HEOS 3by Denon

  • HEOS 3
  • HEOS 3
  • HEOS 3
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Good looking speaker in a small form factor with a surprisingly large sound.
  • Built-in streaming for Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn, as well as local (USB stick), and device music libraries. More streaming services are being added.
  • Can be paired with another HEOS 3 for stereo, or grouped with other HEOS components.

CONS

  • Pricey--it's $100 more than the comparable Sonos Play:1.
  • Vibration and buzz when pushing a heavy bass tracks and the mids and upper tone range lacks detail.
  • Requires connectivity--it's useless without it. You can't even switch to the aux jack without using the app.
As the entry level to Denon’s Wi-Fi speaker system, the HEOS 3 is controlled by a free Android, Kindle, or iOS app. Listen to music with built-in streaming from Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and Rhapsody, or play tunes that live on your phone, tablet, or USB memory stick. You can mount the speaker horizontally or vertically and optimize the sound for position through the app. Use singly, or configure two HEOS 3 speakers for stereo. An LED status light shows when the speaker is connected, searching for devices, or updating firmware. On-board buttons control up/down volume and mute (with indicator light).
NameHEOS 3PLAY:1PLAY:3W7Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
ManufacturerDenonSonosSonosDefinitive TechnologyMonster
Techwalla Score
72%
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List Price$300$199$299$399$250
90%

The overall sound of the HEOS 3 was big—much bigger than what you’d expect from such a diminutive speaker.

The overall sound of the HEOS 3 was big—much bigger than what you’d expect from such a diminutive speaker.

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80%

The only minor downsides is that you have use the app on one of your devices to control it remotely.

The only minor downsides is that you have use the app on one of your devices to control it remotely.

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70%

The sound never sounded thin or weak and whatever room we had this speaker in, it made it’s presence known.

The sound never sounded thin or weak and whatever room we had this speaker in, it made it’s presence known.

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60%

Unfortunately, some clunky implementation issues and a persistent bass-driven buzzing tempers our enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, some clunky implementation issues and a persistent bass-driven buzzing tempers our enthusiasm.

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60%

Denon’s Heos takes a shot at Sonos, but misses its target.

Denon’s Heos takes a shot at Sonos, but misses its target.

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HEOS proves more flexible in terms of local sources, but when it comes to online music services, Sonos comes out way ahead.

HEOS proves more flexible in terms of local sources, but when it comes to online music services, Sonos comes out way ahead.

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Positive Reviews
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TEST
I have one and it Works pretty good

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