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(Pocket-lint) - Looking for a soundbar to amp your TV's sound? Denon has just announced an attractive addition to its Home range: the Denon Home Sound Bar 550.

First and foremost this medium-sized soundbar is designed to enhance your TV's audio - and any devices, such as next-gen consoles, that you may have linked up.

It can decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based three-dimensional formats, outputting through its quad 55mm drivers, dual 19mm tweeters and a trio of bass radiators to give rounded sound without the need for a subwoofer.

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But the Home Sound Bar 550 is all about expansion too. You can add a subwoofer. You can add Denon Home separates, wirelessly, to create a wider surround sound system if you wish too. Or simply sync it with other Denon Heos products to create a multi-room system as you please - whether that's the Denon Home 350, 250 or 150.


The Sound Bar 550 - which measures 650mm long x 75mm high x 120mm deep - is small enough to not get in the way of a TV screen, while its touch-panel control system only illuminates when being interacted with to ensure no unwanted reflections.

There's also an included remote, or you can interact using the Denon Heos app - or your voice using Amazon Alexa or Apple's Siri (the latter via AirPlay 2 and your iOS device, not direct microphone pickup). There's no Google Assistant support at this time.

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So whether you want to use the Home Sound Bar 550 for music, TV audio, Blu-ray, or next-gen consoles, there are enough wired and wireless connections to cater for your needs. An HDMI input is paired next to an HDMI output (with eARC) to pass Hi-Res Audio (up to 192Hz/24-bit), 4K UHD HDR, with HDCP 2.3 compliance ensuring the necessary handshakes are made. 

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And with a price of £/$599/€649 we'd rather like to shake Denon's hand, as the Home Sound Bar 550 looks like a great addition to the Home range at a well considered price. Let's hope it sounds as good - which we'll find out when we obtain a review sample around its "mid February" launch date (pre-orders open 1 February).

Writing by Mike Lowe.
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