Denon HEOS 1 is not your average portable speaker. In fact, inasmuch as we want to categorize it as one, all the features and benefits we discovered while using it made us put it in the ‘smart speaker’ category.  We love it so much to the point of really wanting to get one for our ourselves.

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Beyond Innovations and Denon are not advertisers of Gadget Pilipinas and Blip Media. The unit we reviewed is a loaned device, which we are required to return after the review period.

We’ve got tons of reasons why we love this smart speaker so much. However, in the interest of your time, we narrowed everything to 5 important reasons we can’t get our hands off of this device.

It just sounds so good!

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Good is an understatement when describing how this speaker sounds. Highs and lows are very well balanced, which is perfect if you’ve got a variety playlist. According to Denon, Heos 1 optimizes the sound via its precision acoustical processing algorithms that originated in top recording studios. It sounds really good, so whatever they meant by ‘processing algorithms’ works really well based on our experience.

The speaker has 2 drive units with 2 amplifier channels inside a very well designed enclosure: one woofer and one tweeter. Both of these drives work quite harmoniously as evidenced by the well-balanced sound it produces.

Oh, and did I forget saying that it’s loud too! Using our audio volume measuring tool, it registered a maximum of 109.6db. That’s really loud. It is as if you’re listening to a live rock music right in front of the band.

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Listen to your music the way you want it!

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There are several ways to listen to your music with HEOS 1. For one, you can just simply use your USB/Thumb Drive to playback your music. It has a wide array of format compatibility from FLAC to WMA. Yes, it does support high definition audio, so your FLAC and ALAC files may be ready easily via the USB drive.  Other ways to listen to your favorite tracks is to stream via your preferred music subscription service, via Bluetooth and auxiliary analog line input, which form part of our list. Let’s move along.

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Stream it baby!

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As previously mentioned, you can stream your music via your preferred music streaming service. This includes Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Mood:Mix, Napster and Deezer. While you can control Spotify – for instance – via the downloadable HEOS application for Android (we used a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei P20 Pro), you can navigate through your playlist and songs via Spotify app installed on other devices for as long as the speaker is connected to the same network. We tried it on Windows 10 PC, Mac and Playstation 4 Pro, and it worked flawlessly.

And about its HEOS application – Denon needs to put more effort to improve it. It works except that it sucks really bad. For one, it isn’t user-friendly, and most of the important features aren’t readily available and require extra effort to find it via the settings menu. Fix this, and we’ll update this review if you manage to please us.

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You can use 2 Heos 1 in perfect synchronicity!

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One of the amazing features that Denon demonstrated to us is the speaker’s ability to synchronize with another HEOS 1. At synchronized state, you can basically play your music to both devices without synchronicity issues. Since Denon only sent us 1 HEOS 1, we never only got the chance to try it out at our HQ. Nevertheless, it’s an amazing feature, which allows you to experience your music in a more immersive way.

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It’s heavy, but at least it’s still portable.

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Weighing exactly 1460g or 4 lbs, HEOS 1 isn’t the lightest smart speaker we reviewed. It’s heavy, but its weight lets it sit firmly on its place even when listening to dubstep at maximum volume. Its portability isn’t exactly about its weight though. It’s about your freedom to bring it everywhere you want – yes, even inside your bathroom. No, it isn’t waterproof but it has humidity resistance so please don’t deliberately splash a bucketful of water to your smart speaker.

That's it for our list!

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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