Denon Introduces New Sound Bar With Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2 Support, and More

Denon today debuted its latest home audio offering, the Home Sound Bar 550, with a key feature for Apple users being AirPlay 2 support for wirelessly streaming music to the sound bar from devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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In addition to AirPlay 2, users can wirelessly stream music to the Home Sound Bar 550 via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing for music to be streamed from services like Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, TIDAL, and others. The sound bar can be connected to a TV with a single HDMI cable, and it is "Roku TV Ready" to work seamlessly with Roku TVs.

With a six-driver array and "expertly tuned" digital signal processing, Denon says the Home Sound Bar 550 is built to deliver "best-in-class audio quality." The sound bar supports both the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound formats, and a feature known as HEOS allows for wireless multi-room audio with other Denon speakers.

The Home Sound Bar 550 can be controlled with the included remote or most universal remotes, the HEOS app for iPhone and iPad, or the built-in illuminated control panel that lights up automatically as an outstretched hand approaches. Denon says users will also have the option to enable Alexa voice control on the sound bar starting in spring 2021, and states that the built-in microphones will not be enabled without explicit user permission.

Denon says the Home Sound Bar 550 will be available for purchase at authorized retailers starting February 2021, priced at $599 in the United States.

Top Rated Comments

elmateo487 Avatar
27 months ago

I doubt that such a small speaker can deliver any actual Dolby Atmos unless it is smart and can adjust volume and bass depending on its position in the room. Im looking to buy a decen sound bar, but if it is not significantly better that the integrated speaker of my LG Oled Cx, spending this money for just a small improvement does not makes sense.
I mean. It’s highly unlikely your TV audio sounds good at all. Most sound bars that aren’t budget are going to sound much better than your TV audio.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
27 months ago
Could they have made it look any more like a Sonos Beam?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikaru Avatar
27 months ago
I doubt that such a small speaker can deliver any actual Dolby Atmos unless it is smart and can adjust volume and bass depending on its position in the room. Im looking to buy a decen sound bar, but if it is not significantly better that the integrated speaker of my LG Oled Cx, spending this money for just a small improvement does not makes sense.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freeangel1 Avatar
27 months ago
DENON! Love DENON. I only use DENON for all my professional DJ equipment LASTS FOREVER!
their CD mixers are AWESOME! Have been since the 1990's.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jagolden Avatar
27 months ago
Wow! Only $600 and no separate sub-woofer. Such a deal.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SVTmaniac Avatar
27 months ago
And it looks identical to my Sonos Beam.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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