Gadget Show Live 2012: Denon Cocoon out July 2012, first listen and hands-on
Hitting the shops in July 2012, the Denon Cocoon is a stylish little AirPlay-compatible music streamer that you can dock your iPhone (and even your iPad) into. The Cocoon is small but it packs an aural wallop, and comes in two versions: one portable giving you five hours of play from just a single hour of charge.
We might have to wait three months to buy the Denon Cocoon, but here at The Gadget Show Live 2012 you can hear the Cocoon three months in advance.
Using built-on Wi-Fi, the Denon Cocoon can stream an entire music collection from your iTunes music library using AirPlay. The Cocoon might have an iPod dock, but Denon says it can also stream from Android or Windows portable devices and from any PC or Mac.
Get a bunch of them together and you can use multiple Cocoons to stream music throughout your home at the same time.
Both versions feature Internet radio and the most-used audio formats, and both come in black and white. A portable version comes with its own carry handle, and provides five hours of playback from a one hour charge.
The Denon Cocoon and its portable sibling will both cost £499 (inc. VAT). So why not go for the portable one? You ask. Being mobile comes at a cost: up to a 25 per cent reduction in audio quality. If you’re still interested in either version, jot down that July 2012 release.