Monitor Audio Silver 200 Speakers

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The award winning Silver 200 elevates performance to a new level delivering the best possible sound. The Silver 200’s sleek appearance makes it a truly compact and attractive floorstander, blending audiophile performance with lifestyle proportions. A pair of Monitor Audio’s unique 5¼-inch C-CAM bass drivers share the duties of delivering bass and mid/bass. Configured as a two-and-a-half way system both electrically and acoustically, you will be amazed at the magical sound quality that this slimline can produce in your home.

The two bass drivers operate in separate acoustic chambers within the enclosure to provide differential tuning and are divided optimally with crossovers to ensure both bass drivers contribute to the lower frequencies. This ensures only the mid-range crosses over with the tweeter and results in a consistent and precise image, on and off axis. This configuration delivers performance approaching a three-way design whilst ensuring higher efficiency and extended low frequency, yet in a smaller cabinet.

The drive units are constructed with massive magnetic systems capable of deep bass extension. The low-frequency response has been engineered to provide smooth roll-off without exhibiting any of the usual ‘overhang’, meaning that the Silver 200 can be sited close to a wall and provide the ideal blend of domesticity and blazing performance. Diminutive for a floorstander, this model is no slouch. The Silver 200 is a serious audiophile speaker with amazing drive and incredible musicality. The engineering challenge was to create a smaller box with bigger sound; with the Silver 200, Monitor Audio achieves that goal so that you can enjoy your music and films with convincing realism.

Highlights

  • Two-and-a-half-way, three-driver configuration
  • Differentially-tuned acoustic system means high efficiency with powerful low-frequency extension
  • New 25mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) tweeter featuring vented Neo magnet system optimised for lower distortion and cleaner sounding highs
  • New 5¼-inch bass and 5¼-inch bass/mid drivers with ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity
  • RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
  • Unique-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increasing the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
  • Cast polymer driver chassis design for improved rigidity and damping characteristics
  • HiVe II port technology means better transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
  • Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling for the highest quality transfer through the signal chain
  • High-quality crossovers utilising premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors results in maximum signal transfer
  • Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically optimised cabinet bracing
  • Single bolt-through driver technology providing increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
  • Ultra low-profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings for clean visual styling when fitted
  • High-quality crossovers with premium-grade polypropylene film capacitors throughout
  • Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
  • Terminal panel located at floor level for easy termination and neat cable access
  • Out-rigger feet (spiked, or rubber for hard flooring) provide attractive appearance while taking up less floor space

S&I Verdict - The Monitor Audio Silver 200 is a serious audiophile speaker with amazing drive and incredible musicality. It is an elegant floorstanding loudspeaker that sounds as good as it looks. You will begin to rediscover your music and film collection as you’ve never heard it before.



Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 unveiled

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Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080
7.2-channel home theatre receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and MusicCast compatibility


Are you a movie and music lover who wants to get the most out of your home entertainment? The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 will bring you all of the excitement you have been missing. The 7.2-channel AV Receiver has all of the features you want in a home theatre receiver. Yamaha RX-A1080 Aventage is a 7.2-channel AV receiver with enhanced sound quality, high power and exceptional functionality. It offers the ability to add wireless surround speaker/s via MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 alongside Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support.

High-Res Audio
WIth the Yamaha RX-A1080 you will hear music exactly as the artist intended -- clear and powerful. This receiver can play a variety of high-resolution audio formats from a USB storage device or your computer over WiFi. From the sound of a singer’s breaths between verses to the tap of a drum stick on a hi-hat, hi-res audio lets you hear every detail.

DAB/DAB+ Tuner
Digital Audio Broadcasting capability, with DAB and the enhanced DAB+, offers a large selection of radio stations with high sound quality. Other benefits include automatic selection of available stations from a convenient list, and helpful information display, including station name and music genre.

Plenty of Inputs and Outputs
The Yamaha RX-A1080 is designed to help you get more from all of your home audio. This AV receiver features component video inputs, composite video inputs, digital audio inputs, optical and coaxial, analog stereo inputs and a phono input for connecting a turntable. It also features enough. It even has enough HDMI output for you to watch two separate video sources at the same time.

Eco Mode
This special 'AV Setup Guide' app assists you with cable connections between the AV receiver and source devices. Additionally, it guides you through various settings such as speaker connections, TV and source device connections and power amplifier assignments. When ECO Mode is turned on it can reduce power consumption by about 20 percent, thanks to an advanced energy saving design.

MusicCast Multi-Room Audio
MusicCast Wireless Speakers allow you to enjoy the sounds of your RX-A1080 throughout your entire home. This AV receiver wirelessly connects to MusicCast speakers so you can stream music from your mobile devices, internet radio, and streaming services and TV. The free MusicCast Controller app lets you control the audio right from your smartphone or tablet.

Easy Setup
Whether you live in a cavernous mansion or cozy apartment you can rest easy knowing you won’t need a degree in acoustic engineering to get started with your RX-A1080. This Yamaha receiver features YPAO Sound Optimization. This technology analyzes your room and automatically makes acoustic adjustments to compensate for factors that impact your sound. The result is crystal clear audio performance no matter where you use your Yamaha receiver.

Quality Components
The AVENTAGE RX-A1080’s beauty isn’t skin deep. Sure it is stylish, but it's designed to enhance your listening experience. A SABRE ES9007S Premier Audio DAC receiver produces professional quality digital audio. Anti-Resonance Technology reduce vibrations so you won’t hear any distracting noise when you crank the volume. The aluminum front panel shields the internal circuitry from external noise and electronic radiation.

Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
Stream Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music or just about any other app with audio using the RX-A1080's built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Sit back and listen as Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer ensures all of your streaming files are clear and powerful. You have never heard music sound like this.

Product highlights
  • 7.2-channel Audio/Video Receiver 
  • 110-watts at 8 ohms
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X deliver 3D Sound
  • YPAO speaker calibration makes setup a breeze
  • Built-in phono input
  • Amazon Alexa voice control compatible
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through and upscaling
  • MusicCast multi room streaming
  • Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi

S&I Verdict - The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 brings out the best in your movies and music, delivering crystal clear sound with rich detail.  The RX-A1080 is a true home audio powerhouse.

Klipsch All Weather Outdoor Speakers

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Spring is around the corner and it’s a great time to get you outdoor sound sorted out before your first spring braai. Klipsch has fantastic outdoor speakers that can make your patio/balcony and garden the envy of all your friends.

The Klipsch AW-525 and AW-650 all-weather loudspeakers were designed for customers who expect great sound in the great outdoors. Upholding the same high-quality standards as their indoor products these full-range model deliver a level of performance that's like nothing you've heard in an outdoor speaker before. These all-weather loudspeakers bring clean clear dynamic Klipsch quality performances to patios, terraces, balconies, gardens, or poolsides. And because it's so efficient you get much more sound per watt enabling this full-range model to work well in wide-open spaces.

AW-650 OUTDOOR SPEAKER – R9490-00


The AW-650 is Klipschs’ top of the line non-commercial grade outdoor speaker, and it is indeed one of our favourite outdoor speakers currently on the market.

·      Paintable UV-resistant ABS enclosure with rustproof aluminum grille
·      High sensitivity and power handling
·      90º x 90º Tractrix® Horn tweeter for clean clear highs
·      Supplied with C-style mounting bracket and stainless steel hardware
·      3/8"-16 threaded insert for optional mounts
·      frequency response 70-20,000 Hz (±3dB)

Make it sound great says - If you’re looking for HiFi quality speakers that are intended to last for several years or more, these speakers may very well be the best choice.

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AW-525 OUTDOOR SPEAKER – R7350-00


The AW-525 all-weather loudspeaker brings clean clear dynamic Klipsch quality performances to patios, terraces, balconies, gardens, or poolsides. 

·      Paintable UV-resistant ABS enclosure with rustproof aluminum grille
·      High sensitivity and power handling
·      90º x 90º Tractrix® Horn tweeter for clean clear highs
·      Supplied with C-style mounting bracket and stainless steel hardware
·      3/8"-16 threaded insert for optional mounts
·      frequency response 80-20,000 Hz (±3dB)

Cruchfield says - Do you want clear sound in your garden, on your patio, or by your pool? Check out the Klipsch® AW-525. These speakers don't need a huge amplifier to give you great coverage in open outdoor areas. That's because they feature a high sensitivity rating, which measures how loud a speaker plays with a given amount of power.

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The Klipsch AW-525 and AW650 are outdoor speaker that promise to be true to the Klipsch name in quality. We highly recommend these outdoor speakers. Pop in to an S&I near you to check them out, you Summer will never be the same with these on your patio.

Available in white or black finish.

Ortofon Celebrates 100 Years with MC Century Anniversary Edition

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Industry news!!!! A CENTURY OF ACCURACY IN SOUND- A newly developed Anniversary moving coil cartridge, the Ortofon MC Century coming soon.

In October 2018 Ortofon will celebrate 100 years of business in audio industry. Reaching 100 years is an accomplishment that Ortofon wants to celebrate. Ortofon is set to release a new flagship moving coil cartridge to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.

The new MC Century exemplifies the current state of the cartridge art, Ortofon claims.
The MC Century represents the absolute top of Moving Coil cartridges. This state of the art product is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology.

The MC Century represents numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals:

  • The housing and the body of the cartridge are made in Titanium with SLM technique
  • High performance iron-cobalt alloy is applied for some parts of the magnet system.
  • The armature damping system provides complete elimination of unwanted resonance.
  • Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, thin and light, with an extraordinarily large contact surface, tracing accuracy unparalleled by any other needle in existence.
  • The crystal structure and exceptional hardness of the new Diamond cantilever ensures the best possible interface between the stylus and the armature.
  • The combination of Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond on Diamond cantilever provides extremely responsive and transparent sound reproduction.
  • Key stats include an output voltage of 0,2 mV, an internal impedance of 6 ohms, and a recommended load impedance of >10 ohms. The Century MC weighs in at 15 grams 

At S&I we like to keep abreast with industry news. When combined with Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, the new MC Century will undoubtedly provide sound which is literally unsurpassed and simply has to be experienced. 


The perfect Home Cinema

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

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

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

Our Home Cinema suggestions -

Receiver –

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070

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

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

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Floorstanding Loudspeaker –
 
Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2

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

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Subwoofer -

Bowers & Wilkins ASW610xp

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

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Centre Channel –

Bowers & Wilkins HTM61 S2

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

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

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In-ceiling speakers –


Bowers and Wilkins CCM663 6inch In Ceiling Speaker

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

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











Marantz TT5005 Turntable

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

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

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

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

Features -

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

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

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

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Denon Heos HomeCinema

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Unleash dramatic sound from your favourite TV shows and movies.

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

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

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

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

Ubuy South Africa user reviews -

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

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

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