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Great sound. Easy setup.
Pros: Easy setup. Flexible options. Stylish
Cons: I need more of them.
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The Denon HEOS 1 HS2 (pictured in black) has a space-friendly, humidity-resistant design.
Crutchfield customers raved about the convenience of Denon's original HEOS 1 speaker. So how did the company make it even better? They added Bluetooth. Now the HEOS 1 is one of the most versatile wireless speakers we carry. It's small and humidity-resistant, so it goes pretty much anywhere in your house where there's an outlet — including the bathroom. You can play music wirelessly through Bluetooth or connect to your Wi-Fi network for access to Denon's HEOS whole-home music system.
If you add Denon's optional Go Pack, the HEOS 1 becomes even more flexible. The Go Pack is a handy rechargeable battery pack that can power the speaker for six hours. It covers up the HEOS 1's inputs, transforming the speaker into a portable, splash-proof bundle you can enjoy outside.
One reason people loved the first generation of HEOS was because setup was fast and easy. Denon hasn't changed that a bit with their latest series.
First download the free HEOS app for your smartphone or tablet, then connect your device to the HEOS 1 using the special setup cable. With a few taps of the app, your Wi-Fi settings are automatically transferred. When you unplug the cable, you'll have full wireless control of the speaker. Repeat the same quick process to add other HEOS speakers, and you can control them all with the same app.
The HEOS smartphone app makes it easy to set up and play the HEOS 1 (pictured in white).
The HEOS app lets you choose one song for the HEOS 1, and something completely different for, say, a HEOS 3 speaker in a bedroom, or a HEOS HomeCinema sound bar in the living room. Or you can group HEOS speakers together and have the same tunes playing throughout several rooms. Have first-generation HEOS gear? All HEOS components are compatible, so you can mix and match.
HEOS gives you a wide array of music options. You have access to music stored on your smartphone or tablet, plus downloads stored on a server or computer. That includes 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.
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 Amp - Add HEOS to any pair of speakers with this amplified player.
HEOS Link - Enjoy HEOS through your stereo system or powered speakers.
Great sound. Easy setup.
Anonymous, Medina, OH
Average Customer Review(s):
Great sound. Easy setup.
Pros: Easy setup. Flexible options. Stylish
Cons: I need more of them.
I put this in the bathroom and it works great
Met all my expectations. Performed just like the ads said it would perform. Excellent.
Pros: great sound. Easy to hook up... intuitive.
Great sounds from such a small speaker. Easy to connect to my phone and my Denon receiver.
Pros: Great wireless sound
Cons: Wish it came with a rechargable battery to make it more mobile
Great looking speaker, and very easy setup! App is surprisingly good and better than Sonos. Sound quality is almost on par with Sonos 1, although the discerning ear will notice weaker bass tones.
Pros: Cool look Easy setup Nice app
Cons: Weaker bass (relative to SONOS)
Excellent sound and easy setup
Pros: size and sound quality.
Happy with the sound. Dissappointed that it does not have a battery with it when I purchased it. Battery is expensive. I may send this back
the speaker sounds good. as far as connecting this device, it works with the receiver but for the bluetooth it is horrible. For me it connected fairly easy the first time i connected it to my phone, after that it was a nightmare to connect. I got a replacement sent to me and it was the same way. almost impossible to connect via bluetooth. I sent mine back as i deemed it a waste of time and money. denon definitely has some software issues they need to correct. I would have gave it a zero but that was not an option.
Pros: Sounds good when connected
Cons: Bluetooth connectivity issues
Painstaking to set up and then you find out the " wireless" speaker must have a power cord unless you want to spend another hundred on a battery. This is worse than pyramid marketing.
The speaker it self sounds great but it never will connect to my phone and I have to sit up as a new device every time I want to use it. Maybe it's the app but even the Bluetooth dosnt want to connect at times.
Pros: Sound, size
Cons: Will not constantly connect to my phone and it Bluetooth connectivity is suspect at times.
