Gold Series | Monitor Audio | 5th Generation

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Now in their fifth generation, the Monitor Audio Gold speakers represent a reference standard in sound and style. Monitor Audio has revised its Gold series loudspeakers for the first time since 2014. Monitor Audio’s Gold Series is perched below the brand’s Platinum models and above the Silver, Bronze and Monitor ranges. Cutting-edge technology derived from the Platinum II range keeps these speakers at the top of their class. MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) tweeters deliver exceptional detail that’s backed up by lifelike mid-range and bass from the hybrid woofer cones. On top of this class-leading sound comes stunning style and finish, which just leaves you to decide the ideal size and colour.

The new speaker series is refocused too, as it is not merely a speaker-for-speaker refresh from the previous series. The new Monitor Audio Gold line-up features six models in total with one pair (instead of two) of bookshelf speakers named Gold 100, and one centre channel speaker Gold C250. Then there are two three-way floorstanders, namely Gold 200 and Gold 300, a surround speaker titled Gold FX and finally the Gold W12 powered sub.

All 5th-gen Gold models feature –

Micro Pleated Diaphragm
Derived from the flagship Platinum range, MPD tweeters use a Micro Pleated Diaphragm to deliver stunning top-end detail. By pleating the tweeter’s shape, the surface area is increased eight-fold. Working by squeezing the pleats, like a super-fast accordion, gives the treble an incredible response - right up to 50,000Hz. What this means is you get uncompressed harmonics for a spacious and life-like top-end performance.

Rigid Diaphragm Technology
All the 5th-gen Gold models have mid/bass drivers that use RDT 11 (Rigid Diaphragm Technology) that sees a slim C-CAM, Nomex honeycomb centre coexist with a woven carbon fibre rear skin to deliver a structure that’s feather light but stiff and rigid. This means they deliver the ideal balance of lightness and rigidity.

Unique cabinet designs
Each cabinet has been tuned with a HiVe II port that is said to “enhance bass and deliver a decent working dynamic range.” The cabinets also feature soft touch top trim and magnetic grilles for the premium style you’d expect from Monitor Audio’s Gold speaker range.

Let’s explore the range –

Gold 100

The versatile Gold 100 speakers are ideally sized for many applications. Perfect as stereo speakers in a smaller room, they can also be utilised in a high-end home cinema as satellite speakers. At just 195mm wide, they’re easy to accommodate and don’t dominate smaller rooms.

Gold C250

The perfect match for Monitor Audio’s Gold-Series, the Gold C250 is a formidable centre speaker. Although far from compact, its larger dimensions mean a weighty, dynamic sound that easily keeps up with the other Gold speakers – including the mighty Gold 300s (that sound superb as front speakers). A sealed speaker cabinet makes it easy to place in a confined space, such as in a cabinet or shelf, without constricting the sound quality.

Gold 200

The Monitor Audio Gold 200 is not too big nor too small. The perfectly proportioned floorstander is ideally sized for most living rooms. The 3-way design delivers an immersive sound without dominating the room. Cast metal feet with spikes or rubber feet keep the compact cabinet stable and further enhance the sound.

Gold 300

As Gold-Series flagship, the 300 models stand tall. Ideal for larger rooms and superb as the front speakers in a high-end home cinema system, the Gold 300s make an ultimate choice. Despite their powerful, immersive sound, a distance of just 30 - 45cm from the rear wall is required for optimum sound. With many speakers this size, that figure can be more like a metre, making these highly convenient and room-friendly, as big speakers go.

Gold FX

Using twin sets of compact, 2-way speakers in a slim, wall mountable cabinet means these speakers are tailor-made for home cinema. At the flick of a switch, you can also change the sound characteristics from di-pole (diffused) to bi-pole (direct) for the exact type of surround sound you require.

Gold W12 

Featuring an immense three-driver subwoofer array, 600-watt Class-D amp and sophisticated DSP (Digital Signal Processing), the Monitor Audio Gold W12 sets a new standard in bass definition. Factor in the sumptuous, quality finish and the Gold W12 becomes an irresistible force.

