Introducing the Yamaha BD-A1060 Aventage 3D Blu-Ray Player

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The BD-A1060 offers the superior benefits of AV entertainment associated with the AVENTAGE name. In addition to the expected high level of video quality, it features high performance audio devices and functions such as 32-bit audio DACs and CD Mode. Teaming it with an AVENTAGE AV receiver will provide truly outstanding performance.

The BD-A1060 supports playback from Blu-ray 3D discs, as well as from SACD and DVD discs. It is compatible with the Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats. Additionally, for network use, it can handle FLAC and ALAC 192kHz/24-bit and DSD5.6 MHz high resolution audio formats. You can enjoy a wide variety of video and audio content with just this one player.

This Blu-ray Disc Player is compatible with Miracast, a wireless standard that lets you connect any Miracast compatible smartphone or tablet for mirroring videos and photos to the player, so the whole family can view them on a widescreen TV. When using a Yamaha AV receiver, you'll enjoy a variety of media mirrored via Miracast with dynamic sound.

Wi-Fi Built-in capability allows wireless connection with your household wireless router, greatly simplifying system connections to enjoy network audio and music streaming services. You can control your Blu-ray Disc Player using the AV Controller app or MusicCast app. If no Wi-Fi router is available, the Wi-Fi Direct feature allows you to stream music and movie directly from your mobile device.

The BD-A1060 features a 4K upscaling function. Any resolution video image can be upscale to the latest 4K resolution. You can enjoy video from Blu-ray Discs with the image detail and depth that only 4K can provide.

The BD-A1060 provides XLR audio output terminals, which are used for pro audio applications and ensure low noise for high sound quality. In addition, all stages after the audio DAC to the output terminals are balanced. When used together with an amp that has balanced input terminals, such as the CX-A5100 AV Preamp or the A-S3000 or A-S2100 Hi-Fi Integrated Amps, the highest possible disc reproduction performance is achieved.

The BD-A1060 offers a CD Mode for playing music discs. This mode reduces disc revolution by 20%, thus improving data reading sensitivity. In addition, the combination of drive motor stability and disc rotation greatly reduces vibration. It also turns off the HDMI video output and other circuits that are unnecessary for audio playback. As in high-end CD players, high sound quality music reproduction has become possible.


Product Highlights:
  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, SACDs, DVDs, CDs and rewritable discs
  • steel chassis and heavy-duty aluminum front panel keep discs stable and reduce vibration
  • separate circuit boards for audio, video, and power supply selections reduce interference for pure picture and sound
  • designed to complement Yamaha AVENTAGE A/V receivers
  • built-in Wi-Fi for playing TV shows and movies from VUDU
  • Miracast lets you stream videos and music from compatible smartphones and tablets
  • "Audio Pure Direct" button turns off all video processing for uncompromised audio output
  • stream videos and music from a DLNA-compatible PC or network-attached storage (NAS) device
  • supports high-resolution playback of FLAC and ALAC (Apple lossless) files via network streaming and USB; up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • native DSD playback (.dff and .dfs files) from network and USB storage devices
  • free Yamaha A/V Controller app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • BD-Live- and BonusView™-ready for downloadable bonus content and picture-in-picture features with compatible discs (BD-Live requires USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • does not support Netflix® video streaming
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
  • Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K (Ultra High Definition) via HDMI output (requires compatible display)
  • video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • front and rear USB ports for use with thumb drives
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • 1 pair of balanced stereo XLR outputs
  • 1 pair of gold-plated stereo RCA outputs
  • Ethernet port for wired internet connectivity
  • remote control input/output for controlling multiple Yamaha components with a single remote
  • detachable power cord
If you are in the market for a Blu-ray Disc player then the BD-A1060 ticks all the boxes-
  • Excellent sound and picture quality
  • A truly universal player
  • Balanced outs
  • Offers a good value
Available from S&I - Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 
                                        Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.

Integrated Stereo Amplifier USB-DAC PM7005 - Marantz

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The PM7005 is a fully discrete, current feedback integrated amplifier with USB-DAC functionality. It is simply perfect for audiophiles wanting both excellent music quality and a maximum of flexible operation, which is provided by the highly versatile DAC-mode. The amplifier delivers a powerful 2x 60W into 8 ohm, while the symmetrical circuits ensure perfect image balancing. To guarantee best sound quality, the PM7005 includes high-grade audio components, current feedback HDAMs and a high-speed instantaneous current power supply. It also comes with the same high grade speaker terminals as used in the PM8005 for the best possible speaker connectivity. The DAC-mode features optical and coaxial digital inputs as well as a USB-B port, which means you can directly connect your computer to the PM7005 and benefit from its high-quality DAC CS4398 and its HDAM-SA3 module-equipped audio output stage for great audio performance. The amp operates as a soundcard for the computer and the USB-B port works in asynchronous mode and ‘bit-perfect’ to support not only 192kHz / 24bits but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz high-resolution audio. All this digital dazzle is at your fingertips so you can enjoy your digital media wherever you want. But because we also care about the sensitive analogue signal from other sources as well, we built-in the Analog Amp Mode – which simply switches off the digital section completely, enabling you to enjoy the purest analogue audio you can possibly imagine. Perfect for your vinyls.

