Denon Home 350 review: A sonic home run

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Denon has expanded its range of wireless speakers with three new models: the entry-level Home 150; the mid-range Home 250; and the flagship Home 350, as reviewed here. All three include Denon’s HEOS multiroom system, along with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus the ability to work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.

The Home 350 sports a level of build quality commensurate with its top-of-the-range status, with a sizeable cabinet that houses a pair of high-quality speakers and powerful amplification. As with all the speakers in the HEOS range, it can be used on its own, as part of a stereo pair, or even on surround duties in a 5.1-channel system with a Denon DHT-S516H soundbar and subwoofer.

Design

  • Dimensions: 38 x 22.5 x 18cm / Weight: 6.3kg
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay 2
  • Black or white finishes

The Denon Home 350 isn’t likely to win any design awards, with a cabinet that borders on the boring. It’s just a simple box with a wrap-around fabric grille, and a choice of black or white finishes. However it’s built like a tank, with a toughened glass top that adds a touch of elegance, and a status light under the Denon logo at the front.

The connections include Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 and 5GHz, along with Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2. There’s also an Ethernet port at the rear, along with a 3.5mm stereo analogue jack and a USB port for external storage devices like hard drives and memory sticks. But there’s no headphone socket, so you might need to turn things down at night.

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Features

  • Works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • HEOS multiroom/surround sound
  • 24bit/192kHz DAC
  • Roon Ready

The Denon Home 350 forms part of the company’s range of HEOS products, allowing it to create a comprehensive multi-room system, or act as part of a stereo pair. The platform even allows you to use two of these speakers as pair of seriously over-specced rears in a 5.1-channel system built around a Denon soundbar.

There are some impressive components inside, with each speaker composed of a 3/4-inch tweeter, 2-inch midrange driver, and a 6-inch woofer for the low-end. There are six Class D digital amplifiers to provide power to each of the drivers, ensuring plenty of grunt.

This superior sonic prowess is put to good use, with gapless playback of high-resolution audio up to 192kHz/24-bit (files in FLAC, WAV, ALAC, and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz formats), either via a network or using the rear USB port. The Home 350 is even Roon Ready if that’s your bag.

There’s support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but currently a separate external device is required. However, a future firmware update should engage the two microphones on the top panel, ultimately allowing voice interaction without the need for a third-party device.

Interface

  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • HEOS app (iOS & Android)
  • Voice control via Amazon or Google

The Denon Home 350 has touch-sensitive controls on the top which, thanks to a proximity sensor, illuminate when your hand approaches them. The controls consist of play/pause, volume up/down, and six presets for your favourite radio stations.

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You can quickly and easily access your wireless network and create a multiroom system using the dedicated app. This allows you to enjoy the same or different music in multiple rooms, and even group two HEOS speakers together as the left and right channels of a stereo pair.

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