Denon DHT-S716H soundbar review: This pricey 3.0-channel soundbar packs an impressive punch

    Wait, a $900 soundbar with out a subwoofer, {surround} audio system, or object-based 3D audio assist? That’s certainly the case with the Denon DHT-S716H, however don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. While this expensive, HEOS-enabled soundbar lacks (out of the field, at the least) {surround} and low-frequency channels, to not point out Dolby Atmos and DTS:X assist, it has an ace up its sleeve: heat, detailed, and surprisingly deep sound, which you’ll be able to all the time increase later by including a wi-fi subwoofer or {surround} audio system.

    Clearly designed with discriminating listeners in thoughts, the DHT-S716H additionally comes with 4 HDMI inputs (much better than the standard one or two) and assist for Denon’s HEOS high-resolution multi-room audio platform.


    The Denon DHT-S716H is a 3.0-channel soundbar, which makes use of a complete of 9 built-in drivers (together with three tweeters and 6 mid-range cones) to ship the left, heart, and proper audio channels. The soundbar doesn’t include any up-firing drivers, so there’s no object-based audio assist for such 3D sound codecs as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    While the DHT-S716H lacks 3D audio assist, it does comes with a special killer characteristic: HEOS, Denon’s high-resolution multi-room audio platform. Thanks to its HEOS assist, the DHT-S716H permits you to play tunes or TV audio on different Denon HEOS-enabled audio system in your house.

    You can even simply improve the DHT-S716H’s audio to 3.1- or 5.1-channel sound by pairing it with different HEOS audio system, such because the DSW-1H subwooferRemove non-product link and/or (for instance) a pair of HEOS 3Remove non-product link wi-fi bookshelf audio system. While the DHT-S716H’s HEOS assist affords loads of flexibility, the HEOS audio system themselves don’t come low-cost. The DSW-1H subwoofer, for instance, prices a cool $600, whereas the HEOS 3 audio system go for $300 every. Denon didn’t provide the DSW-1H or another wi-fi {surround} audio system for this overview.

    Measuring 43.38 x 5.88 x 2.88 inches and weighing in at about 10.6 kilos, the DHT-S716H is comparatively straightforward to deal with. Placing it in entrance of my 55-inch LG C9 OLED TV, the curved high of the soundbar blocked a sliver of the LG’s display screen, however I didn’t discover it terribly bothersome given its non-reflective cloth masking. That stated, you might all the time decide to hold the soundbar on a wall utilizing the rear mounting holes (no mounting provides are included, though there’s a mounting template).

    Inputs and outputs

    The DHT-S716H boasts one of the vital beneficiant arrays of inputs and outputs I’ve seen in a soundbar, beginning with the 4—depend ‘em, 4—HDMI inputs. Most of the soundbars I overview solely provide a single HDMI enter, whereas high-end soundbars will often offer you two.

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    Yes, the Denon DHT-S716H boasts 4 HDMI inputs, not simply two (or one).

    Besides the HDMI inputs, there’s additionally an ARC-enabled HDMI output, optical (Toslink) and RCA-style digital audio inputs, a wired ethernet community port, a USB port that helps music information (together with MP3, AAC, and FLAC), a 3.5mm audio enter, and a jack for an IR receiver (not included). All of the ports are included in a central rear cavity, somewhat than being shunted off to the left or the proper.

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