Yamaha Takes the 2016-17 EISA Award for best Soundbar YSP 5600

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Take your TV sound to a new dimension. The Yamaha YSP-5600 employs a remarkable 46 speaker drivers and Yamaha exclusive Digital Sound Projector technology to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X multi-dimensional listening experiences. It can also provide wireless multiroom audio playback using your existing Wi-Fi network by adding other MusicCast speakers, sound bars or AV receivers in other rooms.

Overview -
  • World's-first sound bar with 7.1.2-channel multi-dimensional sound
  • HDMI® inputs with 4K Ultra HD pass-through and HDCP 2.2
  • MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system
  • Access to your music library, Pandora®, Spotify®, Rhapsody® and more
  • Versatile connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay® and Spotify Connect
  • Subwoofer and wireless transmission kit sold separately.  
We are pleased to announce that Yamaha got the Best Soundbar award in Europe from EISA for 2016-17.

From EISA –

EUROPEAN SOUNDBAR 2016-2017

Yamaha YSP-5600

By providing Dolby Atmos support (and DTS:X via a future firmware update), 4K-capable HDMI connectivity and automated room EQ, the gorgeously styled YSP-5600 is a fully-featured soundbar. No fewer than 46 drivers behind its robust black metal mesh are used for directing soundbeams to create full 7.1.2 audio, delivering a layered, three-dimensional soundfield that is unbelievably huge. It makes every movie an engrossing experience, and as part of Yamaha’s MusicCast multiroom system, it can be used to stream music and TV audio throughout the house. Calling this just a soundbar is perhaps unfair on the rest of the field – the YSP-5600 has a unique set of skills that make it a class apart.



What do we think - Outstanding sonic performance and an impressive list of useful features makes the Yamaha YSP-5600 one of the best overall soundbar values on the market.

Available from - Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.


The new B&W P3 Series 2 – Perfect for delivering pristine sound on the move

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Bowers and Wilkins have released the new and improved P3 Series 2 headphones. The new and improved P3 Series 2 is lightweight and foldable, providing size defying bass and musical dynamics. P3 Series 2 will fit easily into your life and coat pocket.

Press Release from Bower & Wilkins -

Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce P3 Series 2, a new and improved version of the award-winning P3 headphones. Bowers & Wilkins has five decades of acoustic and design excellence behind it, and with P3 Series 2, it has utilized that experience to produce luxurious, lightweight on-ear headphones without compromising on sound quality.

P3 Series 2 is perfect for people who demand pristine sound on the go. Its lightweight frame and innovative folding mechanism are both deceptively strong and comfortable. Plus, P3 Series 2 is easy to stash away in a coat pocket or purse and comes with its own hard shell carry case to protect it when not in use.

In order to deliver P3 Series 2’s natural-sounding acoustics and incredible clarity, Bowers & Wilkins engineers have developed a small drive unit that uses a unique damping system to control diaphragm movement. The result is incredibly precise sound, with big, extended bass that packs a remarkable punch for a headphone of its size.

P3 Series 2 keeps the light, portable and foldable elements of the P3 headphone but now benefits from a premium black leather finish. The P3 Series 3 is crafted from the finest materials, including aluminium and sheep leather, for performance, luxury and durability.

P3 Series 2 comes with a remote/microphone attachment that works seamlessly with an iPhone® and another ‘universal’ cable that ensures compatibility with all other mobile phones and MP3 players. Swapping cables is easy, and simply involves popping off the replaceable ear pads.

These improvements make us wish that B&W would come out with a wireless version of the P3. The P3 Series 2 will be coming soon to a Sound & Image near you.


Bowers & Wilkins reveal new Wireless P7 Headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce P7 Wireless, a set of professional-quality headphones that deliver pristine sound on the move with the added convenience of high-quality Bluetooth aptX wireless streaming.  The new wireless headphones is build on the success of the highly regarded P7, but with convenient, high-quality Bluetooth® aptX® streaming for an exceptional all-round mobile performance.

Bowers & Wilkins press release -

Bowers & Wilkins, a British loudspeaker company famed for creating the world’s best loudspeakers, today announces the new P7 Wireless headphones. Delivering professional quality sound on the move with the added convenience of simple wireless streaming, P7 Wireless set a new standard for on-the-go listening.

P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless. Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, sound performance is a revelation: bass is tighter, vocals are more defined, and there’s a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole frequency range.

P7 Wireless combines this with aptX™ Bluetooth® connectivity to deliver an unrivalled and seamless audio experience. Within seconds, P7 Wireless can be paired with any of the most popular Bluetooth-enabled devices such as a phone, tablet or computer. Once paired, it’s as simple as switching on and pressing play. 

