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Denon DHT-S514 review

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Price when reviewed : £399
inc VAT

Good audio with a powerful subwoofer, but dialogue and higher frequencies can get a little lost

The Denon DHT-S514 is the company’s latest soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo. The DHT-S514 isn’t the most stylish sound bar we’ve ever seen, but its angular matt black design still looks smart and classy. The drivers are covered by a simple metal mesh and a row of illuminated control buttons sit on top of the soundbar at the front. Here you can select your chosen input, sound modes, and volume level.

Denon DHT-S514

At 1,004mm long, the DHT-S514 is best suited to TVs that are 42in and above. The very largest TVs will dwarf it slightly, but it still looked good even when we placed it in front of a 65in TV. The DHT-S514 also comes with two pairs of plastic feet that you can use if you want to elevate the sound bar an extra 20mm or 30mm off the ground to fit over your TV’s stand. Likewise, there’s a bundled infra-red repeater that attaches to the rear of the sound bar. The infrared repeater is handy if the sound bar obscures your TV’s infrared sensor.

The DHT-S514 has a fair number of connection ports, which makes it easy to connect it to your TV and other devices. You’ll find a HDMI input, an optical digital input, a coaxial digital input and a 3.5mm mini jack. There’s also a HDMI output that supports Audio Return Channel (ARC), which means that the sound from your TV can be transmitted back to the sound bar through a HDMI cable. Your TV must be ARC compatible in order to do this, though.

Denon DHT-S514

The subwoofer, on the other hand, is wireless, so all you need to do is plug it in. It’ll automatically pair itself with the sound bar. Measuring 313x172x346mm, it’s nice and compact, making it easy to tuck away. You won’t want to place it too far out of reach, though, as the only volume control for it is located on its back, just by the power socket. At 49W, it’s able to pump out an incredible amount of bass for films and music, and fight scenes in particular were given a lot more force and punch.

The soundbar’s Dolby Digital and DTX decoders also do a great job of creating a palpable atmosphere when watching both films and TV. With a pair of 10W two-way speakers at its disposal, along with two 0.5in tweeters and two 5in mid-range drivers, the DHT-S514 produced clear audio throughout our testing. When watching Avatar, the jungles of Pandora really came to life, and we didn’t find the sense of stereo deteriorated when we listened at the side of the soundbar instead of the centre.

There’s plenty of volume to fill a large room, but the powerful bass did prove a little overwhelming at maximum volume. We also found that dialogue tended to get a little lost in the rest of the film’s soundtrack regardless of volume level. It wasn’t enough to ruin our overall listening experience, though.

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HDMI inputs1
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs0
Output resolutionsN/A
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket type0
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs0
Stereo phono inputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs1
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputyes
Headphone output3.5mm
Speaker configuration2.1
Main unit end speaker connection typeN/A
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionsnone
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportBluetooth


Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
Optical driveno
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A


Speaker configuration2.1
RMS power output69W
RMS power centreN/A
RMS power front20W
RMS power surroundN/A
RMS power subwoofer49W
Wall mountableyes
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A


Extrasremote control, HDMI cable, 3.5mm stereo cable, digital optical cable, RCA to 3.5mm adaptor, power cables, height-adjustable feet, IR blaster
Subwoofer dimensions172x313x346mm
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensions1004x79x78mm
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on60W

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Warrantyone year RTB

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