Tuesday, 20 September 2016 |

We are pleased to inform you all that following - YSP-2700 and RX-A3060 have received a 5 star award in “WHAT HIFI October 2016 - 40th anniversary issue”

Let us take a look below at what they had to say…..

5 star review on High End Home Cinema - Yamaha MusicCast RX-A3060

Yamaha’s MusicCast RX-A3060 home cinema amplifier has just received a 5 star award in the latest What Hi-Fi magazine, the 40th year anniversary issue 2016. In the review they speak about the high end sound quality and flexibility the amplifier can offer as well as its excellent build quality. The price point demands quality and that’s what the Yamaha MusicCast RX-A3060 can offer.

S&I Verdict - Yamaha just keeps getting better every year, sound quality is amazing, build quality is also great. You will not be disappointed with this feature rich receiver.

5 star review for MusicCast YSP-2700 Soundbar

Yamaha’s MusicCast YSP-2700 surround soundbar has just received a 5 star award in the latest What Hi-Fi magazine, the 40th year anniversary issue 2016. The review talks about the exceptional dynamics and quality from a single bar at the front of your room, bouncing beams around the room to give you surround sound. Not only is it geared for movies but also for music and enjoying your favourite content – no matter what it is. With a whole host of handy features like Clear Voice, Auto Calibration, multi-room with MusicCast and different CinemaDSP modes to suit your content – it’s a soundbar with incredible added value!

S&I Verdict - For high-quality audio without the hassle of a discrete system, this soundbar is the next best thing.

MusicCast offers wireless audio connectivity like no other network music system on the planet. Featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay and a whole host of streaming services – the system has something for everyone. You can listen to music in one room, in a different room, in all the rooms at the same time or any combination you like. It’s all controlled through one simple app which is free to download for Android and Apple devices and you can try the MusicCast system completely free with the demo mode. The product line-up is vast, over 30 different products to choose from so you can pick one to suit your needs and lifestyle. You can also distribute music from your MusicCast device to external Bluetooth devices or any other MusicCast product on your home network – all with just a few taps.

Yamaha does it again... The Yamaha MusicCast RX-A3060 and the YSP-2700 Soundbar will be coming soon to a S&I near you. To pre-order call - 

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

Denon AVR-X3300W reviewed

Friday, 26 August 2016 |

Denon has just released their new AVR-X3300W 3D immersive sound AV receiver. With the addition of the X3300W to their X Series line (the AVR-X1300W and AVR-X2300W). Denon rounds out the series with their strongest receiver in the lineup. In the AVR-X3300W you get a receiver that is not only ready for a wide range of speaker models, but on the home theatre side is ready for what the future holds in emerging audio and video technology.

From Denon
Denon announces an addition to its Network AV Receiver X Series line, the AVR-X3300W. This model joins the recently introduced AVR-X1300W and AVR-X2300W AV receivers, offering the latest future-ready features, best-in-class user interface and immersive 3D sound.

What HiFi says -

“On paper, the Denon AVR-X3300W’s power is up 20 per cent compared with the AVR-X3200W (180W next to 150), so you could be forgiven for not expecting a huge step in performance. But you’d be wrong. Very wrong. It shares similar character traits, for sure. Punch and poise are still high on the agenda, but you immediately get a sense that there’s more waiting in the wings. This particular Denon has a couple of extra gears.” -What Hi-Fi.

What HiFi Verdict -  
One of the most expressive and entertaining surround amps we’ve heard in a while.

  • Powerful, punchy sound
  • Loads of detail
  • An entertaining all-rounder
  • Impressive dynamics
  • Easy to use
  • Nothing at the money
Read the full review here

Sound & Image Verdict
The introduction of this model really rounds out their new X-Series nicely and it’s good to see consumers having such flexibility in these models at all the right price points. The AVR-X3300W features a simple, fuss-free layout and enough power to fill even larger rooms with unique Denon sound.

