Marantz announces New 10 Series Reference Range

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In February, Marantz will launch two new hi-fi products: a reference-quality SACD player/DAC and an integrated amplifier. Part of the new Premium 10 Series, the SA-10 SACD player/DAC and PM-10 integrated represent the best of the best of Marantz's hi-fi lineup. The SA-10 combines a high-end disc player with a state-of-the-art DAC design that uses Marantz's two-stage process, MMM-Conversion and MMM-Stream, instead of a traditional DAC. The analog PM-10 integrated amp is rated at 400 watts per channel and features an all-discrete phono stage for both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges. 


The Premium 10 series: The New Reference
Bringing together everything Marantz engineers have learned, designed and developed over more than 70 years, the Premium 10 series is a groundbreaking combination of established audio practice and innovative thinking, meticulously built and designed to deliver superb performance and sets new standards. Above all, it remains true to the saying that has guided Marantz for many years, and which is summed up in one very simple statement: Because music matters.

More details on both product designs are available in the press release below.

From Marantz
Marantz launches its most advanced hi-fi combination to date. The Premium 10 series, comprising the SA-10 SACD/CD player/DAC and PM-10 amplifier, features groundbreaking Marantz audio technology designed to deliver the best possible sound from high-resolution audio formats and CD alike. Taking its place at the pinnacle of the range, the new duo is so advanced in both technology and performance that Marantz describes it simply as The New Reference. Both models are expected to be available in January 2017.

Marantz SA-10 SACD/CD player/DAC
The SA-10 replaces the SA-7, the previous Marantz Reference disc player. Although widely acclaimed, the SA-7 was purely a disc player, but with the changing audio landscape and the rise of high-resolution audio and computer-stored music, change was inevitable. Beyond it being a superb disc player for CDs, SACDs and even high-resolution music burned on recordable media, the SA-10 is a state-of-the-art digital-to-analog converter. It uses unique technology to extract every last nuance from digital music files with a combination of tried-and-tested Marantz audiophile practice and some highly innovative solutions developed specifically for this flagship product.

Today's digital technology has made it possible to replace conventional digital-to-analog conversion with something much more advanced, allowing the SA-10 to become the first player/USB-DAC that doesn't actually have a DAC. The reason is Marantz Musical Mastering, a brand-new approach to a problem almost 35 years old--making the most of music stored in digital form without introducing artifacts requiring extra processing after conversion. A two-stage process, MMM-Conversion and MMM-Stream, draws on Marantz expertise extending back to the first days of CD, and brings into play the company's commitment and experience in both SACD and the DSD format behind it.

Marantz PM-10 Amplifier,
Partnering the SA-10 is the PM-10, the best integrated amplifier Marantz has ever produced. The previous Reference amplifier, the SC-7/MA-9, was a pre/power amplifier combination, but Marantz wanted to deliver even better performance from an integrated amplifier. Only now has the technology allowed the Marantz engineers to achieve this. While retaining a purist all-analog design, completely balanced throughout its signal path, and using a dual-mono construction with differential amplification delivering a massive 2x400W. Even the continued interest in vinyl has a place in this New Reference system, as it does in most Marantz amplifiers: the PM-10 has a meticulously designed all-discrete phono stage for both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges.

Marantz SA-10: the biggest advance in digital audio since the CD
The idea for the Marantz SA-10 was simple: build the best disc player/DAC the company has ever made. And that meant going back to basics in every area. From the disc transport itself to the way the digital signals are processed, as well as ensuring the design was entirely future-proof by providing an asynchronous USB-B input for the connection of a computer, this model is advanced.

To play SACD, CD, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW discs, the Marantz team avoided the usual route taken in players of this kind, using an 'off-the-shelf' DVD-ROM drive of the kind commonly found in computers. Instead, and in their quest for ultimate sound quality, they built their own: the new SACD-M3, the latest in an acclaimed range of disc mechanisms built for Marantz players, is unique to the SA-10, and can play not just CDs and SACDs, but also high-resolution audio stored on either CD or DVD recordable media.

