If you’re looking for a cheap soundbar that doesn’t skimp on connectivity, the latest model from Denon might be a tempting option.
Deron DHT-S416 is the brand’s first soundbar with built-in Google Chromecast, which lets you stream high-resolution audio over WiFi from Amazon Music HD, Tidal and Qobuz, as well as playing music from Spotify, YouTube Music and more.
Chromecast integration also lets you control the soundbar with just your voice – as long as you have a Google Assistant speaker to plug it into.
Additionally, you can group the Denon DHT-S416 with other Chromecast-enabled devices to create a multi-room audio system, much like the much more expensive Sonos Arc can be grouped with other Sonos speakers.
Small and yet powerful
The Denon DHT-S41
Inside the soundbar are a pair of oval 1.25 x 4.4-inch full-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters, which Denon says ensures “the clear, yet rhythmic mid-range and high-range reproduction” for which the company is known.
Bass heads are also covered here; The soundbar is equipped with a wireless subwoofer that has a 5.25-inch driver in a ported case to “extend the bass to phenomenal low-end levels”.
While you don’t get object-based immersive sound technologies like Dolby Atmos with this affordable soundbar, Denon says the “advanced acoustics and precision tuning” can “realistically simulate a multichannel soundtrack played on a home theater surround sound system”.
There are three different EQ presets to choose from – Move, Music and Night – while three Dialogue Enhancer modes let you enhance the singing of TV soundtracks. For audio purists, there is also a pure mode that eliminates the need for virtual surround sound processing and lets you hear the audio “in its purest form”.
Connectivity is provided thanks to HDMI ARC. This means that you can control the DHT-S416 with your normal TV remote control. However, there is an optical connection if you want. For wireless streaming, you can either plug it into your Wi-Fi network or connect it to your phone via Bluetooth.
Hopefully the new soundbar can live up to its sibling, the DHT-S216, when it goes on sale later this month. At $ 250 / £ 220 (around AU $ 340), this DTS Virtual: X supporting bar impressed us with its great value for money, although it didn’t have all the specs you could get from the best soundbars of 2020 .
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale – the incredible Sonos Arc springs to mind – don’t forget that the holiday shopping season is approaching soon.
We expect lots of soundbar deals on Black Friday 2020 in November – and by then it’s rumored that Amazon Prime Day in October will bring a number of discounts (the exact date has yet to be confirmed).