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Denon soundbar is for music-lovers firstThe Denon HEOS HomeCinema offers discreet looks and a dynamic performance but it could be easier to use.
[MUSIC] The Denon Heos HomeCinema is one of our new category of speakers. Which offer both better TV sound and multi-room music. This is a sleek unit which comes with a wireless subwoofer. And slips in just under the $800 mark. The home cinema offers excellent music reproduction and support for a decent number of streaming services. However it's not as good at home cinema. The first reason is the sub is kinda small and not as capable at producing deep base as its rivals. The second is that there is no remote control. While you can program in your TV remote, control of all the functions can only be done with your smartphone. The system offers a number of different connection options, including HDMI and optical or coaxial. Be aware that it doesn't offer Bluetooth out of the box, only Wi-Fi playback This is done via the Heos app, which can be a little roundabout sometimes. For example, if you want to change the TV while you're listening to music, you may find yourself swiping back numerous screens instead of just being able to press a TV button. At its price level, there's no real standouts, as there are under $500. But the Deron is equally as capable as the Polk Omni SB1 Or Sony ST5. So if you're playing less than a grand on a sound bar, that's worth at least checking out, if you can live without a remote control. This is Todd [INAUDIBLE] for Cnet.com. [MUSIC]