Mini Network Receiver: Denon Ceol Piccolo (DRA-N5) in the Test

The mini-plant Ceol Piccolo from Denon is consistently devoted the digital sound diet of hard disk, Smartphone and data cloud. And is this concept not only visually totally trendy.

They are young and they need the money. To spend it for the beautiful things in life: fashion, gadgets like the iPad and Smartphone and of course music. Which is short which describe the target group, the ultra compact complete system Ceol Piccolo contact is likely. The conditions are: the Piccolo succeeds with its eponymous small dimensions even in the tightest two-room apartment in a Billy shelf and can be there with its High gloss finish in white or black shine. With nearly 530 Euro, it is still calculable for BAföG beneficiaries. And above all it offers unlimited possibilities to discover how (not only) the 14-to 29-year old love it music: spontaneous and totally digital.

Denon Ceol Piccolo: connections

On the Ceol Piccolo can pretty much everything dock, which hoards music data: the Memory stick via USB on the front, iPhone and iPod with the usual 30-pin connector port on the dock hidden discreetly under a flap on the roof. MacBook, iPad and the iPhone 5 with the new Lightning interface find Alternatively wirelessly via AirPlay or USB cable connection.

The hungry Apple players are optimally supplied, provides sufficient stored energy the Piccolo itself in standby mode and then enters the adjustable Power-saving mode. Who very accurately it takes so can trim the Piccolo on extreme frugality, but intervention to turn the mini system to the enclosed remote control. It with the option “Network Standby”, however, from sleep also responds to the commands of Denon’s own app “Denon remote” for iOS and Android, used but little more quiescent current.

This excursion tells already, that the Ceol Piccolo also over the home network is elasticity – either via Ethernet cable and connector on the rear panel as well in the Wi-FI wireless. For the latter she reserved some extra bandwidth for a more stable path to enabled routers via WMM (WiFi multimedia). Then, it takes only a DNLA enabled media server such as for example Twonky on a network disk, or Windows Media Player on the PC for browsing in the digital collection. The vTuner Internet radio service serves also thousands Internet radio station and Music subscription service, the record store of confidence for a monthly subscription fee of 10 EUR is also included.

Denon Ceol Piccolo: operation

This totally networked offer hardly noticeable absence of the CD drive. It was probably primarily the space and cost savings, which denied entry into the little shoe box-large Mini Receiver CD player. But even honestly: Missing him is hardly one. Necessary, you could connect an external player via Analogue or digital aux input.

But just the power generation has long been about serial sound carrier switching over. Important for their kind of music experience, however,: Schnellligkeit and ease of use. The well-connected hipster will not for minutes cautiously wait before it can go with the fun. The Ceol Piccolo is well prepared: Smart responds to commands and eliminates almost the manual enclosed only on CD with a well thought out and logical user guidance.

Who sits not too far away, may actually be via remote control and a very legible OLED Display very comfortable also in larger libraries (alone the test NAS houses about 500 GB of audio data) search and scroll quickly, without muscle cramps in the fingers to officiers. Then Piccolo with the Ceol boasts the most important streaming capabilities for the demanding music fan: Gapless playback of FLAC and WAV files (also in the luxuriant version with 192 kHz, 24-bit) and fast forward.

Of course also the Denon App handy control alternative available, representing quickly larger lists of the media server, also with the associated match cover – but without the gapless functionality is available. For browsing as, thanwie, in the record collection, that’s fine, you are looking for the live albums but rather directly via remote control from or through an app alternative.

Denon Ceol Piccolo: sound test

The Piccolo is anything but tiny phonetically. Their technical relationship to the big sister Ceol and also of holding relatives Melody Media M-CR603 by Marantz was clearly heard in the listening test. Crisp, detailed, and amazingly potent the piccolo was no nakedness, and the bi-Amping mode only the more expensive Marantz system helped more bass fullness and accuracy.

Conclusion

The Mini system just needs a while young, but sophisticated audience: streaming from the network, from the music cloud from YouTube via AirPlay and via USB from the docked Smartphone – all please quickly, easily and naturally sound properly. The Piccolo is rocking this task competently and casual.

Denon Ceol Piccolo: control app

The official “Denon remote” app controls not only the functions of the amplifier, but controls the selected source. In the “Media Player” but she must cheat a little. The app accesses as “Media renderer” directly on the media server to quickly load large playlists and album art. Disadvantage: Not the network player in the Piccolo, but the app controls and so controls access to the server. Of course, only as long as the app is activated, and unfortunately No gapless functionality. The network player in the Denon even on the media server must have access to do so. Alternatively you can get further with a trick: UPnP Server like Twonky configurable navigation nodes. A “ABC” sort facilitates searching long lists using the remote control. Then artists or song titles are just divided into group the letters ABC, DEF, GHI etc..

 

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