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Best Heos 3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2021:

Denon’s multiroom audio system also comes to hunt on Sonos lands. We are testing today the Heos 3, which tackles the Sonos Play: 3, the Harman / Kardon Omni 20, or the Samsung WAM750, to name only its main competitors. Competition is becoming more and more important in this evolving market. But by what means does the Heos 3 manage to differentiate itself from its rivals? Answer in this test.

Best Heos 3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2021

1. Denon Heos 3 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version).

Denon Heos 3 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version), Black, Works with Alexa
  • These small, powered speakers produce BIG, CLEAR SOUND FROM HIGHLY TESTED, RECORDING STUDIO GRADE SOUND ENGINEERING with support for high resolution audio. Feature a carefully designed blend of two custom full range drivers and a two channel class D amplifier, all controlled with state of the art digital signal processing
  • BLUETOOTH BUILT IN giving you the choice of Bluetooth AND Wi Fi to WIRELESSLY STREAM MUSIC through popular services like Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL or Rhapsody. Additional playback choices include: Built in Dual band wireless, USB Jack, AUX Input, Ethernet for wired networking
  • SET UP YOUR SPEAKER (OR SPEAKERS) IN MINUTES in three simple steps plug it in, tap the app, connect to wireless network and enjoy your favorite music crisp, clear and amplified

2. Denon HEOS 3 Wireless Speaker (White, Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Denon HEOS 3 Wireless Speaker (White, Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • Versatile for horizontal or vertical placement
  • Two full range drivers pump out rich, clean sound powered by a pure and efficient two channel digital amplifier
  • Ideal for small to medium sized rooms, such as bedrooms, offices or kitchens

3. Denon HEOS 1 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version), Black, works with Alexa, 5.08 x 7.44 x 5.04

Denon HEOS 1 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version), Black, works with Alexa, 5.08 x 7.44 x 5.04
  • Enjoy HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO AND AMAZING SOUND from custom dual drivers, including a wide range mid woofer and precision dome tweeter; Perfect for bedroom, hall or kitchen; HEOS 1's angular front profile looks STYLISH AND ADDS AN ELEMENT OF MODERNITY TO ANY ROOM
  • Choose from Bluetooth AND Wi Fi to WIRELESSLY STREAM MUSIC through popular services like Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL or Rhapsody; Connect your iOS/Android phone or tablet, or Kindle Fire device, or GIVE VOICE COMMANDS THROUGH ALEXA, SIRI OR GOOGLE ASSISTANT
  • Add another HEOS 1 and EASILY PAIR SPEAKERS to deliver an immersive room filling stereo sound, with custom EQ sound tailoring that provides a smooth, natural tonal balance, along with dual channel class D digital audio amplification

4. Denon HEOS AMP – Wireless Amplifier for Home Theater (New Version) | High Power Rating | Make Any System Wireless. 

Denon HEOS AMP - Wireless Amplifier for Home Theater (New Version) | High Power Rating | Make Any System Wireless | Powered Subwoofer Connection | Smart Home Automation Integration | Alexa Compatible
  • TURN ANY SPEAKER INTO A WIRELESS ZONE with the HEOS Wireless Amplifier With built in WiFi and Bluetooth functionality you can play music from anywhere in your home using a host of devices in your home theater or entertainment system
  • EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT HALL SOUND QUALITY AT HOME – Featuring advanced Class D digital amplification, the HEOS Amp guarantees high power with LOWEST DISTORTION, PRODUCING RICH, DETAILED ROOM FILLING SOUND
  • PRECISE AUDIO SYNCHRONIZATION WITH HEOS MULTI ROOM TECHNOLOGY – Exclusive digital technology allows you to play the same song or different ones in multiple rooms with maximum audio fidelity, without any visible delays

5. Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker System (Series 2, White)

Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker (White) (New Version)
  • BIG POWERFUL SOUND WITH MASSIVE BASS FOR A TRULY HEART POUNDING EXPERIENCE; HEOS 5 speakers feature 4 (4) custom full range drivers (two precision tweeters and 2 mid woofers); Best suited for medium to large sized rooms master bedrooms, kitchens, halls or a covered patio
  • Choose from BUILT IN BLUETOOTH AND Wi Fi to WIRELESSLY STREAM MUSIC through popular services like Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, TIDAL or Rhapsody; Playback choices include: Built in Dual band wireless, USB Jack, AUX Input, Ethernet for wired networking
  • SET UP YOUR SPEAKER (OR SPEAKERS) IN MINUTES in 3 simple steps plug it in, tap the app, connect to wireless network and enjoy your favorite music crisp, clear and amplified

Ergonomics

Despite its atypical shape, the Heos 3 can be placed both horizontally and vertically. This speaker incorporates on its upper part three physical buttons, with a slightly low-end appearance, allowing the volume to be adjusted or cut off.

The rest is done via the application (described in the Multimedia section). At the base of the speaker, an LED strip changes color or flickers to indicate the different states of the speaker: connection to the network, pairing, volume control, sources, update … On the front-rear, there is an Ethernet port, a USB port for playing music tracks, or a 3.5 mm mini-Jack port to connect it to any mobile device. Finally, a connect button allows synchronization on the Wi-Fi network.

The compatible audio formats are relatively numerous and should satisfy the greatest number: MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV. Note that the Apple formats “FairPlay”, WMA DRM, and WMA Lossless are currently not available for playback. 

Another small downside, there is no Bluetooth connection allowing music playback via different media (YouTube …); too bad.

Multimedia

An application is available on Android and iOS control these speakers from a smartphone or tablet. However, nothing has yet been developed to control the Heos system from a Mac or Windows computer.

The “Heos” application is rather simple to use. First, we connect the speaker to his smartphone/tablet through the mini-Jack cable. Then, we follow the steps visible on its screen until the speaker is connected to the network. Finally, just add the speakers, one after the other (up to 32 speakers), and place them in the category you want (living room, bedroom …).

Once the configuration is complete, you have access to three pages: “Rooms”, “Music” and “Listening”. The first is used to select the listening area and make the pairing, EQ, balance settings. The second allows you to either access your music via on-demand music listening sites (Spotify, Deezer …), or to find a music server, USB support … When on the last page, it allows you to see the title of the song currently listening, to adjust the sound or to move from one song to another.

In use, we noticed some bugs and slight lag times between switching from one song to another. When the speakers are paired, synchronization takes place smoothly without any waiting.

Audio

To broadcast the sound, the Heos 3 relies on two broadband speakers and a bass-reflex vent. All powered by a Class D stereo amplifier.

This enclosure was designed to add sound to small rooms of around 15 to 20 m². You can of course pair it with another Heos 3 via the app to make it a real stereo system. The application then allows you to balance, or adjust the bass and treble. Let’s just hope that the sound doesn’t twist as much as the design of the speaker.

Listening, the Heos 3 offers us a little soft bass. However, the latter do not sound too “cardboard”, probably thanks to the vent of the enclosure. The whole spectrum is fairly well balanced, even if we feel that the voices are slightly highlighted. The treble also enjoys a nice balance and no sibilance is to be noted. This speaker however lacks precision and does not offer a sufficiently detailed sound, mainly on the high part of the spectrum. The Heos 3 leaves us a little on our hunger on the sound level.

The sound is powerful as a whole, but if you push it too much, distortion is felt. The width of the soundstage is rather disappointing and the directionality too important.

In the end, the Heos 3 becomes much more interesting when it is coupled to its twin, allowing to reproduce a true stereo sound. We then find a real width of the scene with speakers that need to go up at lower volume, thereby limiting distortion.

STRONG POINTS

  • It’s relatively powerful.
  • Rather balanced spectrum.
  • Intuitive multiroom application.
  • The multiroom works well.

WEAK POINTS

  • Serious, lacking in responsiveness.
  • Distortion at sustained volume.
  • Lack of detail and precision.
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Difficult to use via computer.

CONCLUSION

The Heos 3 may not be the thing that got us most into a spin. Alone, it does not work miracles, but coupled with its counterpart, it is already much better. The multiroom works well and the application that controls the whole is ready. The invoice for such a product remains salty despite everything.

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