Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Buy & HEOS Will Rock Your World With Their August Audio Fest #AudioFest

I live for music. I grew up with parents whose preferred backdrop for car trips and daily life was silence, so as soon as I was off to college I made up for lost time. Silence may be golden, but music is more precious than gold! If you love music like we do, Best Buy's August Audio Fest is the treasure trove for you. 

Disclaimer:  ChiIL Mama is elated to be one of Best Buy's WOLF Bloggers. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  As always, our opinions are our own.

The whole family was super stoked when Best Buy asked us to review the HEOS by Denon ($399.98). I'm married to a professional Location Sound Engineer AKA: "Sound Guy", who loves music as much as I do, and our kids are growing up with a colorful audio tapestry of just about every genre out there. 

Do you love Audio? Do you enjoy your music at home and on the go?

Best Buy helps you enhance your home entertainment experience and upgrade your sound with additional components, speakers and headphones.  We have a sweet home stereo system, but we were lacking options for wireless multi-room playback, and easily hooking up our mobile devices. I have loads of new releases from bands to review and often end up playing them off my pathetic laptop or phone speakers for convenience, which don't do any genre justice.

With our wireless router and our new HEOS, we're set with booming bass and professional sound, and can play our favorites off Smartphones or pads, or stream Pandora, Spotify and more. Click here for more great info about Denon Heos at magnoliaav.com.

August Audio Fest is taking place across all Best Buy stores from 8/3/14 – 8/30/14

Best Buy will feature one month of audio specials, events & more. 

Click here starting August 3rd 
for all the great deals!


Best Buy is gathering sweet offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of August. Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest & greatest in audio – from portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to home theater solutions and car audio. Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound.

What We're Playing With:
HEOS by Denon is a Wireless Multi-Room Sound System comprising a family of great-sounding music players for your whole home. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, internet radio or your own music collection and set-up is a breeze. There is a free app to control them from your iOS or Android phone or tablet.

HEOS5 is ideal for medium to large rooms such as dining rooms, larger bedrooms, offices or smaller living rooms.  The HEOS3 ($299.98) is ideal for smaller rooms, such as bedrooms or bathrooms, and are easy to move around the home.  The HEOS7 ($599.98) is ideal for large spaces, such as living rooms, great rooms; etc.

What We Dig:

I love the full, bass heavy sound of the HEOS and you can really crank it loud. 

It's also simple to adjust the volume from your mobile device or adjust or mute it on the speaker itself.

The HEOS App is free and the set up was really pretty simple.

HEOS is expandable and has multi-room capability. Even with one speaker, the sound is so full and powerful it easily fills our living and dining room.

The HEOS is great for streaming music stored locally on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. It's also an ideal way to stream from your favorite music service such as Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Tunein or Rhapsody without compromising on quality.

What's Not Ideal:

We have had some issues with the app stopping or NOT stopping. It freezes up occasionally and the music continues to play, but can no longer be turned on/off or changed until you shut the app down entirely and log in again.

We had to jump through a few hoops to get it to find and recognize my phone library of tunes, and we still haven't found a way to shuffle the phone library, however Pandora came right up easily.

Do note, HEOS is not Bluetooth compatible or super portable (like heading to the beach or out in the yard) since the unit does still need to be plugged in and run through your wireless router. But it's small, and light weight, and simple to move from room to room with a built in handle. (It does have an AUX jack so you could play it outside with a device plugged in without wireless, or use it with an older ipod or non wifi compatible device.)

I dig the sound, but my husband thinks it sounds fairly mono and is a bit muffled when streaming tracks, but sounds great via the AUX. Though he is waaaaay more picky about audio than your average home listener, who doesn't work in a sound related field. It does sound a bit better across the room than up close.

Over all, we've all been pretty impressed with the HEOS, and it's a HUGE improvement over trying to listen to tunes via our mobile device speakers. 

Of course, everyone's taste is different, so the best bet is to head to Best Buy and give it a listen.

Disclaimer:  Once again, ChiIL Mama is elated to be one of Best Buy's WOLF Bloggers. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  As always, our opinions are our own.

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