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SOUND & VISION AT HOME THE ULTIMATE GUIDE 2011/121


CONTENTS About Us

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WHO IS AUDIO T? 3 INTRODUCTION TO CUSTOM INSTALL 6 Published by Audio T Design & Artwork Philippa Steward Printed in England by CBF Printers, Cheltenham Cover image courtesy of Panasonic UK All prices, credit terms and interest rates quoted are correct at the time of going to press. E&OE

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INTRODUCTION TO HI-FI & HOME CINEMA Arcam Audiolab Cyrus Denon Naim Audio Onkyo Pioneer Marantz Simple Audio Sonos Rega Vita Audio Yamaha

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INTRODUCTION TO FLATSCREEN TVs & PROJECTORS 23

INTRODUCTION TO ACCESSORIES 38 Chord Company Grado Hi-Fi Racks Quadraspire QED

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INTRODUCTION TO LOUDSPEAKERS 27

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Bowers & Wilkins Castle Acoustics KEF Monitor Audio Dynaudio Focal PMC Q Acoustics REL Spendor

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WHO IS AUDIO T? About Us

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Audio T is one of the UK’s leading specialist retailers of Hi-Fi and Home Cinema equipment. Founded in 1966, we sell exciting products guaranteed to provide you with a HiFi or Home Cinema system that will thrill you for years to come. We offer independent advice, great value and we have a hard-earned reputation as the most professional and comprehensive providers of Home Cinema, Hi-Fi and Multi-Room systems in the country. As new technologies hit the market, viewing and listening experiences are constantly changing for the better. High-definition television (HDTV) and now 3D television and 3D Blu-ray disc players can give startling new experiences, while wireless Multi-Room systems make it possible to pipe your favourite music around your home. It is now easier than ever to integrate your computer with your home entertainment system, even if the two are in different rooms. With all these changes there has never been a better time to upgrade your existing system but it’s also why it’s important to have expert, impartial advice as you negotiate the multitude of options. That’s where Audio T comes in. With over 45 years of experience, our experts will help you make the right choice. We stock all the key brands and, because we are proudly independent, we’ll give you impartial advice based on what’s best for your needs. We only chose products that offer high performance and value for money, whatever your budget, and we back this up with staff who have the knowledge that comes from being genuine enthusiasts.

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HOW DO I GET THE BEST SOUND AND VISION AT HOME? Independent journalists always give the same advice about buying Hi-Fi and Home Cinema - find yourself a good dealer. What do they mean by a good dealer? They mean a dealer that gives knowledgeable advice and can offer demonstrations. Everyone can see and hear the difference between equipment so don’t think you need to be an ‘expert’. A pair of appreciative eyes and ears are the only qualifications necessary when it comes to choosing a good system. So when making decisions about what to buy, there is no substitute for actually road-testing your prospective purchases - seeing, hearing and experiencing the products in action. Whether you’re tweaking an existing system or starting from scratch, contact your local store to arrange a demonstration. Many other retailers don’t have these facilities - we think they’re essential.

HOW WILL GOOD MUSIC AND MOVIES IMPROVE MY LIFE? Music provides entertainment and pleasure. It can stimulate you and relax you at the same time. Music is pure emotion, but this will only come through on equipment good enough for you to respond to it naturally. The more natural the sound, the more enjoyment and satisfaction you’ll derive. You will enjoy it so much that you’ll buy lots of new music and rediscover your existing collection. That’s what good Hi-Fi is all about and why we love it so much! Likewise you can be transported into another world by watching movies but you will need a Home Cinema system that will produce natural and believable pictures and sound. No mass-market package home cinema systems achieve this goal not least because most of them are devoting only 20% of the budget to the sound. We believe that the sound quality is equally as important as the picture.