Overall great sound from a small speaker. Can usually find on sale as well unlike sonos. Strong build quality. Have 2 setup with my Heos Bar for surrounds.
Pros: Solid mid range and treble. Great to pair 2 for stereo
Cons: Like the simple design of the Play 1 better than the Heos 1
The sound quality of this speaker is fantastic. However I bumped it down to four stars because the Heos app leaves a lot to be desired.
This is a great product. I put two bluetooth speakers from another company on my covered patio for the past year. There has always been a problem with connectivity. Also, having to go through my amplifier to turn on the speaker connection was an additional step in the process. The Heros 1 (water resistant) fit the mold perfectly. With help from a Crutchfield advisor, I purchased two (2) of these WiFi speakers with the batteries. The set up was very simple and explained very well in the start up instructions. The Denis app is amazing. All I have to do now is to turn on the app and hit play. No more hassles or static. Just beautiful music on my patio. One reason I purchased the optional battery pack was to get the essentially water proof, custom made seal over the connections on the back. I just cut a hole for the plug with a box cutter and there are no worries over moisture getting into the connections. I highly recommend them.
Pros: Great sound; ease of setup; ease of use.
Cons: None yet.
Sound is OK. Don't expect anything amazing at this price point. The best part of this is the app HEOS. Very easy to setup and connect. I have two of these and they pair up very easily.
Pros: App HEOS Price point
Cons: Sound is not rich/full but that is OK at this price point.
These have nice sound for the size. They work well singly, paired, or linked to my HEOS enabled Denon 6300. I think the only shortcoming (and thus only 4-star rating) is they cannot be used as true wireless rear speakers. For use in multi-room music playback, they work fine. They can be used to play something independently of your primary system, or in conjunction with it (think Christmas music throughout the house at your party, or kids listening to their choice in the study, while you watch the game on the primary system.)
Pros: Good sound, easy setup, work well singly, paired, or as multi room music playback
Cons: Cannot be setup as true 5.1 wireless reads.
Great sound fot its dize !
Cons: Design needs retouch
I love this speaker. It is hard to believe the quality of the sound coming from such a small device. If you didn't hear it you wouldn't even know it was in the room.
Pros: Easy to setup. Can put in a room without taking away from the decor. Sounds fantastic.
I am absolutely thrilled with the performance of the Denon HEOS wireless speakers.
Have other HEos speakers, 7 and 3s. Bought this for a small den and use on exterior deck. I have plugs for all areas. Performs well in stereo as expected. Connnects readily and the blue tooth helps, but I almost excusively use the wifi Heos app. Very pleased
Pros: Compact, moisture resistant, easy to use and control.
Cons: None to date.
Nice sound for a small package. Note: You cannot use these as surround sound speakers. Denon has not released an update that will allow that functionality (Denon support did not say if one was in the works or not). Initially had issue with connecting these to wifi, but eventually it worked. Portability is good. Beats having to hard-wire speakers in different rooms for whole house sound, would be great for apartments (or if you don't have an extra amp or speaker outputs on your receiver or just don't want to run wiring). Received one free with my Denon purchase and bought another one discounted. Happy with the purchase!
Pros: size, sound
Cons: initially difficult to connect to wifi (eventually was able to)
Fantastic sound. Have it hooked up in the bathroom. I was looking for a speaker for the bathroom and this was perfect with the humidity resistance. Everybody that has heard it wants to know more about it and is impressed with the sound. Very happy so far and the app works great.
The speakers are easy to set up with the Heos system. They give amazing sound considering their size.
This speaker was included free with my new Denon Receiver. I probably would not have purchased this on my own and free is great. I have not spent a whole lot of time with it but I have downloaded the the app for Denon to set it up. The install was pretty easy and it does sound better than my Echo.
Pros: Easy set up. Nice long cord.
Great sound!! Didn't know the battery didn't come with it. Kinda my fault for not reading closer I guess. Overall happy!
