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Bring Dolby Atmos to your TV with Denon’s affordable new soundbar

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Denon's new soundbar offers Dolby Atmos at a reasonable price.
Denon's new soundbar offers Dolby Atmos at a reasonable price.
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If your TV sounds a little thin on its own, you might want to beef up that audio with a soundbar and subwoofer. Until recently, sets offering Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound tended to cost quite a bit. But Denon’s got an affordable new outfit for you — the DHT-S517 soundbar.

Known for it AV receivers, Denon now takes on the likes of Sonos Arc with its release of the DHT-S517. You can plug it into any TV to jack up your entertainment experience with Dolby Atmos for $449.

Denon DHT-S517 soundbar with Dolby Atmos

The Denon DHT-S517 soundbar‘s upfiring speakers and powerful wireless subwoofer bring Dolby Atmos to your living room. Its 3D effect makes it seem like the sound is coming from all around you.

Denon engineered the device’s 3.1.2 configuration to provide clear dialogue, enhanced bass and enveloping sound. A seven-driver array includes left- and right-channel tweeters and midrange drivers, a dedicated center channel and two up-firing speakers.

The soundbar gets added punch and heft from the included wireless subwoofer.

“While TV manufacturers have developed thinner and thinner screens with high resolution and great picture quality, space for speakers has notably diminished, resulting in a sacrificed sound experience,” said Denon President Trip Randall. “With our newest Denon soundbar, you’ll immediately boost your home theatre experience to upgraded 3D sound. [You] will find your viewing experience makes exponential leaps forward.”

Works with any TV

The Denon DHT-S517 soundbar works with any TV setup. The included HDMI cable runs audio from a smart TV or compatible source to the sound bar via HDMI eARC (audio return channel).

With that configuration, you can control the soundbar volume through your TV’s remote control.

And for TVs lacking HDMI ARC, the digital optical input serves to connect the soundbar. Plus an additional 4K UHD HDMI input lets you connect additional HDMI sources — a Blu-ray player, a gaming console — directly to the soundbar.

In addition, the soundbar features a dialogue enhancer to improve the clarity of spoken content, which helps with movie dialogue, news, sports and other entertainment.

And note that the device’s multiple sound modes suit whatever you’re watching or listening to. They include movie mode, music mode (as a Bluetooth audio speaker), pure mode (all sound processing turned off) and night mode.

The Denon DHT-S517 soundbar with wireless subwoofer starts selling in early February.

Price: $449

Where to buy: Denon