Heos 7 HS2 comes with the same dizzying array of streaming functionality and hi-fi technology. At the heart of the Heos multiroom system is a smartphone app that enables you to stream music from Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, SoundCloud, TuneIn radio and Mood:Mix. Most of these are natively integrated into Heos, but Spotify requires the dedicated app.
- The big news on the features front is the addition of integrated Bluetooth and support for Hi-Res Audio. The original Heos 7 came with a Bluetooth dongle, but it felt like a hasty workaround – having it built in is much more convenient and frees up the USB port.
You can also access music stored on NAS drives and PCs on your home network. The system supports lossy MP3, WMA and AAC files, lossless FLAC, ALAC and WAV up to 192kHz/24-bit, and DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz.
The Heos app also lets you send individual songs to each Heos speaker around the house, or play the same track through them all in Party Mode.
As an added bonus you can connect a device to one Heos speaker via Bluetooth or analogue, and re-transmit it to other speakers in the ecosystem. Another nifty feature is the ability to use two Heos 7s as left and right channels in a stereo pair.
- Turning our attention to the audio spec, Heos 7 HS2 is equipped with five active drivers – two tweeters, two mid/bass drivers and one subwoofer – plus two passive radiators. They’re driven by five channels of class D digital amplification (there’s no mention of power output).
- Audio performance is enhanced by Waves’ MaxxAudio processing, which uses “psychoacoustic science” to provide intelligent volume control, multi-band equalisation, bass extension and spatial expansion.