Power hi-fi in compact format
Just like its sister models, Direkt 800 BT has no qualms about showing off its hi-fi quality. The stocky front of the all-in-one system is filled with large-format loudspeaker chassis. It proudly displays the typical design language of the Direkt range, including the contrasting stripes on the front. Those who like things somewhat more discreet will also find attractive front covers with invisible magnetic mounts in the packaging.
It is patently clear that the Direkt 800 BT has nothing in common with small mobile Bluetooth speakers, except the modern streaming standard. It combined two classic high-end 2-way systems in a large enclosure. Two 125 mm subwoofers with the tried-and-tested HECO kraft paper membrane combine with two powerful fabric domes to form a superbly dynamic quartet. Two downfire bass-reflex ports provide deep bass, while the solid metal feet lend the enclosure the floating character typical of the Direkt range.
Greater connectivity is just not possible
The integrated amplifier unit of the Direkt 800 BT is a real all-rounder. If features two analogue inputs, one of them either as Line in or as a phono input for direct connection of an MM record player. Added to this are one optical and one coaxial digital input that can both receive high-resolution signals up to 24 bits / 192kHz. Music streaming via Bluetooth® is also provided for, including the high-quality audio standard aptX™, of course. Supplementing the Direkt 800 BT with an active subwoofer isn’t a problem either, thanks to the Sub out port.
The Class D amplifier stage delivers a full 45 watts RMS per stereo channel to the two 2-way systems. The 2-digit 14-segment display on the front panel gives clear information about the input selected, volume and so on. Also located here is the receiver for the handy remote control provided.
A real Direkt at heart
The HECO Direkt range is not only famous for its exceptional design. It is the concise, open and extremely vivid sound that thrills Direkt listeners around the world. It goes without saying that the Direkt 800 BT is also committed to this tradition. With rich dynamics and its openhearted playback, the Direkt 800 BT sets new sound standards for Bluetooth speakers. It represents the hi-fi counterpoint to markedly compact and design-oriented mini-systems with their compromises in terms of sound. The modest enclosure depth of the Direkt 800 BT guarantees its high practicality despite the wide, high front. This means it is not only ideal as an excellent sounding stereo Bluetooth speaker but, rather, also as a high-power TV speaker or practical all-in-one solution with a record player or other analogue or digital source.