HEOS 5 | Multi Room Medium Size Wireless Speaker


This beautifully styled middle sized speaker plays cloud music, music stored on your phone or tablet, plus USB and NAS sources, too. Now you can even listen to your favourite Bluetooth® enabled sources on your HEOS system. Be greedy, you’re covered.

HEOS 5 - features:
  • NEW High Resolution Audio Support
  • NEW Bluetooth® Integrated
  • Absolutely amazing sound from a discreet and stylish powerhouse
  • Two custom-designed tweeters, mid-woofers and a passive radiator powered by four dedicated Class-D amplifiers
  • Handle allows easy portability wherever you need great sound
  • Sleek and elegant form factor now with high resolution audio support
  • Amazing output from a discreet footprint
  • Sound is optimised via precision acoustical processing algorithms that originated in top recording studios 
  • Stream from your favourite music service such as Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Soundcloud or Tidal
  • Free HEOS App for IOS, Android and Kindle Fire Devices
  • Stream music stored locally on your smart devie or tablet
  • A USB, jack and auxiliary input jack allow playback from these sources to one or more HEOS players, perfectly synchronised
  • Built-in dual band wireless connects to standard home wireless netwroks 
  • Volume up, volume down and mute buttons, mute LED inidcator, muilticolour status and LED indicator 
  • Ethernet jack for wired network connectivity
  • Bass and treble controls

Reviews and Awards –

EISA AWARD Best Product 2015-2016
Capable of a surprisingly deep bass, a well-judged midrange and room-filling energy, this is the perfect way to spread stunning sonics throughout the house

AV Forums
"The overall combination of quality, flexibility and performance marks it out amongst all the competition."

Hifi Choice
If ease of use, speaker design and musicality distinguish multi-room systems, then HEOS by Denon has set a refreshingly high benchmark.

S&I Verdict –
Rock solid streaming and High-Res Audio support make the HEOS 5 a must have multiroom speaker.

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Premium WITH Ortofon 2M RED Turntable


The best-buy turntable classic with carbon tonearm and DC power supply!  

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is the perfect starter turntable for audiophiles. It’s easy to setup and use, and lets you upgrade parts over time. The Carbon sounds excellent with the included 2M Red cartridge and offers superior damping for the price. You can’t go wrong with Pro-Ject, especially at this price point.

The DEBUT Carbon DC was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!  

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.  

This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.  

The DEBUT CARBON DC is offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, grey or white as no-added-cost option.

Features -
• 8,6” carbon tonearm  
• Increased platter size with more weight  
• Precision belt drive with synchronous motor  
• New DC power supply with ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability.  
• New TPE motor suspension  
• Felt mat  
• magnetic cartridge options from Ortofon 2M red  
• 7 high-gloss colours  

Reviews –

SOUND & VISION: high-end features and fantastic sound quality  

United Airlines Magazine: a striking new record player churns out the hits 

TAV: gives far better performance than you'd expect  

AUDIOPHILE: „best buy“ turntable  

S&I Verdict –

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is well built, beautifully designed and just sounds awesome. Incredible value. We can’t recommend this turntable enough. 

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McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amplifier


The McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amplifier is the company's largest integrated  amplifier in both size and power. The 300 Watts per channel MA9000 Integrated Amplifier is many separate devices all in one component. It's an amplifier, preamplifier, phono preamplifier, headphone amplifier, frequency equalizer and digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

In short  -
The MA9000 has a built-in 32-bit DAC, and a DA1 Digital Audio Module with USB input that can support DSD256 and DXD 384kHz files. The module is replaceable should the need arise.

There are two digital coaxial and two digital optical inputs (capable up to 24-bit/192kHz) and an MCT input for connection to other McIntosh equipment.

The ten analogue inputs comprise two balanced and six unbalanced connections plus a moving magnet and a moving coil phono inputs. Both phono inputs have adjustable loading.

In terms of outputs, the McIntosh will drive two pairs of speakers and has a discrete headphone amplifier. 

