CEOL Carino

This speaker set is packed with fea­tures, but does it jus­tify its price?

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - Man­u­fac­turer Denon, denon.com Blue­tooth, USB, aux in, head­phones out, sub­woofer out 70 - 20000Hz Rated Out­put 25W per speaker Good fea­tures Gen­er­ally good audio… …but not per­fect

This lit­tle speaker set is a nice set-up for Macs – it com­prises of a cou­ple of satel­lite stereo speak­ers and an amp/con­troller unit, which can con­nect to your Mac us­ing USB or to just about any de­vice us­ing Blue­tooth (in­clud­ing aptX for high-qual­ity stream­ing from com­pat­i­ble de­vices, which are Macs in Ap­ple's case).

It also comes with a few dis­play op­tions, pleas­ingly – the cube satel­lite speak­ers can sit on the desk, or they can be an­gled up­wards us­ing the pro­vided stands, while the amp unit's stand al­lows it to sit flat or up­right, as a tower. The unit comes with touch-sen­si­tive but­tons for chang­ing source and turn­ing on its audio-pro­cess­ing op­tions (one of which is great, one of which tends to drown out the mid-range), and a cool light-up ring for vol­ume con­trol.

The key thing is the sound, and while we like the CEOL Carino a fair bit, we're not sure it quite meets its price tag. Gen­er­ally, it's po­tent and clear, es­pe­cially with the best pos­si­ble source (loss­less audio over USB from a Mac). Bass is a lit­tle on the flabby side from its twin speak­ers (there's a con­nec­tion for an op­tional sub­woofer if you need it), but it’s still rich.

Over­all, it's lack­ing de­tail, es­pe­cially over Blue­tooth, and we’d like to see more in the way of drama and punch, es­pe­cially in the tre­ble. As we said, we like it, and it's got a good fea­ture se­lec­tion, but we're not con­vinced it to­tally jus­ti­fies its out­lay. Matt Bolton

A nice lit­tle speaker set with good con­nec­tions and con­trols, but not quite the audio we'd like for the price.

Dis­play the CEOL Carino as you wish with the pro­vided stands. We’ve gone for some clas­sic jaunty an­gles.

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