The perfect Home Cinema

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Many of us are used to the big screen experience, whether at the movies or a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that more people than ever are excited at the prospect of including a home cinema as part of their home projects.

Sound & Image can help you ‘fill’ a dedicated room with the best audio visual equipment to deliver all of this entertainment – somewhere the family can come together and take an evening to unwind from their busy lifestyles.

As a Home Cinema, it’s vital you get everything right when it comes to the equipment. Decide on a suitable sized TV or even a projector. You don’t have to choose a humongous screen for effect – make sure it is in proportion to the room, and where you will be seated. Once you’ve decided on the screen, it’s time to move on to the next vital element of the home cinema experience – the SOUND.

Our Home Cinema suggestions -

Receiver –

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, MusicCast, and Dolby Atmos®

If you love movies as much as you love music, you need a receiver that lets you get the most out of both. Yamaha's AVENTAGE RX-A1070 has plenty of cutting-edge features, backed by expert construction for exceptional performance and high-quality sound. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X bring movie soundtracks to life with incredible realism. This receiver lets you enjoy 4K Blu-rays and streaming content on up to two compatible displays. The RX-A1070 can play different high-resolution audio formats through the front-panel USB port or from a networked computer. And if you're into vinyl, a phono input provides an easy connection for your turntable.

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Floorstanding Loudspeaker –
 
Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2

The 684 S2 floorstanders will be easy to integrate into any room. At 160mm wide, they’re slimmer than previous incarnations, which will be a blessing if space is tight, while their classic straight lines, painted baffles and black grilles provide the right blend of elegance and neutrality. The 684 S2 offers an amazing combination of floorstander power, audio performance and unbeatable value.

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Subwoofer -

Bowers & Wilkins ASW610xp

The subwoofer offers more customisation than most others, allowing you to find the right bass balance and compensate for resonant rooms. There are volume controls for line and speaker inputs and low-pass frequency control, plus switches for low-pass filter Bass Extension, EQ and phase. Inputs include speaker level binding posts and left/right line-level inputs. Ultra-solid construction delivers slamming bass, drum kicks, and special movie effects. Deformation is minimised; bass precision, power and enjoyment are maximised.

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Centre Channel –

Bowers & Wilkins HTM61 S2

The perfect partner for the 684 S2 in a commanding home theatre system, this true three-way centre speaker features two 6.5-inch drivers, an FST midrange and a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter. The perfect partner for the 683 S2 in a commanding home theatre system, this true three-way centre speaker features two 6.5-inch drivers, an FST midrange and a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter.

The HTM61 S2 features a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter, ideal for delivering the clarity needed for dialogue. The double dome enhances rigidity without adding weight, for a more precise response, while decoupling the tweeter from the main enclosure removes unwanted resonances and vibration. The result is absolutely clear.

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In-ceiling speakers –


Bowers and Wilkins CCM663 6inch In Ceiling Speaker

The Bowers & Wilkins CCM663 in-ceiling speaker was built to blend in with surroundings while playing standout sound. This high performance speaker features an innovative design for enhancing frequency reproduction. The thin frame and elegant appearance, make it suitable for any room. The bass/midrange driver’s die-cast chassis provides extra rigidity which results in a cleaner, faster bass, and a three-position EQ switch for a better off-axis response. The Kevlar cone is well hidden behind the grille but still produces a remarkably clear and dynamic sound.

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To get the best possible home theatre equipment, you need to stick with the best brands in the industry. The right audio visual equipment make all the difference, taking the room from a normal lounge TV viewing to an awesome cinematic experience. Pop in to S&I and let us help you make sure you make quality investments to stand the test of time, this will ensure you have a home cinema worth spending time in.











Marantz TT5005 Turntable

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Marantz delivers a rock solid turntable for vinyl newcomers and enthusiasts alike: the Marantz TT5005 Turntable. The Marantz TT5005 is the perfect plug and play turntable.

Ready to go, straight out of the box
If you're looking for a quality brand of turntable that's easy to set-up and use, then the Marantz TT5005 is ideal. With a preset tone-arm and attached MM cartridge, the TT5005 is ready to go. It has a built-in phono pre-amp, so will work with any hi-fi that has an RCA Aux input. Automatic tone-arm operation returns the arm at the end of each side, and selecting the speed is done by a button rather than by manually moving the belt on its pulley.