Other features included:
  • Power Guard® that monitors and adjusts the sound wave at the speed of light to prevent harsh sounding distortion and clipping that could damage your speakers
  • Sentry Monitor™ is our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
  • Home Theatre PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theatre system
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening
  • A discrete, eight-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of your favorite recordings
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
  • Our patented Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts that easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose and possibly causing a short; the binding posts are also gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent over your speaker cables to your speakers

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What the experts had to say -

The "MA9000 is one of the most complete audio products I've reviewed." When factoring in build quality and finish, "the result is the most easily recommendable product I've reviewed in years – a Reviewers' Choice and an early leader in our 2018 race for Product of the Year." - SoundStage! Network

"The large open sound feels right every time we sink into a sofa and turn up the volume. The natural sound gives us goose bumps." The Highly Recommended "MA9000 is one of the three best amplifiers" we've tested, and it "may be the last amplifier you ever need to buy." - Lyd & Bilde

"We were wrong, McIntosh’s MA9000 is more than just 'eye candy', it’s ear candy as well... We were also wrong about having to use two words to describe the McIntosh MA9000. We can do it in one. Sweet!" - Audio Esoterica

"Few manufacturers would have managed to combine so many functions in one device, with so little compromise and with such a satisfactory result." The MA9000 reproduces "everything with a high degree of musical truth." - Son et Image

From S&I - The MA9000 Integrated Amplifier will certainly help you achieve audio perfection. Michel Bérard from Son & Image Magazine states that the great beauty of the MA9000 is that it "opens a very wide door to music" and reproduces "everything with a high degree of musical truth." We believe he hit the nail on the head with this statement.

Pro-Ject 2Xperience Acryl AND Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit featured!


If you've been interested in jumping aboard the vinyl bandwagon, but have yet to get yourself a turntable, look no further.... S&I take a look at 2 of our favourite turntables.... 

Pro-Ject 2Xperience Acryl  

2Xperience was developed from the now legendary Pro-Ject 2. This balanced and low-resonance design is a perfect combination of sandwich construction, acrylic chassis, MDF platter with vinyl mat and the Pro-Ject 9cc top class tone-arm made from carbon fibre. Decoupled motor and conical feet with Sorbothane® inlay are approved Pro-Ject features to eliminate unwanted vibrations.

Turntable  -  
• A quiet running AC motor with a two-step pulley drives the platter's outside edge via a belt. 
• The transparent acrylic plinth stands on three height-adjustable Sorbothane®-damped aluminium cones.  
• The motor is decoupled from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.  
• The resonance-optimised platter is a sandwich construction utilising the hub, a fine-balanced medium density fibre platter weighing 2Kg, a 4mm thick flat-ground layer of vinyl and a screw-down metal record clamp.  
• The platter's low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a sintered bronze bearing housing.  
• Connection to the phono input of the amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your taste through the gold plated phono sockets and earth screw. A standard cable is provided.  
• External power supply avoids potential electro-mechanical interference.  

HiFi World review says -

Frankly, I don`t know how Pro-Ject does it, but the amount of perfomance
and sheer value for money that this turnable offers is astounding.
On its own, the turnable and arm are a very fine combination but when one considers that a good quality MC cartridge is also thrown in, the deal is almost done then and there! In performance terms I find that you always know what a Pro-Ject will deliver and I mean this in the best possible way. The 2 Xperience V-Pack continues the company‘s traditions of offering a well balanced and musical performance that anyone can enjoy. Ist minor sins are far from obvious and never detract from the fine performance of a very capable.

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit  - Audiophile „best buy“ 3-speed turntable

The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.  

The new DEBUT CARBON DC ESPRIT was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables with all speeds is growing fast!  

The CARBON TUBE for the tonearm increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. This material normally is extensively used in highend tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. 

Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE), ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator for ultimate speed stability. Ultimate convenience is achieved, because of electronic speed change („Speed Box“) and the possibility of playing 78rpm.   

Turntable –
33/45 & 78rpm out of the box  
• Built-in precision Speed Box with switch on upper side  
• 8,6” carbon tonearm  
• Heavy non resonant acrylic platter  
• New DC power supply with synchronous AC motor  
• New TPE motor suspension  
• Magnetic cartridge 2M red from Ortofon  
• The Debut Carbon Esprit will be offered in high-gloss black or shiny red , green, blue, yellow, light grey or white at no added cost.

The Vinyl Factory review says –

In the system the Debut Carbon Esprit has a tremendous sense of musical flow, the music just oozes out of the speakers with an ease that makes you want to kick back and forget your woes.
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit is a turntable that many will find extremely engaging and enjoyable, add to this the fabulous finish of the plinth, good quality cartridge and electronic speed switching and you have a turntable that is tricky to beat.
If it’s musical fluency and ease of speed change you are after this Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit will have a lot of appeal, especially considering the range of finishes and ease of cable upgrade.

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S&I Verdict –

Good looks are not the only thing these 2 Pro-Ject turntables have going for themselves. The hardware also matches the elegant nature of this turntable.
Both are affordable, great-value turntables, low-noise, low-vibration motor, and sport Ortofon’s 2M Red cartridges. Available from S&I.

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-channel AV Receiver


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


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



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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