Marantz launches two new slimline network AV receivers, the NR1608 and NR1508

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Marantz has launched its stylish new NR1608 and NR1508 network AV receivers.

Each AV receiver combines the latest home theatre features with the convenience of multi-room music playback and all in designs built to slip into the tightest spaces. With the NR1608 and NR1508 Marantz brings the concept right up to date with features including 4K ultra high definition video compatibility, including Dolby Vision, and the legendary Marantz sound quality for both movies and music.

NR1608 - AV Receiver

Overview

A thrilling high-quality AV receiver occupying minimal space: that's the NR1608. High current discrete power amplifiers on all 7 channels deliver astonishing power and clarity, and it delivers immersive 3D surround sound thanks to both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoders, yet at just a little more than 3 inches tall it’s slim enough to slip into any TV cabinet. It’s fully compatible with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all 8 HDMI inputs, and will pass all the latest video formats – 4K 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR and Dolby Vision – from Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, games consoles and streamed/download 4K Ultra HD content to an Ultra HD TV or projector. For future HDR broadcast content, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through will also be supported via a firmware update. Bluetooth and AirPlay can stream music directly from portable devices, while HEOS wireless multi-room music integration allows the NR1608 to become part of a complete home-wide music system. Explore and play your own music library, online streaming music services and thousands of Internet radio stations, using the free HEOS app. The "Marantz 2016 AVR Remote" app is also available free from the Apple app store, GooglePlay and the Amazon appstore.

Key Features


  • 7-channel discrete power amplifier, 90 W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020, plus Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update)
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Analogue to HDMI conversion and SD/HD to 4K Upscaling for legacy video sources
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2) and DTS:X
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • HEOS wireless multiroom integration
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Network Audio Streaming
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Audyssey MultEQ Editor app support (available for EUR 20 in the Appstores)
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • isf video calibration
  • Multi-room/Multi-source (2nd zone; via amplifiers or via pre-out)
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting


NR1508 - AV Receiver

Overview - 

Designed to deliver a thrilling sonic experience, the NR1508 AV Receiver features expanded connectivity including built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology, to enable you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere and everywhere around your home. You can explore and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations using the free HEOS app for smartphones and tablets, with high resolution audio fully supported for incredible fidelity. The NR1508 also features Bluetooth and AirPlay compatibility to stream music directly from any compatible device. For high resolution surround from your favourite movie soundtracks the NR1508 is equipped with advanced 32-bit DSP processing supporting all the major sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Its power amplifier section features high current discrete power transistors and identical circuit topology for all 5 channels, and is compatible with low impedance 4 ohm speakers.

The video section features 6 HDMI inputs (including 1 on the front panel), with full compatibility with the latest 4K Ultra HD video specification, including 60 Hz full rate content, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility. It's also HDCP 2.2 compliant, for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through for future HDR broadcast content will be supported via a firmware update. Like the HEOS app, the "Marantz 2016 AVR Remote" control app is available free for Android and iOS from the Apple app store, Google Play and the Amazon appstore. 

Key Features


  • 5-channel discrete power amplifier, 85 W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020, plus Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update)
  • 6 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • HEOS wireless multiroom integration
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Network Audio Streaming
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting

Designed to sit at the heart of a complete home entertainment system, both models  have a wide range of facilities to enable your favourite music to be shared and enjoyed. Sound & Image is very excited about these new additions from Marantz. Keep an eye on our facebook pages for SA launch dates.

Classé Sigma 2200i Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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USB & network streaming HDMI 2.0 switching Bass management Touchscreen control

By keeping digital signals digital all the way to the amplifier output filter, Classé shortens the signal path, avoids losses and eliminates Digital-to-Analogue converters and analogue-to-Digital converters as well as their associated analogue circuits.

That’s the secret to the powerful performance/price ratio delivered by the exciting Sigma 2200i Stereo Integrated Amplifier.

