Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-channel AV Receiver

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Denon AVR-X8500H - 13.2-channel home theatre receiver with Wi-Fi®, Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™, and HEOS

The Denon Flagship AVR-X8500H powers the next generation of home theatre with the world's first 13.2 channel receiver that supports the latest immersive audio formats. The AVR-X8500H supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, with up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 speaker configurations, and 13.1 channel Auro-3D configuration. Plus, with eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, you have the flexibility to customize your home theatre as you see fit.

The most immersive audio experience yet
The Denon AVR-X8500H takes home theatre to unprecedented levels of performance with support for the latest object-based audio formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

Dolby Atmos powers an immersive, multi-dimensional listening experience. Accomplish Dolby Atmos sound with a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 surround sound speaker system with six additional overhead speakers, or Dolby Atmos height module elevation speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience.

DTS:X coding places sound where it naturally occurs in space, creating a lifelike, three-dimensional audio experience. It comes with DTS Neural:X, a format that provides improved height realism and gives your favourite movies, games and music a lifelike authenticity unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.

Thanks to dedicated height and overhead channels, Auro-3D provides an immersive surround sound experience in addition to traditional channels supporting up to a 13.1 or 13.2 configuration. Auro-3D will be enabled via a future firmware update at no additional charge.

Picture quality that matches exceptional sound
The Denon AVR-X8500H supports the latest in picture quality to provide a truly remarkable auditory and visual experience. The AVR-X8500H is Dolby Vision compatible and supports 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020.

Stream your music with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay
Stream via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless listening with the Denon AVR-X8500H. An advanced dual antenna transceiver system allows for robust streaming even in congested environments, so you can listen to your favourite tracks without a hitch. Plus, the AVR-X8500H features Apple AirPlay compatibility for wireless streaming from your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad.

Multi-room streaming and voice control
The Denon AVR-X8500H comes equipped with built-in HEOS technology, letting you enjoy your favourite tracks in any room of your home wirelessly. You can play the same song in every room, or select a different tune for each HEOS-connected room — the choice is yours. And with new Amazon Alexa compatibility, you get cutting-edge voice control. Play a song, switch inputs between your Blu-ray, DVD or other media player, pause or stop a movie and more — just ask.

With 13.2 channels and support of the greatest audio and visual formats, the possibilities for your home theatre are limitless. What will you use all those channels for? The choice is yours. Learn more about the Denon AVR-X8500H.

S&I Verdict - This flagship is brimful with everything that is currently possible in the home cinema segment. The home cinema flagship receiver meets or even exceeds all of our high expectations. Feature packed. Delivers rock-solid a performance.

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Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphone - the Denon AH-GC20

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The AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser headphones has been described as "the perfect travel companion, letting you enjoy your favourite music free from the distraction of unwanted ambient noise and all without the hassle of tangled wires"

Enjoy beautiful music in blissful silence without the hassle of tangled cords with Denon's Globe Cruiser™ AH-GC20 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. Featuring the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode wireless technologies including Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), the AH-GC20 over-ear headphones eliminate the need for a cable, communicating wirelessly with your smartphone, tablet and portable music player.

The active noise-canceling system can reduce or eliminate ambient noise, and can be used when playing music, making phone calls, or by itself, to give you peace and quiet in a noisy environment. Dual microphones on each earcup (one inside and one outside) help deliver voice clarity when making and receiving phone calls, and contribute to the noise-canceling performance of the headphones. 

Along with soft memory foam earpads that provide a comfortable over-ear fit for fatigue-free listening, the headphones include a cable for when wireless usage is not permitted, a 1/4" headphone plug adapter, an airplane adapter plug, a micro-USB charging cable, and a carry case.