AVR-X3300W - Highlights & Benefits
• 7.2 channel AV Receiver, 105W per channel at 8 ohms, 20-20kHz, 0.08%THD
• Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support; built-in Bluetooth
Improved network stability especially in Wi-Fi-crowded homes
• 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020
Latest HDMI standard for future-proof compatibility
• 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 2 HDMI outputs
Plenty of inputs for your digital devices; ready to feed a TV and projector in parallel
• Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2) and DTS:X (via firmware update)
Blockbusting 3D sound with effects from overhead
• AirPlay, Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, DLNA 1.5
Access to almost unlimited online music sources
• DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV support
High Resolution audio streaming for HiFi enthusiasts, even gapless
• Advanced Video Processing with analogue to HDMI conversion and full rate 4K Scaling
Full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analogue sources
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ and SUB EQ HT
Delivering stunning equalization for your individual room including subwoofer EQ
• Advanced Multi-Room options; 7.2ch Pre-out; RS-232 Control
Audio and video in multiple rooms; ready for 3rd Party Home Automation systems
• Color-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant
Hassle-free installation, and setup and operation
• Denon 2016 AVR Remote App
Unprecedented level of command and control
• Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
Energy-conscious without compromising on performance

The Denon AVR-X3300W is coming to a Sound & Image near you. Contact  Sound & Image Menlyn 012 368-1440 and Sound & Image Sandton 011 884 5165 to pre-order your receiver.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016 |

Fully loaded with the very latest audio and video technologies, the AVR-X2300W delivers incredibly immersive surround sound, optimised via extensive sound tuning – not to mention plenty of amplifier power. It has Dolby Atmos decoding and processing, for the same revolutionary 3D surround sound found in premium movie theatres and – via a future firmware update – will be able to decode DTS:X soundtracks, for complete three-dimensional surround compatibility.

Key Features & Benefits
• 7.2 channel AV Receiver with 150W per channel: Enough power to fill medium size rooms with unique Denon sound
• Built-in WiFi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support; built-in Bluetooth: Improved network stability especially in WiFi-crowded homes
• 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 colour resolution, HDR and BT.2020: Latest HDMI standard for future-proof compatibility
• 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 2 HDMI outputs: Plenty of inputs for your digital devices; ready to feed a TV and projector in parallel
• Advanced Video Processing with 4K Scaling for HDMI sources: Full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or other digital video sources
• Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2) and DTS:X (via firmware update): Blockbusting 3D sound with effects from overhead
• AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Network Audio Streaming: Access to almost unlimited online music sources
• DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV support: High Resolution audio streaming for HiFi enthusiasts, even gapless
• Audyssey MultEQ XT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ: Delivering perfect equalization for your individual room
• Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Denon 2016 AVR Remote App: Hassle-free installation, setup and operation
• Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting: Energy-conscious without compromising on performance

The Denon AVR-X2300W is awarded with the WHAT HI-FI  5 STARS! It also passed with flying colours in an in-depth 3-page FIRST TEST review in the new August issue of WHAT HI-FI magazine!

Here Is what they had to say…..

“Once up and running the X2300W sounds beautifully balanced. We use it in a variety of modes – 5.1, 7.1, stereo and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 – and it never fails to impress. We start off with a Blu-ray of Pixar’s ‘Brave’ and like what we hear. Voices are rendered beautifully. There’s weight, natural warmth and articulation in the midrange that leaves most rivals sounding mechanical in comparison. This amplifier is great at subtleties. Low-level dynamic shifts are delivered with skill and without overstatement. It all helps to draw the viewer more into the action on the screen.”
“As the film approaches its finale, the amp is happy to move up through the gears delivering a spacious soundfield packed with stable and precise movement of growls and screams.
The bear fight is delivered with plenty of enthusiasm and no shortage of punch. This Denon can play loudly too, certainly enough to fill all but the largest of rooms.”
“Where does that leave the X2300W? It’s clearly better than its talented predecessor, and delivers the same fuss-free user experience.
“Set-up is as easy as it gets. Denon has gone to a lot of trouble over recent years trying to simplify its AV amps without compromising features, and we think it has done a fine job here. There are a few tweaks over its predecessor, but on the whole the experience is pretty much the same. That is to say, really good indeed.”
“No revolution, but the AVR-X2300W didn’t need to be. It’s a superb sonic all-rounder and well-equipped with it”

S&I Verdict
The menus are simple and easy to follow, delivering a superlative music listening experience, and it's equipped to deliver the ultimate home theatre experience as well. We’re convinced this is going to be a winner and we’re looking forward to be able to show you its capabilities.

Give us a call or visit us at either branch to experience this award winning Denon AV Receiver for yourself.

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

Marantz M-CR611 - Hi-Fi Choice GROUP TEST WINNER

Sunday, 22 May 2016 |

Marantz has taken things to another level with their network receiver, the M-CR611. The M-CR611 is so packed with features, you will need to hold onto your hats. The M-CR611 connectivity checklist includes Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, Analog In, USB, Headphone, and coaxial FM. 

