The DENON AVR X2200 has arrived!

Friday, 28 August 2015 |

Packed with the latest audio and video technologies, the AVR-X2200W delivers incredibly immersive surround sound, built on an extensive sound tuning and plenty of amp power. With Dolby Atmos, you’ll experience the same revolutionary 3D surround sound found in premium movie theaters. And, via a firmware update (available fall 2015), the AVR-X2200W will be able to decode DTS:X soundtracks, which also deliver an immersive 3-dimensional soundspace. Full wireless connectivity is provided by both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with dual antennas that help ensure robust signal transmission and reception. Stream your favourite music through AirPlay, Spotify Connect or local network storage drives, and enjoy easy control via the Denon 2015 AVR Remote iOS and Android apps. The AVR-X2200W features an advanced video processing system which provides for 4K Ultra HD full rate, and it can upscale analogue and digital SD and HD video to 4K UHD. The AVR-X2200W is also HDCP 2.2 compliant, a requirement for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content.

The new Denon AVR-X2200W AV Receiver wins a 5 Star What Hi-Fi rating!

What HiFi recently reviewed the unit and they say:

"You'll be tempted by Denon's articulate and future-proof Dolby Atmos amp"

The new Denon AVR-X2200W AV Receiver has been awarded a 5 Star What Hi-Fi rating!

"An articulate, detailed amp with stacks of functionality and future proofing"

"….a receiver that pushes the boundaries of what we've come to expect at this price."

"…this amp is as big on performance as it is on specs, proving that Denon is once again back on its A game."

"The midrange shows great insight, picking out plenty of fine detail in every tyre screech and gear change, while delivering an engaging fluidity to dynamics that makes it as precise as it is articulate."

"It's a really well balanced presentation. Up top, the treble is crisp and refined while the low end packs just enough rumble for the big action scenes."

"It would appear Denon has spent some time on the X2200's way with music…There's a much greater handling of rhythm and timing, and dynamically it's full of expression and fluidity."

"Denon has thrown everything at this receiver and with fantastic results It's been quick to pick up where it fell down last year, and added in some excellent functionality that leaves no stone unturned in 2015.

The Denon X2200 will deliver an exciting, well-considered home cinema experience no matter what setup you decide, while future-proofing your system for some time in the process. If that's not tempting, we don't know what is."

See the full review here.

Monitor Audio Gold 300 received 5 Stars!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 |

Introduced at CES 2015, Monitor Audio's new Gold Series speakers represent the fourth generation of the Gold range. The new Gold Series represents an evolution of its predecessor, the Gold GX Series, keeping the same form factor while incorporating many refinements to the prior design that are intended to further enhance performance. Some of the refinements include a new bass driver, tighter production tolerances of its ribbon high-frequency transducer, and re-fashioned grilles.

The Monitor Audio Gold 300 recently received an amazing review from Home Theatre Reviews. 

Home Theatre said –

"Gold Series drivers, with their satin silver finish, provide a beautiful contrast to the high-gloss cabinet finish. Trust me, you won't want the grills hiding these beauties."

"The C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) material originated in the aerospace industry for engine components, and Monitor Audio has been fine-tuning the material for its drivers for more than 20 years."

"The attack and decay of the piano's notes were palpable and had a tonal quality that was dead-on accurate."

“the Gold 300 speakers reproduced it all with the tonal neutrality found among only the best loudspeakers.”

"this sub goes really low. I mean, chest-thumping low!"

Conclusion –
“Let's just cut to the chase. The beautifully designed Monitor Audio Gold Series system is the best-sounding surround system at its price point that I've ever heard, period. The trifecta of special features I mentioned--including the ribbon transducer, 18Hz frequency-response limit of the sub, and the versatility of the monopole/dipole surrounds--all contribute to the excellent performance. As to their value, I suspect you'd have to spend significantly more to better the combination of accurate sound, design aesthetics, and sheer musical enjoyment that Monitor Audio Gold deliver.”

Read the full review here. 

Monitor Audio Gold 300 available from Sound & Image.