B&W AM-1 | The sun is out!! It’s time to party on your patio with the AM-1’s.

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Experience the perfect sonic atmosphere and add extra kick in seasonal living to your garden, patio, or swimming pool areas this Summer! Imagine enjoying your favourite relaxation music, or a soothing audio stream, or perhaps creative radio on a gorgeous late afternoon, while at the braai, or even under romantic moonlight! The B&W AM-1 effortlessly extends the musical mood of the listening room to your home's living spaces!

The AM-1 Architectural Monitor offers a unique combination of high-quality sound and supreme flexibility. Articulate, exciting and powerful the AM-1 delivers all the performance expected of a Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. The AM-1 is suitable for installation in a wide range of outdoor and indoor applications. It is available in white or black finishes. 

Articulate, exciting and powerful, AM-1 avoids the compromises commonly associated with all-weather monitors, and delivers all the performance expected of a Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. A two-way design, it features an inverted drive unit configuration, with the AM-1’s 1inch (25mm) aluminium-dome tweeter mounted below rather than above a 5inch (130mm) glassfibre bass/midrange driver. This ensures optimal dispersion of sound when the speaker is mounted high on the wall.
 
AM-1’s low-frequency output is bolstered by the use of a rear-mounted auxiliary bass radiator (ABR). Used instead of a conventional bass reflex port, the ABR endows AM-1 with exceptional bass response for a cabinet of its size. Unlike a port, it also provides AM-1’s cabinet with a continual seal against the elements. This combination of advanced drive units, unique configuration and classically simple crossover components combines to create a loudspeaker as musical as it is flexible.

And flexible it most definitely is. AM-1 has been carefully designed to be easy to install. Its elegant cast aluminium wall bracket incorporates an ingenious one-plug mounting system. Designed to be positioned in either landscape or portrait mode when mounting, extra flexibility is offered by AM-1’s ability to be rotated through 110 degrees from centre in both directions.

Its minimal projection out from a wall also adds to its appeal. So, while AM-1 has obvious applications such as providing high-quality audio around gardens, patios and around swimming pools, its sleek design will also find favour indoors. Venues such as bars, restaurants and other communal areas will benefit from AM-1’s winning combination of premium sound quality, discreet styling, flexibility and durable construction. Ideal for areas where you have a slab or where you can’t cut holes in ceilings.

 

AM-1 also combines a rust-proof aluminium grille with a rigid cabinet composed of glass-filled plastics, ensuring class-leading resistance to extremes of dust, moisture and UV exposure. It has also undergone rigorous, continuous testing in an accelerated salt-spray chamber, plus outdoor UV accelerated life tests to ensure its parts don’t fade or discolour.

Our Verdict -
Bowers and Wilkins have yet again set the standard with the B&W AM-1, a higher performing outdoor/indoor loudspeaker, with a striking, stylish design and superb sonic performance. Whether you want to listen to your favourite music by the pool or you want to get the party started on your patio – the AM-1 is the loudspeaker for you. 
Available from Sound and Image.

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




Denon Introduces DRA-800H - A one-stop shop for all your audiovisual needs.

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Introducing the DRA-800H, Denon’s first two-channel receiver with wireless, network, streaming and 4K-supporting HDMI. Real HiFi meets WiFi with this stereo network receiver. Are you looking for an affordable receiver to meet both your HiFi and home theatre needs? Look no further!

Directly from Denon "Designed for the two-channel music enthusiast that wants the power, precision and detail found in Denon amplifiers without having to compromise on AV features such as 4K HDMI," said Michael Greco, senior director, global brand management at Sound United. "The DRA-800H truly leverages both Denon's HiFi heritage and AV receiver technical leadership, offering a mixture of dedicated Hi-Fi amplification, circuitry and carefully selected components to easily drive a two-channel listening system alongside an advanced HDMI suite that supports full 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video with ARC."

Let’s Explore the DRA-800H -

Premium performance
If you’d like all the versatility and streaming options of an AV receiver but prefer to stick with stereo speakers, then this is receiver for you. Rather than offering multiple surround sound channels, the DRA-800H focuses on the best two-channel, stereo sound. The high-current, custom designed amp uses a discrete output for dynamic, low distortion sound. The power transformer has OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) windings for smooth, effortless power.

