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Denon DHT-S516H

Powered sound bar and subwoofer system with Apple® AirPlay® 2, Bluetooth®, and HEOS Built-in

Item # 033DHT516H

Improve your TV sound while starting — or expanding — your multi-room audio system.

Improve your TV sound while starting — or expanding — your multi-room audio system.

Item # 033DHT516H

In stock

About the Denon DHT-S516H

Add dimension and clarity to your TV sound

Denon's DHT-S516H sound bar features the same processor as their premium A/V receivers for a big upgrade to your TV's sound quality. The unique, angled cabinet houses two full-range drivers and two soft dome tweeters, with each driver powered by its own amplifier for clear, room-filling sound. The included wireless subwoofer adds deep, impactful bass from dual 5-1/4" woofers.

Add dimension and clarity to your TV sound

Denon's DHT-S516H sound bar features the same processor as their premium A/V receivers for a big upgrade to your TV's sound quality. The unique, angled cabinet houses two full-range drivers and two soft dome tweeters, with each driver powered by its own amplifier for clear, room-filling sound. The included wireless subwoofer adds deep, impactful bass from dual 5-1/4" woofers.

Helpful audio modes

You can choose from several sound-optimizing EQ presets to enhance your enjoyment of music and movies. Try night mode if you are worried about disturbing the neighbors — it reduces bass and tailors overall output so you can follow what's going on, even at lower volumes. 

Denon DHT-S516H HEOS sound bar and wireless sub

Denon's DHT-S516H is an easy way to improve your TV's sound.

Wireless streaming

Whether you want to stream a Spotify® playlist, shuffle all your Pandora® stations, or listen to your downloaded songs, this sound bar has you covered. In addition to Bluetooth®, it has Apple AirPlay 2 and HEOS Built-in. That means it's easy to expand into other rooms.

Group the bar with additional HEOS speakers, and control them all using the free HEOS mobile app. You can listen to a different song in each room or play the same song throughout the whole house.

Apple iOS® users can group the bar with other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers for simple multi-room music playback.

The HEOS system can even stream your lossless ALAC and high-res FLAC files.

Voice control options

If you've got an Amazon Alexa device, you can control the DHT-S516H with your voice. Ask it to play your favorite song, change the volume, pause, mute, change inputs, and more.

If you have a Google Home device, you can use your voice to play, pause, and skip tracks, and control volume for music you started using the HEOS app. Apple fans can ask Siri to stream their podcasts or music to the bar.

Simple setup

The DHT-S516H comes with everything you need to get up and running quickly. Make a quick one-cable connection to your TV using the bar's ARC port and the included HDMI cable.

Inside the box you'll also find optical and Ethernet cables. There's even an IR blaster, just in case the bar blocks your TV's remote receiver.


Product highlights:

  • 2.1-channel sound bar and subwoofer system
  • built-in Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2 for easy streaming of audio content
  • HEOS Built-in lets you group and control compatible speakers using free HEOS mobile app
  • support for online music services, including Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio (subscription required for some services)
  • compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home for voice control
    • Alexa devices let you play your favorite song, change the volume, pause, mute, change inputs, and more
    • Google Home devices let you play, pause, and skip tracks, and control volume for music you started using the HEOS app
Sound bar:
  • powered stereo sound bar with four built-in speakers
    • two soft dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
    • two 2" x 5" full-range drivers
  • each driver is powered by its own Class D amplifier for clear, dynamic sound
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS decoding
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi® allows connection to your wireless home network and wireless communication with other HEOS devices
  • three listening modes: Movie, Music, and Night
  • features the same powerful 400 MHz 32-bit floating point DSP engine found in Denon A/V receivers
  • learns your TV remote's commands for single-remote use (or control via the HEOS app)
  • IR repeater in case the sound bar blocks your TV's remote receiver
  • wall-mountable
  • 40-1/8"W x 2-7/8"H x 4-1/16"D
  • weight: 10.58 lbs.
  • two 5-1/4" woofers
  • connects wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
  • 6-13/16"W x 12-1/4"H x 14-5/16"D
  • weight: 14.55 lbs.
HEOS multi-room system information:
  • HEOS requires high-speed internet, Wi-Fi router, and an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet
  • plays music stored on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets
  • DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
  • plays the same music in multiple zones simultaneously, or different music in each zone
  • easy setup using the HEOS mobile app
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and ALAC files; sampling rates up to 24-bit/192kHz
    • not compatible with protected files with digital rights management (DRM)
  • bass and treble tone controls via HEOS app
Connections and general info:
  • Ethernet port for wired connection to your router (cable included)
  • 1 HDMI input
  • 1 HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel) support
    • cable included
    • 4K pass-through with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs (optical cable included)
  • 3.5mm input for setup and connecting to a portable music player (minijack cable included)
  • USB port for listening to music stored on a compatible thumb drive
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DHTS516HBKE3

No A/V receiver required.

