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Good - although the £500 RRP is far too ambitious!
on 23 April 2014
If you've got a 30 pin iPod or iPhone and are looking for a speaker dock, you could do a lot worse than Denon's kidney bean shaped Cocoon. This is the smaller portable version which claims to be waterproof (I haven't tested this claim) and offers Apple Airplay and Internet Radio as well as playing music from your iPod.
As another reviewer mentions, this comes with a European 2 pin plug as standard. As the unit needs charged prior to use, and without a UK mains lead, it's effectively useless straight from the box! Absolutely staggering considering the original £500 RRP! As first impressions go, it's not a great start.
Fortunately (for me), it uses a figure of 8 mains lead which I was able to nick from another appliance in the home.
Once charged and connected to my wi-fi (there's also an ethernet port if you want to use it with a network cable), sound quality from my iPod was good and a marked improvement over some cheaper docks that I've heard. It's relatively portable and was quite easily moved from room to room, even to the garden where it didn't drop the wifi signal. iTunes found it quickly and I was able to stream music via Airplay with ease. Internet Radio was also fairly simple to set-up.
The small screen displays battery life, wifi signal strength and track information. It's bright and clear and was fairly easy to read from across the room. There's also a small credit card sized remote supplied although Denon's app proved easier to use.
On the downside, there are only 3 pre-sets for the Internet Radio Stations, not a great choice (whilst you could play the radio directly from an iPhone if you've got an app like Tune-In, it's not much use if you're an iPod user). The buttons on top of the unit are touch sensitive but sometimes unresponsive - it took a couple of presses before anything happened on a couple of occasions. And sounds quality, whilst good, wasn't as stunning as I was expecting.
Maybe I'm being overly harsh but the above faults combined with the £500 RRP are unacceptable. Whilst (as with most docks featuring Apple's older 30 pin connectors) it can now be picked up at a fraction of the suggested price, I'm rather underwhelmed by Denon's offering.