THX Ultra 2, THX Ultra and THX Surround EX are trademarks of Lucasfilm. Surround EX is a trademark of Lucasfilm and Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Airplay and FireWire are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. PSP is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. DTS Digital Surround, DTS 96/24, DTS-Neo:6 and DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete are trademarks of DTS. SKY and SKY 3D are registered trademarks of BSkyB Ltd. Android and Picasa are trademarks of Google, Inc. Skype is a trademark of Skype Ltd. Napster logos are trademarks of Napster LLC. All other products and services may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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WHO IS AUDIO T? About Us

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If you’re new to Hi-Fi and Home Cinema then you might like to check-out the introductions to each section for a simple guide to the subject. After that use the Guide to get an overview of what’s available before coming into one of our shops for a chat and a listen. You will then have a better idea of what to ask us. If you’re interested in having music or film in more than one room, discreetly installed and easily controllable, then check out our Custom Installation section on page 6.

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JOIN THE E-CLUB Our customers can now keep up-to-date by joining the e-Club electronic mailing list that has special benefits for members: monthly newsletters with news of new products, special offers, competitions, discount on sale items and more... Sign up today by visiting the Audio T website: www.audio-t.co.uk. We’ll only mail you around once a month and we’ll never sell your email address to anyone else. SOUND & VISION – THE BRISTOL SHOW We run the country’s leading consumer Hi-Fi and Home Cinema exhibition at the Marriott City Centre Hotel every February in Bristol. It’s easy to get to, great fun and you can see and hear almost every product in this guide. Checkout the website at www.bristolshow.co.uk.

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AUDIO T ONLINE For the convenience of those who live too far from one of our stores, or those who wish to shop from home, we also sell online. Our online store sells hundreds of items (some of which you won’t find in our shops) and offers a “Click and Reserve” service for customers to reserve items for in-store collection and payment. We are happy to ship goods to you but this excludes some products that require special installation or those from suppliers who prefer us not to mail order. All items are subject to availability and we will always give you the best information we can on anticipated delivery dates. Please call or e-mail us for prices or to discuss anything you are unsure about. Contact us via email on info@audio-t.co.uk and on the internet at www.audio-t.co.uk where, in addition to our online store, you’ll find our most up to date clearance list and news of our latest products.


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MAKING YOUR PURCHASE SAFE AND EASY We honour all manufacturers guarantees and back this up with an after sales service you can count on, not only to repair anything that might go wrong but also to answer on-going technical queries. We are authorised by the manufacturers to sell all the products we stock. This means we have factory trained staff who know what they’re talking about, our warranty is backed up by them and we can repair or replace items quickly if they go wrong. DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION For a small charge we can deliver and professionally install your Hi-Fi or Home Cinema if you want us to, ensuring you get the very best from your new purchase. Putting a Hi-Fi system together may appear easy but it takes experience to make it sound sensational. Wiring up a Home Cinema system is even more challenging and many people wouldn’t even want to attempt it! We can also offer a full Custom Installation service – see page 6 for more details of this. HOME LOANS AND CREDIT We can arrange home loans of equipment (subject to status) and also home demonstrations, especially for those customers who find traveling difficult. This is subject to arranging a mutually agreeable time and there is usually no extra cost involved (subject to the traveling distance). We offer a wide range of credit products to suit most budgets. Call into your nearest shop for full details. All our credit facilities are subject to acceptance for UK residents aged 18 and over. Written quotations are available on request. Minimum amount of loan (after deposit) is £200. TURNTABLE SERVICING We are also able to service your turntable if you need us to and upgrading these can often produce considerable benefits. Our stores have been working with turntables for years, making improvements that are very cost effective.

retra We are members of the Radio, Electrical and Television Retailers Association

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INTRODUCTION TO CUSTOM INSTALLATION About Us

