Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3070 9.2-channel home theatre receiver

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With 9 channels of power, Yamaha's flagship AVENTAGE RX-A3070 offers the most flexible home theatre and multi-room entertainment options, along with top-quality, high-impact sound for movies and music. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X bring movie soundtracks to life with incredible realism. This receiver also lets you enjoy 4K Blu-rays and streaming content on up to two compatible displays. The RX-A3070 can play different high-resolution audio formats through the front-panel USB port or from a networked computer. And if you're into vinyl, a phono input provides an easy connection for your turntable.

Overview -
  • The AVENTAGE Advantage: Designed to deliver the highest levels of audio performance through engineering
  • Aluminum front panel with door, symmetrical amplifier layout, H-shaped cross frame, double-bottom chassis
  • 9.2-channel with Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™ and CINEMA DSP HD3 (7.1.2-ch or 5.1.4-ch)
  • 11.2-channel processing (up to 7.2.4-ch expandability with external 2-ch amplifier)
  • XLR terminals for low signal transmission
  • Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast
  • 8-in, 2-out HDMI
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support, HDR Video including Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma, and BT.2020
  • Advanced HDMI zone switching (Zone 2)
  • High-performance digital-to-analog conversion (ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC ES9016S and ESS Premier DAC ES9006A)
  • Fully loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, and Deezer music streaming services
  • Stream Pandora®, Spotify, Napster®, SiriusXM Internet Radio and thousands of free internet radio stations
  • DSD 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz, FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, Apple® Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback
  • Phono input to connect to your favorite turntable
  • Room acoustics optimization using YPAO™- R.S.C. with 3D, 64-bit precision EQ calculation and angle measurement
  • Zone 2 control options

This receiver ticks all the boxes for us. The RX-A3070 is a seriously talented AV receiver. It will take your home cinema experience to a whole new level. Available from S&I. Click here for more information.











The Marantz latest home cinema line-up - SR7012 network AV receiver and AV7704 multichannel AV preamplifier/processor.

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Marantz is proud to announce that we have expanded our latest home cinema line-up with the arrival of the range-topping SR7012 network AV receiver and AV7704 multichannel AV preamplifier/processor.

Both models feature up-to-the-minute home cinema technology including Dolby Atmos/DTS:X/Auro- 3D decoding and full 4K compatibility, along with HEOS wireless multiroom audio capability – but above all have been designed with meticulous attention to detail to deliver the legendary Marantz sound quality, honed over our near-65-year company history.

Marantz doesn’t believe that home cinema performance should come at the expense of music playback, and both the SR7012 and AV7704 are designed to sit at the heart of a complete high-end home entertainment system, the SR7012 being a one-box processing/control amplification solution with nine amp channels built-in, while the AV7704 is designed to be used with external Marantz amplification for a flexible, upgradable high-performance system.

Both models also have a wide range of facilities to enable your favourite music to be shared and enjoyed, including network streaming, compatibility with ultra-high-resolution music formats, Bluetooth and Airplay for playback from portable devices, as well as, HEOS wireless multiroom system providing access to popular streaming services like Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn Internet Radiom, Tidal, SoundCloud and more.

SR7012 - AV Receiver
Overview



Marantz has long set the standard for AV receivers combining home theatre prowess with superb music ability, and the SR7012 takes that capability to unprecedented levels, combining the very latest technology for an immersive movie experience, including full 4K compatibility and unparalleled 3D surround sound decoding, with precision audio engineering and tuning. Marantz doesn’t believe that home cinema performance should come at the expense of music playback, and the SR7012 is designed to sit at the heart of a complete high-end home entertainment system, with nine powerful amp channels built-in. It has a wide range of facilities to enable your favourite music to be shared and enjoyed, including network streaming, compatibility with ultra-high-resolution music formats, Bluetooth and Airplay for playback from portable devices, and the HEOS wireless multiroom system.

Key Features


  • 9.2 channel AV Receiver with 200 W 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
  • 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 with an external 2ch amplifier), DTS:X™, and Auro-3D built-in
  • 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


AV7704 - AV Pre-Amplifier
Overview

For those building the ultimate home entertainment system, the AV7704 is a no-compromise 11.2-channel AV processor and pre-amplifier, designed for use with high-quality external power amplification or active speakers. It takes on board all the latest features, including Dolby Vision compatibility, unparalleled 3D surround sound decoding and HEOS music streaming, but dispenses with the internal amplification, allowing all the design and engineering within to be dedicated to producing the purest possible sound, and avoiding any possible interference from powerful amplifier sections creeping into the delicate digital and analogue signal sections. It’s long been common audiophile practice to separate pre-amplifier and power amplifier sections in this way, allowing power supplies and circuit layouts to be optimised for their specific purposes. The AV7704 even enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via the Marantz's own current feedback HDAMs preamp, before passing them to the high-quality 11.2 channel XLR or 11.2 RCA outputs and separate power amp. The absolute purist.