Marantz Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata explains that "From the time of CD players the transport was one of our strengths, and with SACD it's the same. Of course doing things this way is expensive, but if we want something special we have to do it. And besides, there aren't many SACD mechanisms available today. However, there really is no way of making this kind of mechanism cheaply, so it's limited to our top-of-the-range model."

The digital-to-analog conversion process, available to both discs and external sources connected to the player's digital inputs (which include asynchronous USB for the connection of a computer), is equally innovative. Rather than down-converting ultra-high-resolution files to suit a conventional digital-to-analog converter, as happens in some rival designs, the SA-10 upconverts everything to DSD 256, in a process known as Marantz Musical Mastering - Conversion.

Two dedicated master clocks are used to ensure all digital signals are upsampled directly to DSD 256--or four times the SACD standard--without any need for sample rate conversion. And there's a choice of two filter settings to allow the listener to shape the sound.

But why do this? Well, the other half of the Marantz Musical Mastering package--MMM-Stream--is what prepares this DSD 256 signal for analog output to an amplifier. Based on technology going back to early days of Bitstream conversion, this enables an ultra-simple conversion process.

Senior Electronics Engineer Rainer Finck has been working on Marantz Reference CD players for two decades and was central to the SA-10 project. According to Rainer, "As I was one of the Philips engineers way back in the late 80s, and worked on the company's Bitstream converters--the last one was the DAC-7--we could draw on all this knowledge to build our own bitstream converter for the SA-10."

The output from the MMM-Conversion process is, in effect, already an analog signal, being a very high-frequency stream of single pulses. With all the hard digital work done, this stream needs nothing more than a very high-quality low-pass filter to deliver the purest possible analog audio output. For all its apparent complexity, this is actually a very simple, very elegant solution to digital processing--and it's unique to the Marantz SA-10. That's why Marantz says it's the first player/USB converter without a DAC--it doesn't need one.

Marantz PM-10: the power to perform
Marantz started as an amplifier company with its famous original Audio Consolette pre-amplifier back in the 1950s. Since then it has made many classic products, from the Model 7/8 preamp/power amp all the way through to the massive Project T1 valve amplifiers of the 1990s. It was only fitting that the amplifier in this New Reference line should be something very special--the Marantz PM-10. Effectively a preamplifier and a pair of monobloc power amps in a single unit, the PM-10 uses switching power amplification to deliver huge power--200 wpc into 8 ohms, and 400 wpc into 4 ohms. This ensures it can drive a wide range of speakers, and instant high-current power supplies to deliver the dynamics of even the most demanding music.

In terms of power supplies, the PM-10 has separate supplies for the preamplifier and each of the power amplifier channels. Thus enabling the delicate signals passing through the preamp aren't affected by the demands of the high power output stages. There's also a dedicated supply for the microprocessor controlling volume adjustment, input selection and other components, ensuring no noise from the control section finds its way in to the audio path.

The layout is fully balanced, from the input section all the way through to the final power amplifier section. It has two sets of balanced inputs, and also conventional unbalanced line-level inputs (plus a high-quality phono stage); the signal from these inputs being converted to balanced working before being passed through the amplifier. This ensures optimal signal purity and rejection of interference.

The preamp uses the famous Marantz Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (or HDAMs). These are tiny amplifiers in miniature, built from discrete components for the best possible sound quality, rather than using the 'chip-amps' found in rival designs.

To make the most of that purity of design, the PM-10 is designed with the option of working in 'Purest Mode': when engaged, this deactivates any superfluous circuits, giving the signal the cleanest possible path through the amplifier. There's also a Power Amp Direct input, taking the signal straight from the input section to the power stage to allow the PM-10 to work as a pure power amplifier.