What's in the box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • Wireless powered subwoofer
  • Two 6.5' AC power cords
  • 6.5' HDMI cable
  • 6.5' Optical digital cable
  • 34" Minijack setup cable
  • 40" Ethernet cable
  • IR blaster (attached 39" cable)
  • 2 Riser feet
  • 2 Wall-mount bumpers
  • 4 Non-skid pads
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wall Mount Template
  • Safety Instructions
  • Spotify information
  • Warrant sheet

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Features & specs

Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer Yes
Wireless Surrounds Optional
Number Of Channels 2.1
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement No
Auto Volume No
Virtual Surround Yes
Audio Connections
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
HDMI ARC Input Yes
HDMI eARC Input No
3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
USB Type-A Input Yes
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Audio Specs
Tweeter Soft-Dome (2)
Midrange None
Woofer 5"x2" Cone (2)
Subwoofer Driver 5.25" Cone (2)
Enclosure Bass Reflex
System Frequency Response Not Given
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power Not given
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs 1
HDMI Outputs 1
Video Specs
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution 4K
HDR Video Compatible Yes
Includes Remote Yes
Voice Control Alexa & Google Assistant optional
Control by App Apple iOS, Android
Remote IR Passthrough No
Learns TV Remote Yes
Audio Streaming
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in 4.1
Apple AirPlay AirPlay 2
Chromecast built-in No
Files on Your Network Yes
Wi-Fi Networking
Built-in Wi-Fi Version 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bands 2.4, 5.0 GHz
Other Info
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included No
Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-7/8H x 40-1/8W x 4-1/16D
Sound Bar Weight 10.58 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) 12-1/4H x 6-13/16W x 14-5/16D
Subwoofer Weight 14.55 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 2 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research

Audio/Video Section
Network Multiroom Audio
Remote & Convenience Features
Mounting & Power Requirements

Audio/Video Section

2.1ch Soundbar & Subwoofer System: The Denon DHT-S516H includes a 2ch active soundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer for a 2.1ch setup. You can create a 5.1ch setup using a pair of Denon Heos wireless powered speakers (sold separately) as rear surrounds.

  • 2ch Active Soundbar Speaker: The included 2ch active soundbar speaker features dual soft-dome tweeters with neodynium magnets, two 5"x2" oval cone woofers, Class D bi-amplification, and a powerful 400MHz 32-bit DSP engine for dynamic room-filling sound from your favorite TV shows, movies, and music. You can adjust the Treble & Bass level of the soundbar speaker through the Heos app.
  • Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The included wireless powered sub features dual 5.25" woofers powered by a built-in amplifier and a rear-firing port that work in tandem to deliver powerful deep bass with flat response and low distortion thanks to precision DSP audio tuning. You can adjust the subwoofer volume independently from the system volume.
  • Optional Wireless Surrround Speakers: Add a pair of Denon's Heos wireless powered speakers (sold separately) as rear surrounds to the DHT-S516H soundbar and subwoofer system to create a 5.1ch home theater system for an immersive surround sound experience from your movie and music soundtracks.

Dolby Digital Plus & DTS Decoding: The Denon DHT-S516H active soundbar speaker supports Dolby Digital (5.1ch), Dolby Digital Plus (7.1ch), and DTS (5.1ch) decoding via its HDMI 2.0a connectivity. It only supports Dolby Digital and DTS decoding (up to 5.1ch) via its optical and coaxial digital inputs.

Preset EQ Modes: The DHT-S516H features three pre-set EQ modes optimized for movie and music listening. Select the Movie mode to punch up the bass of an action scene or to make dialogue sound clearer. Choose the Music mode for a wider soundstage and even dispersion. Or, switch to Night mode for lowered bass and clear dialogue when you it's time to quiet things down.

HDMI 2.0a: Equipped with one HDMI input and one HDMI ARC output, the Denon DHT-S516H incorporates an advanced video section that features the HDMI 2.0a specification; including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video with HDCP 2.2 compatibility (a requirement for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content), HDR (High Dynamic Range), and ARC (Audio Return Channel).