High power output
With just two channels to concentrate on, the DRA-800H delivers a punchy 100 watts per channel. This is ample for all types of speakers, including low efficiency models. The DRA-800H also provides plenty of power for larger rooms and party-level music.

Multiple music streaming options
With both Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 connectivity it's easy to connect all your smartphones, tablets and compatible lap/desktops and stream music wirelessly. The Denon also comes with wi-fi, Internet radio and DLNA. Simply connect to your home network via Ethernet or wi-fi and access thousands of Internet radio sites via vTuner as well as subscription services such as Spotify Connect Premium Spotify account required. DLNA compatibility lets you stream from other sources such as your laptop or NAS drive.

Advanced HDMI Video Section
Enjoy movies, shows and games with the best picture quality available.
Featuring a comprehensive HDMI interface, the DRA-800A is ideal for connecting your AV sources – such as Blu-ray player, games console and TV. The HDMI sockets support HDR10, HLG and HDCP 2.3, which means you can play UHD Blu-ray discs and stream UltraHD video in the highest quality.

Effortless Voice Control
Controlling a sophisticated AV receiver like this can be baffling for some members of the family, which is why Denon have made it compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri devices. Simply download the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill app and then just ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to perform functions such as volume and source selection. Using the Apple Home App, Siri voice control from your Apple iOS device brings added functionality over AirPlay 2 – including grouping devices.

HEOS Built-in for Multiroom Music Listening
HEOS Built-in enables seamless wireless multi-room music streaming across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, SiriusXM, Tidal and more (country specific). Up to 32 HEOS units can be set up at one time, ensuring even the largest of homes are covered for multi-room music. With HEOS already built-in, the DRA-800H is ready to go as a single 'zone' without any further adaptors.

HEOS app controls it all

Once you've set up your HEOS speaker system, you can stream music effortlessly via the dedicated HEOS app. Available for Apple iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle, the app not only lets you stream your stored music but also Internet radio services and popular streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Napster and Deezer.

Connect more – including a turntable
As well as five HDMI inputs, the Denon also has a wide range of other connectivity. Optical digital inputs are ideal for connecting older devices or upgrading the sound from a compatible CD/Network player. Two analogue inputs are perfect for Hi-Fi components, with the dedicated MM phono input ideal for plugging in a turntable.

A Smart Solution for Custom Installers
Designed for easy integration and support, the DRA-800H offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices and Control4 SDPP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for integration with Control4 home automation equipment.

From S&I -
Just unpacked at S&I - The Denon DRA-800H is a Stereo receiver with built-in Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Apple® AirPlay® 2, HDMI, and HEOS. Enjoy premium, stereo sound with all the connectivity of a quality AV receiver. The DRA-800H is available in a black finish at 
R13 990. A one-stop shop for all your audiovisual needs!

 


SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer- Reference Subwoofer Performance Hits New Lows

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SVS SB-3000 Named World’s Top Subwoofer by Expert Imaging & Sound Association EISA

Let’s see what the fuss is all about –

Room shaking deep bass
Featuring a bespoke, 13” woofer unit, the SB3000 hits the lowest notes with ease - right down to 18Hz. With this degree of low-level extension, you won’t miss a note of any soundtrack – right down to the grumbling low notes of a submarine or the deepest tension of soundtracks such as Dunkirk. Using a mighty 800 watt amplifier and twin magnet drive system, the bass is also exceptionally well controlled, giving the SB3000 punchy dynamics that keep the sound upbeat. An ideal solution for reference bass in audiophile music systems or home theatres, the SB-3000 sets all performance benchmarks at its price and leaves larger and more expensive subs trembling in its wake.

Massive Power with Precise Control
Keeping the mighty power under tight control, the sophisticated DSP (Digital Signal Processor) includes an array of filters and other parameter controls for fine-tuning. It’s thanks to this that the sub never sounds overblown and boomy.

SB-3000 Smartphone App – Easiest Way Ever to Manage Subwoofer DSP and Control
Available for Apple iOS and Android, the SVS control app gives armchair, precision control of your subwoofer. 3000 Series subwoofer app is the most convenient way ever to control volume, access multiple DSP functions and program custom presets for one-touch tuning optimized for music, movies, gaming, and more. Connecting via Bluetooth, full control is possible even when the subwoofer is out of sight.