There you have it! Once you’ve read through the above info the hardest part is now choosing which of the gorgeous finishes to pick. Choose Dark Walnut or Piano Ebony for a rich, traditional style or Piano Gloss Black or Satin White for a more contemporary appeal. Whichever colour you choose, you can be guaranteed Monitor Audio’s usual immaculate fit and finish. Monitor Audio has achieved attention to detail, both inside and out with the new 5th Generation Gold Series. 
Available from our Menlyn and Sandton stores.

Wharfedale Diamond Package - Winter Promo

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From Wharfedale - Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional value for money earning numerous ‘product of the year’ awards in the UK and around the world. Now, with the introduction of the all-new Diamond 11 Series, Wharfedale has once again raised the bar for affordable, high-performance loudspeakers.

The latest generation of Diamond speakers includes design elements never previously seen at such affordable price points. At the start of the design process, Wharfedale’s engineers went back to basics to create a loudspeaker system that would once again revolutionise this sector of the hi-fi market and bring high-end performance – and style – within reach of many music lovers, not just the wealthy few.
Sound & Image is running a fantastic WINTER PROMO – 

💎The Wharfedale Diamond Package💎

The package includes –
  • Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf
  • Diamond 11.4 Floorstanding loudspeakers
  • Diamond 11.CS Centre channel
  • WH-S10E Subwoofer
Let’s take a closer look at the components of this package -

Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf
The Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf speaker follows on from the award-winning 220 model and has already received a positive response. The compact size and high sensitivity makes them the ideal companion for a home theatre system. The drive units fitted to the Diamond 11.1 are amongst the most advanced available in their class. A newly designed woofer suspension and surround gives the long-throw driver the flexibility it needs for a life-like sound and powerful bass. The newly evolved tweeter design features a vented chamber, letting the treble 'breathe' for natural-sounding, crystal-clear high frequencies.

“Striking imaging and fluency with tight, well-controlled bass”
Diamond 11.1 – Hi-Fi News

Diamond 11.4 Floorstanding loudspeakers
Wharfedale Diamond 11.4 plays with involving scope, dimensionality, clarity, and liveliness. The floorstanding loudspeakers draw you into music as an active participant, featuring advanced six-inch drivers. The Wharfedale Diamond 11.4 Floorstanding Speakers are the latest generation of Diamond speakers. With an advanced driver system, these speakers incorporate elements that are usually only found in more expensive, high-end brands. The high-frequency performance has been enhanced with an evolved tweeter design and the crossover integration software will combine the bass/midrange and treble units seamlessly. The cabinets of these speakers have been made using a refined multi-layer sandwich of woods of differing density in order to subdue the identifiable characteristics of the cabinet 'sound', thus letting the drive units speak for themselves. 

“The Diamond 11.4 is no featherweight, but offers a sound as mature as it is remarkable at the price”.  
Diamond 11.4  –  Stereo Magazine  

Diamond 11.CS Centre Channel
The perfect match for a Diamond AV speaker system - with matching aesthetics and drive unit design, the Wharfedale Diamond 11.CS centre makes the ideal centre channel to match up with other Diamond 11 speakers in a surround sound set up. Combine the Diamond 11.1s as satellite speakers and the Diamond 11.4 floorstanders at the front and you have a perfectly matched speaker system. The crisp and precise vocals make the Diamond 11.CS the ideal match for the Diamond speaker package. Designed to deliver outstanding home-theatre performance, the Wharfedale Diamond 11.CS centre channel loudspeaker punches your never-expiring ticket to riveting cinematic entertainment.


WH-S10E Subwoofer
The WH-S10E Subwoofer is an excellent addition to your Wharfedale speaker package. This super powerful WH-S10E subwoofer is specifically designed to provide an immersive listening experience from both music and movies. When used In conjunction with your speaker package you will experience all the natural, surround sound action that 5.1 channel soundtracks feature. The result is a breath taking natural sound performance; irrespective of the components you choose. Compactly sized, it can be placed at the front, the rear or at the sides of your listening room and can be discreetly hidden away beside a sofa if desired.

Add all these components together and VOILA - you have a Diamond Package that guarantees audiophile quality stereo listening, stunning home theatre surround sound at a VERY affordable price.


Connect to the best – let the Yamaha RX-A2080 immerse you in sound.

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Yamaha RX-A2080 AV Receiver - 

9.2-channel AVENTAGE model with superior three-dimensional sound field playback and the latest, most advanced Surround: AI features.