  • 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2: The Denon DHT-S516H supports up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on all of its HDMI inputs and output. It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI. There is no video resolution upscaling. All of the soundbar's HDMI jacks support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range): The DHT-S516H supports High Dynamic Range video - including HDR10 and Dolby Vision. High Dynamic Range video provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your ARC compatible TV to the Denon DHT-S516H through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your TV.

Note: The ARC-enabled HDMI input of some TVs will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, so we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray player or Satellite/Cable box to the soundbar directly; and then connect the soundbar's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.

Digital & Analog Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the Denon DHT-S516H is outfitted with digital (optical/coaxial) and analog (stereo minijack) audio inputs.

  • Optical & Coaxial: For TVs without ARC via HDMI, you can connect the Denon DHT-S516H via one of the two available digital audio connections; both optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital audio inputs are provided. These digital inputs support 2ch PCM and 5.1ch Dolby Digital/DTS.
  • 3.5mm Minijack: Additionally, Denon has included a stereo analog minijack (3.5mm) input jack that lets you connect the DHT-S516H to your TV without ARC or a digital output, or to a portable music player. This connection only supports 2ch PCM.
Note: The digital optical output of some flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

USB Port: The Denon DHT-S516H is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of high-resolution and compressed music files from a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive (formatted in FAT 32). You'll be able to control your USB device's music and view song/artist info from the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the speaker's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. USB audio can be distributed other HEOS products connected to your home network.

  • Music Browsing: Use the HEOS app on your mobile device to browse your connected USB device's music library by Artist, Album, Genre, or Song. You can also type in an artist name or song title to find music in your USB device's library.
  • Playback Control: Basic playback control can be done from your TV's IR remote control or from the Heos app. Functions include Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.
  • Song/Artist Info: You are able to view song/artist information with Album Art from your inserted USB device on the HEOS app.
Note: It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the USB port of this unit using a USB cable. The USB port does not support Apple iOS or Android devices. USB hubs and card-readers are not supported.

High Resolution & Compressed Music Formats: The Denon DHT-S516H supports compatibility with high-resolution audio files for the ultimate listening experience via select online music services, DLNA, and USB. Listen to uncompressed WAV (PCM), ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) music files up to 24-bit/192-kHz; as well as DSD (2.8/5.6MHz). HEOS is also compatible with compressed music files - such as MP3, WMA, and AAC (MPEG4).

Resolution Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
Hi-Res WAV (PCM) 32/44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .wav
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .flac
ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) 44.1/48/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .m4A
DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz 1-bit .dsf/.dff
Compressed MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
AAC (MPEG-4) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-320 kbps .aac/.m4a

Built-in Bluetooth: The Denon DHT-S516H features built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with a 98.4' wireless range for music streaming (A2DP 1.2) and control (AVRCP 1.5). You'll be able to wirelessly connect to smartphones (including iPhone & Android), tablets (including iPad & Android), laptops (including Microsoft Surface & Macbook), computers (including Windows PC & Mac), and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Up to eight Bluetooth devices can be remembered by the DHT-S516H, so family members as well as friends can enjoy their favorite tracks (only one device can be used at a time)

  • Wireless Music Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled source device to the Denon active soundbar speaker. The DHT-S516H supports the Bluetooth SBC codec only.
  • Wireless Music Control: You'll still use your Bluetooth-enabled source device to control playback and to view song/artist/album information.
  • Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls is not supported.
  • Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Denon soundbar.

Network Multiroom Audio

HEOS Wireless Multiroom Sound: The Denon DHT-S516H is part of the HEOS wireless multiroom audio eco-system - comprising of a family of wireless network speakers, AV receivers, amplifiers, & pre-amplifiers for your whole home. There is a free HEOS app to control them from your Apple iOS or Android mobile device. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, internet radio, or your own music collection through out your home. Plus, set-up is intuitive and simple. To make HEOS wireless multi-room audio work in your home, you'll need.

  • Denon's HEOS network audio speakers, receiver amplifiers, and/or pre-amplifiers
  • a wireless (WiFi) home network with internet connection
  • an Apple iOS or Android mobile device connected to your home wireless (WiFi) network
  • the free HEOS app downloaded on your Apple iOS or Android device
Note: Prior to using the HEOS system, you'll need to setup up your free HEOS account. Your HEOS account remembers all your settings and preferences such as all your music service logins and HEOS playlists. When you'd like to add multiple smartphone or tablet controllers to your system, you only need to sign in to each new device with your HEOS user name and password. Instantly all your music services and HEOS playlists are available in the new controller too. If you prefer, multiple HEOS accounts can be setup in a single household. This way, each family member can enjoy their own personalized Pandora, Spotify, etc. account settings and still share all the same speakers in the home.

Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The HEOS system uses your home's wireless (WiFi) network for whole-house audio entertainment. The Denon DHT-S516H can connect to your home's network via Ethernet (RJ-45) or dual-WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4GHz/5GHz). At least a dual-band (2.4/5GHz) "N" router is recommended for the most reliable wireless network connection for high-resolution music playback. The free HEOS app for Apple iOS and Android is used for wireless (WiFi) setup with your home's network.

  • Wired Setup: Simply connect the Denon DHT-S516H to your home network using an Ethernet cable and the speaker will appear on the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device as a new room in the Rooms screen of the app.
  • Wireless Setup: Use the HEOS app on your mobile device and the included minijack cable to connect the DHT-S516H wirelessly to your home's WiFi network. During setup, you will need to connect the included minijack cable to the headphone jack of your mobile device and the Aux input of the Denon soundbar. The app will then copy your mobile device's wireless network settings over to the speaker via the connected cable. You can add additional wireless speakers to the HEOS system by selecting "Add Device" from the HEOS app's settings menu.
Note: A WiFi extender (sold separately) may be necessary if your network's wireless signal is weak to some of the HEOS speakers or players in your application.

Hi-Res & Audiophile-Grade Synchronization: To deliver a true audiophile listening experience for high-resolution music playback (up to 24-bit/192kHz) with multiple HEOS speakers & receivers at once, each HEOS speaker and receiver must be synchronized to an extremely high degree. Based on years of meticulous research, HEOS delivers unparalleled synchronization performance within microseconds for exceptional high-resolution music playback.

  • HEOS Gen 2: HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) products, like the Denon DHT-S516H, will distribute high-resolution music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz) throughout your home to other HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) product; without any down-sampling.
  • HEOS Gen 1: HEOS Gen 2 (HS2) products, like the Denon DHT-S516H, will down-sample high-resolution music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz) to CD-quality (16-bit/44.1kHz) and then distribute the music throughout your home to older HEOS Gen 1 product.

Online Music Services: You'll be able to stream your favorite online music service like Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Tidal, Amazon, Rhapsody, TuneIn, Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, and more. The HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information with Album Art. You can create a "Favorite" station list, so you can quickly access your favorite internet radio stations and online music channels. These online music services can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.

  • TuneIn: The HEOS system includes access to more than 100,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn radio service. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 100,000 stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
  • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the HEOS system. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
  • Pandora: Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.
  • Amazon Music: Listen to millions of songs, thousands of playlists, and ad-free personalized stations with Amazon Prime & Unlimited Music. With the addition of Amazon Music HD, you will now be able to play Ultra HD music (24-bit/48kHz to 192kHz) on supported HEOS devices from the HEOS App when choosing Amazon Music. An Amazon Music (Prime, Unlimited, or HD) subscription will be required.
  • TIDAL: TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
  • iHeart Radio: iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring songs from the artist you select and similar music.
  • Napster: Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.

Mobile Device Streaming: Using the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device, you are able to stream your device's music library to the Denon DHT-S516H. You'll be able to browse your music library by Artist, Album, Genre, and Song; control music playback functions like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track; and view song/artist info with Album Art from the app on your compatible mobile device. You can even type in an artist name or song title to find music in your mobile device's library. Your device's music library can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.

  • Playlists: You can save the Now Playing queue as a HEOS Playlist that you can recall later. The new playlist will be available from the Playlists button on the Music tab on the HEOS controller app.
  • Music Sharing: The HEOS App also has a feature called "Music Sharing" which can share the local music stored on your mobile device to other HEOS app users on your home network. The name of the mobile device you are sharing from will appear as a new Local Music source allowing other HEOS controller apps to browse and play music on your device from their device.

DLNA Certified: The Denon DHT-S516H is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant. This allows you to wirelessly stream a variety of high-resolution and compressed music files stored on your network connected Windows PC or DLNA-certified NAS drives to the Denon DHT-S516H. From the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device you can browse music files, control playback and view song/artist information with album art. DLNA music content can be distributed to other HEOS products connected to your home network.

