Denon today announced its first full-range sound bar with DTS Virtual:X, the DHT-S216 (priced at $249). The sound bar leverages psychoacoustic algorithms, developed by DTS, to realistically simulate a multi-channel soundtrack played on a home theater surround sound system. The DHT-S216 is easily connected to any TV and media player via 4K UHD HDMI with Audio Return Channel (ARC) or optical/auxiliary inputs.
At 2.35-inches tall, the Denon DHT-S216 uses two 3-inch down-firing subwoofers, two 1 3/4 x 3 1/2-inch dual mid-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters for a theater-like experience from a low-profile design. New to the Denon sound bar lineup, the DHT-S216 features “pure mode,” which eliminates surround processing and removes any adjusted characteristics associated with movie, music or night mode.
The wall-mountable Denon DHT-S216 is compatible with all HD and 4K TVs, use the provided HDMI cable to send audio from Smart TVs and other connected sources via the HDMI Audio Return Channel (one-in/one-out with ARC) supporting 4K/60 Hz and HDCP 2.2. Once connected via HDMI ARC, the sound bar is seamlessly controlled with a TV remote. If HDMI ARC isn’t available, the sound bar offers an optical input and can be wirelessly paired via Bluetooth to stream music, podcasts and other audio content.
Additional DHT-S216 Features:
- Low-profile design: At 2.35-inches tall, the DHT-S216 fits most spaces and won’t block a TV’s bottom edge or IR remote sensor.
- Denon Dialogue Enhancer: Improves dialogue intelligibility with three different modes. Users can also turn up dialogue without adjusting overall volume level.
- Three Preset EQ Options: With three different sound modes — movie, night, and music — users can optimize their sound for the desired occasion.
- DTS Virtual:X: The immersive surround format delivers an exceptionally lifelike sense of dimensionality without the need for additional speakers.
- Dolby Digital Decoding: Plays back discrete multi-channel Dolby surround sound information with improved clarity and realism.
The DHT-S216 isn’t posted on Denon’s website yet, but when it is, it will be here.