Product Highlights:
  • 60 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms at 0.02% THD
  • 80 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • Cirrus Logic CS4398 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources such as computers, network music players, or CD players
  • rear-panel asynchronous USB input (type B) for audio playback of stored computer or streaming music files, including high-res files up to 24-bit/192 kHz PCM and 2.8 & 5.6 MHz DSD (Windows® and Mac compatible)
  • Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module and current feedback amplification for accuracy and control under high-drive conditions
  • front-panel tone controls (treble and bass)
  • Source Direct mode bypasses tone control circuits for cleaner sound
  • Analog Mode switches off digital circuitry to eliminate potential interference for pure analog listening
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs
  • 5 stereo RCA audio inputs (including MM phono input)
  • stereo RCA audio outputs for recording
  • built-in headphone amplifier with full-size (1/4-inch) jack
  • custom Marantz gold-plated solid brass speaker terminals
  • frequency response 5-100,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 104 dB (line in), 85 dB (phono)
  • RCA D-Bus remote control input/output
  • detachable power cord
  • remote control also operates Marantz CD and Network players
  • 440 x 125 x 379
  • weight: 10kg.
For decades music lovers have depended on Marantz amplifiers to power their systems. Why? Maybe the solid build quality and reliability won them over. Quite possibly it's that warm, transparent Marantz sound. Or simply the way Marantz amplifiers have a knack for pulling even the most subtle nuances out of your favorite recordings — details you may have never heard before. We think it's probably all of the above and it's for all of those same reasons that we're so impressed with the PM7005.

Available in store at S&I or online.


Klipsch RP-110WSW Reference Premiere HD Wireless Subwoofer

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Klipsch RP-110WSW Reference Premiere HD Wireless Subwoofer – The highest quality of sound. There's no substitute for the excitement that room-shaking explosions and rumbling stampedes add to your movie night. And to get that kind of deep, driving bass, you need a no-nonsense sub like the Klipsch RP-110WSW.

The RP-110WSW subwoofer is a must have addition to your home audio entertainment. Ideal for high performance systems, this subwoofer provides clean, deep bass, letting you hear and feel your music and movies.


Key Features:

  • 10" long-throw Cerametallic, front firing cone woofer
  • Bass Reflex enclosure
  • Custom designed internal amplification system
  • Wireless connection to Klipsch HD Control Centre

 "Make no mistake, this is proper home-theater sound—no soundbar or Sonos-like wireless system can do what this Klipsch WiSA system is capable of when it comes to fidelity and sheer output. Wireless or not, it is a powerful surround system that delivers a true home-theater experience to the listener.."
—   Mark Henninger,, AVS Forums

The Klipsch RP-110WSW Reference Premiere HD Wireless Subwoofer connects wirelessly to your HD Control Centre and adds clean, deep bass, to your Reference Premiere Wireless system.

Features:
High Definition Wireless Audio 
Award winning Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers and HD Control Center are a combination of the acclaimed Reference Premiere acoustics platform with lossless wireless audio transmission. Through the use of state of the art WiSA technology, not a single detail is lost from the source to the speaker.

High Efficiency DSP Controlled Amplification 
Powerful amplifier custom designed to maximize driver performance.

Spun Copper Cerametallic Woofer 
Cerametallic high excursion woofer is exceptionally rigid and provides remarkable low frequency response with minimal cone break up and distortion.

Low Power Standby 
Highly effecient whether your speaker is on or in standby mode.

Strong, Flexible, Removable Grille 
Transforms your RP-110WSW from a powerful showstopper to a discrete performance piece.

To find out more or to hear the Klipsch RP-110WSW Reference Premiere HD Wireless Subwoofer in action please visit one of our S&I showrooms or shop online here


Comfort meets clarity - Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 raises the bar for in-ear headphone sound quality. Ergonomic in-ear headphones. Powerful bass and a user adjustable design make C5 Series 2 one of best lightweight audio experiences around.

Lighter and more comfortable than ever, Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 uses engineering advances to deliver superior sound quality. C5 Series 2 – a new standard for in-ear headphones.

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones improve on their predecessor in just about every way. Most importantly, sound quality has been significantly boosted by improvements in small-scale drive unit design, including the introduction of new drivers and other internal components. The result is that while the C5 Series 2 retains the looks of their predecessors, they sound far better, and are the best sounding in-ear headphones B&W have yet produced.

