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Denon HEOS 1 does splashproof Wi-Fi rightThe Denon HEOS 1 offers a rugged design and a great set of features, for multi-room music and Bluetooth portability.
[MUSIC] If you're after a portable speaker which offers the choice of both WiFi and Bluetooth, the Denon HEOS 1 is a good looking speaker with a really nice blend of features. And the most obvious advantage is that it's splash proof which makes it great for kitchens or by the pool. The only hitch? You have to spend an extra $99 to get the Go Pack on top of the $199 list price. But it includes all of the things that make this speaker unique. You get a Bluetooth dongle, a six hour battery and a rubber stopper for the ports. The Heos1 is part of Heos Range which includes soundbars, dongles and stand alone speakers. It's controlled by an app with has support for Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody, Internet Radio and streaming from your collection on your phone or your network. The speaker uses wi-fi and can also be operated by ethernet. Plus, it accepts external analog sources via the 3.5 millimeter input. One of the biggest hassles is that to set it up by the app, you need a proprietary 3.5 millimeter cable. Lose it, and it's bluetooth only. But only if you pay the extra money to get bluetooth. Sound quality is pretty good although it lacks the base of it's main rival [UNKNOWN] Play one. It plays the more mid rangy sounds, it's better for voices and Jazz music. If you're looking for a device that offers flexibility and a tough build, the [UNKNOWN] one is a really good candidate. Persona still has the better overall range at this point and time. This is [UNKNOWN] at Cnet.com