Denon has announced the smart all-in-one Home Sound Bar 550 ($599) at CES which includes support for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and 4K HDMI (eARC).
Denon says the
has "the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound from a six-driver array" and offers a number of streaming protocols including
AirPlay 2 or
. The only thing missing for Android users is Chromecast built-in. The soundbar is also
While the 550 is cheaper than the
($799) it appears to lack the Arc's height speakers and therefore may only simulate Dolby Atmos. Denon isn't alone in this cost-cutting measure, soundbars like the
and JBL Bar 5.0 use virtual Dolby Atmos in place of actual speakers.
The 550 has onboard microphones, which will be enabled in Spring 2021, to allow communication via the
assistant. You can opt to leave the mics off if you like, too.
The all-in-one can be bolstered with the DSW-1H wireless subwoofer (599 £599, AU$1099). Users can also install other HEOS speakers and compatible receivers (like the Denon AVR-960) to use as part of a multi-room setup.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 will be available in the US from February 2021, with UK and Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced. Expect it to be the same price as the subwoofer, though, at £599 and $1,099.