HEOS™ by Denon users can access Pandora via the HEOS by Denon controller app—to stream personalized radio anywhere in the home
Mahwah, NJ (July 17, 2014) – Denon Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, announces its partnership with Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, to offer Pandora on the new HEOS by Denon wireless multi-room sound system . Users connect to an existing Wi-Fi network to bring Denon-quality audio to any—or all—rooms with a state-of-the-art smart device application available for both iOS and Android*. “HEOS by Denon and Pandora are perfect partners in our shared goal to bring great music to listeners in ways that are tailored to each user’s preferences, situations and lifestyles—and in our efforts to anticipate what consumers will look for in the future,” said Brendon Stead, Denon’s vice president of product development. “Our partnership with Pandora allows HEOS by Denon users to enjoy the best personalized music experience.”
Through elegantly designed, compact wireless speakers, HEOS by Denon delivers Pandora personalized radio stations, to whatever room users want to hear the music they choose. HEOS by Denon is available at select Denon dealers.
Pandora launches instantly with the input of a single “seed”—a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora by using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations. Listeners can refine their stations by giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” based on their individual music preferences.
The Denon Difference: What Makes HEOS by Denon Amaze Your World
The HEOS by Denon product line includes three stunning, wireless multi-zone music players (MSRP range from $299-$599). These incredible music players offer easy Wi-Fi setup and access to audio from not only Pandora but also “legacy” sources and any smart device. With a single app, available for iPhone and Android devices, users can control the whole home. An optional access point range extender is available to improve or expand the users existing home wireless network (sold separately).
Sound: Personalized Music Like You’ve Never Heard It Before
To meet the high bar set by Denon’s 100-year legacy of premier audio quality, Denon’s engineers and designers worked for more than ten years to develop HEOS by Denon. Take that and combine it with the outstanding selection of music delivered by Pandora and listeners will get the ultimate wireless multi-room sound experience. HEOS by Denon’s new system’s sound quality stands alone in quality and performance:
· Audiophile-grade synchronization. The system is designed with new technology that makes for an incredible level of synchronization, a level even audiophiles can appreciate.
· State-of-the-art audio DSP optimization. Denon partnered with Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing (DSP) technologies. The HEOS Wireless Multi-Room-Sound <http://www.HEOSbyDenon.com> System uses embedded MaxxAudio® by Waves, a sophisticated sound enhancement suite customized to provide top-of-the-line sound quality for an optimized listening experience.
· Superior acoustic design. Denon’s audio expertise has evolved to meet the unique needs of today’s connected music consumer.
All of this Denon audio excellence and innovation comes to the forefront when users select music from Pandora and other favorite sources—and the sound they hear from the HEOS by Denon speakers is sharp, clear, rich and true … better than ever before.
HOES is Easy to Use
Open the box and HEOS by Denon comes to life with its simple, intuitive and well-designed whole home control via the Denon Controller app for iOS and Android. This makes it easy and convenient to set up and operate the players through frequently used wireless devices. Working with any existing home Wi-Fi network, the players connect effortlessly to a home network. Truly within minutes users can begin enjoying the sound of their favorite music filling the room—no Ethernet cable required.
The Wi-Fi connection is key to great playback and sound quality and Denon’s dual-band Wi-Fi uses modern Wi-Fi networks to their fullest advantage. The system integrates dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi to provide long range and bandwidth, giving the freedom and flexibility to place HEOS by Denon Multi-Room-Wireless Sound products anywhere in your home. The Denon system avoids common sources of interference from single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth devices, microwave ovens, baby monitors and cordless phones.
If users need to overcome difficult Wi-Fi conditions created by poor Wi-Fi range or have a need to create a network for the first time, Denon offers a Range Extender. The HEOS Extend differs in that it strengthens the entire home network for all Wi-Fi devices.
Content and Playback
Once set up, sit back and enjoy your experience with access to the world’s leading online music services. With USB, the HEOS by Denon Multi-Room Wireless Sound system allows users to also stream music collections stored on a hard drive and thumb drive. Play content to your local HEOS speaker or to another Denon wireless speaker in your home or to all Denon wireless speakers with playback times that don’t miss a beat when it comes to responsiveness.
In the future HEOS by Denon Multi-Room Wireless Sound System will introduce pre-amp/amp expansion products. These are expected to be available in the months following the initial release and into 2015, and beyond. Products will be available at select Denon dealers and online at Denon.com.
*A wireless home network is required.
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single “seed”—a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every day to hear music they love. Visit www.pandora.com.
About Denon Electronics
Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest-quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and groundbreaking commercialization of pulse-code modulation (PCM) digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D+M Group. For more information visit www.usa.denon.com.
About D+M Group
D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer, professional and automotive markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 900 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries. D+M Group is a Bain Capital portfolio company.
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