Pros: Great sound
Cons: No battery
Heos 1 sounds good as small speakers go. Kind of like the Crosley table radios of yesteryear.
Pros: Real easy way to get background music without turning a complete sound system.
Cons: The need for a Heos account and many of the music services want $$$$$
Easy to set-up. No hiccups with Bluetooth to this point (had it for a month or so linked to Apple). Pleasantly surprised by sound quality (using a bedroom speaker).
Pros: -Easy set-up -Reliable Bluetooth -Good sound quality from small unit
Cons: -None to date
Seriously awesome! Debating between Sonos and this and chose this due to Bluetooth connectivity and ability to buy a battery pack and make these portable! Sound quality is great! No integration with Apple Music if that is a concern. I can't wait to buy more!
Great Sound for a small unit. The app needs Apple Music integration.
Pros: Great sound, price
Cons: App needs work
Sound is excellent, setup is easy. Very well-made speakers, that look the part as well.
Pros: Great sound, great alternative to Sonos, and a full family of products
Cons: Wish the Android app had a widget
Very disappointing. I own the HEOS 7, and the sound is great - very full with good high and low extension. I got the HEOS 1 on sale, hoping that it would have the same sound signature. It doesn't. Very flat (not in a good way). I have a Bluetooth speaker I would rather listen to. I have a Sonos Play 1, which is about the same size as the HEOS 1, but the sound quality from that blows the HEOS away. Unfortunately, the Sonos Play 1 doesn't have Bluetooth integration or an Aux in port, so I can't use it for my intended use, which is to pair it with an Amazon Dot (along with having the streaming services available). I was hoping the HEOS would fit the bill, but, it did not. Would advise looking elsewhere.
Pros: Connected easily. Bluetooth and Aux In port.
Cons: Poor sound quality. HEOS ecosystem very limited compared to Sonos. Unresponsive Denon tech support.Crutchfield response on 12/6/2016 Mark, we're sorry you're unhappy with this speaker. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
Love it! Perfect for my Bathroom and it Compliments the Heos 3 and 7 that I have.
Awesome, love it!
Very easy to setup, great sound quality and nice size. Would buy another one.
Highly recommend! Super nice speakers. Quality is top notch. No question...buy these! Excellent!
This is a great system. I have 4 of these including the Heos 7. Awesome sound quality and the ability to relocate for special events. It also connects nicely with my Control4 system. I am not sure what the complaint is on the UI. I found it was extremely intuitive and easy to link to all the available streamers. The android software is rock solid.
Pros: Great sound quality Easy to move around for events in the home Direct connectivity to Control4 Systems for one app complete home automation SMART home ready
Cons: Sometimes there are break-ups on the bluetooth stream, but WiFi is rock solid.
Great little speaker. Perfect for bathroom.
The speaker is well designed and looks and sounds great. It's got a solid heft to it with tight assembly tolerances. Even the buttons provide a satisfying tactile feedback. Sound quality is excellent and for many genres there is no distortion even when the volume is maxed. Now, you're not going to be able to rattle windows to LL Cool J's "Radio," but I listen to a lot of hip hop and it sounds good at regular volumes. Connection options are plentiful, including WiFi, direct Bluetooth and even Aux In via a 1/8" mic jack. Unfortunately, that's where my positive comments end. In order to do literally anything with this speaker, including playing music directly through the Aux jack, you need to use the HEOS by Denon App, which is available for both Android and iOS. It's how you configure the WiFi and Bluetooth, customize the name of the name of the device, select music, everything. In and of itself, this would be fine, if the software weren't so poorly designed and *worse* unreliable. Some specific examples: - Local Music: my iPod Touch has ~70G of mp3s. Selecting a song via "This iPod," I get the message, "This media can't be played. Try again later." !! Support tells me to restart the app and it works for two songs... Restart. - Picking a song adds to a queue. By default... ?!? - Hit limit. See Cons below. I'm giving it 3-stars and Denon the benefit of the doubt that they'll resolve these problems, but based on their sub-par AVR software,
Pros: - Wonderful hardware. - Great sound. - Excellent build quality. - Good selection of online streaming sources. - Can share personal music with other local HEOS users. - Anecdotal frequent software updates (fingers crossed).