Takes command of a room sonically without taking over visually
Despite its mighty power output, the SB3000 is relatively room friendly. Without the need to worry about blocking a port outlet, the sealed cabinet is easy to position. Given the amount of bass on tap, the dimensions are modest, too.

Luxury finish - built to stand the test of time
Featuring a robust, MDF cabinet, the SB-3000 not only provides resonance-free, low distortion sound but is also built to last. The luxury gloss black finish provides a neutral setting to blend with most TVs and other speakers. A non-resonant, steel mesh grille is also supplied, keeping the woofer protected when needed.

The Awards speak for themselves -


SB-3000 Subwoofer Receives the EISA Best Product Award for Home Theatre Subwoofers
"For its SB-3000 subwoofer, SVS takes the performance-first ethos of its higher-end models and brings it to a new, lower price point. Featuring a freshly designed 13.5in driver in a compact, sealed cabinet, allied to an 800W Sledge DSP amplifier, this dedicated bass-maker excels when it comes to depth, speed, control and slam. Movie soundtracks hit hard, while music playback benefits from nuanced, tight bass. It’s a tweaker’s delight too, with SVS’s Bluetooth control app offering parametric EQ to match its performance to your listening room, in addition to quick adjustments of level, and sound preset selection. For those seeking a sub offering both power and precision, the SB-3000 is difficult to resist."


SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer Reviewed by HomeTheaterReview.com
“A seriously sophisticated audio device, one that can render subtle differences in bass inflection, but with the capacity to slam hard. The power of the sub comes on fast, in a violent way. I could feel the output through my chair, but it wasn't overbearing or exaggerated. Intense, with purpose and authority, is the way I would describe it. Blended beautifully with the front two channels while imparting solid bass reinforcement throughout the room. A remarkable performer. If you're looking for state-of-the-art, high performing subwoofer, with small proportions; the SVS SB-3000 is worth every penny and more.”

Home Cinema Choice Reviews the SB-3000
"Chest-thumping output and percussive bass extension, while retaining refinement and musicality – and done so from a small footprint and at a relatively affordable price. If you like deep and thunderous low-end combined with nimbleness and tonal accuracy, the SB-3000 is sure to please."

From S&I - The SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer just delivers! Deep and massive bass for music, movies, television, gaming and actually anything. Well priced,  we strongly encourage you to come and demo this subwoofer – YOU won’t be disappointed!


Do your music justice with the Silver Series from Monitor Audio.

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Monitor Audio’s award-winning Silver Series has entered its sixth generation with a host of new features to make it the best-performing ever. Ground breaking design changes and extensive engineering research has led to a completely revised Silver Series of loudspeakers from Monitor Audio. Perfect for two-channel hi-fi and home theatre, the high-performance range caters for every need.

The nine model range has been created with contemporary living very much in mind. Two compact stand-mount options and a choice of three slimline floorstanders take up the minimum of space yet produce a big sound, while the Silver FX wall-mount and two centre channel speakers are perfect for discreet AV installations. The Silver Series is completed with a powered subwoofer, featuring on board DSP for resounding bass down to a staggering 22 Hz. Magnetic grille fixings on all models ensure an elegant baffle aided by rear mounting of the proprietary HiVe II ports.

Whatever you choose from the Silver Series you will love the fabulous sound and design, which is the result of over 40 years of loudspeaker development to produce accurate audio with aesthetic perfection. Wallow in abundant dynamics, rich textures and immense detail and enjoy the holographic clarity and pinpoint imaging which every Silver Series model creates. Prepare to re-live your music collection with Silver.

Perhaps the most notable element of the new Silver 6G range is the completely new version of the company’s iconic gold dome tweeter, which is fitted to all speakers bar the subwoofer. That newly redesigned tweeter has been fine-tuned in the quest for clearer, smoother and distortion-free highs, and more precise treble.

Explore The Range
From the floorstanding Silver 500 to the compact standmount Silver 50, each of the 9 models have been expertly created to extract the most from your favourite recordings.

Add a Silver centre channel and the dedicated Silver powered subwoofer for an unforgettable multi-channel experience that brings the cinema home.


