Denon Home 350 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 24, 2021 at 08:25 am
Denon Home 350 Picture
7.6
Music
6.6
Videos/Movies
6.2
Podcasts
2.7
Voice Assistant
5.4
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
No

The Denon Home 350 is a wired speaker designed for home use. You can add it to your Denon DHT-S716H soundbar and Denon DSW-H1 subwoofer if you want to create a 5.1 home theater setup. If you want to use it as a standalone speaker, it has a slightly boomy sound profile that you can tweak using its companion app's bass and treble sliders. It can also get pretty loud. However, while it has microphones, it doesn't currently have voice assistant support, although the manufacturer reports that it's coming in a later firmware update. It also has extremely high Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android, which can make streaming videos a frustrating experience.

Our Verdict

7.6 Music

The Denon Home 350 is good for music. It has a slightly boomy sound profile that's well-suited for most audio genres. If you prefer a different sound, there are bass and treble sliders available in the companion app. However, while it can play stereo content, its soundstage isn't very wide, so it won't sound very immersive. It can also get pretty loud, but there are some compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders available.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Narrow directivity.
6.6 Videos/Movies

The Denon Home 350 is okay for videos and movies. It has a slightly boomy sound profile which can help bring out the intensity of sound effects in action-packed scenes. You can also hook it up to your compatible Denon soundbar if you want to create a more immersive home theater setup. However, while the bar can get loud, there are some compression artifacts at max volume. Its soundstage isn't very wide, either, so your audio may not sound as immersive.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders available.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Very high audio latency via Bluetooth on iOS and Android.
  • Narrow directivity.
6.2 Podcasts

The Denon Home 350 is fair for podcasts. Its slightly boomy sound profile has a neutral mid-range, so vocal-centric content like podcasts or audiobooks sounds detailed and accurate. However, it has sub-par directivity, so your audio won't sound as clear from all directions. It also doesn't support multi-device pairing, so can't connect it to your phone and computer at the same time. On the upside, it supports multi-room, so you can link several units together to play different content across your home.

Pros
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Narrow directivity.
2.7 Voice Assistant

The Denon Home 350 doesn't currently support built-in voice assistants. While you can attach a separate voice assistant speaker to it, we don't currently test its performance.

5.4 Outdoors

The Denon Home 350 is a wired speaker and can't be used outdoors.

  • 7.6 Music
  • 6.6 Videos/Movies
  • 6.2 Podcasts
  • 2.7 Voice Assistant
  • 5.4 Outdoors

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Denon Home 350 is a rectangular speaker that's meant to sit horizontally on its base. It has a glass top with tactile buttons, and there's a small status light on the front bottom of the speaker, underneath the Denon logo. It also comes in white.

3.4
Design
Portability
Volume
939 in³ (15390 cm³)
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
No

The Denon Home 350 isn't very portable. It's somewhat large and can only be used when plugged into a wall outlet.

6.7
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
No
Dust Resistance
No
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

The Denon Home 350 has an alright build quality. It feels solid and sturdy, with a tight fabric wrap across its front and back sides, which doesn't feel like it could easily tear. The speaker also sits on two low-profile rubber corners and has a glass top for its tactile controls. However, it lacks an IP rating for dust and water resistance, so you should use caution if you want to use it around water.

6.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Tactile)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Tactile)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Tactile)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

This speaker has alright controls. The top side has glass with a sensor. When you bring your hands near it, the tactile buttons light up then fade automatically. You can adjust this timing via its companion app. There are volume buttons, as well as a play/pause button that you can double-tap to skip to the next track. You can also triple-tap this button if you want to return to the previous track. There are six programmable preset buttons so you can add your favorite radio stations. On the front side, there's an indicator light that blinks blue when adjusting the volume, and is solid blue when connected to your network. It turns red if there's a hardware or setup issue, and is solid amber when you're setting up the companion app. However, there are no prompts for min/max volume or track skipping.

Note: While this speaker has a microphone built-in, it doesn't currently offer native voice assistant support. The manufacturer reports that this feature is expected to be added via a firmware update sometime in 2021, and we'll retest this speaker's voice assistant performance.

Design
In The Box

  • Denon Home 350 speaker
  • Power cable
  • User Manual
  • Screw for wall mounting

Sound
8.0
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.07
Std. Err.
3.42 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
28.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.9 kHz

The Denon Home 350 has great frequency response accuracy. With its default settings, it has a slightly boomy sound profile that can please fans of EDM and hip-hop. The mid-range is still balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clear, detailed, and accurate.