Cons: - Software is not reliable, requiring frequent restarts. - Confusing UI. - Sharing my iPod appears under Music Servers(?) for another user of HEOS. - Misc other annoying items and issues. - (I'm pulling for you, Denon, to make this a great product!)
HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Sound: The HEOS 1 (HS2) is part of the HEOS wireless multi-room, 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, players, and/or speakers (sold separately) on a single wireless network.
Two-Way Driver System: The HEOS 1 (HS2) features a two-way driver system, with a precision dome tweeter and wide-range mid-woofer. Two channels of high efficiency, cool-running Class D digital amplification delivers pristine sound, wide dynamic range with lowest distortion. The HEOS 1 (HS2) utilizes advanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to deliver full-range sound, with custom EQ sound tailoring that helps deliver a smooth, natural tonal balance.
Note: The HEOS 1 (HS2) is great for small to medium sized rooms; such as bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, or kitchens.
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The HEOS system uses your home's wireless (WiFi) network for whole-house audio entertainment. The HEOS 1 (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 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.
Note: A WiFi extender (sold separately) may be necessary if your network's wireless signal is weak to some of the HEOS speakers or players 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 speakers & players at once, each HEOS player and speaker 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 speaker system. The HEOS app consists of 4 control screens.
Note: The only controls that are physically located on the HEOS 1 (HS2) speaker 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 speakers in the home.
Multi-Room Configuration: Combing the HEOS 1 (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 take multiple HEOS systems and play them together, so you're outputting the same source information from all the HEOS systems at the same time. Grouping the systems will also allow proper synchronization to all systems so you should never hear an audio delay between the HEOS systems.
Stereo Pairing: You can configure two HEOS 1 (HS2) speakers to work together as a stereo pair; one as the left speaker, and one as the right speaker.
High Resolution & Compressed Music Formats: The HEOS 1 (HS2) wireless audio speaker system 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 1 (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 speaker'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 1 (HS2) speaker 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 1 (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 1 (HS2) speaker system. 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 1 (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 powered speaker. You will continue to control music playback and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled source device. Bluetooth audio can be streamed to one speaker at a time, or distributed to other HEOS products over the network for multiroom audio playback.
Aux Input: The HEOS 1 (HS2) features a rear-panel 3.5mm AUX input for connection of almost any portable audio device with a headphone or audio output jack. The Aux input is selectable from the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The sound from the analog audio device can be played directly on the selected speaker or digitized and sent over your network to other HEOS speakers and players.
Mounting Options: You can place the HEOS 1 (HS2) speaker almost anywhere you want to enjoy great sounding music. The compact enclosure features humidity resistance, making the HEOS 1 (HS2) ideal for listening in damp or steamy environments, such as the bathroom. The HEOS 1 (HS2) speaker can simply be placed on a table-top, or it can even be mounted on a wall or ceiling using the standard 1/4"-20 threaded insert on back of the speaker and an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately). Please follow these simple guidelines when determining where to place the HEOS 1 (HS2) speaker.
Note: The HEOS speaker is not waterproof. Do not place it near any water source and do not leave it outside in the rain or snow.
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.
AC Power + Power Modes: The HEOS 1 (HS2) operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter (100-240V). The speaker system offers 3 power modes.
Optional Go Pack: The HEOS Optional Go Pack (033HS1GPKB/W, sold separately) features a high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers 6 hours of playback time and provides a silicone splash guard to seal the jacks to protect from splashing water.
Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from HEOS are delivered to the HEOS 1 (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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Denon HEOS wireless speakers let you play your music all over the house. The speakers connect to your home network, and you can control playback using the HEOS app.