Denon CEOL Piccolo
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- Full, natural and always enjoyable sound
- Never a hint of brightness
- Vast format support
- Spotify and AirPlay
- A dash of extra attack would be lovely on occasion
Denon CEOL Piccolo review: Design
First impressions are strong – this is a very compact unit, even by the standards of micro systems, and that means it will happily sit on the average bookshelf, which is where we suspect most Piccolos will live. It’s also nicely styled and built, albeit using nothing more classy than glossy plastic.
Denon CEOL Piccolo review: Remote app
Before getting stuck straight into the world of digital music that’s opened up to you upon turning on the Piccolo, it’s worth downloading the free Denon Remote App.
Available on iOS and Android (no Windows Phone 8, unfortunately), it facilitates almost complete control of the system via smartphone, a significantly nicer way to interact with the micro system than the bundled remote control.
While a little sluggish at times, especially when opening folders from a NAS, the Denon app scores well in terms of presentation and has a couple of neat features, including a favourites list that you can add tracks to for quick access from the home screen, plus the ability to create playlists on the fly.
True, you can’t mix sources such as Spotify and a music server in the same playlist (as you can with Sonos), but many rivals miss the feature out entirely so its presence here is appreciated.
Denon CEOL Piccolo review: Internet radio
And if you ever get tired of listening to music you can always switch to the internet radio, which gives you access to thousands of stations from around the world as well as boat-loads of podcasts.
Whether you opt to catch up with the all-too-brief Adam & Edith Show from BBC Radio 6 Music or listen live to 5 Live Sports Extra’s football commentary, you’ll hear rich, natural voices projected clearly from the speakers.
Denon CEOL Piccolo review: Verdict
Not only does the very reasonably priced CEOL Piccolo play anything you’d care to listen to, from wherever you might like to get it from, it does so with aplomb. Go on, ditch those old optical discs – Denon’s got your back.