Good sound quality
The belt drive system gives a naturally well-damped and low distortion sound quality. Solid construction, including an aluminium platter further enhances the sound quality by resisting mechanical interference.

Compact size
Little larger than a record itself, the Marantz TT5005 is more compact than most turntables and so easy to place. The low profile lid keeps the dust out and helps keep the style neat and unobtrusive.

Features -

·      Simple setup
·      Works with all types of receiver or amplifier
·      Built-in phono equaliser that you can switch on/off
·      Automatic start-stop system
·      Solid aluminium die-cast platter

From Marantz – “Thanks to the built-in phono equalizer the TT5005 is an easy to set-up turntable that can work with any amplifier or receiver – even it doesn’t have a dedicated phono input. It’s also effortless to operate, thanks to the start-stop system that automatically places and replaces the tone-arm, and which also helps ensure you do not accidentally scratch the vinyl. Its rigid die-cast aluminum platter produces uniform inertial mass for perfectly stable and consistent rotation. In addition, the TT5005 comes with an MM cartridge so that you can begin to enjoy your analogue record collection as soon as you connect the TT5005 to your home hi-fi system.”

S&I Verdict - Delivers the sonic goods! Perfect for bringing life back to your vinyl collection, the Marantz TT5005 is a solid performer. If you are looking for a reliable and quality vinyl record player, then choose Marantz TT5005. It is a bargain for its price tag.

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Denon Heos HomeCinema

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Unleash dramatic sound from your favourite TV shows and movies.

As TVs get thinner, so does their sound quality. HEOS HomeCinema delivers true wide range high fidelity audio, for maximum enjoyment of TV shows, movies and your favourite music tracks.

HEOS HomeCinema soundbar features bi-amplified mid-woofers and tweeters with advanced DSP processing working in perfect concert with the wireless subwoofer.

Featuring Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS decoding, HEOS HomeCinema decodes movie and music surround soundtracks into their original discrete channels and applies our advanced proprietary DSP to deliver an immersive Virtual Surround sound experience.

Features-
  • Bi-amplified soundbar with 4 channels of class d digital amplification - subwoofer features dedicated high power class d digital amplification
  • Dual rounded rectangular mid-woofer drivers composite kevlar cones and double magnet motor system for highest efficiency and linearity
  • Dual 20mm treated soft dome tweeters with neodymium magnets deliver extended treble response with wide dispersion
  • Advanced DSP processing features a powerful 400 mhz 32-bit floating point DSP engine - the same processor found in premium Denon a/v receivers
  • Exclusive virtual surround processing decodes discrete multi-track surround sound channels and uses advanced psycho-acoustic dsp processing algorithms to deliver an immersive surround sound experience with precision front soundstaging and enveloping surround sound, without the need for external speakers
  • Our proprietary dynamic bass boost provides advanced frequency and dynamic range tailoring to deliver taut deep bass while preventing distortion due to excessive overload
  • HDMI input and output features audio return channel for single cable connection from the soundbar to your TV - no need for another audio connection
  • Wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room and features time-aligned DSP processing for precision soundbar/subwoofer audio synchronization
  • Movie and music modes let you choose the best audio performance for blockbuster movies and your favourite music tracks
  • Night mode lets you listen at reduced volume levels, letting you enjoy the full range audio experience without disturbing other family members
  • Dialog enhancer improves dialog intelligibility - ideal for movies and TV shows with complex audio soundtracks when it's often hard to discern what performers are saying
  • Dual band high speed N WI-FI connects to standard wireless home networks
  • Coaxial and optical digital inputs and aux in for wired analog stereo input
  • USB port for connection to a USB drive
  • Soundbar features infrared (IR) reception and re-transmission that allows TV remote commands to pass through to the TV when the soundbar is mounted in front of the TV
  • Soundbar can be shelf or wall mounted 

Ubuy South Africa user reviews -

Sound/audio: "Our new sound system sounds great."
Value: "It's good for the price."
Ease of use: "So easy to set up, very user friendly!"
Customer service: "Very happy with my Heos and great customer service."

S&I Verdict - Superb, cinema-like dynamics. An advanced sound solution, without all the gear and wires.

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HEOS 5 | Multi Room Medium Size Wireless Speaker

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This beautifully styled middle sized speaker plays cloud music, music stored on your phone or tablet, plus USB and NAS sources, too. Now you can even listen to your favourite Bluetooth® enabled sources on your HEOS system. Be greedy, you’re covered.