The Silver 6G Series range includes - 
(click on the model for detailed information)

Available Finishes -
Handcrafted cabinets feature selected, premium quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer and Satin White finishes to suit every setting. The new Silver 6G series comes in the following finishes -
  • Black Oak
  • Walnut
  • Rosenut
  • Natural Oak
  • High Gloss Black
  • Satin White

Combining fabulous sound and elegant design, Monitor Audio’s Silver Series reaches new levels of audio excellence. Sit back and prepare to enjoy this fabulous combination of engineering excellence and fabulous design whatever your hi-fi or home theatre loudspeaker requirements. The Monitor Audio Silver Series is available from S&I.

Furman AC-210AE - Compact Power Conditioner

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The most widely recognised and trusted name in AC power conditioning is proud to showcase the AC-210AE compact power conditioner featuring Furman’s revolutionary SMP technology. Furman’s Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) circuit features our exclusive Linear Filter Technology (LiFT) and Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS). Together, these technologies comprise what is, without question, the world’s most advanced and comprehensive transient voltage surge suppressor.

Features
  • Furman's exclusive SMP Technology provides the highest level of surge & spike protection available
  • LiFT  significantly reduces AC line noise
  • Auto-Reset protects equipment from dangerous overvoltage conditions
  • LED indicators provide information on power quality and operational status of unit
  • 10 amp rating featuring circuit breaker for added protection
  • Zero ground contamination circuitry protects critical video circuits
  • Compact chassis design easily attaches to any flat screen television mount or any other remote location 
SMP (Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus)
Furman’s SMP surge suppression virtually eliminates service calls. Traditional surge suppression circuits sacrifice themselves when exposed to multiple transient voltage spikes, requiring the dismantling of your system, and repair of your surge suppressor. Not so with SMP. With Furman’s SMP, damaging transient voltages are safely absorbed, clamped and dissipated - no sacrificed parts, no service calls, no down time.

Unique to Furman’s SMP is its unparalleled clamping voltage, even when tested beyond the grueling specifications of - USA/CIDA’s A-1-1 test. While other designs offer clamping voltages that are well above 300VAC peak (far beyond long accepted professional standards), Furman’s SMP clamps at 376VAC peak, 275 VAC RMS even when tested with multiple 6000VAC - 3000 Amp surges! This unprecedented level of protection is only available with Furman’s SMP technology.

LiFT (Linear Filtering Technology)
Unfortunately, traditional AC filter/conditioners have been designed for unrealistic laboratory conditions. Prior technologies could actually harm audio and video performance more than they help, due to the resonant peaking of their antiquated, non-linear designs. Under certain conditions, these designs can actually add more than 10 dB of noise to the incoming AC line! Worse still, lost digital data, the need to reboot digital presets, or destroyed digital converters are frequently caused by excessive voltage spikes and AC noise contaminating the equipment ground. Furman’s SMP with LiFT takes another approach, ensuring optimal performance through linear filtering and no leakage to ground.

E.V.S. (Extreme Voltage Shutdown)
Furman’s trusted overvoltage circuitry protects against all too frequent accidental connections to extreme voltage by shutting off the incoming power until the overvoltage condition is corrected.

Compact Chassis Design
At only 45 x 216 x 127 mm, and weighing in at only 1.36kgs, the AC-210 A E's compact, low-profile design makes it ideal for mounting to the back of a flat-screen television, or anywhere that discretely located, remote power protection and purification are needed.

Specifications 

AC Current Capacity:
Input - 10 Amp capacity required
Output - 10 Amps RMS (both outlets combined)
Linear Noise Attenuation:
Transverse (Differential) Mode:
> 40 dB from 10Khz. - 100 kHz. >80 dB from 100 Khz. – 1GHz.
(Linear attenuation curve from 0.05 – 100 ohms line impedance)
Transient Voltage Surge Suppression:
266 VAC - Series Multi-Stage Protection
Non-Sacrificial with Zero Ground Contamination. 
(376 V peak clamping @ 6000V 3000A input)
Extreme Voltage Shutdown (>135 VAC)
Dimensions:
45 mm H x 126 mm W x 217 mm D
Weight:
1.36 kg.
Safety Agency Listing:
CE

At S&I we highly recommend this power conditioner. The Furman AC-210AE is a 10A compact power conditioner ideal for flat panel screens, projectors, or anywhere advanced power conditioning is needed for equipment away from the main equipment, with 2 outlets, SMP surge protection, EVS voltage protection, linear filtering technology, diagnosis lights, and a robust steel chassis.

