HEOS by Denon - Wireless Multi-Room Sound


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. 

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Pro-Ject turntables are under the SPOTLIGHT!


Today we are highlighting 2 of our favourite turntables –

Pro-Ject Essential ll
Turntable innovation for vinyl starters with class-leading sound quality!  

A quiet-running synchronous motor with silicone belt is driving a low-resonance platter made from laminated particle board. A new motor control with DC power supply minimzes unwanted vibration effectively. The main platter bearing consists of stainless steelspindle and bronze bushing with Teflon bottom to secure low friction.  

The main chassis is made from lightweight, but very stiff particle board. Essential II utilises a straight 8,6“ aluminium tonearm design made from a single piece of aluminium with sapphire bearings, which offers a far better „plug & play“ solution, than it‘s predecessor. Special feet effectively decouples the turntable from the surface.  

S&I keep black in stock, the other colours are on special order.

S&I Verdict -
The Essential II is a excellent entry-level turntable that gets all the basics spot-on. It’s easy to set-up and even easier to enjoy. It makes listening to records fun, and it’s value for money at R7 499.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)  

The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.  

The new DEBUT Carbon DC was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!  

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.  

This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.  

The DEBUT CARBON DC is offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, silver or white as no-added-cost option. S&I keep black in stock, the other colours are on special order.

S&I Verdict   
You can’t go wrong with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. The turntable is well made and we believe that it is among the class leaders at this price – R10 799.

Experience the emotion with Pro-Ject and S&I. Both turntables are available at S&I stores.

The new Yamaha RX-A1070 is now available from S&I


Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Successor to What Hi-Fi's "Best home cinema amplifier £1000-£2000" 2016-2017

Enjoy immersive multi-channel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 110W of power per channel at 8 Ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.

Onboard Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows the RX-A1070 to access a variety of Internet-based music sources like Pandora and Spotify. It also supports DLNA content sharing when paired with your similarly equipped network-connected devices such as your computer. As an added convenience, you can download the free Yamaha AV Controller app to control the receiver from your Android or iOS devices.

With eight HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs, this receiver can act as a video switcher for your HD source components. It will pass through 4K video signals and upscale non-UHD signals to near-4K quality for enhanced viewing of lower-resolution sources when paired with a 4K display. The receiver also has a USB port for accessing media stored on USB flash drives. YPAO multipoint sound optimization will calibrate the receiver to your speakers and room setup for a tailored listening experience.

Product Highlights
  • Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ with CINEMA DSP HD3
  • CINEMA DSP HD3 with Rear VPS (Virtual Presence Speaker)
  • New CINEMA DSP Programme: Enhanced
  • AVENTAGE AV receivers: Designed to deliver the highest levels of audio performance
  • Aluminium front panel offers visual and aural benefits
  • Anti Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge helps to ensure that vibrations do not affect sound quality
  • Advanced design feet enhance strength and vibration resistance
  • Symmetrical power amp layout, H-shape cross member frame and rigid chassis with additional bottom frames
  • Professional quality digital audio by ESS DAC
  • MusicCast for audio enjoyment in every room
  • 7-channel powerful surround sound
  • --- 110 W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2-ch driven)
  • --- 165 W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1-ch driven)
  • --- 170 W per channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 1-ch driven)
  • Wi-Fi Built-in and Wireless Direct Compatible for Easy Network
  • Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming and Compressed Music Enhancer for Bluetooth
  • AirPlay®, Spotify®*, Pandora®*, Napster®*, Tidal*, Deezer*, Qobuz*, JUKE* music streaming service
  • *Music service availability varies by region.
  • DAB / DAB+ tuner for enjoying high quality digital radio broadcasts
  • DSD 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz, FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, Apple® Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback
  • High-resolution Music Enhancer further heightens musicality from the original content
  • HDMI® (8 in / 2 out) with 4K Ultra HD full support, HDR Video including Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma, and BT.2020
  • HDMI input on front panel, Front panel USB digital connection for USB flash drives
  • YPAO™-R.S.C. sound optimisation with 64-bit precision EQ calculation and multi-point measurement
  • YPAO Volume to ensure natural sounds even at low volume
  • HDMI Zone Switching allows different HD audio / video sources playback in different rooms
  • Detachable AC power cord for easier installation

S&I Verdict - The new Yamaha RX-A1070, high-end 7.2-channel receiver with it’s incredible audio capabilities and extensive video functionality is most certainly impressive. Audio excellence is assured! You won't be disappointed!

Yamaha WX-010 MusicCast Speaker


Yamaha has launched the WX-010 MusicCast wireless speaker, further enhancing the company’s MusicCast wireless multiroom audio lineup by adding a small footprint speaker that fills a room with sound without taking up a lot of space.

The WX-010 offers users the ability to start a MusicCast system from a single speaker and expand when they are ready, one speaker or component at a time. It joins an existing lineup of more than 30 MusicCast products. Two WX-010 MusicCast wireless speakers can be paired in stereo mode using the MusicCast app for more authentic music reproduction with a wider listening area.

“This is a very important new addition to the MusicCast line,” said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “It gives MusicCast users a way to bring music to small rooms and spaces where shelf or counter space is limited. It’s also our most affordable MusicCast model, which makes it easy for anyone to start building a powerful multiroom audio system at home.”

MusicCast for music all around your home
The Yamaha WX010 is part of Yamaha's hugely impressive network audio system, MusicCast. With MusicCast you can control all your compatible Yamaha MusicCast products via your smartphone or tablet. Play the same music on all the components or split the sound into different zones for different moods in each room; the choice is yours. The MusicCast CONTROLLER app also lets you operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily.

