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Denon DHT-T100: Operation, Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



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Denon DHT-T100


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Denon DHT-T100 – Operation

Setup takes seconds, and operation is easy but takes a little getting used to. When selecting different sound modes for example, the buttons on the front light up in different formations to indicate which mode is selected. And when you adjust the volume, they light up in a row to represent the current level. At first we needed to consult the manual to work out what was going on.

Denon DHT-T100

But the remote is superb. It’s small but not too small, and the entire surface is covered in a high-quality rubber finish. There are only eight buttons, all of which lie flush to the surface and sport clear glow-in-the-dark icons. You can easily switch inputs using the dedicated TV and Bluetooth keys, and there’s a single button to toggle through sound modes.

If you’d rather stick with your existing TV remote, no problem – the DHT-T100 has a learning function. Hold down the learning button on the front panel, press the relevant key on the Denon followed by the corresponding button on your TV remote.

Denon DHT-T100 – Performance

If you’ve only ever listened to movies through your TV, hearing the Denon DHT-T100 for the first time will make you feel like Dorothy stepping into Munchkinland. This is TV sound in Technicolor, with full, satisfying bass, vivid detail and enough volume to fill your front room and maybe even your neighbours’ too.

Turning to our Pacific Rim Blu-ray disc (fed into the optical input from our TV) the DHT-T100 handles the colossal action with all the assuredness and clarity we’ve come to expect from Denon. There’s a palpable sense of weight and size as the Jaegers and Kaiju stomp through cities knocking six bells out of each other, thanks largely to the speaker’s big, beefy bass output. Low frequencies are tight and punchy, lending depth without outstaying their welcome.

This ballsy bass fuses seamlessly with the midrange, which is forthright yet easy on the ear, even at high volumes. Snarling beasts, colliding metal and demolished buildings fly from the drivers with controlled aggression and attack.

But where the DHT-T100 really excels is in high-frequency reproduction, offering more detailed and open sound than rival plinths like the Cambridge Audio Minx TV and the Orbitsound SB60. So when Newton visits Hannibal Chau in Hong Kong’s Bone Slums, the Denon allows you to hear more of the delicate background noise on the busy streets.

The effect of the sound modes is subtle. Dialog mode comes in useful when watching TV shows, lending extra focus to midrange frequencies and lifting voices above background ambience, while the Movie Wide mode gently expands the front soundfield, but not dramatically so. And at no stage did we feel even the slightest surround presence, but we weren’t really expecting to.

The Denon’s smooth, refined character and bass agility lends itself beautifully to music playback. After streaming a series of 320kbps MP3s across a range of genres – jazz, house, rock, soul – the speaker base skilfully coaxes out details and adds irresistible depth to the music, making this a decent hi-fi as well as a TV speaker.

Denon DHT-T100

Should I buy the Denon DHT-T100?

The Denon DHT-T100 is more expensive than the Maxell MXSP-SB3000 and Cambridge Audio Minx TV, with a feature list that’s less generous than the former and practically identical to the latter.

But the Denon’s more assured performance, with sharper detail presentation and greater composure, make it worth the extra cash, plus its design has an indefinable sense of quality that makes all the difference when making a buying decision.

So if you’re looking for the best-sounding TV speaker base, then the Denon might just be the one – even if it isn’t necessarily the best value on paper.


Not the best value on paper, but Denon’s superbly-built speaker base trumps rivals with its assured performance.

Next, read our roundup of the best soundbars

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 8


December 3, 2013, 5:48 pm

Question for the money are you safer with the Denon DHT-100 or a similar priced sound bar?

Stefan Andrusyschyn

December 4, 2013, 2:34 pm

was wondering the same thing myself


December 7, 2013, 4:14 pm

Can it stream bluetooth audio to headphones for night time listening?

Geek in Training

December 8, 2013, 9:39 pm

Can you set this up like a bluray player? I'd rather the Denon sit in my tv stand rather than on top with the tv on top of it. How would this effect the sound quality?


December 11, 2013, 6:09 pm

Just bought one its amazing!!!!!

Stefan Andrusyschyn

December 13, 2013, 9:47 am

If my TV's on an eye'level hight hifi cabinet, would this be a bad idea? as in, would it raise the tv too high for comfortable viewing? Also, is it similar in quality to similarly priced soundbars?


December 27, 2013, 8:12 pm

"No HDMI" listed as a "con"? Why on earth would you need HDMI for something that is audio-only? Optical handles HD sound, so that "con" is redundant.


December 30, 2013, 9:04 pm

How does this compare to other similar TV speakers such as the Onkyo LST10? This seems to be a new sub-category of TV sound system so it would be great to have some reviews of the rivals please


January 12, 2014, 1:43 pm

Bought the Denon at Christmas as a present for me!! Its fantastic brings all programmes and films to life, Great value!!!


February 18, 2014, 7:54 pm

Superb system!
The Denon DHT-100 has brought a much better sound dimension to my TV sound.
It is so simple even I managed to set it up and have it working after a night flight from Texas to the UK.
The bluetooth is brilliant for playing from my phone.
There is a distinct lack of wires - so top lady-marks from my missus.

Top marks from me.


February 19, 2014, 1:24 pm

Bought last week. It's ok but..
Setup1: Samsung A816 (rather old lcd model, firmware the latest) -optical-> DHT-T100 -> annoying lip-sync.
Setup2: Samsung blu ray bd-p1500 (old 1st gen player, firmware the latest) -HDMI->A816-optical->DHT-T100 -> terrible lip-sync

Pat Robson

February 22, 2014, 5:27 pm

i just installed one and its great! 1 problem tho, the listening mode option has stopped working in TV mode, the front panel does not light up or change modes. works fine with Bluetooth selected. not sure how to rectify this, any answers?


March 4, 2014, 4:28 pm

I have the same problem. Have you got to rectify this?


March 5, 2014, 8:52 am

Finally, I reset the soundbar to the factory settings and now it works fine again.

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