Yamaha NS-AW392 All-weather outdoor speakers

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Yamaha drew on its long experience as a manufacturer of top quality HiFi speaker systems to develop the Yamaha NS-AW392 outdoor all-weather speakers.

From Yamaha - We were able to make them extremely durable while still maintaining audio performance up to Yamaha standards. The Yamaha NS-AW592 woofer uses a highly responsive cone and a fluid-cooled soft dome tweeter, both specially processed for water resistance. The internal structure has been carefully designed for optimal time alignment between the two units, providing proper sound imaging. A waveguide and front baffle ensure good sound dispersion characteristics. Tonal clarity in all frequency ranges is excellent, with very low distortion.

The Yamaha NS-AW392 outdoor all-weather speaker, with a plastic cabinet and specially processed woofer and tweeter, these speakers will perform reliably when mounted outdoors. They are water resistant, and are not affected by sunlight (UV rays) or high or low temperatures.

The Yamaha NS-AW392 are designed primarily for use as outdoor speakers, they can add to the fun of backyard parties, supply background music on patios and decks or be mounted in or near the garage. They can be used indoors or outdoors at public facilities, as well as inside shops. And of course, they can also serve as surround speakers in home theatre installations

The bracket that comes with each speaker can be adjusted in multiple ways, providing a wide variety of installation possibilities. On the wall, on the ceiling, on the floor, with either end facing up, or even horizontally with a 90° adjustment range. Virtually any way the customer wants to install them is possible

The Yamaha NS AW392 has a unique, appealing design that sets them apart from other outdoor speakers, most of which are box-shaped. Even though they stand out on their own, once you install them you'll find they nicely match the exterior or interior decor.


Features –

  Yamaha's advanced speaker technology makes it possible to combine high sound quality  with long-term durability
  Unique angled cabinet design blends in with external and interior décors
  Two-way acoustic suspension design
  High-grade weather-proof cabinets with special processing for drip, water and UV              resistance
  Precise sound imaging supported by time-aligned woofer and tweeter placement
  Flexible installation options with supplied mounting brackets
  Weather resistant 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  Powder-coated aluminium speaker grilles
  Supplied rubber feet for desktop/bookshelf placement
 Wide range of applications for home theatres, small commercial spaces and public buildings

At S&I we love these outdoor weather resistant speakers because they combine both quality and durability and provides a wide variety of installation options... an all round winner if you ask us :)

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MONITOR AUDIO SILVER 100 BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS

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The Silver 100 is a serious audiophile speaker capable of producing remarkable resolution, from the most intricate musical scores to the loudest rock concert, with superlative ease. High output and effortless dynamics make the Silver 100 an ideal choice for medium to large rooms in two-channel stereo or multi-channel application.

A bigger speaker that’s still sleek
Despite the Silver 100’s sleek good looks, this doesn't stop it from offering a powerful performance that can shame some much larger speakers. Making use a powerful 8inch bass cone, the Silver 100's have a bass response that drops right down to 40Hz - easily matching or beating many floorstanding speakers. This means that, even in larger rooms, the Silver 100 is unfazed by the most powerful music.

The best drive units – improved
Featuring a completely new version of Monitor Audio’s iconic gold tweeter dome, the treble response is better than ever. Tuned for a crisp, low distortion sound, the top-end is sweeter than ever. The powerful 8” bass cone features distinctive RST (Rigid Surface Technology). Inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, the lightweight cone is made more rigid by the precise pattern of surface dimples. It makes the bass and mid-range natural-sounding and effortlessly flowing.

With technology from the Platinum series
Evolved from the reference quality Platinum models, the Silver 100 features DCF (Dynamic Coupling Filter). This replaces the usual, solid coupling of driver and voice coil with a flexible coupling. This helps damp any surplus energy, aiding the precison of sound. The perforated design also helps with cooling and pressure relief – giving enhanced efficiency.

Cabinets designed with help from the National Physical Laboratory
Designed with the aid of a precision laser scanner from NPL (National Physical Laboratory), the handcrafted cabinets are exceptionally well built. The scanner identified areas of cabinet resonance making the placement of the bracing pin-point accurate. Ultra-low cabinet distortion lets the drive units perform unimpeded, giving you the clearest and most natural sound going.

Slim-line and superbly finished to match your decor
Available in a wide range of premium real wood veneers and high gloss finishes, the Silver 100 looks every bit as good as it sounds. The new tweeter features a smart speckled finish for individual style. A slim-line design with rear-mounted port looks sleek and makes these speakers unobtrusive in your home. Magnetically attached grilles give a clean appearance when removed - ideal for showing off those hi-tech drive units.
Technology
  • Unique RST Cone profile for best diaphragm rigidity and lowest distortion
  • Proprietary-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increase the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
  • Cast-polymer driver chassis design for improved rigidity and damping characteristics
  • HiVe II port technology ensures linear transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
  • Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling means the highest-quality transfer through the signal chain
  • High-quality crossovers with premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors for maximum signal transfer
  • Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically-optimised cabinet bracing
  • Single bolt-through driver technology provides increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
  • Ultra-low-profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings ensure clean visual styling when fitted
  • Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
  • Selected premium-quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes.

S&I verdict – The Silver 100 is neat standmount speaker that has the power of a floorstander, the Silver 100 offers the best of both worlds.

A luxury standmount speaker with sleek good looks and a big sound – the Monitor Audio Silver 100 packs a smooth punch - available from S&I TODAY!