Key Features


  • 11.2ch XLR pre-out, 11.2ch RCA pre-out
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020 , Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 3 HDMI outputs (inc Zone 2)/li>
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support via firmware update
  • Analogue to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X™, and Auro-3D built-in
  • 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
  • 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
New SR7012 Network AV Receiver and AV7704 Multichannel Preamplifier combine the latest home cinema tech with legendary Marantz sound quality. Coming soon to a Sound & Image near YOU!!!



Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series Loudspeakers - Press Release

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The new 700 Series develops the ethos of the CM Series it replaces, adds technology from the 800 Series Diamond and new, bespoke acoustic innovations to produce the best performing range of loudspeakers in its class.

SOURCE Bowers & Wilkins – REDWOOD CITY, Calif.Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series delivers exceptional performance from a wide-ranging, comprehensive collection of loudspeakers. The series sees the implementation of technology first seen in the high-end 800 Series Diamond, a range of class-leading speakers that are regarding by many as the best loudspeakers in the world, alongside bespoke technology seen here for the first time.

Technologies that have ‘trickled down’ from the 800 Series Diamond include the revolutionary Continuum midrange driver, which is the cleanest and most transparent midrange cone material Bowers & Wilkins has ever used. It reveals details in your music conventional cone materials simply can’t uncover, and it now features on every model in this new range.
The new 700 Series also benefits from a bespoke version of the Aerofoil profile bass driver plus improved tweeter-on-top housings on the two flagship models that are crafted from solid billets of aluminium. Both were first seen on the 800 Series Diamond.
New technologies come first and foremost in the shape of Carbon Braced tweeters. This new technology delivers sweeter, cleaner high-frequency performance even further up the audible bandwidth than the previous Aluminium Double Dome tweeters, and is the best-performing ‘non-Diamond’ tweeter that Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced.
The combination of these technologies, alongside the countless hours of tuning by the very best engineers in the business, is a range of loudspeakers that has to be heard to be believed.
The new 700 Series comprises eight models, two with Tweeter-on-Top technology including the flagship 702 S2. The range includes three floorstanding models, three standmount speakers and two dedicated centre channels for surround sound and home theatre use. All models are available in a choice of Gloss Black, Satin White and Rosenut finishes.
The launch also sees the announcement of a new subwoofer. The fourth model in the new DB Series, the DB4S is a single-driver subwoofer that shares drive unit technology, amplification and preamp section with the dual-driver DB2D, but in a single driver format. It has a single 10in Carbon Aerofoil drive unit in a forward-firing configuration plus 1000w of amplification and a digital preamp section with Dynamic EQ, Room EQ and an App-based configuration system. It is available in colours to match the 700 Series.

The Technology
Carbon Dome TweeterThe new 700 Series introduces an entirely new Bowers & Wilkins tweeter technology: the Carbon Dome. A tweeter that bridges the performance gap between the Aluminium Double Dome used in the 600 Series and the Diamond Dome used in the 800 Series Diamond. The Carbon Dome is composed of two sections. The front portion is a 30 micron aluminium dome that has been stiffened by a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating of carbon. The second section is a 300-micron Carbon Ring that has been profiled to match the form of the main dome. This is then bonded to the inner face of the structure. The outcome is exceptional stiffness and resistance to distortion without undue mass and a first break-up point of 47kHz.
Solid Body Tweeters
The 705 S2 and 702 S2 Tweeter-On-Top designs feature Solid Body Tweeter technology. This design is derived entirely from the approach used in the 800 Series Diamond and has the same performance benefits. Instead of using a hollow zinc housing, the 705 S2 and 702 S2 use a shape milled from a solid mass of aluminium to provide a stiffer and less resonant structure. Weighing over 1kg, it is exceptionally inert. This design allows the use of the mass of the tweeter body as a heatsink, and means it can benefit from the same decoupling mechanism and acoustically transparent grille design as the 800 Series Diamond.
Continuum cone
Each model in the new 700 Series features the Continuum cone midrange drivers first seen in the 800 Series Diamond. The Continuum cone’s design is based on the concept of optimised and controlled flexibility. This helps it avoid the abrupt transition from pistonic to break-up mode behaviour that drastically impair the openness and neutrality of a conventional drive unit. It delivers improved sound but shows continuity of approach with Kevlar. Like Kevlar, it is a woven composite that gives highly controlled break-up, for a sweeter, more detailed midrange.
Midrange chassis
The new 700 Series has three floorstanding loudspeakers in the range, all equipped with dedicated midrange drive units. These midrange units use a new Finite Element Analysis-optimised aluminium chassis that is stiffer than the zinc chassis of the outgoing CM Series. This optimised form is further enhanced with the addition of a tuned mass damper on the front face of the chassis. This dampens any remaining resonance in the structure, resulting in a cleaner midrange presentation.
Midrange decoupling
A new midrange decoupling system simplifies the design used in the 800 Series Diamond, and replaces the drawbar design previously employed in CM10 S2. The simpler design performs better and has resulted in midrange decoupling being introduced to every floorstanding loudspeaker in the range, for a significant improvement in midrange spaciousness across the board.
New Aerofoil cone
A new implementation of the Aerofoil cone used in the 800 Series Diamond has been developed for the 700 Series. The new design uses paper rather than carbon fibre skins, and the sandwich filling material is now EPS, not syntactic foam as used in 800 Series Diamond and DB Series subwoofer. The result is a dramatic uplift in bass performance from the outgoing CM Series 2.
The Range
702 S2
$2,250 each
Floor stander
3-way vented-box
Tweeter on Top
3 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
1 x 150mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top
705 S2
$1,250 each
Stand-mount
2-way vented-box
Tweeter on top
1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top
703 S2
$1,750 each
Floor stander
3-way vented-box
2 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
1 x 150mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
704 S2
$1,250 each
Floor stander
3-way vented-box
2 x 130mm Aerofoil Profile bass
1 x 130mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
706 S2
$900 each
Stand-mount
2-way vented-box
1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
707 S2
$600 each
Stand-mount
2-way vented box
1 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
HTM72 S2
$800 each
2-way vented-box
2 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
HTM71 S2
$1,350 each
3-way vented-box
2 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
1 x 100mm Continuum FST midrange
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter
FS-700 S2
$250 each
Speaker stand for use with 707 S2, 706 S2 and 705 S2, available in Black or Silver finishes.
DB4S
$1,600 each
Single 10in forward-firing drive unit
Carbon Aerofoil cone
1000w Hypex amplifier
DB-D digital pre-amp technology plus App control
About Bowers & Wilkins Bowers & Wilkins is Britain’s leading manufacturer of the world’s most advanced, luxury audio technology. Since 1966, Bowers & Wilkins’ “Quest for Perfection” has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world’s most demanding listeners. Its products’ rave reviews and universal endorsement as reference monitors for professional recording industry have helped Bowers & Wilkins become the premium loudspeaker company of choice for audiophile quality sound.
Sound & Image is very about the new 700 Series and we cant wait to showcase the range. Keep an eye on our facebook pages for more information. Available soon from Sound & Image!