Features -
  • Wireless, Noise Cancelling, Over-Ear Headphone that offer the latest Bluetooth, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
  • Features Denon's proprietary active noise cancelling system that can reduce or eliminate ambient noise
  • Dual microphones on each ear cup help deliver remarkable voice clarity when making and receiving phone calls
  • Includes a 3.5mm-¼" standard headphone plug adaptor for connection to home and studio audio gear, as well as an airplane adapter plug
  • Enjoy up to a full 20 hours of wireless listening and recharges in only 3 hours
  • Lightweight for fatigue-free listening
  • Clear Voice Capture noise-reduction system and aptX Low-Latency wireless audio codec
  • Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode connectivity
  • Apple's Siri voice command system compatibility, including voice prompts to advise operating status and battery life, with your choice of 7 different languages
  • Denon Travel smartphone app complements the AH-GC20, giving you fingertip control with a range of functions, available in iOS and Android versions

 



The Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser headphones will cost R4950 and they come with a protective carry case that stores them along with all their accessories. 

Denon AVR-X3400H receives a 5 STAR review

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SOUND IN THE RIGHT PLACE. SET-UP AND CONNECT WITH EASE. FUTUREPROOF.

The AVR-X3400H is a 7.2-channel design, with fully discrete amplifier technology allowing it to deliver 105W from each of its seven channels for powerful, precise and detailed sound from music and movies alike.

The AVR-X3400H receiver supports the latest audio and video formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, 4K Ultra HD with HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision for futuristic viewing and listening. In addition, the AVR-X3400H features HEOS multi-room wireless music streaming, allowing it to combine with other HEOS products to create a comprehensive home entertainment system, all under app control.

Easy Setup and Use with Installer-Friendly Features
Despite the AVR-X3400H’s vast array of functionalities, it is simple to set up and use thanks to Denon’s exclusive Setup Assistant, featuring clear on-screen graphics and text that quickly and easily guides users through the setup process. Four ‘Quick Select’ function buttons let the user choose their favourite input sources, remembering preferred audio settings for each source to deliver precisely tailored sound, ultimately optimizing critical system settings for the best possible sound quality.

Top-of-the-Line Audio and Visual Reproduction
With eight HDMI inputs, including one conveniently positioned on the front panel, feed a video section supporting Full 4K Ultra HD, HDCP 2.2, HDR, BT.2020, Wide Color Gamut and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, allowing the connection of all the latest devices such as game consoles, Blu-ray players or streaming set-top-boxes. It is even ready for Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) passthrough, and has an advanced video processor to upscale existing lower resolution video to true 4K, complete with analogue to HDMI conversion and Full Rate 4K Scaling.

Advanced Networking Capabilities
As with all Denon network receivers, the AVR-X3400H can play music from both network and Internet sources. With the HEOS integration, it can share content across multiple zones to a wide range of other HEOS speakers and HEOS-equipped components.
As well as wireless Bluetooth®, the AVR-X3400H has full network connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Advanced wireless networking also pairs with the AVR-X3400H’s HEOS integration, enabling both networked stored music and online services to be instantly shared with HEOS speakers and other HEOS-enabled devices around the house, creating a complete, expandable multi-room music system. Using the free HEOS app, users can easily control their entire whole-home audio system from any room in the house.

The Denon AVR-X3400H receives a 5 STAR review from WHAT HI-FI.

What HI-FI said: "Denon keeps it in the family with another excellent AV amplifier."

"But the point isn't that one of them is better than the other, rather that here are two truly exceptional amps in the roughly same price bracket - yet they have immediately recognisable differences in character."

"So that's now three of Denon's AVR-X amps we've seen and, given the results so far, we're sure we'd only delight in hearing the others. Why can't all of our students be like this?"

S&I Verdict - The X3400H does everything you'd expect from a modern A/V receiver at this price. It has an impressive feature list and ticks all the right boxes for its price range. If you are looking for high-quality sound with abundant wireless streaming features then this is the receiver for YOU!

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Denon HEOS Subwoofer

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Ready to take your Denon HEOS multi-room audio system to the next (lower) level? Wirelessly pair a HEOS Sub and add clean, powerful bass to the sound. You can use the Sub with a HEOS BarHEOS AmpHEOS Link, or any HEOS speaker for the best class sound quality. It suits any room and any setup.

Boost the bass:
Shake your world with movies and music – wirelessly. The HEOS Subwoofer adds seismic bass to all your sound. With its powerful amplification and optimised drivers, it works with the entire HEOS range, from any HEOS speaker to HEOS Bar, HEOS AVR, HEOS Amp and HEOS Link.

