Monitor Audio Bronze 2 - Best standmount speaker - 2016 What Hi-Fi? awards


The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 has won 'Best standmount speaker £200-£400' in the Stereo Speakers category at the 2016 What Hi-Fi? awards.

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

“This latest generation of Bronze 2 is arguably the best yet. This is a truly complete speaker for the money”. 

The Bronze 2 also won 'Best stereo speaker £200 - £400' in 2015.

The Bronze two builds on the strength of its predecessor’s audiophile cred with a neutral tonal balance and high detail resolution combined with high overall efficiency and power handling. These are the perfect ingredients for compelling listening. Armed with a larger 6.5” C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe® port, the turbo-charged Two is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence, revealing all the dramatic contrast in music and cinema sound. For a speaker of its size, the Two will deliver breath-taking results mounted on a stand and placed up to 8” (20cm) from a wall.

  • New C-CAM® gold dome tweeter
  • New 6 1/2” bass driver with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM® cone profile
  • HiVe® port technology
  • Single bolt-through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
  • High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout
  • Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration
  • Invisible magnetic grille fixing
  • Bi-wire/Bi-amp terminal configuration
  • Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes 

S&I Verdict –

The Bronze 2 are honest, attractive and classy little speakers, and they're a great buy. This is a truly complete speaker for the money.

The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers are available from a Sound and Image near you!

Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 

Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165

Denon D-M40DAB - Product of the Year, Awards 2016


This year's best all-in-one music systems – 


Product of the Year, What Hi-Fi Awards 2016. Denon has done it again - the D-M40DAB is a seriously impressive micro system for the money... 

Following in the footsteps of the multi-award winning D-M39S, the D-M40 features serious Hi-Fi quality CD Receiver RCD-M40 along with optimized two-way speaker system SC-M40. For almost 20 years now, Denon’s M Series has been developed to meet the needs of modern day audio enthusiast that want a micro size stereo system but with the least compromises on sound and build quality. The D-M40 comes with improved connectivity options such as two digital optical inputs to hook up a TV, set-top box or other digital gear that deserves improved audio quality. Of course it plays all sources like CD, FM radio or USB media including iDevices in impeccable quality too.

Features –

“Simple & Straight” circuit design for sound purity and free of colouration
Denon’s popular M series gives you high sound quality based on the “simple & straight” concept. Circuitry is uncomplicated, signal paths are short, and all adverse influences on sound quality have been minimised. The circuit design and the way the chassis is built ensure that the sound you hear is utterly faithful to the original performance.

Triple noise reduction design to preserve signal purity
In an audio component where various circuits, boards, and wire layouts can influence each other, it is not possible to obtain satisfying specifications or sound simply by strengthening the power amp circuit. Denon has therefore eliminated three sources of noise to ensure that the sound is as clean as possible. Distortion from the input selector, electronic volume and power amp has been suppressed to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and produce an even smoother, dramatic sound.

Direct play for iPod and iPhone via USB
You can also listen to music files from your iPod by simply connecting it to the USB port with the USB cable that came with the iPod. Digital signals from the iPod are transmitted as is to the D-M40 and are processed by advanced audio circuitry to produce a clean, high-quality sound. Moreover, the D-M40’s USB port is not only capable of playing MP3 and WMA files, but also lossless FLAC, WAV and AAC.

Enjoy premium sound in your home office, bedroom, or any other room
The compact size of 210mm width and just 310mm depth (plus speakers) allows for an easy setup of the D-M40 on a bookshelf, in a bedroom or in the home office. With several colour combinations, it easily blends into people’s daily life, delivering impeccable performance at the same time.

Denon SC-M40 speakers (Optional Extra)
These speakers have been designed with Denon Hi-Fi craftsmanship and European Sound engineering. For best performance a high quality 12 cm woofer / midrange chassis has been combined with a high definition tweeter and a crossover network with selected components to reproduces the smoothness of natural sound.

What Hi-Fi Verdict 
It is difficult to be over complimentary about the D-M40 as a micro hi-fi system at this price; Denon has produced something even better than last year’s Award winner.

S&I Verdict
This is one serious beast of a micro hi-fi system. The overall build quality and sound are great. A well deserved winner.

 The Denon D-M40DAB  is available from a Sound and Image near you!

Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 

Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165

The advanced home cinema centre is here! The AVR-X3300W


Surround yourself with immersive 3D sound: the Denon AVR-X3300W A/V receiver features Dolby Atmos decoding for the ultimate home theatre experience with the latest blockbuster movie soundtracks. With the available firmware update, the AVR-X3300W will also decode DTS:X surround soundtracks, both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X featuring object-based surround sound with the ability to drive overhead or upward-firing speakers to deliver the ultimate immersive 3D audio experience. 

