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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Denon HEOS Subwoofer


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!


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.

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Boston ASW250 Subwoofer


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.

Available from an S&I store near you.

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C165 | In-Ceiling Speakers | Monitor Audio


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. 

Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2 Bookshelf Speakers


The 707 S2 is a pair of compact bookshelf speakers from Bowers & Wilkins' new 700 series which replaces the popular CM range. B&W says the 700series is 'inspired by recording studios and made for living rooms".

The 700 series all use technology trickled down from B&W’s high-end 800 Diamond series, delivering it inside more affordable, living-room-friendly boxes. The 707 S2 is the smallest of three bookshelf speakers in the range, designed for use in smaller rooms.

The 707 S2’s two-way design makes for a sound that feels remarkably cohesive. That’s down to the purity of its components, including a Continuum™ cone bass/midrange driver and a Carbon Dome™ tweeter.

Carbon Dome™ tweeter
Carbon Dome™ tweeters are a brand new technology purpose-built for the 700 Series. Delivering a dramatic improvement on the aluminium double-dome tweeter, they raise the breakup threshold to 47kHz, for pinpoint imaging accuracy and detail.

Continuum™ Cone
First introduced with the 800 Series Diamond, the Continuum™ cone represents the biggest step-change in midrange performance since Kevlar®. Its woven, coated material provides highly controlled break-up, resulting in a more open, neutral midrange.

Key Features
  • Price- R19 990
  • 5-inch Continuum cone mid-range driver
  • 1-inch Carbon Dome tweeter
  • FlowPort technology
  • Bi-wirable binding posts
  • Satin White, Gloss Black and Rosenut finished

What HiFi says - They sound astonishingly authoritative, with a solid, composed presentation that renders bass with plenty of punch and power.

Weybridge Audio says - The Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2 bookshelf speakers offer outstanding sound quality and are beautifully built.

Trusted Reviews says - B&W’s bookshelf beauties are a mesmerising listen, offering an intimate, detailed presentation and terrific authority for compact speakers.

S&I Verdict - The B&W 707 S2s are remarkable bookshelf speakers that more than live up to B&W’s esteemed hi-fi heritage. The 707 S2 speakers are eye-catching are guaranteed to look great in any living room. Available from S&I.

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Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Receiver



Experience the peak of Marantz AV expertise in the new flagship SR8012 – the first-ever 11.2-channel Marantz receiver that is about to set new standards.

With unparalleled Marantz performance, the new top-of-the-line SR8012 AV receiver is made for those wanting the ultimate audio and video experience. Fully symmetrical built, the amplifier features a single board design for its 11 identical amplifier channels, each delivering 205W per channel, for seamless surround sound integration.

With built-in HEOS technology, the SR8012 becomes a part of a HEOS wireless multi-room music network, enabling you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere around your home: explore, browse, and play music from your music library, online streaming music services, or thousands of internet radio stations, using the free HEOS app.

Key Features

  • 11.2 channel AV Receiver with 205W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020 , Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through
  • Single board per channel power amplifier design; centrally mounted, oversized toroidal transformer; copper-plated chassis
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 3 HDMI outputs (incl. Zone 2)
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support via firmware update
  • Analogue to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2), DTS:X™, and Auro-3D built-in
  • DTS Virtual:X™ (via free-of-charge firmware update in 2018) > Enjoy the complete immersive experience regardless the number of speakers installed
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • Built-in HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Audio Technology
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Deezer and more
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
  • Advanced multiroom options; 11.2-channel processing with pre-outs for all channels; RS232 Control; Crestron Connected

AVForums said -
“It's business as usual in terms of the design but the build quality is better than previous models”
“The SR8012 is incredibly easy to set up but is also very flexible, making it a great single box solution”
“This is one classy amplifier with an excellent level of sound quality and an impressive overall performance”

At S&I we believe that the SR8012 is the most feature-packed AVR that Marantz have ever released, the SR8012 delivers the kind of classy performance we expect from Marantz. Available from an S&I near you.