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Custom Installation is the ideal way to maximise the performance of your home entertainment system and, with years of experience, Audio T are leaders in the field. When you opt for Custom Installation our experts work with you to ensure your system is tailored to your home, acoustically and aesthetically. Custom Installation can range from something as simple as mounting a flat-screen television onto a wall to specifying and installing a full multi-room system. It can include both Hi-Fi and Home Cinema along with computers, lighting and other hardware. Whatever level of installation you choose our experienced installers will offer you the personal attention you expect. MULTI-ROOM AUDIO These systems provide the convenience of selecting what you want to listen to from wherever you are in the house. Quality options vary widely these days so you can choose exactly how much you want to spend, room by room. They avoid clashes of interest too: you can listen to your new CD in the lounge while your partner listens to their favourite track in the kitchen! And, of course, both speakers and equipment can be hidden. Early switching boxes have given way to touch pads in each room, sometimes built into the wall like light switches, but now also appearing on devices like iPhones and iPads. These give you control over volume and source selection while the more sophisticated provide feed back such as radio station name, CD title, artist and track information. And nowadays some of these systems operate wirelessly, making installation both simple and inexpensive.

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A HOME CINEMA If it’s Home Cinema that excites you then it’s definitely time you called into one of our shops to see the latest technology in action. A Home Cinema is something the whole family will enjoy together (and one of the few things that will keep teenagers socialising with you!) We supply and install the best plasma screens, LCD displays and projectors, along with the most upto-date audio electronics. NEW BUILDING PROJECTS If you are about to embark on a refurbishment project, have an extension or new home built then this is the ideal time to think about Custom Installation. Perhaps you have been thinking about a loft or basement conversion for a home cinema? Whatever your plans, Audio T can do these installations for you - whether it’s just a case of hiding the wiring away safely or commissioning a cabinet maker or builder to provide the electronics with a stylish or concealed hide-away.

Want to know more? Email or pop into your local store to discuss your options.


INTRODUCTION TO HI-FI & HOME CINEMA About Us

Hi-Fi and Home Cinema separates, as individual components are commonly known, offer the very best sound quality and the ability to upgrade easily. Combinations of these items can be tailored to build a complete system that will suit your sonic preferences, your home decor or whatever your particular needs may be. This modular approach to system building makes upgrading easy, as well as letting you add other components as your tastes develop or your budget allows.

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We can put together systems from as little as £500 but we are confident that you will agree, once we’ve shown you what is possible, that spending more will pay big dividends. Some of our audiophile customers have been known to spend many thousands of pounds but the average system is around £1,000 to £2,000. You can listen and look in our demonstration rooms (or at home) and make the decision for yourself. A good separates Hi-Fi system will give you musical enjoyment that will excite you and involve you on an emotional level, just like live music. It will be an investment you will never regret. Likewise, everyone is thrilled by the excitement of surround sound when they visit the cinema. Now you can enjoy the same amazing experience at home; and

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not just with films. The same benefits apply to many TV programmes, sporting events and games consoles. The availability of Sky HD, Freesat and Freeview HD and, of course, Blu-ray players has made the experience even more realistic. Home Cinema with multi-channel sound is definitely something that the whole family will enjoy! All our stores can demonstrate how wonderful Hi-Fi and Home Cinema can sound, and you really need to hear and see it properly demonstrated before handing over your money. Our staff members are factorytrained so we can get it all working without any fuss. Come and listen: we can transform your living room into your own private cinema or concert hall!

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ARCAM About Us

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As one of the few companies in the UK who can develop products and technology platforms from the ground up, Arcam are ideally placed to engineer products that push the state of the art.

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The Arcam FMJ series is a range of strikingly attractive components aimed at the buyer who demands superlative performance. These leading edge products deliver a level of sound quality previously only available at much higher prices and take high fidelity and home cinema to the next level. The flagship AV888 and P777 combination is one of the best sounding home cinema systems and the AVR600 receiver has established itself as the performance reference. The recent launch of the BDP100 Blu-ray player completes and compliments these systems perfectly.

