Network Multiroom Audio
Remote & Convenience Features
Powerful Class D Amplification: The HEOS AVR by Denon is equipped with
a Class D 5-channel amplifier rated at 50-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with
0.05% THD, driving 2 channels). The AVR's Class
D amplifier delivers low distortion and high current capability that provides
reliable and stable operation with lower impedance speakers, including 4-ohms
System Configuration: The HEOS AVR can be configured for a 2.0, 2.1,
3.1, or 5.1 channel setup. You can setup a completely wired speaker system or
wirelessly connect the
HEOS Sub and a pair of
HEOS speakers for surrounds. The HEOS Sub & HEOS Speakers wirelessly connect
to the HEOS AVR via a direct 2.4GHz transmission (up to 30'). You can even
wirelessly connect the
HEOS Amp to a pair of passive speakers for rear surrounds. Front and Center speakers have to be wired to
the AVR via speaker cable.
- 2.0ch: A simple 2.0 channel stereo system can be configured by
connecting a pair of loudspeakers to the AVR's front speaker outputs.
- 2.1ch: A simple 2.1 channel stereo system can be configured by
connecting a pair of loudspeakers to the AVR's front speaker outputs and a
powered subwoofer to the AVR's LFE output, or wirelessly connect the
- 3.1ch: A 3.1ch audio system can be configured by connecting a
pair of loudspeakers and center speaker to the AVR's front and center
channel speaker outputs, plus a powered subwoofer to the AVR's LFE output or
wirelessly connect the
- 5.1ch: A 5.1ch home theater system can be configured by
connecting a pair of loudspeakers and center speaker to the AVR's front and
center channel speaker outputs, a pair of rear speakers to the AVR's
surround speaker outputs or wirelessly connect a pair of
HEOS speakers for surrounds, plus a powered subwoofer to the AVR's LFE
output or wirelessly connect the
HEOS Sub. You can also wirelessly connect the
HEOS Amp to a pair of passive speakers for rear surrounds.
Note: System configuration is done through the HEOS app on your
Apple iOS or Android device.
Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio: The HEOS AVR supports
DTS-HD Master Audio,
Dolby Digital, &
DTS through HDMI. It also supports Dolby Digital & DTS through its Optical &
Coaxial digital inputs.
High Resolution & Compressed Music Formats: The HEOS AVR
supports compatibility with high-resolution audio files for the ultimate
listening experience over DLNA or USB. Listen to uncompressed WAV (PCM), ALAC
(Apple Lossless Audio Codec), and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) music files
up to 24-bit/192-kHz; as well as DSD (2.8/5.6MHz). HEOS is also compatible with
compressed music files; such as MP3, WMA, and AAC (MPEG4).
| Resolution || Compatible Audio Formats || Sampling Frequencies ||Bit rate ||
| Hi-Res ||WAV
32/44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||.wav |
(Free Lossless Audio Codec) ||
44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||.flac |
(Apple Lossless Audio Codec) ||
44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||.m4A |
2.8/5.6 MHz ||1-bit ||.dsf/.dff |
| Compressed ||MP3
(MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) ||
32/44.1/48 kHz ||32-320 kbps ||.mp3 |
(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 |
Note: Compatibility with AIFF (Audio Interchange File
Format) high-resolutions music files will be supported later this year via a
HDMI 2.0b: Featuring four HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC
output, the HEOS AVR incorporates an advanced video section that features the
latest HDMI 2.0b specification, including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video,
High Dynamic Range (HDR), BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, & 4:4:4 Pure Color
sub-sampling. The HEOS AVR also features HDCP 2.2 compatibility, a requirement
for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content.
- 4K/60Hz: The HEOS AVR supports up to 4K (3840x2160
pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on
all of its HDMI inputs and output. It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p,
1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI. There is no video resolution
- HDCP 2.2: All of the AVR's HDMI jacks support HDCP 2.2,
which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K
- HDR (High Dynamic Range): The HEOS AVR supports HDR 10.
HDR provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater
detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a
greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater
contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image,
from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: All HDMI jacks support RGB,
YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or
50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma
(color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as
big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus
greater color accuracy and detail.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard
delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total
visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as
the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only
35% of the total visual color spectrum.
- 3D Ready: The HEOS AVR supports 3D video pass-through
(720p/1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast
devices to 3D-compatible TVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI).
Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D content.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the HDMI
output allows audio to be sent from your ARC compatible TV to the HEOS AVR
through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to
your television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your
Note: Out of the box, the HEOS AVR is only compatible with
HDR10. Through a future firmware update (scheduled for October 2017), the
unit will also support Dolby Vision.
Digital & Analog Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity,
the HEOS AVR is outfitted with digital (optical/coaxial) and analog (RCA/minijack)
- Optical & Coaxial: For TVs without ARC via HDMI, you
can connect the HEOS AVR via one of the two available digital audio
connections; one optical (toslink) and one coaxial (RCA) digital audio input
are provided. These digital inputs support 2ch PCM (32-192kHz; 16/20/24-bit) and 5.1ch Dolby
- RCA/Minijack: Additionally, Denon has included a stereo
analog RCA and stereo minijack (3.5mm) input jack that let you connect the HEOS AVR to a legacy
components without HDMI or a digital output. This connection only supports
2ch PCM. You need a phono preamp or a turntable with a built-in phono preamp
to connect a record player.
