We have tried the Denon CEOL-N10 mini hi-fi system!
The Denon CEOL-N10 is the fourth generation in the CEOL product family. This unit supports a multi-room system. It also offers state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology, Alexa support and AirPlay.
Denon CEOL-N10 Review
CEOL is a mini HiFi system that can be easily integrated into any room, along with speakers. You can buy the system without speakers and use it with your own speakers. However, if it is possible, you may want to choose the full package. Dedicated speakers feature optimized, passive crossover control and a soft dome tweeter designed specifically for the N10.
The design of the Denon CEOL-N10 is similar to some previous CEOL systems, although slightly more sophisticated. It features a scratch-resistant acrylic sheet and a hard-coated surface. The top cover of the device also has backlit, LED touch-sensitive controls. At the front of the product you will find an OLED display. The OLED screen provides useful information about what we are listening to. In addition, the large remote control makes it easy to control. You can even connect the HiFi system to the TV with the available connectors or add a turntable. The USB port on the front of the device is compatible with virtually any USB drive, so you can play your own content.
A huge bonus of Denon CEOL is the amazing amplifier module. The Class D power stage can deliver huge amounts of energy without disturbing the sound spectrum.
Let’s see what features this tool offers:
Wi-Fi, Airplay and Bluetooth connection, access to music services (Spotify, Pandora, etc.), simple settings, Alexa voice control compatibility, AM / FM tuner, CD player, USB connection, two optical inputs, support for various audio formats, HEOS multiroom system , remote control, two-layer, scratch-resistant design.
Current formats such as FLAC (24 bit / 192 kHz), WAV (24 bit / 192 kHz), AIFF (24 bit / 192 kHz) and ALAC (24 bit / 96 kHz) can be played. Support for the WMM protocol guarantees high-quality wireless audio transmission over the network. The built-in digital amplifier is 65 watts per channel (4 ohms).
The latest AirPlay 2 feature is available for wireless audio streaming from iOS devices and multi-room creation. The built-in Bluetooth module has NFC (Near Field Communication) function for fast communication with Bluetooth devices.
There is a power / standby button on the front panel with an operating mode display. The other controls (source selector, volume control, joystick for menu navigation, and playback control) are located on the top acrylic panel. The front panel has a built-in USB port that supports charging the iPod / iPhone in standby mode, as well as a mini-jack connector for headphones. Rear panel inputs: Linear RCA, two optical and LAN. The subwoofer has an RCA output.
The Denon CEOL N10 uses a new Texas Instruments TAS5142 amplifier chip whose signal is digitally fed without intermediate DA / AD conversion, making its own noise and distortion inevitable.
For easy control, CEOL has Amazon Alexa compatibility. All you have to do is download the HEOS app to get started. The HEOS app allows you to connect various music systems using Wi-Fi. This means that up to 32 HEOS-compatible units can be connected at the same time. Once the system is set up, you can easily stream music and control everything with the HEOS app. The application also allows you to access Internet radio services and streaming services.
With both AirPlay and built-in Bluetooth, connecting devices is really easy. The Denon CEOL-N10 also has Wi-Fi and internet radio. You can access even more music through the built-in CD player and AM / FM tuner.
When it comes to performance, one of the things we won over about the Denon CEOL-N10 is its ease of use. Although packed with features, it’s not complicated to handle at all and still delivers an amazing quality experience.
The CEOL-N10 is incredibly easy to operate thanks to the easy-to-use buttons or the included remote control.
We tested the device in a larger living room. The room acoustics was not yet ideal because of the bare walls and parquet floor surface, the reflections resulted in acoustic defects. Based on our on-site acoustic measurements, we determined where, what type and number of acoustic panels should be placed for optimal acoustics. We recommended broadband sound panels and diffuser front panels for walls and ceilings, and corner bass traps in the corners.
We proposed an acoustic rug for the floor, which is thicker and denser woven compared to the average rugs. By using them, a significant improvement in sound can be achieved.
We also tested the CEOL-N10 in a variety of music styles. Denon shouldn’t be ashamed of sound performance either. The percussive 60 watt amp means it delivers incredible volume and fantastic sound quality on every level. The middle parts were exceptionally clean, though at times they seemed a little suffocated, while the tall ones sounded beautiful, sharp. There were no extra bass highlights, we didn’t always hear the sound perfectly perfect due to the resonance generated by the bass.
The compact mini hi-fi system can be placed in any size room. It produces a very nice sound, although it cannot be said to be perfect. This device offers a number of modern features, one of the biggest advantages of the HEOS multiroom system and the other of the high-performance amplifier. The settings are surprisingly simple and easy to make. It can be used with its own speakers, but can also be paired with other speakers. The disadvantage of Denon CEOL-N10 is its rather high price.
Written by Róbert Polgár