Whether you are looking to stream music to speakers throughout your home or to your stereo or home theater system, HEOS by Denon has two outstanding options that will make wireless streaming simple and seamless. The HEOS Link and HEOS Amp are two products with similar purposes, and whose functionality cooperates with differing systems within your home.
At first glance to the non-tech savvy, they may seem exactly the same, but the differences in their utility can make the decision easier for you.
The HEOS Link is designed to work directly with your existing stereo or home theater system to stream music from whatever source you prefer. Working wirelessly through an app available for all operating systems, you can control streaming music from a variety of sources by using your tablet or smart phone. Whether you prefer to stream your personal library or from an online service such as Spotify®, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and TuneIn radio, the HEOS Link will perfectly coalesce your preferred music with your existing set-up. Additionally, the Link can turn on your system for you, again from the app within your phone or tablet. The Link will play music in multiple zones of your home simultaneously as well as multi-stream playback. All of these great features are backed up by Denon technology, one of the most trusted name in the audio business.
In contrast, the HEOS Amp is designed directly with the speakers within your home. Instead of going through your stereo or home theater, the HEOS Amp streams music directly through multiple speakers in multiple zones throughout your home. Just like the Link, the HEOS Amp will play MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV files and supports all the same online streaming services. Price is also a difference between the two products, with MSRPs for the Link at $350 and the Amp at $500.
The real choice lies with what type of system you already have set up in your home, and what functionality you are looking to integrate into your system for streaming music. Both of these products are outstanding; we simply need to know what you are looking to do with them in order to help you make the best decision for your home.
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