Like the SA-10, the PM-10 is constructed to the highest possible standards, with a double-layered copper-plated chassis for excellent rejection of mechanical and electrical interference, and casework constructed from thick, heavy, non-magnetic aluminium panels. Both products also sit on custom-made die-cast aluminium feet. Even the speaker terminals here are special: although the highest-aiming rivals tend to use components bought in from third-party companies, the PM-10 has newly designed and exclusive Marantz SPKT-100+ terminals, made from high-purity solid copper.

At S&I we are looking forward to showcasing the new Marantz 10 Series Reference Range. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more launch details.



Denon AVR-X6300 gets the AVForums Best Buy award!

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Enjoy a superb surround sound experience with the Denon AVR-X6300H, which features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D surround decoding, and is the first Denon AV receiver with 11 channels of amplification built-in. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X feature object-based surround sound with the ability to drive overhead speakers to deliver the ultimate immersive 3D audio experience, and the AVR-X6300H’s 11-amplifier design means all this can be delivered without any need for external amplification, even when running four overhead speakers in 7.1.4 configuration. Auro 3D is also supported, via an optional firmware upgrade.

Full wireless connectivity is provided via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Apple Airplay is supported for music streaming, and built-in HEOS technology allows the AVR-X6300H to become the heart of a whole-house wireless multi-room music network. HEOS lets you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere and everywhere around your home, meaning you can explore, browse, and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations using “HEOS” app. It’s all controlled from the free “HEOS” app, available for smartphones and tablets, and high resolution audio formats are fully supported for incredible fidelity.

 The AVR-X6300H is awarded with a BEST BUY logo and an excellent overall rating of 9/10. Furthermore, the ratings given for ‘Features’ and ‘Value for Money’ are 10/10 which are exceptional results.

The AVForums Best Buy award is given to a product that offers a high-performance level at core competencies as well as doing so at a price point that defies its market position, making it a product that should be auditioned even against more expensive rivals.


AV FORUMS SAID;
“The remote app has recently had an upgrade and it now operates in conjunction with the HEOS app, allowing you to move seamlessly from one to the other. This is a nice touch, allowing you to easily control all the functions on your X6300H using the remote app, with all the buttons you need sensibly laid out. However, if you want to use the receiver as part of the HEOS multiroom system then you just switch into the HEOS app and then control all the online functions as well as all the devices connected to the HEOS network. It's all very slick and very impressive.”

“Ultimately the X6300H is a fantastic performer with both movies and music but it's the receiver's ability to so effectively handle a full 11-channel configuration right out of the box that sets it apart from the competition.”

Should I buy one?
“If you're looking for single-box solution to a full 7.1.4 immersive audio configuration, then the simple answer is yes. The Denon AVR-X6300H does everything an AV Receiver should do and it does it very well. Denon have thought of every tiny detail when designing this receiver, right down to the included accessories and even how you unbox it. The X6300 is familiar in terms of its layout but remains attractive, well engineered and solidly constructed...“

“…The inclusion of Denon's HEOS multiroom system is a major new addition to a receiver that is already packed with features and the inclusion of a free HEOS1 HS2 is an added bonus…”

“…Denon have invested a lot of time and money in making their receivers as easy to setup and as simple to use as possible – other manufacturers could learn from their efforts…”

“…The receiver did an excellent job delivering both stereo and multi-channel music but where it really excelled was with film surround soundtracks. It delivered an open front soundstage, focused dialogue, good tonal balance and superb steering of effects around the room. The bass was well integrated and the sound field was suitably immersive…”

“…the X6300 is a class act in every respect and if you're looking for an 11-channel single box solution then it's quite simply the most obvious choice – there is nothing else that comes close in terms of design, features, performance and especially price. As such the Denon AVR-X6300H offers an unbeatable combination of exceptional performance and value, making it a worthy winner of an AVForums Best Buy badge.”

