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Denon DSD-300 Cocoon Portable

Powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® and iPod®/iPhone® dock

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Our take on the Denon DSD-300 Cocoon Portable

by Ralph Graves
Denon
Denon Cocoon Portable

The retractable dock has a built-in OLED display.

There's a reason why the Denon DSD-300 Cocoon Portable won an International Design Excellence Award in 2012. The shape of this portable wireless speaker system is a series of gently flowing curves, giving the Cocoon Portable a unique and inviting appearance. And there's practicality behind the style, too. The case is a single piece of molded plastic, making the system weather-resistant to the great outdoors. It also has a carry handle incorporated into the back, as well as a hidden storage compartment for the included remote.

The Cocoon's dock for your iPod® or iPhone® retracts easily into the body of the unit, so it's out of sight when you don't need it. The dock's face has a small screen built in that displays track information.

All the connections, including the Ethernet port, are in the back and out of sight.

Great sound quality

The system features two high-quality full-range speakers. Each 3-15/16” speaker is powered by its own 25 watt amplifier. Even though the Cocoon Portable is a compact system, you'll enjoy clear, accurate sound. And you can take your music with you thanks to a built-in 5-hour rechargeable battery. The system can play uncompressed WAV and FLAC files, so you can enjoy your best-sounding digital music.

Wireless convenience and built-in Internet radio

You can easily integrate the Cocoon into your home Wi-Fi® network. A built-in Internet radio function with three presets lets you quickly access your “go-to” stations online. You can also stream music wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone. The Cocoon's Wi-Fi connection is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

Apple AirPlay®

The Cocoon is AirPlay-compatible, which gives you additional options when you use iTunes® on your computer. Just open iTunes, select the Cocoon in the AirPlay menu and start streaming music to the system. Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch® to control the iTunes menu on your computer. Or stream music directly from your Apple hand-held device.

Highlights:

  • retractable dock for iPod or iPhone
  • Wi-Fi wireless options
    • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or computer
    • DLNA for Android smartphones and compatible PCs
    • built-in Internet radio with 3 station presets
  • compatible streaming file formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, PCM
  • two 3-15/16" full-range speakers
  • Class D amplifier with 50 watts of total system power
  • Ethernet port (Ethernet cable included)
  • stereo headphone minijack
  • free Denon Cocoon app
    • for iPhones and Android smartphones
    • wirelessly connect Cocoon to home network
    • access to over 70,000 free Internet radio stations
    • single index for songs from networked computers and hard drives
  • remote control
  • integrated carry handle and remote control storage compartment
  • built-in rechargeable battery with up to 5 hours of continuous operation
  • AC power adapter
  • 13-5/8"W x 5-3/8"H x 7-1/16"D
  • weight: 7.28 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: iPhone 5 or 7th generation iPod touch require optional dock adapter (not included)"
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Portable iPod speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 10' Ethernet cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Safety Instruction Manual
  • Notes on radio
  • Denon Distributor Network
  • Denon Extended Protection Plan
  • Warranty Information

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Features

Cocoon Portable: The Denon Cocoon Portable is a portable powered speaker with a built-in iPod dock, Ethernet/WiFi network connection for AirPlay and DLNA connectivity, plus Internet Radio access. In order to access the unit's Network, AirPlay, DLNA, and Internet Radio functions, you will need to download Denon's Cocoon App onto your Apple iOS device or Android smartphone.

Water-Resistant: The Denon Cocoon Portable is constructed with a one-piece chassis, rubberized buttons, and a metal grill; making the case sturdy and water resistant. An integrated handle makes it easier to carry the Cocoon Portable system with you. For added convenience, the speaker also has a small storage slot for the included remote control so you don't have to worry about losing it.

Tuned For Outdoor Sound: The Cocoon Portable's high-fidelity speakers are acoustically optimized and tuned for outdoor use to ensure premium sound. Two 4" full-range drivers and two 25-watt amplifiers create rich bass without distortion, while a pre-defined equalizer (not user adjustable) precisely balances low, mid, and high frequencies for powerful performance at any volume. The Loudness function enhances bass and treble sounds at low volume levels. The system volume level ranges from 0 to 50, but you can set a different maximum volume level. 