  • 9.2-ch Dolby Atmos, DTS:X (7.2.2-ch or 5.2.4-ch) and CINEMA DSP HD3 with Zone 2/3/4
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay®, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room
  • New Surround:AI™ technology automatically optimizes the sound in real-time
  • 4K Ultra HD support, HDR10, Dolby Vision™, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
  • HDMI with HDCP 2.2 (7 in/3 out)
  • Dual ESS SABRE ES9007S Premier Audio DACs for high performance conversion
  • Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  • YPAO R.S.C., multipoint, 3D and precision EQ
  • Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo or Echo Dot
  • Phono input

Enjoy immersive multi-channel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 140W of power per channel at 8 Ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.

 

Highly Rigid Construction

The AVENTAGE RX-A2080 features an aluminum front panel to help shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic radiation generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors, and the like. This helps ensure optimum sonic performance in a variety of installation environments.

The Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge is a fifth foot in the centre of the receiver. It is engineered to dampen vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors, and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers.

In addition the receiver is reinforced internally with cross-members in an H-shape to help provide a rigid, stable frame. This is designed to help reduce chassis vibration to virtually zero, even during high volume output, helping to maintain audio quality.

The RX-A2080's meticulous construction, symmetrical amplifier layout, and low-jitter digital circuitry all work together to give you accurate sound with precise stereo imaging and a wide, natural soundstage.

Surround:AI

Surround:AI gives the ultimate surround sound – scene by scene. Powerful processing from the DSP (Digital Sound Processor) analyses scenes in real time and then adjusts the surround effect in real time. By focusing on distinct sounds, such as dialogue, background music and sound effects, the RX-A2080 automatically optimises the sound for incredible realism.

Wireless surround speakers

Want a clutter free setup in your home? Combine the RX-A2080 with the MusicCast 50 or MusicCast 20 wireless streaming speakers and enjoy the amazing convenience of a home theatre with wireless surround speakers in a 5.1-channel setup.


Streaming made Simple

The RX-A2080 is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay Compatible. Built-in Wi-Fi allows for a connection with your wireless router, greatly simplifying system connections for music streaming or enjoying networked audio (PC/NAS). Bluetooth connectivity is also included for streaming from Bluetooth devices to your receiver. Syncing your playlists and likes from your smart device to the receiver and discovering new music becomes even easier with the receiver.


Music made simple

This receiver can play a variety of high-resolution audio formats through its front-panel USB port or from a networked computer. And if you're a vinyl lover, a phono input provides an easy connection for your turntable.

 

Custom sound system

The RX-A2080 has outputs for eleven speakers, so you can play music in up to two additional rooms and still enjoy five or seven channel surround sound in your home theatre. If you have nine speakers connected in your living room, Yamaha's Intelligent Amp Assign feature automatically powers them all when the second and third zones aren't in use.



Whole-home wireless multiroom audio with MusicCast

Yamaha's MusicCast technology makes it easier than ever to set up a whole-home wireless music system. Simply connect all MusicCast devices to the same network and start sharing audio throughout the home. Start with the RX-A2080 in your home theatre and expand to up to 9 additional rooms over time with compatible MusicCast speakers and sound bars. Stream your music and TV sound everywhere using your existing Wi-Fi network. With MusicCast, the system grows with you, and there’s no need to run wires through walls.

MusicCast lets you stream music from your personal collection, internet radio, and streaming services. You can also play Bluetooth sources, sound from your TV, and even CDs and vinyl.


Control via the MusicCast CONTROLLER App

The free MusicCast app puts control of the receiver into the palm of your hand. Access your sources and streaming services, adjust volume and sound settings, and link with other MusicCast devices for simultaneous playback throughout your home.

Voice Control with Amazon Alexa

With Alexa voice control integration, all you have to do is ask. "Alexa, turn up the volume." Use any Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo or Echo Dot, to control either the AV receiver by itself or multiple MusicCast devices throughout your home.


S&I Verdict –
You can easily turn your current living room into a special entertainment environment where you can fully enjoy movies and music with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080. Impressive dynamics and clarity in both stereo and multichannel. The RX-A2080 fills the largest rooms with effortless, dynamic sound. If you want to be kept on the edge of your seat with cinema thrills, this is the AV receiver for you.




Impressive Father’s Day Promo – The Bowers & Wilkins 603 speaker package teams up with a Yamaha RXA2080 AV receiver to make Dads Day SPECIAL.