The moment you see the M-CR611 you’ll know that this latest incarnation is pure refinement. With a high-gloss jet-black finish and organically curved side panels, the immediate impression is style and elegance.

The feature set includes two sets of speaker binding posts, with 60 wpc of power on tap, a remote control, access to Pandora, Sirius XM satellite radio, Internet radio, Spotify, DLNA support and, amazingly, a CD transport (with DSD file support)! A Marantz mobile app is available to control all functions, including volume, but you can use other control apps as well.

Marantz CR-611 Network Receiver:
  • 60W x 2ch (6 ohms THD10%)
  • Air Play on board. 
  • Online Music Service Spotify Connect, Pandora(NA), Sirius XM Internet(NA), QQ music (CN), Internet Radio
  • Computer/NAS music file streaming (DLNA1.5)
  • Plays CD, WMA/MP3(CD-R/RW)
  • Built in Wi-Fi network module and built in diversity antenna. 
  • Bluetooth with NFC.
The Marantz M-CR611 was reviewed by Ed Selley in the new June issue of HI-FI CHOICE magazine. The M-CR611 is the winner of a Mini System Group Test comprising of six systems and is awarded with a 5 STAR rating.

“More impressive still is that the specification is in many respects, superior to anything else in the group…”
“There is plenty of power on tap and it never sounds like it is straining to hit respectable levels. More than this, it manages a very effective balance between sounding exciting without tipping over into being forward.’
“…manages to extract the best bass performance in the test from the partnering speakers.”
“Simply put, there is a greater sense of this being a group of performers rather than a lead vocal and supporting instruments…”
“…the Marantz does a fine job of balancing realism and fun across a variety of musical styles.”

“A very well equipped unit with a sparkling performance at a bargain price”

Group Test Verdict
“The Marantz M-CR611 takes the top spot for its consistently enjoyable performance combined with the best overall specification while offering the lowest price in the test – even with speakers added. Control app flaws aside, this is the best all-round combination here."

S&I verdict -
For those seeking a plug and play audio entertainment solution, the Marantz M-CR611 is highly recommended.

Exciting reviews for Rotel

Monday, 25 April 2016 |

Rotel has received a number of fantastic reviews including both RB & RC 1590, RSP-1582 and the RMB-1585 components from respected review sites and

Home Theatre Review - Rotel RC-1590 and RB-1590

"The Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1590 amplifier are an impressive duo. The more time I spent with them, the more I grew to love them. The RC-1590 has a comprehensive set of modern inputs, supporting digital sources of both the wired and wireless variety. I could easily grab my MacBook Pro, log into Tidal, and instantly enjoy an incredible array of music. Streaming from my iPhone via Bluetooth was flashy and fun to demonstrate to friends. It's like having a Jukebox in your hand. All of this input flexibility and convenience, combined with the duo's excellent performance, comes with a price tag that's tough to beat. I learned quite a bit about Rotel during this review, and all I can say is that the company has made a fan out of me."

You can read the full review here.

S&I conclusion - We have always been impressed with Rotel and this combination ticks all the right boxes for us. Perfect combination of power and control. The Rotel RC-1590/RB-1590 is for the discerning audio enthusiast and provides the highest levels of performance. 5 stars from Sound & Image. – Rotel RSP-1582 and RMB-1585

"One of the first things I noticed in my listening tests was not just the beautifully clean and lifelike sound emanating from the Rotel, but also its incredible sound stage and channel separation. When I fired up the 5.1 DVD-Audio mix of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery," which throws stuff from speaker to speaker all around the room, it was almost as if it were the first time I'd heard that version - instead of perhaps the 100th."

"The stereo soundstage is so broad and deep, and with such pinpoint placement of instruments, that when I played a stereo SACD of an album I haven't listened to in a looong time the music filled the room so beautifully that, at various times during the album, I found myself getting up to check and see whether the surround and/or centre speakers were on, since the processor can convert two channel stereo to various surround modes and I thought I might have activated one by mistake."

S&I conclusion – An undisputed badge-winner in our books, Rotel promises a great deal for the money and delivers... Coupling the two components together creates the best current Rotel-powered setup one can get - it's an awesome package.

You can read the full review here.

