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Acclaimed Whole-Home Distributed Audio System Ups the Ante with High Res Audio

VISTA, Calif. (June 29, 2017)— Today, Denon®, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, introduces the newest upgrade to its HEOS multi-room sound system, the HEOS Drive with support for High Res audio. The four-zone, eight-channel networked HS2 is now capable of powering high resolution speakers and supporting lossless audio for discerning listeners.

Designed for the custom installer, the Denon HEOS Drive delivers coverage to all four HEOS zones in a single 2U (3.5-inch-tall) chassis. With support for multiple control units from popular manufacturers Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, and ELAN, the HEOS Drive is customizable within almost any professional-quality home audio environment. Powerful class-D amplification includes rack mount ears, active cooling, reliable Ethernet input and pass-through, in addition to a compact form factor to make the HEOS Drive the perfect choice for a whole-home distributed audio system.

“The HEOS Drive is designed with a laser-focus on arming the custom install market with the tools they need for the modern consumer. Through simple installation using included rack mount ears, integrating USB for easy drive access and High Res audio support across an array of file formats, installer demand for increased flexibility has been met,” said Brendon Stead, senior vice president of product development for Sound United, parent company of Denon. “Additionally, by working directly with several of the industry’s top third party control manufacturers like Control4, Crestron, RTI, and others to develop custom drivers, we’ve made the HEOS Drive an obvious choice for installers looking for the latest in networked multi-room amplifier technology.”

The HEOS Drive is part of the HEOS multi-room sound system that allows users to enjoy their favorite music anywhere and everywhere around the home. By using an existing home network and the HEOS app for iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire™, users can explore, browse and play music from an existing music library, from online streaming music services and from thousands of Internet radio stations. HEOS streaming music services currently include Spotify®, Amazon Music®, Pandora®, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM™, TIDAL, MOOD:Mix, and several others.

Key features include:

  • High resolution audio support, including: WMA, up to and including 192kbps; AAC and MP3, up to and including 320kbps; ALAC, up to and including 24-bit/96kHz; WAV and FLAC, up to and including 24-bit/192kHz. DSD: 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz
  • Four HEOS zones
  • Eight-channel Class-D amplifier
  • 60WPC (20Hz-20kHz, .05% THD)
  • Dedicated preamplifier output for each zone (selectable as stereo zone or subwoofer)
  • Third-party control compatibility with Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, and ELAN
  • 4 x 12V trigger outputs
  • Two fiber optic inputs, two digital coax inputs and four analog inputs (matrix switching)
  • Four USB inputs for music hard drives and other storage devices
  • Amplifier bridge capability
  • Selectable stereo/mixed mono output
  • Selectable high pass/low pass filters
  • Four-way binding posts
  • Two Ethernet inputs
  • Actively cooled
  • Rack ears included
  • 2U (3.5-inch) rack height (with feet removed)
  • Multi-voltage power supply
  • Dolby Digital decoding (downmix to 2.0 ch)

In addition to the HEOS Drive, the HEOS by Denon series includes four wireless multi-zone music players: HEOS 1 ($199), HEOS 3 ($299), HEOS 5 ($399), and HEOS 7 ($599). Also part of the series is the HEOS Extend ($99) Wi-Fi range extender, HEOS 1 GoPack ($99), HEOS LINK ($349), HEOS AMP ($499), HEOS Subwoofer ($599), HEOS HomeCinema ($799), HEOS Bar ($899), and HEOS AVR ($999) to integrate current Hi-Fi and legacy products into the HEOS ecosystem.

The newest addition to the Denon HEOS series is currently shipping and available for $2,499. HEOS by Denon products are available at select Denon dealers and online. For more information, visit

About Denon

Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest-quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and groundbreaking commercialization of pulse-code modulation (PCM) digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by Sound United LLC. For more information

About Sound United

Sound United is a division of DEI Holdings with an award-winning portfolio of audio brands that deliver industry-leading home theater and personal audio listening experiences for a wide-range of consumers. Each brand provides an expansive array of audio products that includes high-end and custom installation audio, to mid-tier markets that cover loudspeakers, sound bars, AV receivers, wireless multi-room music systems, Bluetooth®speakers, amplifiers, turntables and headphones.

Dedicated to artfully reproducing audio for listeners and enthusiasts around the world, Sound United is comprised of Denon®, Marantz®, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Polk BOOM, HEOS® by Denon, and Boston Acoustics®. And each brand offers a unique approach to bringing home theater and music to life. Whether it’s through the legendary heritage of Denon, the classic sound of Polk Audio, the premium performance of Definitive Technology, the highly-sought-after amplification of Marantz, the action-inspired form factors of Polk BOOM, the wireless home audio solutions of HEOS, or the accessible performance of Boston Acoustics, Sound United is your sound — so listen.

To learn more about Sound United and its brands, visit

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