Denon® Announces New HEOS Drive: A Whole-Home Distributed Audio System in a Single, Compact Chassis

May 19, 2015

Mahwah, NJ (May 19, 2015) – Denon® Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, continues the evolution by announcing the new HEOS Drive network multi-room amplifier, the latest addition to the HEOS multi-room sound system multi-room sound system. The powerful four-zone, eight-channel multi-room amplifier covers all HEOS zones with a single 2U tall, rack mountable chassis—ideal for custom installers. The newest addition to the Denon HEOS Series is expected to be available in July for $2,499.


With similar functionality to both the HEOS Amp and HEOS Link, HEOS Drive gives coverage of all four HEOS zones in a single 2U (3.5-inch-tall) chassis. Powerful class-D amplification, included rack mount ears, active cooling, reliable wired Ethernet input and pass-through, and a compact size make the HEOS Drive the perfect choice for a whole-home distributed audio system.


“HEOS Drive was specially created by the custom installer for the custom installer,” said Brendon Stead, Denon’s vice president of product development. “The market has been asking for a single chassis, multi-zone, streaming amplifier for years. This is it!”


The HEOS Drive is part of the HEOS multi-room sound system that enables users to enjoy their favorite music anywhere and everywhere around the home. By using an existing home network and the HEOS app for iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire™*, users can explore, browse, and play music from an existing music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations. HEOS streaming music services currently include Spotify ®, Pandora®, TuneIn, Rhapsody™, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM™, with TIDAL on the way as well as others.


Key Features


  • Four HEOS zones
  • Eight-channel Class-D Amplifier
  • 70WPC (20Hz-20kHz, .05% THD)
  • Dedicated preamplifier output for each zone (selectable as stereo zone or subwoofer)
  • Third-party control compatible
  • 4 x 12V trigger outputs
  • Two fiber optic inputs, two digital coax inputs, and four analog inputs (matrix switching)
  • Four USB inputs
  • Amplifier bridge capability
  • Selectable stereo / mixed mono output
  • Selectable high pass / low pass filters
  • Four-way binding posts
  • Two Ethernet inputs
  • Actively cooled
  • Rack ears Included
  • 2U (3.5-inch) rack height (with feet removed)
  • Multi-voltage power supply
  • Dolby Digital decoding (downmix to 2.0 ch)

In addition to the HEOS Drive, the HEOS Series includes four wireless multi-zone music players: HEOS 1 ($199), HEOS 3 ($299), HEOS 5 ($399), and HEOS 7 ($599). Also part of the series is a Wi-Fi range extender HEOS Extend ($99) as well as the HEOS LINK ($349) and HEOS AMP ($499) to integrate current Hi-Fi and legacy products into the HEOS eco-system. In the future, the Denon HEOS Series will continue to expand with new and innovative products. HEOS products are available at select Denon dealers and online. For more information visit www.HEOSbyDenon.com.


Images

HEOS Drive angled with ear


HEOS Drive angled without ear


HEOS Drive front no ear


HEOS Drive front with ear

HEOS Drive rear


*A wireless home network is required.


About Denon Electronics

Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest-quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and groundbreaking commercialization of pulse-code modulation (PCM) digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D+M Group. For more information visit www.usa.denon.com.


About D+M Group

D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer and professional markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 900 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries.

All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D+M Holdings, Inc. except Pandora which is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc; SiriusXM is a registered trademark of Sirius XM Radio Inc.; Spotify is a registered trademark of the Spotify Group; Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.; Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates; and Rhapsody and the Rhapsody logo are registered trademarks of Real Networks, Inc.



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