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Denon HEOS LINK Wireless Pre-Amplifier (Black and Gunmetal) (New Version), Works with Alexa
- Compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant voice control
- Plays high resolution audio
- Bluetooth integrated
- Turn any stereo system into a wireless zone
- Play your favorite music from a range of streaming services as well as your smartphone, tablet, USB drives or other external device
- Control your Denon receiver, integrated amplifier or mini system right from the HEOS app
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Anywhere Sounds Amazing
HEOS System Key Features:
- High Resolution Audio Support
- Bluetooth Integrated
- Play any song in any room
- Stream from your favorite cloud services, plus listen to tracks directly from your phone, tablet, USB drives or home network
- Together or individually, these acoustically sculpted, stylish and powerful speakers deliver pure, precise sound
HEOS wireless pre-amplifier: turn any stereo system into a wireless zone.
The HEOS Link is part of the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system that enables you to enjoy your favorite music anywhere and everywhere around your home. By utilizing your existing wireless home network and the HEOS app on your iOS or Android device, you can explore, browse, and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of internet radio stations.
With the HEOS Link, you can add HEOS multi-room audio to an existing music or home theater audio system, and you can play different songs in different rooms or the same song in every room.
The versatile HEOS Link features built-in dual band "N" wireless technology for quick and easy connection to your home network. In addition to the built-in wireless function, the HEOS Link is also equipped with an RJ-45 Ethernet port for hard wire connection to your LAN. The USB port lets you connect a portable USB drive, and you can also use the USB connection to charge your portable device.
The HEOS Link stereo pre-amplifier enclosure, elegantly features stylish silver accents, and for convenience, there are volume and mute controls discreetly placed on the side panel.
- NEW! Plays High Resolution Audio
- NEW! Bluetooth Integrated
- Turn any stereo system into a wireless zone
- Play your favorite music from a range of streaming services as well as your smartphone, tablet, USB drives or other external device.
- Control your Denon receiver, integrated amplifier or mini system right from the HEOS app.
Multi-Room Means Possibilities
Install the free HEOS app on as many phones and tablets as you like. Control the music via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in every room from any device. Group two or more rooms together to play the same song perfectly synchronized in party mode. Play a different song in every room when everyone wants to dance to their own tune.
Tap the App and Start Rockin'
With HEOS, you have all the options you need and all the access you want. Stream from your favorite music service such as Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL or Rhapsody. Plus, listen to tracks directly from your phone, tablet or USB drive. Free HEOS app for iOS, Android or Kindle Fire devices.
HEOS Sound is a Denon Legacy
We’ve built our name on unrelenting attention to innovative craftsmanship and quality, often being the first to deliver new audio innovations. Each HEOS system is passionately engineered in-house at Denon and composed of meticulously designed components that harmonize together and deliver the performance that music lovers crave and deserve.
Set Up in Minutes, Listen Forever
Forget about complicated directions and over-the-top tech details. This is easy. 4 steps, a few minutes, a lifetime of music:
Step 1: Plug in HEOS.
Step 2: Get the free HEOS app.
Step 3: Connect to your network.
Step 4: Love the music.
The HEOS Family of Products
This large speaker is top of the line, for those who demand the best, biggest, loudest. It plays cloud music, music stored on your phone or tablet, plus USB and NAS sources, utilizing Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth to stream on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system. Plus with High Resolution Audio Support you'll experience the ultimate listening experience. Sounds like a party already, doesn’t it?
This beautifully styled middle sized speaker plays cloud music, music stored on your phone or tablet, plus USB and NAS sources, too, utilizing Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth to stream on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system. Another benefit, High Resolution Audio Support, which means you'll enjoy the ultimate listening experience. Be greedy, you’re covered.
Compact but full-featured speaker plays cloud music, music stored on your phone or tablet, plus USB and NAS sources. With Bluetooth built-in you have the choice of utilizing Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth to stream music on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system and High Resolution Audio Support will deliver the ultimate listening experience all in the convenience of your home. Meaning you have options!
HEOS 1 and HEOS 1 GO Pack
The compact enclosure features humidity resistance, making the HEOS 1 the ideal wireless portable speaker for listening in damp or steamy environments, such as the bathroom with the choice to utilize Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth for audio streaming on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system. It also plays High Resolution Music delivering the ultimate listening experience over network or USB all in the convenience of your home. The Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack attaches to the HEOS 1 base, with easy twist-on/twist-off attachment.
As TVs get thinner, so does their sound quality. HEOS HomeCinema delivers true wide range high fidelity audio, for maximum enjoyment of TV shows, movies and your favorite music tracks.
The HEOS Amp is designed to add HEOS multi-room audio functionality, with high resolution audio support, to a pair of stereo speakers and features the same wireless ease of use as our self-powered HEOS speaker models. Plus with Bluetooth built-in you have the choice of utilizing Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth to stream music on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system.