“The AVR-X3300W embodies the typical Denon feeling: acoustical high-performance, very good video unit, excellent feature set.” - Area DVD

"The way it manages to mould all its various strengths together but also maintain such expert balance and finesse should be applauded. If you want to take your budget home cinema set-up to the next level, then be in no doubt that Denon AVR-X3300W will do just that.” - What HiFi

 The Denon AVR-X3300W is available from a Sound and Image near you!

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

Bowers & Wilkins celebrates 50 years with P9 Signature headphones.


Anniversaries are sort of a big deal for Bowers & Wilkins, and it has historically celebrated new milestones with an outlandish, limited edition product normally in the form of a loudspeaker with a price to make your eyes water.
The long-standing high-end British audio company now celebrates its 50th year in existence, but instead of using loudspeakers in place of candles, this time it’s launching a brand new set of headphones in the form of the P9 Signature.

Press release from Bower & Wilkins - 

Bowers & Wilkins today announces P9 Signature. Its best sounding and most luxurious headphone to date, P9 Signature was conceived to celebrate Bowers & Wilkins 50th anniversary.

Designed with music lovers in mind, P9 Signature delivers a unique and superior audio experience; bespoke technologies provide precision at high frequencies and astonishing bass for the ultimate audio experience. Engineered by the same team responsible for the class-leading 800 D3 loudspeaker, P9 Signature is Bowers & Wilkins’ largest over-ear headphone and exemplifies all of the acoustic and design innovation amassed during its 50-year journey.

Part of this crystal-clear listening experience is created through the innovative placement of the transducer, which is positioned to provide a more natural listening experience. The wearer hears sound as if they are listening to a pair of stereo speakers rather than headphones, with a sense of imaging, depth and clarity that is truly breathtaking.

The headband adds strength, but is cleverly decoupled from each earcup, stopping unwanted vibration from distorting the sound while also offering the very best in comfort. This is similar in both thinking and in material choice to the approach used in the latest generation of 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers.

The finest materials have been used for each component of P9 Signature – nothing is off the shelf, everything is custom. Every element has been designed by Bowers & Wilkins engineers to work seamlessly together to create the highest-quality listening experience.

The headphones are crafted from Italian Saffiano leather, using a ‘stamping’ technique that gives the material a distinctive cross-hatch finish. Memory foam cushions in the ear pads help isolate noise from the outside world and mould to the shape of the user’s head over time, providing both an acoustic seal and an incredibly comfortable listening experience.

P9 Signature’s aluminium arms make them ideal for music on the move thanks to their innovative foldable design and material choice which adds greater durability. The luxurious case is the perfect partner for the flagship headphone; crafted from Alcantara® with its elegant suede-like feel, and Saffiano leather detail, it will protect the headphones while also reflecting their beauty.
Alcantara® is a Registered Trademark owned by Alcantara S.p.A.
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P9 Signature will come with a variety of high performance cables suitable for use at home and on the go. An additional Lightning cable is in development and will be sent from early 2017 free of charge to those that have registered their P9 on

P9 Signature is a bold statement of a headphone. It delivers levels of depth and clarity that re-write the rules of mobile listening and is a fitting celebration of Bowers & Wilkins’ five decades of acoustic excellence.

Our thoughts - The P9 Signature was created to reflect 50 years of acoustic innovation and excellence. It has striking depth and clarity and looks gorgeous too.

Pre-order your P9 today - Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.

Yamaha Takes the 2016-17 EISA Award for best Soundbar YSP 5600


Take your TV sound to a new dimension. The Yamaha YSP-5600 employs a remarkable 46 speaker drivers and Yamaha exclusive Digital Sound Projector technology to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X multi-dimensional listening experiences. It can also provide wireless multiroom audio playback using your existing Wi-Fi network by adding other MusicCast speakers, sound bars or AV receivers in other rooms.

Overview -
  • World's-first sound bar with 7.1.2-channel multi-dimensional sound
  • HDMI® inputs with 4K Ultra HD pass-through and HDCP 2.2
  • MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system
  • Access to your music library, Pandora®, Spotify®, Rhapsody® and more
  • Versatile connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay® and Spotify Connect
  • Subwoofer and wireless transmission kit sold separately.  
We are pleased to announce that Yamaha got the Best Soundbar award in Europe from EISA for 2016-17.

From EISA –


Yamaha YSP-5600

By providing Dolby Atmos support (and DTS:X via a future firmware update), 4K-capable HDMI connectivity and automated room EQ, the gorgeously styled YSP-5600 is a fully-featured soundbar. No fewer than 46 drivers behind its robust black metal mesh are used for directing soundbeams to create full 7.1.2 audio, delivering a layered, three-dimensional soundfield that is unbelievably huge. It makes every movie an engrossing experience, and as part of Yamaha’s MusicCast multiroom system, it can be used to stream music and TV audio throughout the house. Calling this just a soundbar is perhaps unfair on the rest of the field – the YSP-5600 has a unique set of skills that make it a class apart.

