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Denon DSD-500 Cocoon Home

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

11 Reviews | 1 question - 9 answers

Item # 033COCNBLK

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Our take on the Denon DSD-500 Cocoon Home

How about a powered speaker system that looks as cool as your music sounds? That's what Denon was after with the Cocoon Home. The system won an International Design Excellence Award in 2012. The Cocoon is a study of smooth, curved lines that make it an attractive addition to your home, even when not in use.

Denon Cocoon Home

With the dock retracted, the surface of the Cocoon Home is nothing but smooth.

How about a powered speaker system that looks as cool as your music sounds? That's what Denon was after with the Cocoon Home. The system won an International Design Excellence Award in 2012. The Cocoon is a study of smooth, curved lines that make it an attractive addition to your home, even when not in use.

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

Amazing sound quality

But the Cocoon is not just about looks The system features four high-quality speakers: two 1-1/2" tweeters for clear highs, and two 3-15/16" woofers for detailed mids and lows.And each speaker is powered by its own 25 watt Class D amplifier, ensuring clean, spacious, and accurate sound.

Wireless convenience and built-in Internet radio

It's easy to 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 networked computer, as well as DLNA-compatible Android™ smartphones.

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.

More music choices

A built-in USB port in the Cocoon Home lets you play music from a USB flash drive. And you're not just limited to MP3 files, either. The system can also play uncompressed WAV and FLAC files, too, either from your flash drive, or streamed from a a computer or other device. Enjoy your best-quality digital music files through the Cocoon Home.

Product Highlights:

  • retractable dock for iPod or iPhone
  • Wi-Fi wireless music 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 1-9/16" tweeters and two 3-15/16" woofers
  • 100 watts total system power
  • Ethernet port (Ethernet cable included)
  • USB input for flash memory drives
  • 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
  • AC power adapter
  • 17-11/16"W x 9-1/8"H x 7-3/4"D
  • weight: 11.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: iPhone 5 or 7th generation iPod touch require optional dock adapter (not included)

This is solid unit. Sound quality is very good, not very great. Works great with AirPlay from my I-phone\Samsung tablets.

Mano2808, Littleton, CO

What's in the Box:

  • iPod speaker dock
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 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

Denon DSD-500 Cocoon Home Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

Good unit

Karl from Woodstock,vt on 5/6/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

We have a very old and weak home wireless network but I was still able to easily follow the instructions to set up the unit. The sound is good but not like a Bose portable. We have it set up out of reach so the 3 preset internet radio stations are perfect for us. The cocoon app for iPhone seems to have a bug that leaves the AirPlay pop up blank (but it works). We got it open box for what I think was a fair price. We are not using the dock

Pros: Easy setup. Good sound. Cocoon app OK

Cons: A bit overpriced. Our model has the old style dock

Denon Cocoon Home

Harry from Columbus, Ohio on 3/23/2014

This is a very nice product but as expected with Denon it is a little quirky. First unit did not work and Crutchfield sent me a new one (the reason why I will always buy from Crutchfield). I think the sound is excellent and though wireless can be a little challengin to set up having Airplay is great. I especially love the internet radio stations and there are literally thousands from all over the world.

Pros: Great sound, Airplay, Looks cool as well.

Cons: Wireless is a little challenging to set up but once that is done that is the real harm of this unit

Good unit

Mano2808 from Littleton, CO on 1/28/2014

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This is solid unit. Sound quality is very good, not very great. Works great with AirPlay from my I-phone\Samsung tablets.

Pros: AirPlay,Good sound quality. Sleek appearance.

Cons: Bass is low compared to others.No Application for windows and sometimes music are not clear

Denon DSD-500 Cocoon Home

S. Taylor from Frederick, MD on 1/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice sound at lower to mid volumes but does crack a little a high volume and bass is not as good as I expected. Does not have a lightning port for newer iPhones but Airplay is a very nice feature and no need to plug in. Wireless antenna is very weak on unit, needs to be within 15 ft of router to even get a signal, so limited on placement for Airplay and internet radio. Is OK for the home but not for the price.

Pros: Airplay, internet radio, remote control iPhone / iPad app

Cons: Weak wireless, poor bass, overpriced

Great Unit

Pat from Carver, MN on 12/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Received this unit early December 2014. My first reaction taking it out of the box was this is a heavy well built solid unit. Sound quality is very good. Works great with AirPlay from my I-phone.

Pros: Great sound, easy to use. I am impressed with it. Easy access to many stations on the Internet.

Cons: Someone else can cut in on your song by starting airplay from there device. Not a big deal. Don't bump the volume slide on your I-phone. It gets really loud immediately.

Nice sound system

Dean Emeritus from Goleta, CA on 12/15/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you want to play from your docked iPhone or stream music from a Denon AVR this is a good product. It adds your stored music into a new room.

Pros: Adds your music where you want it.

Cons: The wifi signal is weak - connecting requires either proximity to the router or a wifi booster.

Needs a broader target audience

JimS from Oklahoma City on 12/12/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First unit was defective, second unit seems OK after brief use. This was a "free gift" from Crutchfield after ordering a Denon AVR. I'm not an iPod user so much of Cocoon's functionality is not applicable to me. Music via the Aux input and from the network sounds good. Denon's user guide (pdf only) is typically mediocre. Evidently the Android app for control doesn't include tablet implementation.

Pros: Good sound quality. Sleek appearance.

Cons: User unfriendliness for non Apple consumers.


JJ from Pembroke Pines FL on 10/17/2013

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I love this product



Dennon Cocoon DSD-500 Review

Chris F. from San Francisco, CA on 8/13/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you want to use Airplay, this is a great product. My wife and kids kept playing music directly from thier Macs and iphones and it was driving me crazy. Now it is very simple for them to send their source directly to the Cocoon via Airplay. Even their bad music is more bareable with a decent set of speakers.