USB Port: The HEOS AVR 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 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 receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.
USB audio can be distributed other HEOS products connected to your home network.
- Music Browsing: Use the HEOS app on your mobile device
to browse your connected USB device's music library by Artist, Album, Genre,
or Song. You can also type in an artist name or song title to find music in
your USB device's library.
- Playback Control: Basic playback control from the HEOS
app includes Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.
- Song/Artist Info: You are able to view song/artist
information with Album Art from your inserted USB device on the HEOS app.
Note: It is not possible to connect and use a computer via
the USB port of this unit using a USB cable.
Bluetooth Music Streaming: The HEOS AVR offers built-in
Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your
smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop to the receiver. You can
control basic playback function, such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from
the included remote control. Advanced music browsing and song/artist/album
information is still done from your Bluetooth-enabled source device. Bluetooth
audio can be streamed to only the AVR, or distributed to other HEOS
speakers and amplifiers over the network for multiroom audio playback.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals (Color-Coded): The HEOS AVR
has binding-post terminals for all speaker connections. The binding-post
terminals can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).
The AVR will accept speaker impedances of 4 to 16-ohm. The receiver comes with
color-coded labels to easily identify which channel a speaker cable should be
connected to. Since the speaker cables have labels in the same colors as the
connectors on the AVR's rear panel, there's no longer any confusion about which
terminals they should be connected to.
LFE Subwoofer Output: The HEOS AVR by Denon is outfitted with a
mono-RCA subwoofer LFE output for connecting a powered subwoofer (sold
Network Multiroom Audio
HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Sound: The HEOS AVR by Denon is
part of the
HEOS wireless multi-room audio eco-system; comprising of a family of
wireless network speakers, AV receivers, amplifiers, & pre-amplifiers for your
whole home. There is a free app to control them from your Apple iOS or Android
mobile device. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, internet
radio, or your own music collection through out your home. Plus, set-up is
intuitive and simple. To make HEOS wireless multi-room audio work in your home,
- Denon's HEOS network audio speakers, receiver amplifiers, and/or
- a wireless (WiFi) home network with internet connection
- an Apple iOS or Android mobile device connected to your home wireless
- the free HEOS by Denon app downloaded on your Apple iOS or Android
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The HEOS system uses
your home's wireless (WiFi) network for whole-house audio entertainment. The
HEOS AVR can connect to your home's network via Ethernet (RJ-45) or dual-WiFi
(802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4GHz/5GHz). At least a dual-band (2.4/5GHZ) "N" router is
recommended for the most reliable wireless network connection for
high-resolution music playback. The free HEOS app for Apple iOS and Android is
used for wireless (WiFi) setup with your home's network.
- Wired Setup: Simply connect the HEOS AVR to your home
network using an Ethernet cable and the receiver will appear on the HEOS app
on your Apple iOS or Android device as a new room in the Rooms screen of the
- Wireless Setup: Use the HEOS app on your mobile device
and the included minijack cable to connect the HEOS AVR wirelessly to your
home's WiFi network. During setup, you will need to connect the included
minijack cable to the headphone jack of your mobile device and the Aux input
of the HEOS AVR. The app will then copy your mobile device's wireless
network settings over to the receiver via the connected cable. You can add
additional HEOS products to your system by selecting "Add Device"
from the HEOS app's settings menu.
Note: A WiFi extender (sold separately) may be necessary if
your network's wireless signal is weak to some of the HEOS products in your application.
Hi-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 Gen 2: HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) products, like the HEOS AVR, will distribute high-resolution music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz)
throughout your home to other HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) product; without any
- HEOS Gen 1: HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) products, like the HEOS AVR, will down-sample high-resolution music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz) to
CD-quality (16-bit/44.1kHz) and then distribute the music throughout your
home to older HEOS Gen 1 product.
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.
The HEOS system includes access to more than 100,000 free internet radio
streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn radio service. Just
select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 100,000
stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that
appeals to your mood.
Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love.
Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians
or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar
tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and
Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to
100 stations and easily switch between favorites.
Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to
Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the HEOS system. Spotify
is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the
largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting).
Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with
your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular;
and create your own music library with customized playlists.
- iHeart Radio:
iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming
service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the
country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring
songs from the artist you select and similar music.
SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio
lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music,
talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month)
that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a
collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to
purchase or download the music.
TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in
high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or
$19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music
library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at
Music: Listen to over a million songs, thousands of playlists,
and ad-free personalized stations with Amazon Music. Requires an
Amazon Prime membership (currently $10.99 per month or $99 per year).
- 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.
- There is no built-in AM/FM tuner.
Mobile Device Streaming: Using the HEOS app on your Apple
iOS or Android mobile device, you are able to stream your device's music library
to the HEOS AVR. 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.
- Playlists: You can save the Now Playing queue as a HEOS
Playlist that you can recall later. The new playlist will be available from
the Playlists button on the Music tab on the HEOS controller app.
