Denon has expanded its CEOL range with the launch of the CEOL N9 and CEOL Piccolo N4 wireless music systems – both of which are capable of streaming high-resolution, 24-bit/192kHz audio files.

In addition to high-resolution audio streaming, the latest additions to the CEOL portfolio both offer support for Bluetooth- and AirPlay-enabled devices, plus Spotify Connect.

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The CEOL N9 (above) is available to purchase for £399 (without speakers) and comes with two optical inputs, allowing you to expand your system by connecting a variety of digital audio sources, such as a TV or games console.

There's also an analogue audio input and a headphone output, while a USB port can be found on the front so you can hook up a phone or tablet. The CEOL N9 will also charge an iPod.

Internet/AM/FM radio tuners and of course a CD player are also present and correct on the new CEOL system, helping to bolster Denon's claim that it can play music "from every audio source imaginable".

Denon's proprietary digital amplifier design means the CEOL N9 can deliver 65 watts per channel to the SC-N9 two-way hi-fi speakers. You can control the system with the Denon Hi-Fi Remote App, which is available on Android and iOS.

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Meanwhile, the smaller CEOL Piccolo N4 – available for £299 without speakers – comes with just the one optical in compared to its bigger brother. It does, however, include one analogue input and one headphone output apiece.

The digital amplifier delivers 45 watts per channel and provides direct signal processing of the streamed audio. It is also configured for the new SC-N4 speaker system.

Like the CEOL N9, the CEOL Piccolo N4 can be controlled using Denon's Hi-Fi Remote App and – again like its bigger brother – incorporates Near Field Communication (NFC) to make pairing your mobile device nice and simple.

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This smaller Piccolo N4 system doesn't offer a CD player or AM/FM radio, but there is internet radio as well as the aforementioned AirPlay, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect functionality.

With previous releases from the CEOL range proving no stranger to five-star reviews, it's probably fair to say that we have high hopes for these two additions – and we'll be sure to let you know how they perform when we get them in for review in due course. 

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Graham Luke's picture


With all due respect to What HiFi (it is the best, most down-to-earth hifi review site in my humble opinion), people should thoroughly research hires audio before taking the plunge.

'24-192 Music Downloads are very silly indeed' on should be compulsory reading before purchasing any so-called 'high resolution' system with it's claimed SQ benefits .



northernlights62's picture

hires convert

I'm one of those very silly people that buys 24 192 files and I must say I will be continuing to do so. The tech guys at Linn Music are convinced and they have convinced me. I remember when I heard my first download from them in this format. Even on the limitations of my domestic set up it took my breath away. I don't remember ever hearing anything like this detail and this helps to compensate for the restrictions of the compromises in my living room. I think everyone should hear it and make up their own minds.

Geddy Lee's picture


If people want it and it sounds better to them, then so be it.

I don't think £299 is breaking the bank.

utomo's picture

Look good I hope it really good

On the paper it look good. I hope it really good, especially the sound quality. 

I hope it also can support firmware update via Internet and also have good free internet radio.  

I still can not find this on amazon. what is the price in USD ?

sometimes denon price in other country such as Indonesia is High, Denon must standarized it

BreatheEasy's picture

Missing an iPod dock?

The N4 appears to be an original Piccolo sans 30 pin ipod dock, yet appears to have grown in size, and £100 more expensive. Am I missing something obvious?

Stu Teehan's picture

Denon DRA N4

I bought this unit 2 weeks ago. The connectivity has been frustratingly patchy at best and it has now bricked. No Bluetooth or Spotify Connect anymore. Very disappointed with it to be honest. The sound was great when it did decide to play ball with external devices. Maybe I got a faulty machine but I will not be getting another Denon N4 as a replacement. A shame as it had great potential.

coghlanleeds's picture

Denon ceol n9: Intermittent internet radio

Overall I have been very impressed since buying the Ceol N9 about a month ago, particularly with the sound quality and wide range of features.

However, one thing to be aware of before considering buying this product: the internet radio sometimes cuts out and goes into buffering.  This only happens once in a while but it often comes at critical moments, such as when listening to the Archers.  I thought it might be my internet, so upgraded from Virgin's 50mb/s to 100mb/s but it still cuts out intermittently. I've googled the problem but there are no obvious solutions.  I'm not sure if it's the Denon Ceol 9 or my wi-fi?