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The multi award-winning Solo range has been strengthened by the introduction of the Solo Neo which now adds internet radio and network media playback. The Solo Mini continues to set the standard for sound quality in its category. The rDAC and rDAC KW products represent one of the most cost effective upgrade for music lovers who want to get the best out of any digital source. Arcam have engineered a best in class portable iPod/ iPhone speaker dock called the rCube that has taken the world by storm. It is very compact but hugely capable. It won the prestigious product of the year award from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 2010 and further supports and underlines Arcam’s promise to bring better sound to a wider audience. rCube

Pembroke Avenue, Denny Industrial Centre, Waterbeach CB5 9QR T 01223 203200 www.arcam.co.uk

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AUDIOLAB About Us

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8200 CD player and amplifier

The Audiolab 8200 series is a new generation of products for a renowned British brand drawing upon its original concept of simple, well-constructed ergonomics and crisp, transparent sound. Audiolab engineers have worked diligently to maintain the ethos of the brand while infusing a level of musicality and modernity into an exciting new line of products.

The 8200 series’ overall construction exhibits an extraordinary attention to detail, including perfectly fitting aluminum panels that not only add to the quality of build and design, but also improve the sound quality by reducing magnetic noise. The same attention was given to the internals of each unit which use only the finest quality audiophile components. The results of this approach led to the 8200 CD player winning the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Product of the Year Award 2010. To top it off, the 8200 series’ new range of digital products allow extraordinary flexibility for system building, yet maintain Audiolab’s simplicity in form and function - overall a range of products that users will continue to enjoy for years to come.

IAG House, Sovereign Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XU T 01480 447700 www.audiolab.co.uk

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CYRUS About Us

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Cyrus is well known as a world leader in premium audio. Drawing on more than 30 years of digital engineering experience, Cyrus offers innovative, high-performance components with which to build stateof-the-art audio systems.

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Selecting a Cyrus system is really easy because they make a wide range of upgradeable components from which to choose. Start by deciding if your music is mainly on CD or if you want to stream music from your home computer system, or both? Next select an amplifier with power enough for your listening room and loudspeakers.The Shop can guide you or you can visit the Cyrus website and have fun using the new Cyrus system builder! The latest range of leading edge Streaming Audio players clearly exhibit the passion and commitment Cyrus applies to all of their products. The new Stream XP for instance can be the core of a very high performance system indeed. Rest assured that your choice today can be upgraded tomorrow

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because Cyrus designs upgradeability into the heart of the model range. A key Cyrus USP is longevity. A prime example of why Cyrus systems are so popular is the choice of the recent SE2 CD players that contain Cyrus’ ground breaking and exclusive disc reading technology. Incredibly, every Cyrus CD player sold over the last 20 years is upgradeable to these latest SE2 models in one way or another! Cyrus is committed to designing, developing, manufacturing and supporting products from their Cambridgeshire headquarters. Subsequently you can relax in the knowledge that your purchase is supported by a lifelong after care service.

Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XY T 01480 435577 For upgrade information please email service@cyrusaudio.com www.cyrusaudio.com Cyrus X system displayed in the stylish Hark II system rack

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DENON About Us

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D&M Audiovisual Ltd., First Floor, Imperial House, 4-10 Donegall Square East, Belfast BT1 5HD T 02890 279830 www.denon.co.uk

Integrated Network AV Receiver AVR-1912

The new product range for 2011-12 includes upgraded versions of Denons award-winning home cinema receivers which support 3D and networking at a new price point... branded the EVERYCEIVER

The EVERYCEIVER brings to life all music content, no matter where it is stored. Once connected to the home network, it receives everything, from music stored on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) to over 14,000 Internet radio stations. Most remarkably, it even has AirPlay on board to playback music directly from iTunes music libraries stored on a MAC, a PC or compatible Apple iDevice. Control can be right in the palm of your hand with the Denon remote app and your iDevice allowing you to stream services such as Last FM and Napster, Denon also plan to add extra music services in the future! Of course everything is in renowned Denon quality. Expect the expected with plentiful HDMI connections,

iPod Direct connection (for hooking up your iPhone or iPod) and even multizone. Check out the video on www.everyceiver.eu or www.youtube.com/ DenonEurope. From the dawn of music recording to the rise of surround sound, and now to mobility, streaming, and networking, Denon has not only evolved with technology, but has been a leader and innovator that has developed and introduced these technologies to the world and made them accessible to consumers.