Please see the link below for an in-depth online review of the Denon AVR-X6300H by Steve Withers on the AVForums. - https://www.avforums.com/review/denon-avr-x6300h-atmos-dtsx-av-receiver-review.13107


S&I says - "If you're a Denon fan who has been looking to get full 4K/UHD support, immersive audio, and whole home streaming, there’s looks to be no better time or opportunity than the Denon AVR-X6300H. Available now from S&I."

ROTEL INTRODUCES THE 14 SERIES: HIGH PERFORMANCE MUSIC SYSTEMS FOR THE MODERN LISTENER

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For over half a century, Rotel has been manufacturing award winning hi-fi components that set new levels of audio performance within and often above its class. The 14 Series represents the very essence of Rotel’s world renowned Balanced Design Concept. It is the stunning embodiment of audio performance, sleek industrial design and exceptional value. Rotel’s approach to the 14 Series ensures that only critically selected electronic components are used throughout the audio path, whilst doing away with all unnecessary features that can only get in the way. So while performance is paramount, the 14 Series features simple and intuitive controls for quick access to what is after all the most important piece: the music.

The result of Rotel’s painstaking attention to detail is a range of exceptional hi-fi components built by music enthusiasts for music enthusiasts. Whether your inclination tends towards vinyl or streaming high resolution digital files from your phone, the 14 Series will connect with your favourite music sources to deliver stunning realism.

A14

The A14 is a high performance, 80-watt per channel integrated amplifier that delivers superb music reproduction and features connections for both analogue and digital sources, along with Bluetooth with aptX streaming. 

A12

Rotel’s A12 integrated amplifier offers impressive audio performance as well, but with slightly less output at 60-watts per channel. Input connections include both analogue and digital, along with aptX Bluetooth streaming capability.

A10

The A10 is a 40-watt per channel integrated amplifier that will satisfy the audio purist who doesn’t require high power output or digital streaming capability. Its straightforward operation is refreshing and its performance is a pleasure to listen to.

T14

The T14 provides a wealth of high quality listening choices, from over the air FM/DAB+ broadcasts to a wide variety of internet streaming services over Wifi courtesy of DTS Play-Fi.


CD14

Enjoy your CD collection investment with Rotel’s CD14 compact disc player. As with all 14 series components, it features a high performance power supply and intuitive operation.



The performance of the 14 Series hits well above its price, providing exceptional value to audio enthusiasts and music lovers of all needs. The detailed design elements appearing in this series is the culmination of 55 years of engineering and manufacturing experience. Available from a Sound & Image near YOU!

Marantz introduces the SR6011 AV receiver.

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Marantz has announced yet another addition to its 2016 AV receiver line. The Marantz SR6011 beats out last year’s model by adding two additional channels. With its 9.2 channels, the SR6011 is ideally suited for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound tracks. With the extra channels, you can run  5.1.4 or 7.1.2 configurations for Atmos and DTS:X. If you throw an external 2 channel amplifier into the mix, then the 6011 can process up to 11.2 channels. This makes it possible to run a 7.1.4 config. More features are listed in the press release below.


From Marantz –

Marantz continues to add to its 2016 home theater lineup with the SR6011, which follows the recently announced slim-design NR1607 and full-size SR5011. The Marantz SR6011 offers a step up in quality build and design, sonic performance and features for the advanced home cinema enthusiast. A key attribute in this price class is that it comes with nine power amplifiers that are each rated at 110 watts for greater flexibility in multiroom and 3D sound setups.

Packed with all the latest audio and video technologies, the Marantz SR6011 is an ideal addition to any home cinema, thanks to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility. Both new formats feature object-based surround sound with the ability to drive overhead speakers to deliver the ultimate immersive 3D audio experience. To enjoy the new dimensions with ease, the SR6011 is equipped with nine-channel amplification, enabling users to setup a 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 speaker 3D experience without the need of an external amplifier. If users choose to use an external amplifier, the setup can be extended to 7.1.4 because the SR6011 features 11.2-channel processing. If the SR6011 is not in use for 3D audio, the integrated amplifiers can get assigned to drive another pair of speakers in a second audio zone, running a different source than the main room.