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S&I is running a super impressive Fathers Day promotion. Don’t delay! While stocks last! Great deal for first 4 customers!

The 603 Theatre system from Bowers & Wilkins is the perfect set up for medium to large sized rooms offering a superb combination of sleek, attractive design and powerful, room filling performance. Add the Yamaha RXA2080 AV receiver to this 603 speaker package and voila… you are guaranteed audiophile quality stereo listening and stunning home theatre surround sound.

Lets’ unpack this package -

This phenominal package includes –

- 1 pair B&W 603’s
- 1 pair B&W 606  bookshelf speakers
- 1 B&W HTM6 centre channel
- 1 ASW610 subwoofer
- 1 Yamaha RX-A2080 AV Receiver

Bowers & Wilkins 603
Bowers & Wilkins 603 Floorstanding Speakers features award-winning Continuum Cone Technology in its midrange drive, a Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and Dual paper-Kevlar Cone Woofer. It fill largest of your home theatre or stereo room with pristine sound.
The 603 flagship speaker offers up to peak 200 Watts of precise, smooth and accurate sound reproduction. It emerges from decades of time-tested and continuously improved Bowers & Wilkins sound technologies.

Beauty of 603 Speakers are not only limited to its sound, its modern aesthetic finish are equally appalling and complements your room decoration with premium matte finish and all magnet grille - no grille pegs.
  • ·      Floorstander
  • ·      3-way vented-box
  • ·      2 x 165mm Paper-cone bass
  • ·      1 x 150mm Continuum FST midrange
  • ·      1 x 25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • ·      Matte black and matte white finishes

Bowers & Wilkins 606
Bowers & Wilkins 606 Bookshelf Speakers fills your room either as front, surround or rear channel speaker, it also delivers breathtaking sound when set up as stereo pair with amplifier. The 606 features high precision Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter with high breakup performance and Continuum™ Cone midrange for pure and true-to-life sound reputation.
  • Standmounted/bookshelf speaker
  • ·      2-way vented-box
  • ·      1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
  • ·      1 x 25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • ·      Matte black and matte white finishes 

Bowers & Wilkins HTM6
Bowers & Wilkins HTM6 Centre Speaker sits at the centre of your home theatre and delivers powerful and clear movie dialogues and vocals. It features award-winning continuum cone technology in two mid-bass drivers and a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter, and handles power up to 120 Watts.
  • ·      Centre speaker
  • ·      2-way vented-box
  • ·      2 x 130mm Continuum bass/midrange
  • ·      1 x 25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • ·      Matte black and matte white finishes

Bowers & Wilkins ASW610
ASW610's long-throw 250mm driver allows it to move the large volumes of air needed for high-quality low-frequency output, and its audiophile-standard 200W Class D amplifier keeps the compact unit running cool.

Ultra-solid construction delivers slamming bass, drum kicks, and special movie effects. Deformation is minimised; bass precision, power and enjoyment are maximised.
  • ·      Subwoofer
  • ·      Input impedance. 33kΩ
  • ·      Signal / noise. >90dB.
  • ·      Inputs. Line in (RCA Phono) Speaker in (Binding post) 12v trigger (3.5mm jack) ...
  • ·      Dimensions. Height: 310mm not including feet or spikes. 322mm including feet. 338mm including spikes.
  • ·      Net weight. 12.5kg
  • ·      Cabinet finishes. Matte Black. Matte White. Grille finishes.

Yamaha RXA2080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Channel AV Receiver
Enjoy immersive multi-channel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 140W of power per channel at 8 Ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.
  • ·      9.2-ch Dolby Atmos, DTS:X (5.2.4-ch) with Multi-Zone, Cinema DSP HD3, YPAO Sound Optimization (RSC/Multipoint/3D/Precision EQ) and dual ESS Sabre DACs
  • ·      Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room. Works with Amazon Alexa
  • ·      Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  • ·      HDMI with HDCP 2.2 (7-in/3-out): 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
  • ·      Surround:AITM technology automatically optimizes the sound in real-time; Bluetooth is compatible with SCMS-T 

We think that this combo would make the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad. Spoil Dad, he DESERVES it!

T A K E  N O T E – the first 4 sales include 30m of 1.5mm speaker cable and FREE installation in the Gauteng area.