P7 Wireless' beating heart is the drive unit, painstakingly developed to unearth every note in your music, allowing discerning users to stream Hi-Fi quality music on the go to a quality never experienced before. P7 Wireless delivers all the highs and lows of your favorite music, while the ultra-soft memory foam cushioning creates a comfortable and high-quality listening experience.

Playback is elegantly managed via intuitive on-board controls, and a rechargeable battery offers a healthy 17-hours of wireless playback, and can be easily charged via USB. For times when a cable is required, one comes supplied in the box.

P7 Wireless is crafted from the finest materials, including aluminium and sheep leather, for performance, luxury and durability.  The headphones are foldable, making them easy to travel with, while the luxurious design continues with a carry case that keeps your P7 Wireless safe when not in use.

P7 Wireless is a welcome addition to the growing collection of headphones from Bowers & Wilkins.  Worn over the ear, with the added comfort and noise blocking of memory foam cushions, they follow in the footsteps of the on-ear P5 Wireless, both made with the same knowledge and experience in acoustic excellence that only Bowers & Wilkins can deliver.

Bowers & Wilkins has future-proofed its coveted headphones by launching a wireless pair of its P7 over-ears. The cord-cutting new headphones have been unveiled just as the demand for Bluetooth audio is set to heat up. At Sound & Image we are excited about the new P7 Wireless. Coming soon to a Sound & Image near you!

Monitor Audio Climate 60 - Outdoor Weatherproof speakers

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You can rely on Monitor Audio's meticulous engineering to protect the CL models from weather ingress. Their solid, sealed, high density polypropylene enclosures are specially treated to resist moisture and the effects of prolonged UV exposure. Aluminium grilles and rugged brackets are naturally equipped to prevent rust. The weather-proof cabinets are moisture and UV resistant and designed to withstand extremes in temperature.

The CL60 is a two-way satellite speaker housing a single 6 1/2" C-CAM® bass driver and a 1" C-CAM gold dome tweeter. The C-CAM tweeter and bass/mid-range drivers are designed to capture the detailed highs and dynamic lows of every performance. Developed and refined by Monitor Audio over many years for accurate reproduction and robust reliability, C-CAM is an innovative alloy originally conceived by the aerospace industry for use in jet engines.

Coming with mounting brackets, the Climate 60 speakers are flexible to place and easy to angle. Their versatile bracket gives up to 175 degrees of horizontal or vertical adjustment, while for added flexibility a supplied installation wedge advances the angle of rotation by a further 15. Coming in black or white, the Climate range of speakers suit most environments, but, for an exact colour match, the cabinets may be spray painted.

Both the bracket and optional wedge allow you to run a cable through rather than around them for easier and neater installation.

For rugged hi-fi speakers with unexpectedly fine sound quality, the Monitor Audio CL60 speakers exceed expectations.


Features and benefits
  • Quick and easy installation
  • High performance C-CAM tweeter and driver technology
  • Robust solid sealed, high density polypropylene enclosure - UV rated.
  • Full installation flexibility: 175º rotational bracket, (it also features angled sections and screw holes to provide corner fixing.)
  • 15º angled wedge supplied for additional bracket versatility
  • Anchor point for security chain attachment
  • ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator) for added low frequency punch
  • Aluminium grilles prevent rust
  • *Textured white and black finish, paintable to suit décor (paint mask supplied)
  • Rotational ‘M' logo to align with portrait or landscape positions.
  • Available in black or white
The Climate 60 indoor/outdoor dynamic loudspeaker is available from a Sound and Image near you!

Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 
Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165



Monitor & Denon recieve EISA awards.

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Sound & Image are delighted to announce that both the Denon AVR2300W AND the Monitor Audio Bronze 5.1 system have won highly sought-after EISA awards.

Every year, the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Awards applaud new products that combine the most advanced technology, the most desirable features, the ultimate expression of design, the most satisfying ergonomics and of course, the greatest value for money. In short, EISA recognises the features most likely to be appreciated by an enthusiast public seeking high quality and creative facilities.

The badge is reserved for the single best products within their categories chosen by a panel of 15 expert judges - the editors of specialist audio magazines from across Europe, who have been running the awards for 33 years.



Denon AVR-X2300W Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth

  • 7.2 channel AV Receiver with 95W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz~20 kHz, 0.08% THD)
  • 3D and 4K Ultra HD/60Hz full rate pass-through with HDR, BT.2020, 4:4:4 Pure Color support; 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) and 2 outputs (Main/Sub) with full HCDP 2.2 support. 4K Up-scaling
  • Built-in Bluetooth(R) and Wi-Fi. Streaming Content; Airplay, vTuner Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify Connect, DLNA. DSD, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF High Resolution Audio Streaming
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTS:X ready (via firmware update). Odyssey MultEQ XT with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Free Remote App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Control with the HEOS Link (Sold Separately). Eco Mode
Sound & Image says - It’s a superb sonic all-rounder.