It all translates to better sound for the price.

As an integrated amplifier, the new Classé Sigma 2200i combines preamp and power amp functions in a single chassis, adding features like USB and Network streaming, HDMI 2.0 switching and bass management to accommodate the evolving needs of a modern hi-fi system.

The Classé touchscreen control provides features like digital domain Tone Control, 9-band PEQ per channel and flexible bass management. IP control includes Android and iOS apps.

And in performance terms, the new 2200i leverages the technical and performance advantages of Classé’s Sigma series separates to punch seriously above its weight class.

What’s special is that direct digital connection between the preamp section and the amplifier, which eliminates losses by removing digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversions from the signal path.

The unique rack-mount solution introduced in the original Sigma series models, contained in the design of the side panels, is retained in the Sigma 2200i. Simply remove the sides, rotate and flip them, then reattach to position rack ears for rack-mounting. No kits to order—everything you need is right there on the unit.

The Sigma 2200i is a compelling product that further broadens and enhances the Classé Sigma series. Its convenient and efficient Sigma series package is ideally suited to a stereo integrated amplifier. Performance, connectivity, unique features and loads of power are available at a compelling price. That pretty well sums up the 2200i and the entire range of Sigma series components.

Our Verdict - The Sigma 2200i is a compelling product, with performance, connectivity, unique features and loads of power all at a compelling price. A 200W stereo integrated amplifier… with benefits.


Klipsch KW-120-THX Subwoofer - BOOM!

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How sturdy is your home's foundation? Well you'd better check it twice before you fire up this sub. That's because Klipsch designed the KW-120-THX subwoofer to deliver intense levels of movie theatre bass that'll rattle your floorboards. This Klipsch subwoofer has more than enough output to rock most rooms. The KW-120-THX also meets the stringent requirements for THX Ultra2 certification.

The KW-120-THX is a compact, high-output, low-distortion passive subwoofer suitable for use in any high-performance home-theatre or music system. Although a single KW-120-THX does not satisfy the stringent THX Ultra2 maximum output specification, which assumes a very large room, it is more than adequate for a typical small or medium-sized room. Either configuration is capable of intense, powerful deep-bass reproduction, with no loss of clarity or detail at even the highest levels demanded by modern action-movie soundtracks. The cabinet is front-ported to maximize installation flexibility.

The KW-120-THX is built around a castframe, long-throw driver with a 12-inch Cerametallic™ cone. Propelling it is a powerful motor structure with a huge, 240-ounce magnet. This rugged, no-compromise driver is capable of staggering output without breakup or distortion.

Construction is to the highest standard, with a professional grade rabbet and dado locked panel cabinet and premium components throughout to ensure sonic purity, consistency, and reliability. Each subwoofer enclosure has a NL2 SpeakOn™ input for correct, secure amplifier connections, and each KW-120-THX is supplied with a 20-foot THX Ultra certified speaker cable terminated with NL2 SpeakOn connectors.



KW-120-THX passive subwoofer:
  • frequency response 20-200 Hz (±3dB)
  • 12" long-throw Ceremetalic™ woofer with cast aluminum frame and massive 240 oz. magnet structure
  • bass-reflex cabinet with front-firing slot port
  • Galaxy Black finish with black anodized aluminum fascia
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • NL2 SpeakOn™ inputs for secure amplifier connection
  • 20 foot THX Ultra certified speaker cable with NL2 SpeakOn connectors included
  • dimensions: 514 x 451 x 451mm
  • weight: 36.3 kg

The world's finest theatre operators choose Klipsch cinema systems because they deliver the full impact of the most intense action movie soundtracks without sacrificing musical definition. When designing the KW-120-THX subwoofer, Klipsch applied its theatre experience to bring the same powerful, deep-driving bass to the comforts of home. S&I gives this subwoofer a thumbs up! The KW-120-THX subwoofer is available from both our S&I stores or at our online store.