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Denon DHT-S514 Soundbar Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Monday, 28 April 2014
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Denon DHT-S514 Soundbar Review 
Set Up
Listening and Conclusion

The DHT S514 has a few more tricks up its sleeve. It is Bluetooth enabled, which allows you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device, including iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, etc. Denon has also included the new aptX technology, which improves music playback through Bluetooth. There is also a good old analog jack for connecting any type of music source, including a CD player.

Wait, there is more! Denon loaded the DHT-S514 with built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, which uses Denon's own Virtual Surround processing -- and "advanced psychoacoustic algorithms" -- to simulate the surround sound of a multi-channel home theater speaker system.

Aside from Movie Surround Sound mode, the DHT-S514 features two additional custom sound modes for use with different types of content. Dialog Enhancer provides improved clarity for use with news programs, talk shows, or documentaries. And Music mode, which seems pretty self-explanatory. The DHT-S514 also offers Pure Stereo, with no additional acoustic enhancement, and Night Mode, which prevents large jumps in volume when you don’t want to disturb sleeping family members. Night Mode can be used in addition to the other listening modes, a nice touch.

Denson DHT-S514 Soundbar

Set Up

The DHT-S514 required a minimum effort to set up and install. The unit comes with support footers, which snap into place, and good quality optical and HDMI cables. I connected my Viziio TV and Cable DVR via HDMI, and my DVD player via optical. Next, I found a good place for the matching subwoofer, and simply turned it on, magically it connected wireless to the main unit. The subwoofer is easy to dial in, as it has its own volume control. Once I set the desired level to blend in with the soundbar, I was ready to roll

The footprint of the DHT-S514 was perfect for setting it right in front of the TV. It nestled in perfectly in the space, and blended in seamlessly to the decor.  The unit can also be mounted on a wall if you desire. The DHT-S514 is also supplied with a nice remote control that allows you control every function including power, sound mode, volume, and source. Watching HDTV in the bedroom with the addition of the Denon system was a whole different experience than using the internal TV speakers. Suddenly movie soundtracks came alive, dialogue was easy to follow, and the overall balance was smooth. Miles ahead of what I was used to.



 

 
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