Monitor Audio Bronze 5.1 package

  • From the towering Bronze Six, the most complete New Bronze speaker, music and home theatre lovers can appreciate the full-range flavour of our forty year design heritage.  
  • With the matching Bronze FX Surround , Bronze Centre and Bronze Subwoofer.
  • In this way matching drivers tuned for different roles are able to develop a wonderfully uniform, tonally consistent sound-field involving seismic low bass and richly coherent mid-range detail,  which rises in frequency to meet the illuminating resolution of our fabulous Bronze C-CAM tweeter. 
  • Here is New Bronze in tooth and claw, alive to its ambitious audiophile design precedents and equipped with a compelling mix of accuracy, scale and dynamics for the highest value music and home theatre audio.
Sound & Image says - Monitor Audio has delivered a gold medal performance with the latest Bronze speaker package.


Available from - Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.



Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker in white

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Bowers & Wilkins has introduced a new white version of the Zeppelin Wireless Music System. The new, lighter color has been created to appeal to palette purists and design enthusiasts who prefer a more neutral color tone. Boasting the same instantly recognizable silhouette, every element of the Zeppelin Wireless white has been designed to deliver superlative audio performance.

Last October, British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins launched the Zeppelin™ Wireless to critical acclaim. Nearly a year on, it introduces the Zeppelin Wireless in white, offering a lighter complementary color to the original black speaker.  With this refreshed neutral look, Bowers & Wilkins offers the same exceptional sound quality the brand is heralded for, with the added benefit of more choice in color. Boasting the same instantly recognizable silhouette, every element of the Zeppelin Wireless white has been designed to deliver superlative audio performance.

Like its counterpart, the Zeppelin Wireless white is fitted with five completely new drive units and features two Double Dome tweeters as found in Bowers & Wilkins award-winning CM Series of Hi-Fi speakers, while the two-midrange drivers benefit from FST technology. This unique approach to drive unit design is also found in Bowers & Wilkins flagship 800 Series Diamond, and helps Zeppelin Wireless white deliver pristine, lifelike vocals and instruments. A new, larger 6.5” subwoofer with ultra-long voice coil allows deep bass to be played at impressive volume.

The reinforced cabinet has also been redesigned to reduce vibrations in order to provide a solid platform from which the drive units can work. Along with a front fascia 50% thicker than the previous version, specially designed glass fiber ribs strengthen the cabinet in all the right places. The result: pristine sound from high- quality drive units.

Thanks to Digital Signal Processing (DSP) twice as powerful as its predecessor, Zeppelin Wireless white creates a more detailed and refined sound, making it a truly enhanced listening experience, in a league of its own. The improvement in audio performance is complemented by a trio of connectivity options in the form of AirPlay®, Bluetooth® aptX and Spotify® Connect - meaning flawless sound is only a few taps away. The Bowers & Wilkins Control App, updated on the launch of the Zeppelin Wireless in black, is available via iOS, Mac and PC, so now it’s easier and more convenient for you to control volume and playback functions for the ultimate easy listening experience.

As capable as it is beautiful, Zeppelin Wireless whites’ neutral color and sweeping contours command aesthetic appreciation, and are the ideal shape to produce the best-sounding and best-looking wireless speaker available today. Zeppelin Wireless white is as comfortable creating a room- filling sound from the bookshelf, as it is the centerpiece of a room, while the improved sound quality creates an acoustic atmosphere that belies its size.

For a one-box solution that defies expectations on sound, the Zeppelin Wireless white is as good seen as it is heard.

Sound & Image is delighted with the new coat of paint on the award winning Zeppelin Wireless, this new high-end speaker has been updated with a new clean, yet great-looking white finish, and we think it looks great!!!

The Zeppelin Wireless white will be available soon at a Sound & Image store near you.

Experience state-of-the-art surround sound with the brand new AVR-X1300W

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Experience state-of-the-art surround sound with the AVR-X1300W 7.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV receiver, which delivers breathtaking immersive surround sound with today's advanced movie soundtracks. Bring home the same revolutionary 3D surround sound used in premium movie theatres, with the ability to create an overhead soundfield to deliver a dramatically expanded sonic space. What's more, a future firmware update will enable the AVR-X1300W to decode DTS:X soundtracks, for full compatibility with all current 3D sound formats.

The AVR-X1300W is futureproof, too, thanks to an advanced video section fully compatible with the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all six of its HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support on every input, the AVR-X1300W is ready for the next generation of Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and other 4K Ultra HD sources.
 


S&I VERDICT - Easy to use, feature packed and a top-chart performer, Denon’s midrange receiver is deeply impressive. Available at Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.