.
Mobile Device Streaming: Using the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you are able to stream your mobile device's music library to the HEOS Amp (HS2). You'll be able to browse your music library by Artist, Album, Genre, and Song; control music playback functions like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track; and view song/artist info with Album Art from the app on your compatible mobile device. You can even type in an artist name or song title to find music in your mobile device's library. Your device's music library can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.
Bluetooth Music Streaming: The HEOS Amp (HS2) offers built-in Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop to the wireless network amplifier. You will continue to control music playback and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled source device. You can stream directly to HEOS Amp (HS2), as well as distribute the Bluetooth audio signal to other HEOS products over the network.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The HEOS Amp (HS2) features a stereo RCA input and stereo minijack audio input to connect two external analog devices. It is also fitted with an optical (tosAmp) digital input for connection of an external digital device. The optical digital input supports 2-channel, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit audio. The analog & Digital inputs can be distributed to other HEOS products via the network.
Alexa Compatible (via firmware update): Through a network firmware update, HEOS and Amazon Alexa customers can now enjoy the convenience of Alexa voice control plus high-quality wireless home audio. In addition to controlling your HEOS components with the HEOS app on your mobile device or tablet, you can now control them with Amazon Alexa voice technology and an Amazon Alexa device (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show - all sold separately). Voice control features include -
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate your HEOS products via voice-command. Youre HEOS components and the Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.
Google Assistant Support (via firmware update): Ask your Google Home, the Google app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.4+), or other devices with Google Assistant built-in to control HEOS content across your listening environment. Once you start music in the HEOS app, you can ask the Google Assistant to control volume, play, pause, skip tracks, and more. Once you have grouped your HEOS-enabled devices using the HEOS app, you can use the Google Assistant and voice commands to control a group of HEOS devices as a whole. Make sure the unit has the latest HEOS software and firmware update installed.
- A firmware update (scheduled for 2019) will allow you to use the Google Assistant and your voice to queue up music services, power on/off devices, switch inputs and more.
- Click here for more info on Google Assistant for HEOS.
AC Power + Power Modes: The HEOS Amp (HS2) operates off of standard household current using its built-in power supply (100-240V) and detachable AC power cord. The wireless network amplifier offers 3 power modes.
Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from HEOS are delivered to the HEOS Amp (HS2) via your home network's Internet connection. When such updates become available, you will be notified when you open the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device.
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The Denon HEOS Amp and HEOS Link let you integrate your existing home audio system with a wireless Denon HEOS multi-room audio system.