The SR6011 features high-grade audio components that have been carefully selected for the renowned Marantz sound. The whole internal circuit further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via Marantz's HDAMs (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) in Current Feedback topology before passing them on to the power stage to fire up the connected speakers. The powerful amplifier section features discrete high current output devices on all nine channels, and all amp channels are configured identically. Rated at 110 watts per channel (8 ohms, 0.08 percent, 20 Hz-20 kHz), the SR6011 has the ability to drive lower impedance 4 ohm speakers on all channels. It has enough power to fill large rooms, and thanks to advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT32 is tailored perfectly to any individual listening room.

Prepared for the future, the SR6011 features an advanced video section that's fully compatible with the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all eight HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support on every input, the SR6011 is ready for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and other 4K Ultra HDsources. In addition, the SR6011 can upscale standard and high definition analog and digital video content to 4KUltra HD, breathing new life into favorite legacy sources.

Full wireless connectivity is provided by both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with dual antennas that help ensure robust signal transmission and reception. Once connected, music can easily be streamed through AirPlay, networkattached storage devices (NAS), Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify Connect (where available; subscription required). High resolution audio formats and playback are fully supported for incredible fidelity. To round up the flexibility, an 11.2-channel pre-out section, the RS-232 port, IP control and support for Crestron Connected makes the SR6011 very appealing for advanced custom installation purposes.

No need to study a manual to set up the SR6011; users can follow the onscreen instructions with the assistance of the Graphical User Interface, Setup Assistant, and Audyssey MultEQ room calibration. Once set up, daily operation is simple and convenient with the new Marantz 2016 AVR Remote app available on iOS, Android andKindle Fire. For energy savings, the SR6011 includes a smart ECO mode that can automatically save significant electrical power without influencing the overall performance.

SR6011 9.2ch Network AV Receiver - Main Features

• Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support; built-in Bluetooth
- Improved network stability especially in Wi-Fi-crowded homes
• 9ch discrete power amplifier, 110W per channel (8 ohms, 0.08 percent, 20 Hz-20 kHz)
- Enough power to fill big rooms with renowned Marantz sound
• 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020
- Latest HDMI standard for future-proof compatibility
• 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 2 HDMI outputs
- Plenty of inputs for your digital devices; ready to feed a TV and projector in parallel
• Analog to HDMI conversion and full SD/HD to 4K upscaling for legacy video sources
- Full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analog sources
• Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.4) and DTS:X
- Immersive 3D sound with effects from overhead
• AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, Network Audio Streaming
- Access to almost unlimited online music sources
• DSD (2.8/5.6 MHz), FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV support
- High Resolution audio streaming for HiFi enthusiasts
• Advanced Multi-Room options; 11.2ch pre-out with 11.2ch processing; RS-232 Control
- Audio and video in multiple rooms; ready for 3rd Party Home Automation systems
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, SubEQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
- Delivering the ultimate equalization for your individual room
• Color-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI
- Hassle-free installation, setup and operation
• Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
- Unprecedented level of command and control
• ISF video calibration
- Ready for professional calibration of home cinema TVs or projectors
• Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
- Energy-conscious without compromising on performance

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




Monitor Audio Bronze 2 - Best standmount speaker - 2016 What Hi-Fi? awards

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The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 has won 'Best standmount speaker £200-£400' in the Stereo Speakers category at the 2016 What Hi-Fi? awards.


What Hi-Fi? Verdict

“This latest generation of Bronze 2 is arguably the best yet. This is a truly complete speaker for the money”. 

The Bronze 2 also won 'Best stereo speaker £200 - £400' in 2015.