The HEOS Link is part of the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system that enables you to enjoy your favorite music anywhere and everywhere around your home with high resolution audio support. Utilize Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth to stream music on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system.
Hi Res Audio/ Bluetooth
Optical Digital, USB, 3.5mm and
Analog (RCA) inputs
Optical, Coaxial, Line-Level and
Auto-Detect Subwoofer Output
IR Output and 12V Trigger Output
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Let's make something very clear to begin with: compared to the Sonos software, the HEOS software is pitiful at best. It's buggy, it's convoluted, and it's confusing. But I digress. The main problem is the hardware.
The main reason I bought this (as an audiophile (but also a rational one)) is that it had a lot of handy features over the Sonos Connect. The HEOS Link has the ability to trigger a power amplifier, it has optical/coax-digital out to use an external DAC, and it can even act as an analog pass through and pre-amp for a CD player, record player, or tape desk. What's not to like?! Well... the most important thing: the sound.
What the actual dickens... the digital audio quality is pitiful. I am a TIDAL customer so I logged into my account and played my favorite track. I noticed considerable distortion on my high-end speakers and it had a "low-res lossy" vibe. The HEOS confirmed it was streaming lossless quality so I thought it might be my DAC which I was running coax digital out to. I unplugged the DAC and used the analog out on the HEOS (relying on the internal DAC) and it sounded about the same. Poor. Granted, my equipment is pretty high-end so when I plugged it into some cheaper monitors, it sounded "okay." The irony is that Denon markets this as a DSD-playing Hi-Fi streamer, but if the digital sound quality is poor, what's the point? Maybe I have a defective unit. Or maybe the latest firmware update is faulty. I don't know. But I sure hope so. Because this thing sucks. Regardless, assuming it worked, the mobile apps would still be terrible.
If you're not on high-end gear, get the Sonos Connect—it has by far the best software experience. If you're on high-end stuff, get a Bluesound Node 2 or AURALiC Aries. You'll forgo handy features that this unit provides, but on the flip side, you'll get a streamer that actually sounds good with software that actually works well.
Then I discovered the HEOS Link, which is actually a network player. The HEOS is more reasonably priced than the Cambridge network player or the Bluesound Node 2. I figured I would give it a shot.
Some reviewers have described the HEOS Link interface--this is accessible via free app on your phone or tablet--as baffling, but I did not find that to be the case at all. I plugged in the unit, signed up for a free HEOS account, downloaded a firmware update--and it worked flawlessly. The interface has some hidden features, but if you tap around for a bit, everything becomes intuitive. The HEOS Link found my NAS drive immediately, and the Tidal interface works--at least as well as a Tidal interface can work (that's a topic for another day). Maybe wi-fi is more problematic?
What about sound quality? First of all, let's talk about what the HEOS link can do. The HEOS Link can play files up to 24/192, which is to say 24-bit depth and 192Khz sampling. As the HEOS app plays, you can observe the quality (and format) in the upper left, just to make certain that the original resolution matches the output. Most of my files are lossless FLAC files, and I observed no instances in which the HEOS Link down sampled. Except--
Tidal. I have a hi-fi Tidal membership, which offers, in some cases, high-resolution files, but even in these cases, the quality shows 16/44, which is the same as a CD. The problem, however, is not the HEOS Link so much as the Tidal software, which cannot, outside of the desktop app, decode high-resolution MQA files (these are all typically 24-bit or greater). So even though an album will be available in 24/192, the resolution will show at 16/44 when you stream Tidal directly to the HEOS Link. Maybe Tidal or Denon will solve this issue at some point? (Tidal hasn't solved it yet for phones or tablets, so I wouldn't hold my breath) ***
What I love about the HEOS Link is that I can create playlists of songs from various sources (for example, some from your NAS, others from Tidal and other music services).
But what about sound quality? From my old-school stereo (Luxman r-115) and Kef Q150 speakers, the quality sounds great, full and vivid, with plenty of detail. I couldn't be happier. Open the HEOS app on my iPad and listen to a near-unlimited catalogue of high-quality music. The days of changing CDs and records are long gone.
A few negatives:
1) When listening to music, if you keep clicking around from one album to another, you may find that you inadvertantly create and interminably long to-play queue.
2) Creating playlists from multiple sources can take some thinking on your part, especially if you want songs to play in a particular order.
I have not tested these things:
1) Music services other than Tidal
2) The HEOS Link's wi-fi connection (prefer having my electronics wired)
3) The HEOS also has various types of input/output connections including optical, coaxil, etc. I have only used the pre-outs to connect to my stereo
4) Multi-room capabilities (with HEOS Link units in other rooms)
*** I did find a solution for the Tidal issue--and if you have a MAC, you can use this as well. Audivarna software can decode ("unwrap") MQA files from Tidal and stream them directly to the Denon HEOS. Issue solved! (and I'm sure there's some equivalent PC software that can do the same.)
NOTE: I can't hear a significant difference between, say, 16/44 & 24/96, but it's nice to have your music in the best resolution available.