What do we think - Outstanding sonic performance and an impressive list of useful features makes the Yamaha YSP-5600 one of the best overall soundbar values on the market.

Available from - Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165.

The new B&W P3 Series 2 – Perfect for delivering pristine sound on the move


Bowers and Wilkins have released the new and improved P3 Series 2 headphones. The new and improved P3 Series 2 is lightweight and foldable, providing size defying bass and musical dynamics. P3 Series 2 will fit easily into your life and coat pocket.

Press Release from Bower & Wilkins -

Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce P3 Series 2, a new and improved version of the award-winning P3 headphones. Bowers & Wilkins has five decades of acoustic and design excellence behind it, and with P3 Series 2, it has utilized that experience to produce luxurious, lightweight on-ear headphones without compromising on sound quality.

P3 Series 2 is perfect for people who demand pristine sound on the go. Its lightweight frame and innovative folding mechanism are both deceptively strong and comfortable. Plus, P3 Series 2 is easy to stash away in a coat pocket or purse and comes with its own hard shell carry case to protect it when not in use.

In order to deliver P3 Series 2’s natural-sounding acoustics and incredible clarity, Bowers & Wilkins engineers have developed a small drive unit that uses a unique damping system to control diaphragm movement. The result is incredibly precise sound, with big, extended bass that packs a remarkable punch for a headphone of its size.

P3 Series 2 keeps the light, portable and foldable elements of the P3 headphone but now benefits from a premium black leather finish. The P3 Series 3 is crafted from the finest materials, including aluminium and sheep leather, for performance, luxury and durability.

P3 Series 2 comes with a remote/microphone attachment that works seamlessly with an iPhone® and another ‘universal’ cable that ensures compatibility with all other mobile phones and MP3 players. Swapping cables is easy, and simply involves popping off the replaceable ear pads.

These improvements make us wish that B&W would come out with a wireless version of the P3. The P3 Series 2 will be coming soon to a Sound & Image near you.

Bowers & Wilkins reveal new Wireless P7 Headphones


Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce P7 Wireless, a set of professional-quality headphones that deliver pristine sound on the move with the added convenience of high-quality Bluetooth aptX wireless streaming.  The new wireless headphones is build on the success of the highly regarded P7, but with convenient, high-quality Bluetooth® aptX® streaming for an exceptional all-round mobile performance.

Bowers & Wilkins press release -

Bowers & Wilkins, a British loudspeaker company famed for creating the world’s best loudspeakers, today announces the new P7 Wireless headphones. Delivering professional quality sound on the move with the added convenience of simple wireless streaming, P7 Wireless set a new standard for on-the-go listening.

P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless. Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, sound performance is a revelation: bass is tighter, vocals are more defined, and there’s a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole frequency range.

P7 Wireless combines this with aptX™ Bluetooth® connectivity to deliver an unrivalled and seamless audio experience. Within seconds, P7 Wireless can be paired with any of the most popular Bluetooth-enabled devices such as a phone, tablet or computer. Once paired, it’s as simple as switching on and pressing play. 

P7 Wireless' beating heart is the drive unit, painstakingly developed to unearth every note in your music, allowing discerning users to stream Hi-Fi quality music on the go to a quality never experienced before. P7 Wireless delivers all the highs and lows of your favorite music, while the ultra-soft memory foam cushioning creates a comfortable and high-quality listening experience.

Playback is elegantly managed via intuitive on-board controls, and a rechargeable battery offers a healthy 17-hours of wireless playback, and can be easily charged via USB. For times when a cable is required, one comes supplied in the box.

P7 Wireless is crafted from the finest materials, including aluminium and sheep leather, for performance, luxury and durability.  The headphones are foldable, making them easy to travel with, while the luxurious design continues with a carry case that keeps your P7 Wireless safe when not in use.

P7 Wireless is a welcome addition to the growing collection of headphones from Bowers & Wilkins.  Worn over the ear, with the added comfort and noise blocking of memory foam cushions, they follow in the footsteps of the on-ear P5 Wireless, both made with the same knowledge and experience in acoustic excellence that only Bowers & Wilkins can deliver.

Bowers & Wilkins has future-proofed its coveted headphones by launching a wireless pair of its P7 over-ears. The cord-cutting new headphones have been unveiled just as the demand for Bluetooth audio is set to heat up. At Sound & Image we are excited about the new P7 Wireless. Coming soon to a Sound & Image near you!