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This review is for the Denon CEOL RCD -N7 CD/iPod System. I have owned this system for about a year now and during this time have had plenty of highs and lows with it which I thought I would share with you!
The unit boasts an impressive fully integrated hi fi system that can deliver your music via a variety of sources. This includes:
* iPhone or iPod via an built-in iPod dock on the top of the unit
* Internet radio and network audio streaming via ethernet and wireless
* Music files stored on a network devise such as your PC
* Last.fm and Napster online support
* CD player
* Wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity with WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
* Remote control
* 2 x 65 watt amplifier
The unit is compact and its stylish design is one of its main strengths. It is sleek and smooth and includes a lot of features in its 23 cm width, 23cm depth and 14cm height, which fits easily on the top of a small table or cabinet. It can be purchased in either white or black and I have the white version, which together with the Denon white speakers looks stunning on a small white shaker table in my lounge. The wi-fi means that a minimum of leads are required.
The unit was easy to set up initially although it took a while to recognise my wi-fi connection. The instruction book contains all of the information that is required and was simple to follow step by step. The automatic search for the radio easily finds both local national and international stations.
Apart from the design the other main positive of the unit is the high quality sound, which is crisp and clear and great for the size of the unit. The internet radio gives an impressive access to radio stations from all over the world and the unit can also play music from multiple sources such as your computer. The CD player operates smoothly and the iphone/ipod dock on the top of the unit is stylish and robust, but does need a lightening adapter for iPhone 5
The main problems I have had with this unit is that the firmware can be very temperamental to install when you receive an automatic download to update the product. I have had several occasions when I have tried to install an update and this has caused the whole system to freeze for hours and then crash. You then have to start the set up process again including the recognition of your wi-fi Internet connection, and all of the preset radio stations are lost. I have had this experience so many times that I now ignore any new updates and don't try to install them
The unit costs £370, which is expensive but you do get a lot for your money. However if you are less concerned with the design of the unit then there are probably better systems out there for the cost.
This review might also be posted on Ciao under my username Star20000