The Bronze two builds on the strength of its predecessor’s audiophile cred with a neutral tonal balance and high detail resolution combined with high overall efficiency and power handling. These are the perfect ingredients for compelling listening. Armed with a larger 6.5” C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe® port, the turbo-charged Two is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence, revealing all the dramatic contrast in music and cinema sound. For a speaker of its size, the Two will deliver breath-taking results mounted on a stand and placed up to 8” (20cm) from a wall.

  • New C-CAM® gold dome tweeter
  • New 6 1/2” bass driver with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM® cone profile
  • HiVe® port technology
  • Single bolt-through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
  • High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout
  • Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration
  • Invisible magnetic grille fixing
  • Bi-wire/Bi-amp terminal configuration
  • Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes 

S&I Verdict –

The Bronze 2 are honest, attractive and classy little speakers, and they're a great buy. This is a truly complete speaker for the money.

The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers are available from a Sound and Image near you!

Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 

Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165




Denon D-M40DAB - Product of the Year, Awards 2016

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This year's best all-in-one music systems – 

THE D-M40(DAB) CD-RECEIVER SYSTEM OFFERS FAMOUS DENON SOUND.


Product of the Year, What Hi-Fi Awards 2016. Denon has done it again - the D-M40DAB is a seriously impressive micro system for the money... 

Following in the footsteps of the multi-award winning D-M39S, the D-M40 features serious Hi-Fi quality CD Receiver RCD-M40 along with optimized two-way speaker system SC-M40. For almost 20 years now, Denon’s M Series has been developed to meet the needs of modern day audio enthusiast that want a micro size stereo system but with the least compromises on sound and build quality. The D-M40 comes with improved connectivity options such as two digital optical inputs to hook up a TV, set-top box or other digital gear that deserves improved audio quality. Of course it plays all sources like CD, FM radio or USB media including iDevices in impeccable quality too.

Features –

“Simple & Straight” circuit design for sound purity and free of colouration
Denon’s popular M series gives you high sound quality based on the “simple & straight” concept. Circuitry is uncomplicated, signal paths are short, and all adverse influences on sound quality have been minimised. The circuit design and the way the chassis is built ensure that the sound you hear is utterly faithful to the original performance.

Triple noise reduction design to preserve signal purity
In an audio component where various circuits, boards, and wire layouts can influence each other, it is not possible to obtain satisfying specifications or sound simply by strengthening the power amp circuit. Denon has therefore eliminated three sources of noise to ensure that the sound is as clean as possible. Distortion from the input selector, electronic volume and power amp has been suppressed to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and produce an even smoother, dramatic sound.

Direct play for iPod and iPhone via USB
You can also listen to music files from your iPod by simply connecting it to the USB port with the USB cable that came with the iPod. Digital signals from the iPod are transmitted as is to the D-M40 and are processed by advanced audio circuitry to produce a clean, high-quality sound. Moreover, the D-M40’s USB port is not only capable of playing MP3 and WMA files, but also lossless FLAC, WAV and AAC.

Enjoy premium sound in your home office, bedroom, or any other room
The compact size of 210mm width and just 310mm depth (plus speakers) allows for an easy setup of the D-M40 on a bookshelf, in a bedroom or in the home office. With several colour combinations, it easily blends into people’s daily life, delivering impeccable performance at the same time.

Denon SC-M40 speakers (Optional Extra)
These speakers have been designed with Denon Hi-Fi craftsmanship and European Sound engineering. For best performance a high quality 12 cm woofer / midrange chassis has been combined with a high definition tweeter and a crossover network with selected components to reproduces the smoothness of natural sound.

What Hi-Fi Verdict 
It is difficult to be over complimentary about the D-M40 as a micro hi-fi system at this price; Denon has produced something even better than last year’s Award winner.

S&I Verdict
This is one serious beast of a micro hi-fi system. The overall build quality and sound are great. A well deserved winner.

 The Denon D-M40DAB  is available from a Sound and Image near you!

Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 

Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165