PDF info sheet - click here

Available at R4 980 from a S&I near YOU!

Yamaha CD-C600 5-disc CD changer

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Yamaha CD-C600 CD player achieves superior sound quality that will satisfy all music lovers. Enjoy hours of high fidelity audio with the Yamaha CD-C600 Five-Disc CD Changer. This 5-disc CD changer can play your collection of CD and CD-R/RW discs as well as MP3 and WMA files from a disc or USB memory. Meanwhile, CD text display allows you to see the CD title, artists name and track title so you can follow along with your music. With PlayXchange, you can open the disc tray while playing to load additional discs without interrupting your music. A high performance DAC allows for high conversion precision with low noise to ensure high quality reproduction for even the most discerning audiophiles. This easy to operate CD player is feature packed!!!!

Highlights –
  • Yamaha patented PlayXchange
  • Full opening disc tray for changing 5 discs at a time
  • Pure Direct
  • Extremely sophisticated circuitry and layout for short signal paths
  • High performance DAC
  • MP3 and WMA compatibility
  • USB port on front panel
  • iPod compatibility
  • RS-232C interface and IR in/out 
Product Details
Yamaha CD-C600 5-Disc CD Changer with Pure Direct and Intelligent Digital Servo
The CD-S600 is packed with special features like Yamaha's Pure Direct and intelligent sound digital servo technologies, ensuring you get the highest quality sound.

Designed to Deliver Enjoyable Sound Quality
Including many of the sound quality features of the highly-rated S2000/S1000 Series components, the CD-S600 CD player delivers sound that will impress all music fans. In addition to CDs, the CD-S600 provides you with high quality playback of music files stored on your Apple and Android devices or USB memory devices via the convenient USB port on the front panel.

Pure Direct
Yamaha's Pure Direct technology enables music signals to achieve the lowest possible noise interference, and highest quality sound of analog output. By pressing the button on the front panel of the CD-S600 or the included remote control, the digital audio inputs and display will turn off, ensuring the least amount of noise interference.

Short Signal Paths
The highly efficient and symmetrical internal layout of components and circuit boards are designed to keep the signal paths on each board as short as possible. This innovative design also keeps the paths between sections straight and short, minimizing the chance of signal loss or interference.

Sophisticated Circuitry and Layout
The power supplies for the motor drive, display and USB sections, as well as the digital and analog sections are individually isolated on the CD-S600, eliminating electromagnetic interference between them. For stable performance and ideal weight balance, the drive mechanism is located in the center of the unit.

High Performance DAC
By using a Burr Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DAC, the high performance D/A conversion system takes full advantage of the digital technology on the CD-S600, ensuring excellent conversion precision, S/N ratio and dynamic range.

PlayXchange Technology
The Yamaha CDS600 changer give you the benefit of extended playing time and direct selection from all discs. With PlayXchange, you can change discs while the current one continues to play. You don't have to interrupt the music to change a disc and you're not limited to changing only one disc at a time.

Laser Pickup Floating Mechanism
The laser pickup is isolated on a floating mechanism so its delicate operation will not be affected by vibration.

Intelligent Digital Servo
The intelligent digital servo system uses a dependable DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that is exclusive for CDs. This monitors the signal, adjusts pickup tracking and focus, as well as spindle motor speed, to compensate problems or defects you might have on your favourite CDs.

Enjoy Your MP3 and WMA Music
A USB port on the front panel gives you easy access to enjoy high quality sound from MP3 or WMA digital music files stored on USB players and memory devices, as well as on memory cards mounted on USB card readers. You can also play files recorded on CD-R/RW discs. Using a USB cable, you can plug your iPod into the USB port to enjoy your music library via your iPod, iPad, or smartphone. You can use the remote control to command the play, pause, skip and forward/ backward functions and the song, artist and album names will displayed.

We are a big fan of the Yamaha CD-C600. The CD-C600 seamlessly incorporates high quality audio reproduction, advanced features and several additional conveniences into one sleek package. And we just love the 'carousel-style' - you can load up your favourite CD's for hours of music.

Available from a S&I near YOU!