HEOS 5 - features:
  • NEW High Resolution Audio Support
  • NEW Bluetooth® Integrated
  • Absolutely amazing sound from a discreet and stylish powerhouse
  • Two custom-designed tweeters, mid-woofers and a passive radiator powered by four dedicated Class-D amplifiers
  • Handle allows easy portability wherever you need great sound
  • Sleek and elegant form factor now with high resolution audio support
  • Amazing output from a discreet footprint
  • Sound is optimised via precision acoustical processing algorithms that originated in top recording studios 
  • Stream from your favourite music service such as Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Soundcloud or Tidal
  • Free HEOS App for IOS, Android and Kindle Fire Devices
  • Stream music stored locally on your smart devie or tablet
  • A USB, jack and auxiliary input jack allow playback from these sources to one or more HEOS players, perfectly synchronised
  • Built-in dual band wireless connects to standard home wireless netwroks 
  • Volume up, volume down and mute buttons, mute LED inidcator, muilticolour status and LED indicator 
  • Ethernet jack for wired network connectivity
  • Bass and treble controls



Reviews and Awards –

EISA AWARD Best Product 2015-2016
Capable of a surprisingly deep bass, a well-judged midrange and room-filling energy, this is the perfect way to spread stunning sonics throughout the house

AV Forums
"The overall combination of quality, flexibility and performance marks it out amongst all the competition."

Hifi Choice
If ease of use, speaker design and musicality distinguish multi-room systems, then HEOS by Denon has set a refreshingly high benchmark.

S&I Verdict –
Rock solid streaming and High-Res Audio support make the HEOS 5 a must have multiroom speaker.




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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Premium WITH Ortofon 2M RED Turntable

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The best-buy turntable classic with carbon tonearm and DC power supply!  

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is the perfect starter turntable for audiophiles. It’s easy to setup and use, and lets you upgrade parts over time. The Carbon sounds excellent with the included 2M Red cartridge and offers superior damping for the price. You can’t go wrong with Pro-Ject, especially at this price point.

The DEBUT Carbon DC was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!  

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.  

This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.  

The DEBUT CARBON DC is offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, grey or white as no-added-cost option.

Features -
• 8,6” carbon tonearm  
• Increased platter size with more weight  
• Precision belt drive with synchronous motor  
• New DC power supply with ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability.  
• New TPE motor suspension  
• Felt mat  
• magnetic cartridge options from Ortofon 2M red  
• 7 high-gloss colours  

Reviews –

SOUND & VISION: high-end features and fantastic sound quality  

United Airlines Magazine: a striking new record player churns out the hits 

TAV: gives far better performance than you'd expect  

AUDIOPHILE: „best buy“ turntable  

S&I Verdict –

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is well built, beautifully designed and just sounds awesome. Incredible value. We can’t recommend this turntable enough. 

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McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amplifier

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The McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amplifier is the company's largest integrated  amplifier in both size and power. The 300 Watts per channel MA9000 Integrated Amplifier is many separate devices all in one component. It's an amplifier, preamplifier, phono preamplifier, headphone amplifier, frequency equalizer and digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

In short  -
The MA9000 has a built-in 32-bit DAC, and a DA1 Digital Audio Module with USB input that can support DSD256 and DXD 384kHz files. The module is replaceable should the need arise.

There are two digital coaxial and two digital optical inputs (capable up to 24-bit/192kHz) and an MCT input for connection to other McIntosh equipment.

The ten analogue inputs comprise two balanced and six unbalanced connections plus a moving magnet and a moving coil phono inputs. Both phono inputs have adjustable loading.

In terms of outputs, the McIntosh will drive two pairs of speakers and has a discrete headphone amplifier. 

Other features included:
  • Power Guard® that monitors and adjusts the sound wave at the speed of light to prevent harsh sounding distortion and clipping that could damage your speakers
  • Sentry Monitor™ is our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
  • Home Theatre PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theatre system
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening
  • A discrete, eight-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of your favorite recordings
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
  • Our patented Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts that easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose and possibly causing a short; the binding posts are also gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent over your speaker cables to your speakers



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What the experts had to say -

The "MA9000 is one of the most complete audio products I've reviewed." When factoring in build quality and finish, "the result is the most easily recommendable product I've reviewed in years – a Reviewers' Choice and an early leader in our 2018 race for Product of the Year." - SoundStage! Network