Choose your favourite setup:

1.1 Setup - Wireless HEOS Subwoofer + 1x optional wireless HEOS speaker.
2.1 Setup - Wireless HEOS Subwoofer + 2x optional wireless HEOS speakers.
3.1 Home cinema setup - Wireless HEOS Subwoofer + 2x optional wireless HEOS speakers.
5.1 Home cinema setup - Wireless HEOS Subwoofer + optional HEOS Bar + 2x optional wireless rear HEOS speakers.

Perfect sound made simple:

Setup and operation of the HEOS Subwoofer are a matter of minutes. Just connect it to your home network and any other HEOS device. In the next moment you shake your world with dramatic bass. Control all your sound via the app. It's really as simple as that.

Beauty runs in the family:

Being a HEOS, the HEOS Subwoofer definitely puts in an appearance with its unique design and stylish matt black finish. You can place it anywhere in your room, thanks to its wireless connectivity – vertically or horizontally. However, if you don't want to show its good looks, just slip it under the sofa and enjoy its bounce.

Clear and distinct bass:

Two custom-made 5-1/4inch drive units in combination with sophisticated class D amplification deliver clean and clear, yet punchy bass. The proprietary DSP algorithms provide optimised low frequency response across the entire dynamic range. Within the HEOS App, you find advanced settings for different configurations, like the dialog enhancer and the night mode, which are integrated in the HEOS Bar. If used together, HEOS Subwoofer adapts the settings.

Product Highlights:
  • for use with HEOS Bar, HEOS AVR, HEOS Amp, HEOS Link, or HEOS speakers
  • dual custom 5-1/4" woofers
  • Class-D digital amplifier for accurate sound
  • communicates with other HEOS speakers via wireless network or wired Ethernet connection
  • control your HEOS system with the HEOS app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer
  • free download from Apple® App Store and Google Play
  • can sit upright or lay flat
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to your home network (Ethernet cable included)
  • requires AC power, power cable included
Denon's HEOS Subwoofer stays true to the HEOS ethos both cosmetically and functionally. You can experience dramatic bass instantly. Available from a S&I near YOU!

Our April SUPER START Package is on sale NOW!

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Loose yourself in movies and music. Looking to take your home theatre to the next level? Match Yamaha's AVENTAGE RX-A870 with a pair of Klipsch RP-150M bookshelf speakers and VOILA, you can enjoy some of the highest levels of audio performance in the comfort of your own home.

Our April SUPER START Package includes – the Yamaha RX A870, Klipsch RP150M bookshelf pair and 16m of cable for the unbelievable price of R29 000.

Lets explore these awesome components -

Yamaha RXA870
The Yamaha RXA870 7.2-channel AVENTAGE network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ for surround sound realism. With the latest in HDMI® technologies, experience movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR). In addition, Dolby Vision™ and Hybrid Log-Gamma compatibility provide incredible contrast, smooth tone and rich, bright colors. The free MusicCast app makes it easy to access your music library and streaming music services. Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast wireless speakers or other MusicCast devices. Connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and AirPlay®. Additionally, a phono input for vinyl playback, Zone B HDMI out and added Zone 2 control options provide added system versatility.

Features -        
  • Up to 100W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • YPAO Multipoint Sound Optimization
  • Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-Through
  • HDMI with Audio Return Channel
  • 8 x HDMI-In / 2 x HDMI-Out
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Apple AirPlay Connectivity
  • Front-Panel USB Connectivity
  • Intelligent Amp Assign
  • Advanced GUI On-Screen Display
AVForums says -  The Yamaha RX-A870 is certainly a decent AV receiver, it's attractively designed and well made, with plenty of power in its seven channels of amplification. The A870 delivered the kind of muscular and immersive audio that we expect from Yamaha


Klipsch RP-150M Bookshelf Speaker
The Reference Premiere RP-150M monitors are equipped with copper Cerametallic™ woofers and a Hybrid Tractrix® Horn to deliver an unsurpassed listening experience.