Network Connection: The Cocoon Portable is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in WiFi feature that includes WiFi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. The unit's network connection lets you listen to music from your Apple device (via AirPlay) or Android smartphone (via DLNA), your music files stored on your Windows PC (via DLNA), and music content from Internet Radio (via vtuner & TuneIn).

Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection. When using a wireless LAN connection, your system must feature an wireless router/access-point.

Cocoon App: Download Denon's free Cocoon app for incredible functionality and control of the Cocoon Portable from your Apple iOS or Android device. The Denon Cocoon App offers premium music playback via the Cocoon Portable for music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device, and also allows you to create playlists. But you're not limited to your own music; you can also listen to thousands of free internet radio stations from all over the world via vTuner and TuneIn. When connected to your home Wi-Fi network you can further expand your choice of music by using the Music Server to browse and play all the music that is stored on your PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive.

  • Apple iOS Compatibility: iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), iPad; all running iOS 5.0 or later.
  • Android Compatibility: Android smartphones with Android OS ver.2.3(or higher) or ver.4.0(or higher) is installed (Android OS ver.3.x. is not supported). This application does not support tablet devices. Confirmed Android devices include the Samsung (Google) Galaxy Nexus (OS4.0.4), Samsung (Google) Nexus S (OS4.0.4), and Sony Ericson Xperia Acro (OS2.3.4).
Note: The free app includes NetLink, a Denon innovation that allows you to wirelessly connect the Cocoon to your Wi-Fi network in seconds.

Internet Radio: The Cocoon Portable supports Internet Radio through Denon's Cocoon app and your Apple iOS or Android device. The online vTuner service offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, and Recommendations.  The Tunein online service lets you listen to music, sports, comedy and news from around the world. With over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs, TuneIn places the sounds of the world right within your grasp. Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (48-192kbps) format are supported. You can store up to 3 favorite Internet Radio stations for easier access.

DLNA 1.5 Certified: The Cocoon Portable is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio streaming. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your Windows PC. The Cocoon Portable supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files stored on your PC. The included remote will operate basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next); however advance music navigation will still be done from your computer. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information; so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed along the unit's front-panel display. The Denon Cocoon Portable supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its network connection.

Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav
MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac

Android Compatible: Using the free Denon Cocoon app and DLNA technology, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Android smartphone to the Cocoon Portable.

iPod Dock: The Denon Cocoon Portable features a retractable iPod dock tray with a flexible 30-pin dock connector for your iPod or iPhone. The unit supports audio playback of music stored on your iPod/iPhone, as well as from music apps (such as Pandora, Spotify, etc.) on your iPod/iPhone. The included remote control will operate basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next); however advance music navigation will still be done from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. The unit automatically charges your iPod or iPhone while it's docked, and the docking tray manually retracts when not in use for a streamlined look.

AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Denon Cocoon Portable, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the Cocoon Portable or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.2.1 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network. You can add multiple Cocoon Portable speakers throughout your home & with AirPlay enjoy the same music from any or all of your speakers, simultaneously from your iTunes music account.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The Denon Cocoon Portable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible & supports the following iPod and iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Dock Connector AirPlay Cocoon App Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPad 1 5.1.1 N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
2 7.0 N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
3 7.0 N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
4* 7.0 N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
mini* 7.0 N Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5C* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5S* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
7th* 1.02 PC Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y
Note:
  • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable is required (both sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Aux Input: A 3.5mm auxiliary input lets you connect and play music from other audio sources, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player.

Organic EL Display (OLED): The dock's Organic EL Display clearly indicates source, music information, volume level, or 12-hour clock. This display includes adjustable brightness.

Alarm Clock w/ Sleep Timer: The Denon Cocoon app features a digital alarm clock with sleep timer to help you wake up and go to bed.

Remote Control: An IR remote control provides wireless operation of basic functions; such as Power On/Off, Source Selection, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Previous/Next.

Rechargeable Battery: The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 5 hours of battery life. The  Cocoon Portable also includes an AC power adapter which supplies power to the unit, as well as charges the built-in battery. This unit will automatically turn off after approximately 30 minutes of no signal and no operation.

Firmware/Software Updates: Using the Cocoon Portable's network connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware/software from the online Denon server.

