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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

Television soundbars are all the rage today, and for good reason. They allow you to enjoy high fidelity sound -- without a bank of front, right, center, and rear channel speakers -- in a tight space. Soundbar technology advancements have been significant as of late, taking them well beyond "lifestyle" products in their evolution.

The market for soundbars seems rather obvious to me. They are tailor made for small urban apartments, bedrooms, and dens. As a matter of fact, my bedroom has a Vizio 42-inch TV, but despite the unit's subpar built-in speakers, there's certainly no space for a surround system. It was extremely timely, then, when Denon approached me to review their latest soundbar, the DHT-S514, which retails for $649.

According the Denon, the unit, "features 175 watts of total system power, the DHT-S514 soundbar and wireless subwoofer together deliver true high fidelity sound with any TV. The soundbar features dual 2"x5" precision drivers that reproduce the upper bass and midrange audio, delivering clear audio especially in the vocal range. There are also dual ½" dome tweeters that reproduce the entire treble range, with response extending to 20 kHz."

The matching wireless subwoofer is equipped with dual 5¼" woofers and can be placed horizontally or vertically, which offers flexibility. Both soundbar and subwoofer have a solid feel, and the packaging is first rate. Clear and concise instructions are included for set up.

According to Denon, "many TVs come with one of the HDMI inputs equipped with Audio Return Channel (ARC), which lets you listen to audio from a source device (such as a cable or satellite box) as well as being able to listen to audio from the TV's internal tuner or from a smart TV's built-in content streaming capabilities. Simply connect the DHT-S514 to your TV with the supplied HDMI cable, and you can enjoy audio from your set-top box as well as enjoying audio from the TV. For TVs without ARC, you can connect the DHT-S514 via one of the two available digital audio connections -- both optical and coaxial digital audio inputs are provided."



 

 
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