The compact all-in-one AirPlay speaker docks might have taken most of the headlines over the recent year, but Denon was amongst the first to embrace Apple’s streaming technology with their Ceol RCD-N7, and there are good arguments for going with a system that allows you to choose separate speakers. Now Denon is ready to give the system an upgrade, this time with AirPlay factory embedded, in the RCD-N8 and a smaller CD-less Ceol Piccolo.
Denon recently presented their wide range of new systems coming out this summer, and the Denon Ceol RCD-N8 has received an improved glossy finish, iPod charging in standby mode (yes, it supports docking), AirPlay factory embedded, an improved antenna for Wi-Fi reception, and 192kHz/24-bit FLAC/WAV streaming and gapless playback.
The new RCD-N8 will retail at £500 when it is released in September. Matching speakers with detachable grills can be added for another £100. New iOS and Android controls are also on their way.
For those that have gotten rid of their CD collection long ago, Denon is also bringing out a smaller version of the same unit in the Denon Ceol Piccolo (italian for smaller). This networked player will still have the docking station, but they have gotten rid of the CD player, knocking a further £100 off the price compared to the RCD-N8, retailing at £400, also with the option of adding matching speakers for £100. Ceol Piccolo will also be available in black or white versions, but it remains to be seen if the gloss black version will retain the Noir name.
Denon is also teasing other streaming services to come for their networked range of products.
Find out more about the new Denon Cocoon AirPlay speaker dock range.