HEOS Drive

Designed by custom integration specialists for custom integration professionals, HEOS Drive is a unique 4 zone whole home audio distribution system.

Features - HEOS Drive

Whole home multi-zone amplifier in a single chassis.

Designed by custom integration specialists for custom integration professionals, HEOS Drive is a unique 4 zone whole home audio distribution system with a Class D, 8 channel amplifier, 8 channels of Class D amplification, all in a 2RU single tall chassis that features both Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital+ decoding with stereo downmixing.

Rated at 60 watts per channel into each of the 8 channels (20Hz~20kHz, .05% THD, 8 ohms, All Channels Driven), 1 or 2 stereo amp pairs can be bridged for single channel high power output (130 watts), and the HEOS Drive features low impedance drive capability (4 ohms).

Each zone in this multi-room amplifier features a stereo pair of pre-amp outputs, and each zone can be configured for stereo or mixed mono output. The matrix switching system features 2 optical digital inputs, 2 coaxial digital inputs and 4 analog stereo inputs, any of which can be assigned to any zone, and every zone features a dedicated USB port for connection to an external USB drive.

Equipped to handle virtually any combination of speaker configurations, HEOS Drive features built-in DSP high pass/low pass filters - set any output to full range, subwoofer or satellite speaker modes, with adjustable crossover points.

The speaker outputs feature 4-way binding posts that are compatible with banana plug terminations, and there are 4 12V trigger outputs. The chassis features quiet fan cooling for long term stability and operational reliability.

  • Whole home amplified multi-zone audio (4 HEOS zones)
  • 8 Channels Class D digital amplification; 60 wpc 8 ohms; 4 ohms compatible; bridge mode
  • Pre-amp outputs for each zone
  • Dual RJ-45 Ethernet LAN ports
  • HEOS Drive comes with removable feet and attachable rack ears, allowing rack or shelf placement.
  • Stereo/Mono selectable output
  • Only 2RU high; removable rack ears included
  • 3rd Party Controllable
  • Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital+ downmixing to stereo
  • HEOS Drive setup and configuration is fast and easy via our HEOS app (iOS, Android, and Kindle)

All HEOS speakers feature:


Every room can have its own HEOS sound. Or, group multiple speakers to fill the house with the same song. Multi-room means multiple options.
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Cloud music, streaming music and your music library—all your favorite sources are supported by this amazing FREE app.
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It's no accident that HEOS speakers produce pristine sound. They are engineered by the experts at Denon, innovators in audio for more than 100 years.
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It's amazing how quickly you can start listening to your HEOS speakers. Place your speakers, and you will be listening to music in minutes. It's really that simple.
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Specs - HEOS Drive

Audio System

Amplifier section 8 Channels Class D Digital Amplification 60 watts per channel (20Hz~20kHz, .05%THD, 8 ohms, All channels driven) Bridged Amplifier Mode130 watts per channel

Pre-amp section 4 Pairs Stereo Pre-amp Outputs Drive external power amplifiers 4 USB Ports 1 for each zone

Music Sources

Music Subscription Services The HEOS app lets you choose from popular subscription streaming services including TIDAL, Napster, Deezer, SoundCloud, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM, Mood:Mix and from other services that offer DRM-free tracks. More services will be added soon.

Internet Radio Stations Choose from your favorite internet radio stations and listen to MP3, AAC and WMA streaming audio tracks.

Music Formats Supported HEOS Drive supports MP3 and WMA music files, including purchased WMA downloads, as well as AAC (MPEG4) and FLAC (lossless) file types, along with WAV files. Supports 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sampling rates.

Picture Formats Supported HEOS Drive supports JPG, PNG, BMP and GIF album art picture formats.

USB Drives Supported HEOS Drive supports USB thumb drives via the built-in USB port. Music content on a USB drive can be played back locally, or on any or all HEOS players on your network. **Availability of 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. Visit usa.denon.com/us/heos for announcements and details.**


Wired Connection Connect to the network using 1 of the 2 RJ-45 wired LAN ports.


Power Supply 100~240 Volts AC, 50~60 Hz auto-switching

What's In The Box HEOS Drive, AC power cord x 4, Ethernet Cable, Quick Start Guide, 2 rack ears

Controls and Indicators Power/standby; Ethernet status 1/2; Zones 1~4 active status

Weight in LBS 15.9 lbs

Multiple Language Support English, French, Spanish

Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.5 x 17 x 15.6 inches (without rack ears) 3.5 x 19.125 x 15.6 inches (with rack ears)

Operating Temperature Range 41°F~95°F; 5°C~35°C

Product Finish Black

Downloads - HEOS Drive

pdf file
Online Manual
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Owner's Manual - English