Pros: - Good sound, nice bass - Very easy to use - Airplay rocks for those with Apple products - Airplay allows your iphone, ipad, etc to control volume - like having a remote

Cons: - Midrange a little muddy - Watch the volume on your Airplay device because if it is set high then when your source begins it will be blaring. Denon should probably release a firmware patch that starts the volume at 40 or 50% at the start of every Airplay session.

Nice piece but lacks musicality

utekai from chicago, il on 6/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a nice piece. In general I liked it a lot. Bass booms. Easy setup. Good set of features. I got it as the same time as the Marantz Consolette (cost a lot more) and the B&W A7. Only kept the A7. Between the Cocoon and the Consolette, the two are so similar that the Cocoon wins hands down due to price. Plus the Consolette's best feature (the nice looking back) is usually hidden. Consolette may sound slightly better overall but the price difference is not justified. However, when the two are played next to the A7, it highlights their lack of musicality or pleasingness to the ear. I can listen to the A7 for long periods of time with no fatigue. The Cocoon and Consolette has a playback issue that just seems to cause fatigue and you want to turn them off or turn them down. Can't quite place just what it is, but it was a cardboard-iness in the playback. The A7, with the bass port and whatever they do for highs and mids, just seems to work. It's musicality is excellent. Something else, getting the Cocoon and the Consolette at the same time, it sure looks like the same company is designing, building and packaging both Denon and Marantz.

Pros: Looks ok. Nice feature set. Easy setup. Denon name. Easily beats the Consolette in a price/performance matchup.

Cons: Lacks musicality.

Great sound, set up was a bit challenging.

RickP from Fairfax Station, VA on 12/29/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cocoon produces incredibly good sound for something its size and the fact that it connects wirelessly. I do find that it cuts out every once in a while, which could be due to excessing network traffic (there are five of us, each with a wireless device). Set up was fairly straightforward, but having to program it via my iPhone while it was docked created some problems: my fingers are large and my eye sight is not what it once was. I found it quite challenging to enter our network password. That being said, I am very happy with the product.

Pros: Sound, ease of operation

Cons: Set up via iPhone while docked


Hands-on research

Product Research


Cocoon: The Denon Cocoon is a desktop 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. The Cocoon features a sleek, rounded shape and mirror-finished enclosure that complement any room. Its touch-sensitive controls are backlit, so they effectively disappear when the speaker is off.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Cocoon's two-way speakers are acoustically optimized to ensure premium, high-fidelity sound. Two 1.5" tweeters, two double-layer 4" woofers, dual bass ports, and four 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 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 from yourApple iOS or Android device. The Denon Cocoon App offers premium music playback via the Cocoon 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 supports Internet Radio through Denon's Cocoon app and your Apple iOS or Android device. The onlinevTuner 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.  TheTunein 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 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 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 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its network connection.

Compatible Audio FormatsSampling FrequenciesBit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio)32/44.1/48 kHz48-192 kbps.wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)32/44.1/48 kHz32-320 kbps.mp3
WAV32/44.1/48 kHz16-bit.wav
MPEG-4 AAC32/44.1/48 kHz16-320 kbps.aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)32/44.1/48 kHz16/20/24-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. You can also connect an Android device which is USB MSC (mass storage class) compliant to the unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port.

iPod Dock: The Denon Cocoon 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, 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 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 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network. You can add multiple Cocoon 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 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible & supports the following iPod and iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2013):

Apple DeviceGenerationTested Version Connection TypeMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
Dock ConnectorAirPlayCocoon AppAudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist TextTrack Info
nano 1st1.3.1NNNNNNNNNN
classic 80GB1.1.2YNNYNYYNNY
  • *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.

USB Port: A USB memory device (such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive) can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the rear-panel, allowing you to play various music files through the Denon Cocoon. The USB memory device must be mass storage class (msc) or media transfer protocol (mtp) compliant, and be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 500 folders and 5,000 files.  USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the unit's USB port (0.5A). The Denon Cocoon supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB (type-A) connection.

Compatible Audio FormatsSampling FrequenciesBit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio)32/44.1/48 kHz48-192 kbps.wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)32/44.1/48 kHz32-320 kbps.mp3
WAV32/44.1/48 kHz16-bit.wav
MPEG-4 AAC32/44.1/48 kHz16-320 kbps.aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)32/44.1/48 kHz16/20/24-bit.flac
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.

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.

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

AC Power w/ Auto Standby: The Denon Cocoon operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord. This unit will automatically enter the Standby mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of stop mode with no operation.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

No it is not a lighting format you would have to buy the adapter in order to use the lighting adapter[ SAMUEL  Dec 09, 2013 ]
It's the old style wide connector (30+pins) which is just perfect for my iPod Classic 164Gig. There is a converter cable with the other end for the new iPods and iPhone 5+.[ JOSE  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Old Style, does not have lightning, but you can connect to it with airplay.[ TRAVIS  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Old style... Probably the reason they're on clearance. But they're awesome for an old iPod or iPhone that just functions as solely a music player.[ Kyle Beattie  Dec 09, 2013 ]
I'm sorry this unit was sent back and another receiver has been purchased. As a result of this no review can be given.[ AARON  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Old style 30 pin connector, you'll need an adapter cable or just use built in Airplay[ JEFF  Dec 09, 2013 ]
unfortunately the old style, and I can't make it work with an adaptor as well :-( [ ARIEL S  Dec 09, 2013 ]
It's the old style with the 30-pin dock.[ LEVI  Dec 09, 2013 ]
It is not a lightning connector[ JEREMY P  Dec 09, 2013 ]