 
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4 out of 5

Great Technology

Written By Joe, San Jose , CA on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Love this unit for all the technology, AirPlay , Wireless , Internet Radio. Wanted something with AC and battery power. Expected a little better sound quality from Denon. Outlet Open Box item was new in the box ! Great deal in outlet .
Pros:
Flexibility of AC Power or Battery Technology :Airplay , Wireless, Dock, Internet Radio Outstanding Outlet price for a new unit
Cons:
Sound quality could be better for a Denon
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5 out of 5

Exceeded expectations

Written By HunterMan, Columbia, SC on Monday, December 30, 2013
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I searched the Crutchfield site for portable speakers, for my iPhone. Found several worthy hits but the Cocoon immediately drew my attention. i wanted portability as well as AC connection, I wanted docking ability and wireless AirPlay modes, and I wanted full sound. The description met all those requirements and more, especially in the price range. Of course the test is in the actual use, and I was actually surprised by the ease of set-up and use. I am most pleased by the range of volume range. The Cocoon exceeded my expectations. I recommend it highly.
Pros:
Full sound/loudness. Ease of set-up - virtually none. AirPlay
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Nice Freebie!

Written By Tim, Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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This was a freebie when I bought my DENON AVR-E400 receiver. Easy set up and works well. Plenty of power for a bedroom. Planning on making this a unit for our camper.
Pros:
Easy set up, durable, great sound
Cons:
None at this time.
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4 out of 5

Denon DSD-300 Cocoon Portable

Written By TimK, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, December 09, 2013
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Nice features I especially like the internet access... Sound is ok, but I have yet to figure out if there is a way to set the bass and treble...
Pros:
Network access
Cons:
Sounds ok, not amazing...
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1 out of 5

Free with purchase

Written By Anonymous, Grenada ms on Friday, November 15, 2013
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Sounds ok in dock. Very hard to set up on wireless network, total waste of time. Have to remove phone from case and it does not even include cable for I phone 5
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Wireless set up very hard. No cables included for I phone 5
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4 out of 5

Big sound quality in a small footprint

Written By 4Tenjam, Marietta, GA on Friday, November 08, 2013
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Solid performance at this price. I also own a Audyssey Product that is similar that I purchased for much more money. The Audyssey has a bit better bass quality. However, this Denon Cocoon also has great sound. For the price I feel I made a solid purchase decision with the Denon Cocoon.
Pros:
Plug it in and start playing music. Great sound quality. Small footprint for the rich sound. Great value.
Cons:
Maybe a touch larger footprint than some others.
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2 out of 5

Poor support for Android

Written By Jim, Cleveland, OH on Friday, November 08, 2013
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Setup was complicated, updating the firmware fails continually. The dock is only for iPhones and I have a Galaxy S4. The app was OK, but when streaming music from my NAS on shuffle play, the unit would stop playing after each song until I woke my phone. I didn't have to take any action, just turn on the phone and let the app have focus. I still haven't gotten the internet radio from the app to work yet, it keeps saying "check internet" even though I can stream through the default preset buttons on the unit itself (whatever the factory settings are set at).
Pros:
Rechargeable battery seems to last pretty long.
Cons:
Doesn't work well with Android Setup was complicated Problems streaming from home network
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2 out of 5

Too complicated

Written By questioning customer, Wisconsin on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Unit is too complicated for what it is doing. Just wanted a portable unit. This seems to be designed to be more. Have a similar Bose, much easier to use and sounds better too.
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3 out of 5

Denon DSD-300 Cocoon Portable

Written By angeloG, white plains, ny on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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i love the sound of the Cocoon portable but am unhappy with the range of the Airplay application. The WiFi signal strength of the speaker is mediocre and does not carry well through the walls of my house
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4 out of 5

Denon portable

Written By GK, NJ on Monday, August 12, 2013
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Good product. Good sound . Battery life seems good. Have not used wireless features yet, as that seems a bit complicated to set up ( air play via network), but really have not tried. The set up and function menu ses a bit quirky, just setting up the date and time was a bit challenging. Overall the sound and portability is great and that most important.
Pros:
Sound quality Battery life Portability
Cons:
Set up and function menus quirky
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