That dramatic improvement in sound quality is particularly thanks to new, precisely optimized 9.2mm dynamic drivers. These deliver bass that’s powerful, yet precisely controlled for a more natural sound, while C5 Series 2’s Micro Porous Filter ensures a spacious sound, full of rich, lifelike detail.

On the outside, the Secure Loop design of the original C5 has also been retained. This ingenious innovation fixes a cushioned loop quickly and comfortably to the inner ridge of your ear, holding the headphones securely in place. But despite delivering the design details and quality materials of the original, the C5 Series 2 is also now lighter – meaning it’s better than ever for comfortable, extended listening sessions.

As well as sounding better, and being more comfortable than ever, the C5 Series 2 looks better, too. It comes in a smart new black finish with matching cables. Looks, lightness, comfort and amazing in-ear sound: the C5 – comfort meets clarity.

C5  Series 2 features


Best ever sound - B&W's best ever sounding in-ear headphones comes from improvements in small-scale drive unit design. Optimized 9.2mm dynamic drivers, unique Micro Porous Filters and the Tungsten Balanced Design deliver powerful, precisely controlled bass, a spacious sound and rich, lifelike detail.

Best ever comfort - The C5 Series 2 retains the ingenious Secure Loop design of its predecessor, but is 10 percent lighter for an even more comfortable fit.

Best ever looks - The C5 Series 2 features a smart all-black finish with matching cables.

Made for iPhone® - C5 Series 2 features an improved Made for iPhone Mic and Remote, with improved ergonomics for more control.

C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so snugly you’ll hardly be aware you’re wearing them. The latest edition features redesigned drive units for enhanced sound quality. Available from a S&I near you.

Available online



Denon HEOS LINK HS2 Wireless pre-amp

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MUSIC STREAMING MADE EASY



You can't do without Spotify or Internet radio? Then you can easily add the HEOS Link, the preamplifier with the innovative HEOS Multiroom technology from Denon, to the 1600NE combination. This allows you to control your entire music through streaming services and other Wi-Fi or Bluetooth sources – effortlessly and from anywhere.

The HEOS Link HS2 instantly gives virtually any existing Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system HEOS wireless multiroom capability, plus SpotifyTidal and Deezer streaming, plus internet radio, plus NAS streaming, plus a USB input, plus Bluetooth connectivity - all controlled by an excellent free smartphone/tablet App.

This little box is the answer to many an audiophile's dreams, because it gives all the very latest connectivity and multi-room capability, without having to change the primary system in the house. With the HEOS Link, you can add HEOS multi-room audio to an existing music or home theatre audio system, and you can play different songs in different rooms or the same song in every room- with totally independent volume control in each room.

The versatile HEOS Link features built-in dual band "N" wireless technology for quick and easy connection to your home network. In addition to the built-in wireless function, the HEOS Link is also equipped with an RJ-45 Ethernet port for hard wire connection to your LAN. The USB port lets you connect a portable USB drive, and you can also use the USB connection to charge your portable device.

The HEOS link boasts a large number of digital and analogue inputs / outputs for compatibility with the widest range of equipment. 

As with the other HEOS wireless speaker models, you'll be able to stream your favourite music tracks and control the HEOS Link with our HEOS App, which is available in both iOS and Android versions. With the HEOS App, you can choose to listen to music tracks on your smartphone, tablet or portable audio player. You also can listen to your choice of internet radio stations, and you can also listen to your favourite music streaming service.

Features –
  • TURN ANY RECEIVER, AMPLFIIER OR HOME STEREO SYSTEM INTO A HEOS ZONE
  • NOW OFFERING HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO
  • PLAY ANY SONG IN ANY ROOM ON DEMAND FROM STREAMING SERVICES VIA BLUETOOTH OR WI-FI AUDIO STREAMING.
  • DENON AVR, HIFI AND MINI POWER, INPUT AND VOLUME CONTROL
  • 12V TRIGGER OUTPUT FOR EXTERNAL DEVICE TURN-ON
  • SUBWOOFER PRE-OUT
  • OPTICAL DIGITAL AND ANALOGUE INPUTS
  • COAXIAL AND OPTICAL DIGITAL OUTPUTS
  • VARIABLE ANALOGUE OUTPUT
  • MULTI-ROOM FUNCTION
  • SUPERIOR SOUND
  • EASY TO USE APP
  • EASY SETUP
  • PLAY AND SOURCE ON ANY SPEAKER FROM ANY SMART DEVICE: STREAMING CLOUD SERVICES, DIRECTLY FROM PHONE/TABLET, USB, NETWORK STORAGE, AUX IN.
  • BETTER INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

This clever little unit ticks an awful lot of boxes. Available at both our S&I stores.