3.87 MB

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Owner's Manual - French

3.87 MB

pdf file
Quick Start Guide - English

3.99 MB

pdf file
Quick Start Guide - French

3.99 MB

pdf file
Specification Sheet - English

3.73 MB

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FAQ - HEOS Drive

    HEOS by Denon is a Wireless Multi-Room Sound System comprising a family of great-sounding music players for your whole home. There is a free app to control them from your iOS, Android or Kindle phone or tablet...More
    HEOS is a true multi-room system. You can play the same song in every room or any combination of rooms you choose, including a different song in every room. These are distinct advantages over other wi..More
    The HEOS 1 compact enclosure features humidity resistance, making the HEOS 1 ideal for listening in damp or steamy environments, such as the bathroom. The HEOS 3 is a dual driver design with 2 Class D amp channels ideal for small to medium-sized rooms. The HEOS 5 is a 5 driver system with 4 active drivers (dual mid-woofers, dual tweeters) powered by 4 Class D amp channels, along with a passive radiator. It is ideal for medium to large rooms. The HEOS 7 features 7 drivers including dual mid-woofers, dual tweeters and an active sub-woofer, powered by 5 Class D amp channels, along with dual passive radiators. HEOS 7 includes a headphone output. The streaming functionalities, USB and Aux inputs are identical for all models. More
    All HEOS speakers provide an amazing music experience. Generally, HEOS 7 is suggested for large rooms and open areas such as living rooms, patios, or open-floor-plan homes or any enthusiast who wants... More
    You'll need to download the free HEOSbyDenon app on iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 5 or higher, Android smartphone or tablet running Android 2.3 or higher or Kindle. You will need a wireless network and int..More
    Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn, SiriusXM, Napster, TIDAL, Mood:Mix, and SoundCloud plus music on your phone or tablet, USB storage and analog sources. More
    You can use two HEOS 1, two HEOS 3, two HEOS 5, or two HEOS 7 speakers as a stereo pair.More
    The system can support up to 32 HEOS music players on the network at once. More
    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 phone or tablet controllers to your system, you... More
    An authorized HEOS dealer can be found using the following link on the HEOS website: authorized dealers.More
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Two quick questions: 1) On the next software upgrade, could you add a sleep (countdown) timer? ...if there isn't one already I just haven't found. 2) Why does it not recognize .mp3 playlists create in MS Music Player, stored on thumb drives?

Asked by: Billy
Hi Billy. We can't promise a sleep timer in the next update, but it will likely come in a future update sometime this year. HEOS is not able to read a playlist file because it doesn't actually contain the music in the playlist. It's only able to directly read the audio files. You can try recreating the playlist by adding the tracks to your HEOS play queue, then saving the play queue as a playlist by tapping the list icon in the top right corner of the now playing screen in the HEOS app, then the star icon to save the play queue as a HEOS playlist.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-02-07

Just purchased 3 Heos Drives and I'm disappointed that the maximum supported streaming sampling rate (128 kbps) is lower than both Heos HS2 units and Sonos. Surprising since it seems like this should be the "flagship" Heos product. Any updates coming?

Asked by: Frederick
The HEOS Drive was released late in the 1st generation, but is still a 1st generation product. It is not in line with the HS2 models that came later, with updated chip sets to allow hi-res playback. Its likely that there will be a new version in the future with more capabilities, but the current version does not support hi-res playback.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-02-07

About playing front L/R/C channels of a HEOS enabled Dolby Atmos receiver. The receiver will be in the theater room and the HEOS drive in equipment closet. How would I connect them together so my wife can hear the front speakers (TV) in the kitchen.

Asked by: Calthron
Hi Calthron. If the source material playing is 2 channel, you can group the zones of the HEOS drive or other speakers with the AVR to play the audio. If the audio is in a surround format there will be no audio to other HEOS devices.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-02-01

The website says HEOS Drive is 3rd Party Controllable. Where can I find information on the 3rd party compatibility? The question is more related to 3rd party device such as Amazon Echo, etc.

Asked by: borgesj
Hello. 3rd party control refers to control systems such as Control4, RTI and URC. These systems are installed and configured by custom installers. You can contact your local authorized HEOS dealer to learn more about 3rd party integration with HEOS. At this time we have not integrated with Amazon Echo or other connected home systems, but it's certainly a possibility for the not-so-distant future.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2017-01-24

Heos Drive 2 with wifi, BT and Airplay coming out any time soon?

Asked by: nutellapr
At this time we do not have any updates about series 2 for the HEOS drive.
Answered by: Brett
Date published: 2017-01-06

Planning to install a Drive in a location (where whole home speaker wires terminate) that does not have a network jack. Will it work to plug the Drive into a wireless access point (eero) with an RJ45 jack?

Asked by: Mudinyeri
Yes you would be able to use an access point to connect the Drive to your network as long as your have it connected via an Ethernet cord.
Answered by: Brett
Date published: 2017-01-03

Installed HEOS Drive in ventilated cabinet w/ ext. fan. Runs hot (~90 deg) even on QUICK STANDY (red light above pwr button). Manual says it is power-saving mode! Have enabled "DEEP STANDBY" for all 4 zones in Adv. NW Settings but never goes into it.

Asked by: Srini
Thanks Mike.  My point is "Quick Start mode" or "Quick Standby" consumes just as much power - so runs just as hot.  Re. the 2nd point re. "Deep Standby," ....since network (NW) is always connected (hot) ...it never enters that mode in reality.  If one has to physically dis-connect the NW it defeats the purpose!!  Doesn't it.  Denon Engg. needs to re-think this hot potato:)  If not distributed Sonos boxes can be a better prop if one is concerned with heat.  In the long run, so much constant heat will also shrink the half life of the electronics.  
Answered by: Srini
Date published: 2016-11-15

Set up a heos drive at home recently. Are there instructions to enable and use bluetooth?

Asked by: Unni
Hi Unni. I'm sorry if you have been misinformed, but the HEOS Drive does not support Bluetooth playback. However, if you have another HEOS device on the network which does support Bluetooth, you can start playback on that device and group the HEOS Drive zones with that device to play the same audio.
Answered by: Mike D
Date published: 2016-10-26
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