- Music Sharing: The HEOS App also has a feature called
"Music Sharing" which can share the local music stored on your mobile device
to other HEOS app users on your home network. The name of the mobile device
you are sharing from will appear as a new Local Music source allowing other
HEOS controller apps to browse and play music on your device from their
DLNA Certified: The HEOS AVR 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 AVR. 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.
Multi-Room Configuration: By combining the HEOS AVR with
Denon 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 audio source (other than your connected TV) in every room or any
combination of rooms you choose, including a different song in every room. The
Denon 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.
- Systems: The HEOS wireless multi-room sound system by
Denon can support up to 32 HEOS speakers, receivers, amplifiers, and/or
pre-amplifiers (all sold separately) on a single wireless network.
- Sources: The following sources can be distributed
through the HEOS multi-room audio system - receiver inputs
(HDMI/Optical/Coax/Aux), compatible online music services, DLNA music
servers, Bluetooth audio, compatible music files stored on a USB mass
storage class device, and music on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device.
- Groups: You can join or group up to eight individual
speakers or amplifiers into a group of speakers that function as if they
were a single speaker. The HEOS App is also flexible enough where you can
create up to 16 Groups (2 speakers/amplifiers per Group).
- Party Mode: You can easily group 16 rooms together into
Party Mode by using a "pinch" gesture.
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.
HEOS Account: Prior to using the HEOS 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 speakers in the home.
Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from HEOS
are delivered to the HEOS AVR 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.
Remote & Convenience Features
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 (4.0+) 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 speaker system.
The HEOS app consists of 4 control screens.
- Settings: The "Settings" screen enables you to connect
one or more HEOS speakers, receivers, amplifiers, and/or pre-amplifiers to
your home's wireless network. You also get access to settings such as Speaker Configuration
(2.0/2.1/3.1/5.1), Speaker Level, and Speaker Distance from within the app.
- Rooms: From the app on your Apple iOS or Android
device, you can select which rooms you want playing. You can play the same
music in multiple rooms by grouping rooms together, or you can listen to a
different source in each room.
- Music/Sources: You can select what music and which
source you want to listen to from the app. Choose from online music services
like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Tidal, etc.; your music library on your Apple
iOS or Android device, Windows PC/DLNA server, or USB thumbdrive; and HDMI,
Digital (optical/coaxial), or Aux inputs; as well as Bluetooth on the HEOS
AVR. You can also select music from Playlists you've created, Favorites
you've saved, and your recent
- Now Playing: The "Now Playing" screen displays song,
artist, and album information; along with Album Art. You also get basic
playback controls like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track, plus Volume
controls Up/Down and Mute. In addition the "Now Play" screen functions
unique to the selected online music service or music library.
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
Echo Dot, Tap and
Echo Show - all sold separately). Voice control features include -
- Alex voice commands include Volume (up/down, specific volume number, &
mute); Playback (Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Resume); and Power
on/off. The HEOS Bar and HEOS AVR even support HDMI switching (1-4) through
Alexa voice command.
- You can group your HEOS-enabled devices using the HEOS app with an Alexa-friendly
name. Once they are grouped, Alexa voice commands will control the group as
a whole. If you want to play audio content from only one HEOS-enabled device
in the group, you must ungroup the device within the HEOS app.
- You are able use voice commands to search for songs, albums and artists
and even podcasts and internet stations from HEOS & Alexa compatible music
apps - like Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify Connect, &
- For a list of current Alexa voice commands supported by the HEOS
HomeEntertainment Skill, click
here. For setup instructions, click
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.
here for more info on Google Assistant for HEOS.
IR Remote: The included IR remote offers wireless operation
of the HEOS AVR. Remote functions include Power, Volume, Mute, Quick Select
Buttons (1-6), and Playback Control. The Quick Select buttons (1-6) let you call
up settings registered to each button - such as input source, volume level, and
sound mode settings. Playback control functions include Play/Pause &
IR Input: When the AVR is installed in a location where the remote
control signals cannot reach (installation in a cabinet etc.), the receiver can
still be controlled from the included remote by connecting an optional IR
repeater system (sold separately) to the unit's 3.5mm IR input.
Input Management: Once you have connected external audio
sources to any of the HEOS AVR's inputs, you can rename the default input names
to describe the actual source or hide any inputs that are not being used.
Standby Modes: The HEOS AVR by Denon features two standby
modes to save power.
- Network Standby: To save power, the AVR will
automatically enter "Network Standby" whenever there is no network access or
playback for 20 minutes and will automatically resume to full power whenever
the receiver is selected and playing music. There is no visible indicator or
LED that will show that the unit is in Network Standby as it is a fully
- Deep Standby: The AVR also has the ability to
automatically enter "Deep Standby" whenever the wired or wireless network
connection is removed for more than 60 minutes. The front panel LED will
turn off during Deep Standby. To "wake" the receiver from Deep Standby, you
must press the volume or mute buttons which will immediately turn on the
front panel LED.
No Display or On-Screen Menu: There is no front-panel display on this
unit and there is no on-screen menu offered. Basic functions can be done from
the included IR remote, while advanced functionality and menu settings are
handled by the HEOS app.