With the new Denon DHT-S217, Sound United LLC. now presents another soundbar from the Denon brand that is not only content with the reproduction of stereo, but is also supposed to deliver room-filling, immersive 3D surround sound from a single source using Dolby Atmos. The manufacturer describes the new Denon DHT-S217 as a full-range soundbar with Dolby Atmos that can conjure up cinema-quality surround sound experiences in the living room. What is particularly exciting about the Denon DHT-S217, however, is that all this is possible at a very affordable price.
Denon DHT-S217 – Especially flat
According to the manufacturer, an important point about the new Denon soundbar is the particularly flat design of the new Denon DHT-S217. This makes it easy to fit under any TV set in the living room. According to the data sheet, the Denon DHT-S217 is only 6.6 cm high.
It should also be mentioned that the Denon DHT-S217 can also be wall-mounted, so that this soundbar does not take up any floor space.
Only the soundbar…
As already described, the new Denon DHT-S217 is a solution that actually consists solely of the soundbar itself, so it does without a separate subwoofer, which is quite common in this class.
Instead, subwoofers are already integrated into the soundbar, two of them in fact, with these radiating downwards, so that the Denon DHT-S217, despite the aforementioned slim form factor, equipped with two mid-range and tweeter speakers, can still boast excellent sound quality with crystal-clear dialogue and rich bass, as Sound United LLC. states on record.
The DHT-S217 is equally suited to film and music, although its ability to decode content in Dolby Atmos is particularly noteworthy, although ultimately only virtual surround is reproduced, as the Denon DHT-S217 does not have special drivers for reproducing the surround and especially the treble channels.
Simple set-up and control
The Denon DHT-S217 can be easily connected to most TV sets via the HDMI or optical cable (S/PDIF or TOS link) supplied, and the volume of the soundbar can also be controlled via the TV remote control. This is ensured by HDMI CEC.
According to the manufacturer, the eARC feature guarantees impressive audio playback and allows video and music fans to stream Dolby Atmos content from their smart TV’s streaming apps to the soundbar. An HDMI input can be used to connect a player, with 4K content being passed through.
Four sound modes
The four sound modes of the Denon DHT-S217 “Movie”, “Night”, “Music” and “Pure” also guarantee optimal sound for different application scenarios. In Pure mode, surround processing and other sound adjustments are switched off to bypass any DSP-based signal processing.
Denon Dialogue Enhancer
A particularly interesting feature of the new soundbar is the Denon Dialogue Enhancer, which improves speech intelligibility in three stages – ideal for films or TV programmes. The practical feature allows users to increase the volume of voices without changing the overall volume.
Bluetooth for music streaming
Of course, as befits such a solution, the new Denon DHT-S217 also offers an integrated Bluetooth module, so users can stream their favourite music from their smartphone or tablet to the soundbar via Bluetooth – with extremely clear, room-filling sound, according to Sound United LLC.
“If you want to significantly improve the audio performance of your TV, the DHT-S217 is for you. With massive bass from the built-in subwoofers and powerful 3D surround sound, the soundbar transforms any TV into a complete home entertainment system – at an affordable price.”Trip Randall, Denon Brand President
Pricing and availability
Probably the most exciting thing surrounding the new Denon DHT-S217 is the price, as Denon’s new soundbar is set to be available from May 2022 for a recommended retail price of just €269.
Getting to the point
Once again, Sound United LLC. proves to be a price breaker when it comes to surround sound, specifically immersive 3D surround sound via Dolby Atmos, with a Denon brand soundbar. However, the new Denon DHT-S217 cannot come up with an appropriately designed loudspeaker configuration to actually reproduce all channels completely, since it is ultimately a 2.1-channel system in this specific case.