Advanced networking including Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth
Built-in Apple AirPlay means that you can stream music from your Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or other compatible Apple device, wirelessly. If you use another brand of smartphone or tablet then you've also got Bluetooth, for easy music streaming from your portable device.

Wi-Fi and DLNA for effortless streaming
Also standard with the WX010 is Wi-Fi, giving easy connection to your home network. A DLNA certified connection makes streaming a breeze. You can access your stored music from PC, laptop or NAS drive and listen to Internet radio stations and music services such as Spotify, Napster and Qobuz.

Bluetooth output for connecting up headphones
As an added bonus, the Yamaha WX-010 features a Bluetooth output. This lets you wirelessly stream music to compatible Bluetooth headphones or even another Bluetooth speaker - perhaps placed outside.

Twin ABRs for powerful bass
A two-way speaker system gives a crisp, clear sound, throughout the frequency range. With twin ABRs (Auxcillary Bass Radiator) either side of the unit the bass is also powerful enough to easily fill most rooms.

Pair up for stereo sound
Use the MusicCast app and you can pair up two WX-010 speakers for stereo sound. Perfect in larger rooms or wherever you prefer a more immersive, stereo sound, this function doubles the ability of this already impressive speaker.

Compact design that can be wall mounted
With its compact dimensions and unobtrusive design, the WX010 goes just where you want it. Use it on a desk, bedside table or kitchen worktop - the WX010 fits in almost anywhere. For even greater versatility, the speaker can be wall mounted via a simple keyhole slot fitting.The speaker has an elegant design that perfectly complements any home décor and features touch-sensitive buttons on the top panel for easy operation of power, volume and play/pause controls.

S&I Verdict - Users looking for a compact audio solution perfect for casual music streaming around the house should definitely consider the WX-010 -- especially if you plan to invest in additional MusicCast products. The Yamaha WX-010 MusicCast wireless speaker is available in black and white. Shop online today.

Rotel Stereo Combo - don't miss out!


The Rotel Stereo Combo on offer at S&I comprises the A14 Integrated Amplifier, CD14 CD Player and T14 Streaming Tuner and all models are available in both silver and black finishes. 

Peter Kao, of Rotel, told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘The Rotel 14 Series components offer everything anyone needs today—USB connections for playback of digital music files, wireless streaming from all popular music services, Bluetooth, and phono stage inputs are among the connection options. Whether it is classic vinyl or streaming high resolution digital files, the 14 Series will deliver stunning realism.’

Lets take a look at the components –

A14 Integrated Amplifier

The flagship A14 has the highest power and a more advanced set of features. It is rated at 80 watts per channel RMS into 8 ohms, both channels driven. The A14 features a substantial power supply comprising a Rotel manufactured toroidal transformer plus slit-foil capacitors to effortlessly handle difficult speaker loads and dynamic signal peaks. It has been designed to accommodate both classic analog and the latest digital source components supported by the on-board AKM 32 bit/768kHz DAC. Doug Henderson said, “The A14 is a genuine high-end audio component in terms of both build quality and performance. It will easily power large, full range speakers with a degree of finesse that is rare at any price, but virtually unprecedented at this retail cost.”

  • 80 watts per channel
  • Bluetooth with aptX
  • iOS/Android control App
  • AKM 32 bit / 768 kHz DAC
  • PC-USB with DSD support
  • Signal sensing power control
  • Inputs: Analog—Aux (2), CD, Tuner, Phono (MM)
  • Digital: Coax (2), Optical (2), PC-USB (PCM 32 bit/384 kHz) with DSD (1X/2X), Apple iOS USB, Bluetooth aptX

CD14 CD Player

The design of the CD14 begins with a carefully engineered power supply to ensure separate, ripple-free voltage and current to both digital and analog circuits. It maintains the same clean lines and intuitive operation as the other 14 series models, while demonstrating an uncanny ability to resolve even the smallest musical details in a recording. Henderson notes, “Rotel set the bar for affordable CD players many years ago. While others have abandoned the format, music lovers still maintain large collections. The CD14 will let them hear those discs at their best.”

  • Precision CD mechanism
  • Wolfson high performance 24 bit / 192 kHz DAC
  • Independent digital / analogue power supplies
  • iO /Android control APP (requires connection to A14).
  • Disc metadata display
  • Coaxial digital and analogue output

T14 - Streaming Tuner

This tuner bears little resemblance to those that have gone before.  While the T14 can receive classic analogue FM stations, it has also been designed to take advantage of Digital Audio Broadcasts (DAB+), as well as all popular Internet streaming services. That’s a lot of options, but Rotel’s T14 makes selecting them as simple as the touch of a button. The 30 FM and DAB+ pre-sets provide easy access to all of your favourite music stations. A near endless supply of music sources are supported by the T14 using the DTS Play-Fi iOS and Android Apps including Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Rhapsody, Amazon Music, Deezer and more.
Your listening options for radio broadcasts have never been more varied!
Unlike the majority of current tuners the T14 also has a RS232 connection on the rear panel that enables easier integration with multi-room audio system.

  • Dimmable LED and display
  • High quality DAB+ and FM reproduction
  • High resolution music streaming using streaming services supported by DTS Play-Fi iOS and Android apps
  • Wide range of FM and DAB+ radio stations
  • 30 personalised preset stations for both DAB+ and FM
Rotel’s painstaking attention to detail in this range of exceptional hi-fi components is built by music enthusiasts for music enthusiasts. Whether your inclination tends towards vinyl or streaming high resolution digital files from your phone, these 3 14 Series components will connect with your favourite music sources to deliver stunning realism.

The Rotel Stereo Combo is on offer from S&I for the remarkable price of 
R43 020 (was R50 610). While stocks last from a S&I near you.