Note: Even though this speaker doesn't have room correction, the HEOS app has a feature that asks about the speaker's placement to ensure the best bass response possible. You can select one of three placement choices to optimize its bass response: having the speaker in an open space away from walls, next to a wall or on a shelf, or in a corner between two walls. We tested this speaker after confirming within the HEOS app that we were placing it in an open space.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.7
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.13 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Denon Home 350 has an okay soundstage. While it can play stereo content, its directivity is sub-par. As a result, its soundstage is perceived as shallow and narrow, which may not sound very immersive.

7.4
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
97.0 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.33 dB

The Denon Home 350 has a decent dynamics performance. While it can get quite loud, there are some pumping and compression artifacts at max volume, especially in the bass range.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
No Assistant
Ambient Noise Performance
No Assistant

The Denon Home 350 doesn't have a voice assistant. While it has built-in microphones, the manufacturer states that they're planning to add voice assistant support in a 2021 firmware update. We will test this feature and update our review once it's available. However, you can still connect an external voice assistant device if you want voice assistant support from this speaker.

9.3
Active Features
App
App Name
Heos
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The HEOS app is fantastic. It has bass and treble sliders so that you can adjust its sound to your liking. You can also pair two speakers together to create a stereo pair, link multiple speakers to cover a large room, or connect them to play audio in multiple rooms of your home.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

The Denon Home 350 can only be used wired. It has a 3.5mm AUX input, an ethernet port, and a USB port so you can play audio files from a flash drive.

5.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
575 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
499 ms
Bluetooth Range
328.1 ft (100.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The Denon Home 350 has disappointing Bluetooth connectivity. It has very high audio latency, which can be a pain if you're streaming video. Even after we tested its performance three times and restarted the speaker and our mobile phone, audio from the speaker was still very out of sync.

8.2
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Apple AirPlay
Yes
AirPlay Latency
2 ms
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

The Denon Home 350 has great Wi-Fi compatibility. You can stream your favorite tunes to the speaker using Apple AirPlay. It also has very low latency using this connection, so your audio stays in sync with your video. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Chromecast.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Denon Home 350 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the Black variant, and you can see its label here. However, we expect both color variants to perform similarly to our model.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Denon Home 350 is a wired home speaker. In the same vein as the Bose Home Speaker 500 and the Sonos Five, it can be added to a pre-existing compatible Denon soundbar setup if you're looking for a more immersive audio experience. That said, on its own, it offers a slightly boomy sound profile that fans of EDM and action movies can enjoy. It can also get pretty loud and it even has a USB port if you want to listen to audio from a flash drive. However, its current lack of built-in voice assistant support and its extremely high Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android devices is a bit disappointing. Check out our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers for bass.

Sonos Five

The Denon Home 350 and the Sonos Five are similarly performing home speakers and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Denon can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it supports Bluetooth, although it has high iOS and Android latency. It also has microphones built-in and the manufacturer's report that they plan to offer voice assistant support in a later firmware update. However, the Sonos has a slightly better-balanced sound profile and it has a more immersive soundstage.

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a better speaker for most uses than the Denon Home 350. The Bose has better controls, a more immersive soundstage and it has outstanding built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support. It also has lower iOS and Android latency via Bluetooth. However, the Denon can get louder and you can connect two units to create a stereo pair. It can also reproduce more low-bass, which some users may prefer.

Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 6

The Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 6 and the Denon Home 350 have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other.  The Harman/Kardon is a battery-powered speaker that you can take with you outdoors. It has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this, its Bluetooth performance is better, and it can be paired with up to two devices at once. However, the Denon is a home speaker that can only be used wired. It has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, a better soundstage and dynamics performance, and it supports Wi-Fi. It also has a companion app with bass and treble sliders so you can tweak its sound to your liking.

Apple HomePod

The Denon Home 350 is a more versatile speaker than the Apple HomePod. The Denon has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and it can get louder, although with a bit more compression. It also has bass and treble sliders so that you can adjust its sound, it supports Bluetooth, and it has lower Apple AirPlay latency. However, while it has microphones, the manufacturer reports that it plans to add voice assistant support in a later firmware update, whereas the Apple has Siri built-in.

Sonos One Gen 2

The Sonos One Gen 2 and the Denon Home 350 have different strengths and depending on your need, you may prefer one over the other. The Sonos has better controls and great voice assistant support. However, the Denon has a better-balanced sound profile, has a more immersive soundstage, and can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also supports Bluetooth, although it has high latency on iOS and Android.

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