One could say that Denon was the first audio manufacturer in the market to include Apple AirPlay technology in one of their systems; the Denon CEOL RCD-N7 mini HiFi system. Since they have included it in some of their AV Receivers, but the new Denon Cocoon speakers will be their first all-in-one compact AirPlay compatible speakers.
Both Cocoon speakers have more of a traditional speaker dock design, in line with what we have seen from B&W and Philips before, with their cocoon design and clean lines. Where the systems differ the most is in size and features. Both support wireless audio streaming over AirPlay, as well as from Android and Windows devices. The speakers connect to your wireless home network using its NetLink function, but they also seem to come with LAN port. For those that also like to have a docking station, a slide out dock supports docking of iPod and iPhone. Internet radio is also included and there is multi-room capability.
The Cocoon Portable has a built in rechargeable battery for up to 5 hours play time and is said to be water resistant (i’m sure we are talking rain drops and not being sunk into water). Compared to the Cocoon Home, the speaker set up and power output is about half at 50W across dual 100mm full range drivers (each with dedicated 25W Class D amp).
If you want some more power and are less worried about it being portable, then the Cocoon Home speaker might be the choice for you. With this one you get dual 40mm tweeters and 100mm woofers, that combined provides a total power output of 100W (4x25W Class D amps).
Both systems are systems are now available and you can find places to buy them, with prices below (two separate tables). I hope to be back with hands on review of both systems in the near future. In the meantime you can find information about other AirPlay speakers for the UK market here.