Exceptional sound quality; potential for greater stereo image; solid build; fully featured; ability to stream from a music server; neat built-in iPhone/iPod dock; compatible Denon app available
Expensive; hi-fi origins may deter those wanting something simple; needs time setting up; large, complex remote control; need to budget for speakers
Denon has been upgrading a number of AV components, including the DN7 to AirPlay compatibility via a free scheme throughout 2011. By the time you read this, AirPlay will be available out of the box on many Denon components.
That’s a good addition to an already feature-packed system, which includes the ability to play a range of audio formats from CD and USB devices and listen to FM/AM and internet radio.
The white Ceol and the newly released DN7 Noir (in black, obviously) certainly look the part; reassuringly heavy and seemingly built to last, the system oozes quality. Round the back are plenty of sockets and outputs, including stereo speaker outputs, subwoofer out, Digital optical audio, FM/AM antenna sockets and ethernet socket. The DN7 comes with a long, large remote control, which, while fully featured, takes some time to master.
Sound, as you might expect at this price, is excellent, the DN7 promising and delivering rich and detailed playback from CD, iTunes and iOS devices. Denon uses a ‘simple and straight’ circuit design to help achieve this, which the company insists helps to optimise performance in sound quality.
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These are also an excellent choice if building your system from scratch. Separate speakers are another plus here, as they help create a greater stereo image and can be more easily manoeuvred and placed to achieve optimum playback in your chosen room or location.