"The large open sound feels right every time we sink into a sofa and turn up the volume. The natural sound gives us goose bumps." The Highly Recommended "MA9000 is one of the three best amplifiers" we've tested, and it "may be the last amplifier you ever need to buy." - Lyd & Bilde

"We were wrong, McIntosh’s MA9000 is more than just 'eye candy', it’s ear candy as well... We were also wrong about having to use two words to describe the McIntosh MA9000. We can do it in one. Sweet!" - Audio Esoterica

"Few manufacturers would have managed to combine so many functions in one device, with so little compromise and with such a satisfactory result." The MA9000 reproduces "everything with a high degree of musical truth." - Son et Image

From S&I - The MA9000 Integrated Amplifier will certainly help you achieve audio perfection. Michel Bérard from Son & Image Magazine states that the great beauty of the MA9000 is that it "opens a very wide door to music" and reproduces "everything with a high degree of musical truth." We believe he hit the nail on the head with this statement.








Pro-Ject 2Xperience Acryl AND Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit featured!

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If you've been interested in jumping aboard the vinyl bandwagon, but have yet to get yourself a turntable, look no further.... S&I take a look at 2 of our favourite turntables.... 

Pro-Ject 2Xperience Acryl  


2Xperience was developed from the now legendary Pro-Ject 2. This balanced and low-resonance design is a perfect combination of sandwich construction, acrylic chassis, MDF platter with vinyl mat and the Pro-Ject 9cc top class tone-arm made from carbon fibre. Decoupled motor and conical feet with Sorbothane® inlay are approved Pro-Ject features to eliminate unwanted vibrations.

Turntable  -  
• A quiet running AC motor with a two-step pulley drives the platter's outside edge via a belt. 
• The transparent acrylic plinth stands on three height-adjustable Sorbothane®-damped aluminium cones.  
• The motor is decoupled from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.  
• The resonance-optimised platter is a sandwich construction utilising the hub, a fine-balanced medium density fibre platter weighing 2Kg, a 4mm thick flat-ground layer of vinyl and a screw-down metal record clamp.  
• The platter's low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a sintered bronze bearing housing.  
• Connection to the phono input of the amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your taste through the gold plated phono sockets and earth screw. A standard cable is provided.  
• External power supply avoids potential electro-mechanical interference.  

HiFi World review says -

Frankly, I don`t know how Pro-Ject does it, but the amount of perfomance
and sheer value for money that this turnable offers is astounding.
On its own, the turnable and arm are a very fine combination but when one considers that a good quality MC cartridge is also thrown in, the deal is almost done then and there! In performance terms I find that you always know what a Pro-Ject will deliver and I mean this in the best possible way. The 2 Xperience V-Pack continues the company‘s traditions of offering a well balanced and musical performance that anyone can enjoy. Ist minor sins are far from obvious and never detract from the fine performance of a very capable.

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit  - Audiophile „best buy“ 3-speed turntable

The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.  

The new DEBUT CARBON DC ESPRIT was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables with all speeds is growing fast!  

The CARBON TUBE for the tonearm increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. This material normally is extensively used in highend tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. 

Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE), ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator for ultimate speed stability. Ultimate convenience is achieved, because of electronic speed change („Speed Box“) and the possibility of playing 78rpm.   

Turntable –
33/45 & 78rpm out of the box  
• Built-in precision Speed Box with switch on upper side  
• 8,6” carbon tonearm  
• Heavy non resonant acrylic platter  
• New DC power supply with synchronous AC motor  
• New TPE motor suspension  
• Magnetic cartridge 2M red from Ortofon  
• The Debut Carbon Esprit will be offered in high-gloss black or shiny red , green, blue, yellow, light grey or white at no added cost.

The Vinyl Factory review says –

In the system the Debut Carbon Esprit has a tremendous sense of musical flow, the music just oozes out of the speakers with an ease that makes you want to kick back and forget your woes.
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit is a turntable that many will find extremely engaging and enjoyable, add to this the fabulous finish of the plinth, good quality cartridge and electronic speed switching and you have a turntable that is tricky to beat.
If it’s musical fluency and ease of speed change you are after this Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit will have a lot of appeal, especially considering the range of finishes and ease of cable upgrade.

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S&I Verdict –

Good looks are not the only thing these 2 Pro-Ject turntables have going for themselves. The hardware also matches the elegant nature of this turntable.
Both are affordable, great-value turntables, low-noise, low-vibration motor, and sport Ortofon’s 2M Red cartridges. Available from S&I.