Yamaha RX-A2070 9.2 Channel AVENTAGE Network AV Receiver

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With 9 channels of power at 140 watts per channel, the Yamaha RX-A2070 has what it takes to deliver a spine-tingling home theatre experience. 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 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 wireless connectivity. Additionally, a phono input for vinyl playback, advanced HDMI zone switching and Zone 2 control options provide added system versatility.

Features - 
  • Aluminum front panel with door, symmetrical amplifier layout, H-shaped cross frame
  • 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (7.1.2-ch or 5.1.4-ch)
  • 11 speaker terminals with Intelligent Amp Assign for Zone 2
  • 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 Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision Compatibility, and BT.2020
  • Advanced HDMI zone switching
  • High-performance digital-to-analog conversion (ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC ES9006A x 2)
  • Fully loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, and Deezer music streaming service
  • 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

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S&I Verdict – The RX-A2070 has ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.

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HEOS AVR is awarded “Best Product 2017-18”

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HEOS AVR is awarded “Best Product 2017-18” in the HOME THEATRE SOLUTION category - Home Cinema Choice.


“With its HEOS AVR, Denon reimagines the traditional home cinema receiver for the wireless, multiroom generation by allowing cable-free HEOS speakers to be used for the rear channels and subwoofer. Add in the uncluttered front panel and slim chassis, plus extensive connectivity for Ultra HD sources, and you get a receiver that can grace any modern living room.” 

“Powerful five-channel Class-D amplification breathes life into Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio mixes, and the HEOS AVR plays nice with hi-res audio too, streaming up to DSD128 wirelessly or via USB.”

“Integration into a wider HEOS setup, and foolproof setup and operation, are the icing on the cake.”

The HEOS AVR is Denon’s latest receiver, designed to bring striking style and rich audio recreation to the home theatre without cable clutter. The HEOS AVR can be used with wireless HEOS speakers for surround channels, creating a cable-free multichannel system, but can also drive conventional speakers with its built-in Class D amplification at 50W per channel. 

It can also work with a mix of both wired and wireless speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience. Featuring the latest HDMI standards, the HEOS AVR, boasts four HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.2 inputs which ensure users can enjoy movies in 4K Ultra HD and remain compatible with Blu-ray and online video streaming formats. The HEOS AVR also has the ability to learn TV remote commands, making home theatre operation intuitive. Audio Return Channel capability means just one optical cable is needed between the TV and the HEOS AVR for superb sound and vision. 

Setup and use is easy with the HEOS app, which leads users through configuration process, and enables listeners to play different music in every room, or join all connected speakers together for a singular listening experience. In addition, the AVR can stream music from a home computer or online services like Spotify Connect, Pandora and Tidal.



S&I Verdict -The HEOS AVR is designed not only to be an outstanding player in the world of AV-receivers, it is a design statement that will guarantee jaws to drop.






Bowers and Wilkins PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones

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Introducing PX: the next-generation noise-cancelling wireless headphones that intuitively respond to you, for a natural and seamless listening experience.

Bowers & Wilkins has made a few different wireless headphones, but the PX is the company's first headphone to feature both Bluetooth and noise cancelling -- and it's actually the company's first noise-cancelling headphone of any kind.

PX headphones are high performance over-ear units that provide the highest quality personal audio experience combined with the convenience of wireless operation and the serenity of noise management.

The PX headphones can be used to play music streamed wirelessly from your mobile phone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth, or conventionally connected by a jack cable to a suitable headphone output. PX headphones can also play audio via a USB connection from a computer, and can be used for wireless telephony.

PX headphone Real World Listening features include Environment Filter and Voice Pass-through features. Environment Filter noise-management is optional and can be simply enabled or disabled via a button on the headphones. The Voice Pass-through feature enables external sounds, such as conversation or safety announcements, to be heard clearly without any need to remove the headphones.

Environment Filter and Voice Pass-through are enabled via the PX Headphone iOS and Android app available for free download. The app also enables headphone characteristics to be adjusted. PX headphones incorporate a rechargeable battery pack. When fully charged, and depending on the degree of Bluetooth ,Environment Filter and Voice Pass-through use, the battery pack can provide up to 22 hours use at average volume levels.

PX's key features, according to Bowers & Wilkins:
  • With built-in sensors, the headphones will switch on immediately and automatically resume playing your music; put them down and they return to stand-by mode. Lift an ear cup to talk, or hang them around your neck, and PX will pause the music, resuming playback when you're ready to listen.
  • PX has three adaptive noise cancelling modes via a companion app for iOS and Android: City allows through traffic noise for safety purposes; Office allows through voices so you can hear colleagues when they talk to you; Flight cancels ambient engine noise.
  • The app also enables firmware updates for additional feature upgrades.
  • The 40mm drive units feature the same angled design found on the P9 (the drivers are the same as the P9's).
  • aptX HD Bluetooth technology for devices that support that standard.
  • 22 hours of playback in wireless noise cancellation mode, 33 hours in wired noise cancellation mode


Available in two colour options, space gray and soft gold, the PX has that sleek, sophisticated design that Bowers & Wilkins headphones are known for, with some metal parts and ballistic nylon on its ear cups.

Reviews –

“The finest wireless, noise-cancelling headphones you can buy” – TrustedReviews

"... a fantastic audio package." What Hi-Fi? awarded Bowers & Wilkins PX 5 stars out of 5.

The PX has been awarded 'best wireless headphones over £300' at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2017

Needless to say S&I are very excited about the PX headphones. The design is clean and compact, the sound is fantastic and detailed and the noise cancelling is impressive. A win all around. We look forward to showcasing these headphones.