Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB, Bluetooth mini system, Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Alexa, Siri, Heos…

The latest in a great lineage started with the Denon Ceol N7 more than ten years ago, the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB has the latest features popular among music lovers.

On the menu of developments of the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB compared to the Ceol N11, we can cite richer connectivity, a Pre-Out 2.1 output, a DAB+ tuner and an HDMI connector equipped with the ARC function to recover and magnify the sound of the TV and enjoy it on the speakers of the RDC-N12DAB.

Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB, main specifications

For the rest, we find the Heos multiroom function (as a reminder, like the Yamaha MusicCast system, the latter very simply transforms the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB into a link in a larger Heos audio chain) and AirPlay 2 A UPnP (DLNA) audio gateway function is also included. This allows access to musical content stored on a computer or a Nas hard drive connected to the home network. Likewise, access to Web radios (TuneIn) and Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Spotify (Spotify Connect compatibility) and Tidal services, via the Ethernet port or integrated Wi-Fi ac compatibility. Like its predecessor, the new Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB mini stereo system integrates an audio CD player and an FM tuner.

Also note, a USB Host port on the front allowing the charging of suitable peripherals and the connection of a suitable key or a hard drive (Fat32). Without forgetting the Gapless functionality, or the management of DSD formats (up to 5.6 MHz), Alac, Flac HD, MP3, WMA and Wav. The same goes for the Bluetooth 5.0 function in order to stream musical content stored on a suitable device (smartphone, tablet, computer, portable game console, etc.).

Latest details regarding the connectivity of the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB, the Amazon Alexa and Siri assistants are required, integrated into the Heos functionality. Voice control of music streaming services and the main commands of the RDC-N12DAB is therefore assured. For Siri, control can therefore be effective from an iPhone, iPad, Mac or an Apple TV box.

Power and connectivity

In addition to the USB port on the front, the connectivity includes two RCA stereo inputs including a Phono (MM) and an optical one, an Ethernet port, a Pre-Out 2.0 output, not forgetting a subwoofer output, a headphone output and two pairs of terminal blocks screws. Finally, the amplification announces 2 x 65 W (at 4 ohms) and the two Denon SC-N10 speakers are two-way models (12 cm midrange woofer and 3 cm dome tweeter) in bass-reflex configuration . Namely, the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB integrates specific digital equalization to take advantage of the SC-N10 speakers.

Final details, the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB has a beautifully lit touch panel on its top, but it can also be controlled by a smartphone or Android/iOS tablet using the Heos application available for free on the AppStore or Google Play.

Immediate availability, in white, gray or black. Indicative prices: €699 without speakers, €799 with speakers.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Denon Ceol RDC-N12DAB:

• Model: 2.1

• Power: 2 x 65 W at 4 ohms

• Inputs: 1 optical input, 1 input HDMI, 1 RCA stereo input, 1 Phono input (MM), 1 USB port, 1 Ethernet port

• Outputs: 1 subwoofer output, 1 RCA stereo Pre-Out, 1 headphone output

• Report signal-to-noise: 90 dB

• Total harmonic distortion (THD): 0.1%

• AirPlay 2 compatibility

• Flac HD compatibility

• Alac compatibility

• DSD compatibility 2.8/5.6 MHz

• Wav compatibility

• MP3 compatibility

• WMA compatibility

• Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility

• Wi-Fi n compatibility

• Dual Band Wi-Fi Compatibility

• Audio Gapless Playback

• Hi-Res Audio Streaming via USB/Network: yes

Siri Network

• Heos Multiroom Network

• Spotify Connect Network

• Tidal Network

• Deezer Network

• Amazon Prime Music Network

• Amazon Alexa Network

• Web radio(s): yes (TuneIn)

• Other(s): FM tuner, DAB+ tuner

• Speaker: Denon SC-N10

• Impedance: 4 to 16 ohms

• Consumption: 55 W (0.4 W in standby)

• Dimensions (L x H x D, mm): 280 x 305 x 108

• Weight: 3.4 kg