Multi-Room Configuration: Built-in HEOS technology enables the PMA-150H to become part of the HEOS by Denon wireless multi-room audio eco-system, allowing you to stream and control all of your local and online music effortlessly from anywhere in your home with the HEOS App on your compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile device over a wireless WiFi network connection. The HEOS system is a true multi-room audio system that automatically synchronizes audio playback between multiple HEOS devices so that your music (up to 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio) coming from different rooms is perfectly in sync and always sounds amazing. You can play the same audio source in every room or any combination of rooms you choose, including a different song in every room.

  • Systems & Groups: The HEOS wireless multiroom sound system can support up to 32 HEOS speakers, receivers, players, amplifiers, and/or pre-amplifiers (all sold separately) on a single wireless network (IEEE 802.11 g/n; 2.4/5GHz). You can join or group up to eight individual HEOS devices into a group that function as if they were a single source. The HEOS eco-system is flexible enough where you can create up to 16 Groups (2 Heos devices per Group). You can easily group 16 rooms together with Party Mode by simply using a "pinch" gesture.
  • Compatible Sources: The following sources can be distributed through the HEOS multi-room audio system -
    • TuneIn Internet Radio & Spotify Connect
    • HEOS music apps (including Amazon, Pandora, Tidal, and more)
    • Windows PC & DLNA music servers
    • Bluetooth & USB audio (AirPlay is not supported)
    • Music libraries stored on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device.
    • Analog & Digital inputs (including HDMI, Optical, Coaxial, Minijack)
Note: A Group refers to the HEOS App's ability to play multiple HEOS systems together, so you're simultaneously outputting the same source information from all the HEOS systems. Grouping the systems will also allow proper synchronization to all systems so you should never hear an audio delay between the HEOS systems.

AirPlay 2 w/ Siri: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the Denon DHT-S516H and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Denon HEOS soundbar speaker. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Denon DHT-S516H.

Note: AirPlay 2 does not support multiroom audio distribution via HEOS. Multiroom audio distribution can only be done with other AirPlay 2 compatible devices (sold separately).

Remote & Convenience Features

HEOS App: You'll need to download the HEOS App (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0) onto your compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile device. The app is required and provides everything you need to set up and enjoy music on the HEOS system. Using your mobile device and the HEOS app, you can setup, browse, explore, and control HEOS system right in the palm of your hand, from anywhere in your home. Your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home wireless (WiFi) network as the HEOS speaker system. The HEOS app consists of 4 control screens.

  • Settings: The "Settings" screen enables you to connect one or more HEOS speakers, receivers, amplifiers, and/or pre-amplifiers to your home's wireless network. You also get access to Bass, Treble, and Subwoofer level.
  • Rooms: From the app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can select which rooms you want playing. You can play the same music in multiple rooms by grouping rooms together, or you can listen to a different source in each room.
  • Music/Sources: You can select what music and which source you want to listen to from the app. Choose from online music services like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Tidal, etc.; your music library on your Apple iOS or Android device, Windows PC/DLNA server, or USB thumbdrive; and HDMI, Digital (optical/coaxial), or Aux inputs; as well as Bluetooth on the Denon DHT-S516H. You can also select music from Playlists you've created, Favorites you've saved, and your recent listening History.
  • Now Playing: The "Now Playing" screen displays song, artist, and album information; along with Album Art. You also get basic playback controls like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track, plus Volume controls Up/Down and Mute. In addition the "Now Play" screen functions unique to the selected online music service or music library.

Alexa Compatible: HEOS and Amazon Alexa customers can now enjoy the convenience of Alexa voice control plus high-quality wireless home audio. In addition to controlling your HEOS components with the HEOS app on your mobile device or tablet, you can now control them with Amazon Alexa voice technology and an Amazon Alexa device (such as the Echo or Echo Dot, sold separately). Your HEOS components and the Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network. Voice control features include -

  • Alex voice commands include Volume (up/down, specific volume number, & mute); Playback (Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Resume); and Power on/off. And thanks to the latest firmware update, you can even use Alexa to switch inputs on HEOS enabled AV receivers and soundbars.
  • You can group your HEOS-enabled devices using the HEOS app with an Alexa-friendly name. Once they are grouped, Alexa voice commands will control the group as a whole. If you want to play audio content from only one HEOS-enabled device in the group, you must ungroup the device within the HEOS app.
  • You are able use voice commands to search for songs, albums and artists and even podcasts and internet stations from HEOS & Alexa compatible music apps - like Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify Connect, & SiriusXM.
  • You will need to download the Alexa app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ or Android OS 5.0+) onto your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
  • For a list of current Alexa voice commands supported by the HEOS HomeEntertainment Skill, click here.
  • For setup instructions, click here.

