Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs Denon DHT-S217

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Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs DHT-S217 comparison chart

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
Denon DHT-S217
Multichannel surround

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs Denon DHT-S217 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
Denon DHT-S217

Comparison of Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC and Denon DHT-S217 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC is a better soundbar than the DHT-S217. Its sound profile is well-balanced and stereo performance is better. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC received 6 points out of 10 possible, and DHT-S217 was rated 4.8 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC over Denon DHT-S217

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages Denon DHT-S217 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • App for remote control

Audio features

The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC is rated 9 of 10 against 4 for the DHT-S217 according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC and the DHT-S217.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC has 7.2.4 channels, while the DHT-S217 has 2.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC has 1000 (overall) W, and 40 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Built-in channels7.2.42.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1000 (overall)40 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired


Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the DHT-S217. The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC comes with an external subwoofer. Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC has the ability to handle wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Denon DHT-S217 only has wired connections.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswired

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the DHT-S217, in the same category, earned 5 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. If we consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both soundbars can work with this technology.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
DTS (other)DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital Surround

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service cannot be used on both soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not


The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. Connectivity of competitors was rated 7 out of 10.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The competitors in this comparison has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output1/11/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)0
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output01


Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The DHT-S217 has its own remote control application. None of these soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC DHT-S217
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.8/45.5 x 3 x 3.689x1.2x6.7/35x4.7x2.6
Weight, kg/pounds2.7/63.6/7.9
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