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First Look: Denon X-SPACE Surround System DHT-FS5

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First Look: Denon X-SPACE Surround System DHT-FS5

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The Denon DHT-FS5 is a single speaker auto system that may be more of a step up from your existing TV speakers, rather than a replacement for a dedicated surround speaker system.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> John: Hi, I'm John Falcone, Senior Editor at CNET.com and this is the Denon DHT-FS5; this is a single speaker audio system designed to be mounted below a flat-screen TV, it's smaller than average for sound bar speaker just 30 inches wide and 5 inches high. There are 6 3 1/4 inch drivers hidden behind the non-removable grill. The DHT-FS5 is designed to be easy to set up and use just select from 3 room sizes and 4 sound modes, stereo, movie, music, or news, standard DTS and Dolby surround modes are supported as well. While the DHT-FS5 lacks any sort of video inputs it can handle 4 audio sources, one Analog stereo plus 3 digital. As for performance we felt the Denon DHT-FS5 to be somewhat decent but not spectacular. The virtual surround sweet spot was limited to the center of the sofa and like nearly all such single speaker units there was no real sense of rear surround speakers it was notably better on movies and TV shows than music. Most listeners will probably find the FS5 to deliver enough bass as is but adding a subwoofer certainly improves the overall sound quality. Overall the Denon DHT-FS5 is probably best considered to be a step up to your existing TV speakers rather than a replacement for a dedicated surround speaker system. I'm John Falcone for CNET and this is the Denon DHT-FS5. ^E00:01:39

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