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Denon DHT-S416 2.1 sound bar with Google Chromecast

Of course, Denon’s new 2.1-channel soundbar, the Denon DHT-S416, is also primarily designed to deliver good TV sound, the company even speaks of outstanding home cinema sound. In addition, it is also intended to provide diversity in music through the integration of Google Chromecast.

For many consumers, a so-called soundbar is not only a solution for better sound when watching television, but in many cases it is also assigned the task of acting as a central audio system in the living room. The latest solution in this area from Sound United LLC. of the Denon brand, which is now presented in the form of the new Denon DHT-S416, is designed to do exactly that.

It is the first soundbar from Denon that has an integrated Google Chromecast, says Sound United LLC. in its promotion of the new Denon DHT-S416. It is not only intended to provide good sound for television, but also to function as a flexible audio system. Numerous music streaming services are thus directly accessible.

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The new Denon DHT-S416 expands the product range in the soundbar systems segment from Denon, which previously offered the models Denon DHT-S216, Denon DHT-S316, Denon DHT-S516H and Denon DHT-S716H. The new Denon DHT-S416 is therefore in principle in the middle of the field, but is now the “largest” soundbar at Denon that does not rely on HEOS Built-in.

The new Denon DHT-S416 is designed as a so-called 2.1-channel system, so it is clear that in addition to the actual soundbar, an additional subwoofer is part of the system. As has long been common practice in this area, this is of course controlled by radio, so that it can be placed anywhere in the room. Only a power socket must be in the immediate vicinity.

The soundbar itself is very compact, measuring no more than 5.6 cm in height, as the manufacturer expressly emphasises. This ensures that it can easily be placed directly under the TV set on a piece of furniture or, of course, mounted on the wall and is hardly noticeable, i.e. it integrates harmoniously into the living environment.

However, the sound should be striking, and for this purpose the new Denon DHT-S416 is equipped with two broadband drivers with 1.25 x 4.4 inch. In addition, there are two 1-inch tweeters, so that in total, a colourless, round sound image should result.

The separate subwoofer of the Denon DHT-S416 is equipped with a 5.15-inch woofer and also features a forward facing bass reflex system. According to the manufacturer, this is intended to guarantee rich bass. By the way, the subwoofer was also designed with a particularly slim shape so that it actually looks quite slim.

Of course, the connection to the TV set is primarily via HDMI, with an ARC (Audio Return Channel) as well as HDMI CEC for central control with a remote control. Alternatively, an optical S/PDIF interface can be used and an analogue AUX input is also available.

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are simply integrated via Bluetooth if they are used as sources.

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However, the full functionality is available when the new Denon DHT-S416 is connected to the network via WiFi, because then you benefit from the fact that it now supports Google Chromecast.

Via Google Chromecast the user has direct access to numerous music offers. YouTube Music, Amazon Music HD, Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz and Deezer are available, for example, but the corresponding app must be installed on the smartphone.

Although the Denon DHT-S416 itself does not have integrated voice control, Google Chromecast is the interface here too, so that a Google Chromevast-capable smart speaker in the same network can also control it by voice alone. In addition, Google Chromecast can also be used to implement a multi-room audio streaming system.

The new Denon DHT-S416 has various sound modes, first and foremost film, of course, plus a night mode that reduces the bass a little, and a special setting for music. The Denon Dialogue Enhancer is also available here, with three modes for different content such as film or conventional TV programmes, and is designed to optimise speech intelligibility. By the way, the new Denon DHT-S416 can decode content in Dolby Digital, but not DTS. It is even intended to provide virtual surround sound, although this function can be deactivated in Pure Audio Mode.

The new Denon DHT-S416 is expected to be available by the end of September 2020, with Sound United LLC. now offering Denon brand products primarily through its own website. The recommended retail price is € 329,-. A matching infrared remote control is part of the package, and a matching cable for connection to the TV set via HDMI is also included in the package, as well as an optical cable with TOS link, so that you can start using it right out of the box.

Getting to the point

It is the first soundbar from Denon, which has an integrated Google Chromecast, so Sound United LLC. advertises the new Denon DHT-S416. It is not only intended to provide good sound for television, but also to function as a flexible audio system. Numerous music streaming services are thus directly accessible.

Manufacturer:Sound United LLC.
Distribution:Denon Deutschland – A Division of Sound United
Price:€ 329,-
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.at, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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