Features -

  • 1" Linear Travel Suspension Titanium Tweeter
  • 5.25" Spun Copper Cerametallic Cone Woofer
  • 90x90 Hybrid Tractrix Horn
  • All New Tractrix Port
  • MDF Cabinet with Brushed Polymer Veneer Baffle Finish
  • Strong, Flexible Removable Grille

Mad Audiophile says - The speakers are highly efficient, and have a wide, hair trigger dynamic range exceeding the performance of many smaller tower speakers. The timbre of the speakers is extremely neutral, with an accuracy that is often found in some of the best studio monitors. These bookshelf speakers are a winner in my book.

Our April SUPER START Package will have allow you to listen to your favourite music, watch series, watch movies, and play games. With the Yamaha amp it is a pleasure to switch and enjoy the right sound mode for your activity. Do you want decent quality music that you can also enjoy when there is a bit of a party? Start with a pair of Klipsch booskshelves, and add the floorstanding, centre and sub at your leisure. This package will get you started and allow you to enjoy stereo sound, and increase your enjoyment of the added effects as you go along.

Order your EASTER package now from your favourite Sound and Image store
Menlyn 0123681440 -  menlyn@soundandimage.co.za
Sandton 011 884 5165 -  sandton@soundandimage.co.za




Boston ASW250 Subwoofer

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Setting a new standard for performance and value. Down-Firing 10″ 650-Watt Peak Powered Subwoofer that features:. High-contrast finish with scratch resistant high gloss panels for stunning good looks. Boston’s BassTrac® circuitry for more bass without distortion. Acoustically tuned ports for improved low frequency response. LFE and Line Level Inputs for connection flexibility.

Boston Acoustics ASW 250 - 250-Watt Peak 10-Inch subwoofer, you can effortlessly reproduce the lowest of low frequencies on your favourite Blu-ray movies, video games, and music whether they are explosions, bass guitars, or drums. It's specially designed 10" ceramic/glass fibre polymer woofer teams up with a built-in 100-watt amplifier for powerful, dynamic bass. And Boston's exclusive signal-monitoring circuitry keeps audible distortion at bay, so frequencies stay clear and accurate.

Product Highlights:
  • frequency response 35-150 Hz (±3dB)
  • 100 watts RMS amplifier (250 watts peak)
  • BassTrac® circuitry eliminates distortion
  • 10" ceramic/glass fiber polymer woofer
  • Deep Channel® Design for more bass from less amplifier power
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • continuously variable 40-180 Hz crossover
  • phase switch
  • auto on/off
  • LFE and line-level inputs
  • scratch-resistant high-gloss side panels with contrasting textured top panel
  • 14.5kgs

This 250-Watt Peak 10-Inch Down-Firing Powered Subwoofer will make an ideal addition to your home theatre or music systems.

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C165 | In-Ceiling Speakers | Monitor Audio

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The C165 incorporates a 6 1/2 inch MMP II bass driver with Monitor Audio’s signature C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter to provide high performance sound, ease-of-drive, and wide frequency response and dispersion. Optimum imaging and set-up are established via a pivoting tweeter and high-frequency (+3 dB / 0 dB /-3 dB) level adjustment.

The acoustic systems of Monitor Audio's trademark bass drivers and pivoting C-CAM gold dome tweeters have been optimised by FEA analysis to deliver high efficiency combined with a broad frequency range of demanding residential and commercial installations.

Wherever Monitor Audio's speakers are installed, their innate versatility, 'stealthy' appearance and high performance will deliver great sound and easy, discreet, décor-friendly installation.

Product Highlights:
  • ideal for an in-ceiling music system or overhead effects channel in a home theater system
  • pivoting 1" gold dome C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) tweeter for detailed sound
  • three-position tweeter level control cuts or boosts high-frequency output to ideally suit your room's acoustics
  • 6-1/2" MMP® II (Metal Matrix Polymer) woofer
  • unobtrusive frame and low-profile grille for discreet installation
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-65 watts
  • frequency response: 60-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88.5 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • patented Tri-Grip® mounting system ensures maximum surface seal for better bass and midrange clarity
  • paintable removable magnetic steel grille
  • Overall Diameter: (inc grille): 250 mm
  • Cut Out Diameter: 211 mm
  • Mounting Depth: 114 mm
  • Weight : 1.92kg

If you’re looking for a ceiling speaker that is not only powerful in performance but simple in design and as easy as possible to install, then give the Monitor Audio C165 a go. Available from S&I.