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

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S&I are avid fans of the 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 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, announced the new P7 Wireless headphones earlier last year. 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. If you want a pair of high-end headphones that sound as good as they look, then the P7 Wireless is just for you

S&I Verdict - The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless offers impressive build quality, good comfort and smooth, rich sound in an over-the-ear headphone design that shuts out a lot of external noise. Wireless operation is nearly flawless, battery life is good and a premium carrying case is included. The P7 Wireless headphones deliver the great design and construction that Bowers & Wilkins is famous for, and the quality of their sound is fantastic when paired with the right music.

HEOS by Denon - Wireless Multi-Room Sound

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Launch the App, choose a room, pick a song and share the enjoyment with Denon audio quality – beautifully designed, easy to use speakers. It’s that simple!

The message from Denon is a simple one: Home entertainment should be accessible from any room in the house. The Denon HEOS multi-room, music systems, Denon have made this possible. They’ve introduced an easy to use, wireless music system that is controlled from your iOS, Android or Kindle devices, offering owners a listening experience that promises to be nothing short of awesome. All controlled by a state-of-the-art App allowing owners to choose their music, room and volume with just a couple of screen taps, and stream it to any room or combination of rooms where they may decide to enjoy it. The entertainment possibilities are endless. 

The free HEOS app instantly gives you multi-room audio control, and it can be installed on as many phones and tablets as you like! Command music in every room from any device. Use your multi-room audio system to group several rooms together and play the same song- perfectly synchronised in party mode! Or, play a different song in every room when everyone wants to dance to their own tune.

Advanced digital processing enables the HEOS systems to deliver unrivalled sound quality and clarity, and only using a home wifi network. The HEOS systems use dual band Wi-Fi to maximise range and audio bandwidth, while also protecting against interference from household appliances, such as hands-free phones and microwaves. 

Setting us your HEOS system couldn’t be easier, just download the App, plug in the HEOS device and the unit connects itself. That’s it! You’ll soon be soaking up your favourite tunes right then and there. You can also setup an instant connection to any suitably equipped room with a single tap, while our favourite “pinch to party” feature provides the ability to group individual rooms with one simple screen gesture (unlike the multiple steps needed with competing software) and the music just flows. 

Another great feature is the great variety of music sources you have. A combination of USB and NAS playback means that you can enjoy music via online streaming, including cloud sources, from a whole range of mobile devices and even from some older sources. 

And because we all have different sized rooms, Denon have created HEOS units in a large, medium and small range to compliment your room size. Through elegantly designed, compact wireless speakers, HEOS delivers your favourite music from the world’s leading online music services and any smart device to the room you want to hear the music you enjoy. HEOS represents the next evolution in products from Denon, a company that for over 100 years is still leading in sound quality, new technologies and innovative products.
                           

Quality sound, good looks, versatility and ease of use, plus a great pedigree, all serve to position the Denon HEOS in the forefront of home entertainment products. 

Proudly showcased at S&I  -
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