Denon's CEOL - T3: It's in the Air...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 |


So... Denon has officially joined the Airplay party. The Denon’s CEOL network music system effectively consigns the concept of traditional hi-fi to history. Although ‘mini’ in comparison to many of the competitors on the shelves today, the CEOL (pronounced kee-ohl) is ‘transformative’. It is made up of a single-piece RCD-N7 network CD receiver and a set of SC-N7 stand-mount speakers.

The back of the unit happily offers two pairs of substantial binding posts, FM/AM tuner connections, an optical digital audio input and two auxiliary phono stereo inputs and best of all... an Ethernet input too. There is also a nifty little port for a subwoofer, (output). Denon didn’t stop there. The CEOL boasts a centre mounted CD tray and 3-line OLED display. They even opted for a USB reader and on the top is a concealed a docking station for an iPod/iPhone.

The cherry on the top, (even though there are more features than have been mentioned), is the AirPlay capabilities. The CEOL is the first of its hi-fi system kind to support Apple’s wireless replay system. With a simple upgrade you can stream direct from iTunes on your Mac or PC, or via an iPhone 3GS/4, iPad or iPod Touch. AirPlay gives the user the ability to simultaneously stream music to as many as six pairs of speakers.

In a nutshell... Denon’s CEOL Hi-Fi is small, modern looking, great sounding and affordable. It brings together all the great things about single unit systems and throws in technological sophistication without compromising power. (No wonder it scored a Five-star review from T-3: The gadget website).

-Information sourced from T-3: the Gadget website: Posted by Steve May on Thu 3 Feb 2011