Google Assistant Support (available firmware update): Ask your Google Home, the Google app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+), or other devices with Google Assistant built-in to control HEOS content across your listening environment. Once you start music in the HEOS app, you can ask the Google Assistant to control volume, play, pause, skip tracks, and more. Once you have grouped your HEOS-enabled devices using the HEOS app, you can use the Google Assistant and voice commands to control a group of HEOS devices as a whole. Make sure the unit has the latest HEOS software and firmware update installed.

  • A firmware update (scheduled for 2019) will allow you to use the Google Assistant and your voice to queue up music services, power on/off devices, switch inputs and more.
  • Click here for more info on Google Assistant for HEOS. Smart Home Voice Automation: An elevated voice agent for the high-end smart home, offers flexible voice control for nearly any aspect of your day-to-day experience and entertainment environment. Use voice commands to control the Denon soundbar system, thermostat, lights, home appliances, powered speakers, and more. is installed by custom integrators and accessed through the Josh - Home Automation app on your Apple iOS 10.3+ or Android OS 4.4+ device.

Remote Control: The HEOS DHT-S516H can be programmed to work with your television's IR remote control and also supports HDMI CEC. Please note that the DHT-S516H does not come with its own remote control.

  • TV Learning: Thanks to IR remote learning capability, you can control the Denon DHT-S516H with your TV's IR remote controller. Compatible TVs include Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. Control functions include Power on/off & Volume up/down.
  • HDMI Control: You can switch off the power, switch input source and adjust the volume of this system using your TV's remote control over an HDMI connection. Your TV also needs to be compatible with the HDMI control function. This function may not operate due to connected devices or settings.

Note: Depending on your TV or installation location, the remote control receiver on the TV may be hidden by the soundbar, preventing the remote control from being used because the remote control signals cannot reach the TV. In this case, connect the supplied IR Blaster. Attach the tip of the IR Blaster near the TV remote control signal receiver and check that the remote control can be used to control the TV.

Standby Modes: The Denon DHT-S516H features two standby modes to save power.

  • Auto Standby: To save power, the speaker system will automatically enter Standby mode whenever there is no audio signal or control for 20 minutes and will automatically resume whenever the speaker is selected and playing music again. There is no visible indicator or LED that will show that the speaker is in Standby as it is a fully automatic function.
  • Deep Standby: The speaker also has the ability to automatically enter "Deep Standby" whenever their is no wired or wireless audio connection for more than 60 minutes. The front panel LED will turn off during Deep Standby. To "wake" the speaker system from Deep Standby, you must press the volume or mute buttons which will immediately turn on the front panel LED.

Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from HEOS are delivered to the Denon DHT-S516H via your home network's Internet connection. When such updates become available, you will be notified when you open the HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device.

Mounting & Power Requirements

Soundbar Placement: The soundbar of the DHT-S516H can be table-top mounted or wall mounted. The soundbar speaker should be placed as close as possible to the television screen. It should be centered left-to-right with the screen, and ideally no more than a few inches above or below. The most common location is below the screen.

  • Table-Top Mount: The DHT-S516H comes with a set of feet that raise the soundbar speaker off your table top and over the base or feet of some flat-panel TVs. The soundbar can also be table-top mounted without the feet installed. The feet add 0.625" to the overall height of the soundbar.
  • Wall-Mount: If you prefer wall mounting, the soundbar features built-in keyholes that let you easily mount the soundbar directly to the wall (template included). There are also two 1/4"-20 threaded inserts on the rear-panel of the soundbar for attaching optional mounting brackets (sold separately).

Subwoofer Placement: You can place the wireless powered subwoofer practically anywhere in the room; within a wireless range of 25'. For the best sound, place the subwoofer near a wall or corner, within 19' of the soundbar speaker, and on the same side of the room as the soundbar. Attach the supplied non-slip stickers to the subwoofer for hardwood and tile flooring. The port on the back of the subwoofer cabinet should be unobstructed.

Power Requirements: The included active soundbar speaker and wireless powered subwoofer will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately). Each comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord.

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Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

The description states this unit comes with a remote, but according to Denon's website, it does not. Does it have a remote and if so, what buttons are available? Does it have an Input selection?
[ Joseph  Dec 20, 2019 ]
1 answer
This bar does not come with a remote. I know in most areas of its page, we talk about no remote being included except for one spot and I'm getting our web team to change it to match the rest. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
[ Paul  Jan 04, 2020 ]  Staff

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