MONITOR AUDIO SILVER 10 Easy Price, Good Sound - reviewed

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 |

The Monitor Audio Silver 10 is a completely new model introduction, comprising a three-way configuration in a large floor-standing tower system. The acoustic design is similar to the Silver 8 but the enhanced driver size means that the Silver 10 is equipped to energise the largest of rooms with naturally explicit wideband audio from music and film sources.

Tecnology -

  • Improved C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) gold dome tweeter design with damped rear chamber and innovative dome venting technique for improved clarity and wider operating bandwidth.
  • Specially developed 4” mid-range driver with ‘under-hung’ voice coil and motor system. The voice coil remains in the magnetic gap ensuring very low distortion - better damping and improved mid-range clarity.
  • Dual 8” bass drivers featuring concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile
  • RST® (Rigid Surface Technology) cone profile, for improved diaphragm rigidity and reduced distortion.
  • Three-way configuration allows drivers to be optimised to deliver better overall performance.
  • Improved cast polymer bass chassis design for better rigidity and reduced reflections.
  • HiVe®II port technology delivers smoother airflow for better transient response and tighter bass.
  • Single bolt through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
  • Pureflow® Silver plated OFC copper internal cabling.
  • High quality crossovers with premium grade polypropylene film capacitors.
  • Available in selected premium quality wood veneers or high gloss finishes.
  • Rigid 20mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity and low cabinet colouration.
  • Invisible magnetic grille fixing provides clean visual styling when the grille is off.
  • Terminal panel at floor level for easy cable connection.
SILVER 10 reviewed by Absolute Sounds Magazine -

Spencer Holbert has put the Silver 10 through an extensive test, of which the results of the review have come back in a glowing manner. Spencer goes on to say the following:

"...the Silver 10s are more than just adequate; they are one of the best $2,500-and-under full-range floorstanders I've heard..."

"I listened to this song on repeat for almost 45 minutes after a day of listening and my ears weren't fatigued. Next came Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood," which is another song that can be plenty fatiguing; even after the Lofgren torture test, SRV was as pleasing as ever."

"...great voicing, solid bass when properly spaced from the rear walls, an engaging soundstage, and a diverse ability to sound great with a wide range of music. Really, what more could you want from an affordable speaker?"

-         Spencer Holbert, The Absolute Sound, December 2014

Sound & Image believe that the Silver 10 is a triumph for Monitor Audio and a treat to hear. The fit and finish of the speakers is impeccable. Sonically the Silver 10s have demonstrated that they can compete with the big boys. We give the Silver 10s a big thumbs up!

Marantz SR7010 AV Receiver Review

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 |

Marantz SR7010 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Network A/V Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Marantz are back with the SR7010, their latest flagship AV receiver that not only includes all the great features from last year but adds DTS:X and plenty of future-proofing.

Immerse yourself in thrilling 3D surround sound with the Marantz SR7010 A/V receiver, which features Dolby Atmos surround decoding for the ultimate home theater listening experience with today’s blockbuster soundtracks. And, via a future firmware update, the SR7010 will be able to decode forthcoming DTS:X immersive surround soundtracks. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X feature object-based surround sound with the ability to drive overhead speakers to deliver the ultimate immersive 3D audio experience. Featuring an advanced video processing and switching section, the SR7010 features full 4K Ultra HD connectivity and HDCP 2.2 compliance.

Equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with dual diversity antennas, the SR7010 lets you listen to your favorite music from streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify Connect, and you can listen to any of thousands of internet radio stations. You can also stream your favorite tracks wirelessly from your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad via AirPlay. The built-in AM/FM tuner features HD Radio for superior sound quality.

The powerful amplifier section features discrete high current output devices on all channels, and all amp channels are configured identically. Rated at 125 watts per channel (8 ohms, .05%, 20Hz~20kHz), the SR7010 has the ability to drive lower impedance 4 ohm speakers on all channels.

Available from Sound & Image.

The Marantz SR7010 has received the AV Forums Highly Recommended award in a recent review – 

“Ultimately the Marantz SR7010 is a class act that does it all and it does it well”

“All the performance and future-proofing that you could want”

"The SR7010 delivered a fantastic audio performance, retaining the class of its predecessor but adding more power"

 Read the full review from avforums here and watch the video below.

Sound & Image believes that the SR7010 has all the performance and future-proofing that you could want. Pop in to either one of our stores to demo this classy performer.