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NAIM AUDIO Fanatical about music, and obsessed with the tiniest detail, British manufacturer Naim Audio is renowned for its no-compromise approach to sound quality. With elegant styling and bullet-proof engineering, each Naim product represents true audio excellence.

UnitiSystem - wireless multi-room audio system

OVATOR S-400 LOUDSPEAKER The Ovator S-400 takes the design cues and engineering principles of the larger S-600 and packages them into a compact cabinet with twin 6.5inch bass drivers and a 46mm Balanced Mode Radiator. The S-400 is designed for more modest listening rooms and amplification than the S-600, but it gives only a little away in terms of performance, and even less away in terms of making music. Ovator S-400 – setting a new standard for audiophile loudspeaker design

UNITISYSTEM WIRELESS MULTI-ROOM AUDIO SYSTEM UnitiSystem represents a simple new approach to enjoying high quality music around the home. UnitiSystem is a UPnP™ based distribution system that comprises the SuperUniti, NaimUniti and UnitiQute multi-source all-in-one players, the UnitiServe CD ripping music server, and the n-Stream iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad control app. All you need is a pair of speakers for each room and a home network. Simplicity and convenience aren’t provided at the cost of true hi-fi performance however. UnitiSystem brings genuine Naim, audiophile, highresolution sound quality to every room of the home.

NDX – streaming comes of age with the new network player from Naim

Southampton Road, Salisbury SP1 2LN T 01722 426600 info@naimaudio.com www.naimaudio.com

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NDX NETWORK PLAYER The NDX caters perfectly for audiophiles who want easy access to digital music with the performance of a high-end source. NDX can play UPnP™ audio streams, internet radio, iPod, iPhone or iPad audio, and files stored on USB memory hardware. Three high resolution S/PDIF digital inputs complete its versatility.


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SuperUniti - all-in-one audio player

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SUPERUNITI ALL-IN-ONE AUDIO PLAYER SuperUniti is Naim’s reference level all-in-one audio player. It combines all of Naim’s expertise in integrated amplification and streaming audio into a single, elegant casing. SuperUniti can play UPnP™ streams including high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz files. The front-panel USB allows playback of audio from iPod, iPhone and iPad models or memory sticks while a DAB, FM and internet radio tuner

and a genuine Naim 80 Watt per channel amplifier offer even greater versatility. Analogue and digital inputs mean sources such as CD players, satellite TV receivers and MP3 players can be connected, and a digital output enables connection to an external digital to analogue converter or digitally-equipped amplifier. Along with a remote handset, the n-Stream iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app can be used for control. 13


ONKYO

Cinematic Brilliance, Terrific Musicality, Undeniable Style Onkyo wants to reproduce sound that you can feel, not just hear. Onkyo believes they live up to their mission to show what high-definition home entertainment is really all about. Their company motto is Imaginative Sight and Sound, a concept meaning superior visual management and sound reproduction technology. Put simply, Onkyo help you to get the most out of your movies, music and gaming. The result is an emotive performance from home cinema products that remain intuitive and easy to use. Core Technologies That Make All the Difference Onkyo translated into English means “sound harmony” and this mission can be heard so beautifully with our range of micro systems. From the very beginning Onkyo's vision was to spread the joy and soothing qualities inherent in music to people anywhere. During the early phases of its corporate history, Onkyo grew as an innovator and fashioned itself into a force in audio, making the name Onkyo synonymous with sonic excellence and high-quality loudspeakers.

Onkyo Europe Electronics GmbH, UK Office, The Coach House, 81A High Street, Marlow SL7 1AB T 01628 473350 www.onkyo.co.uk

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Onkyo Home Cinema System

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PIONEER

Combining cutting-edge technology with sophisticated design, Pioneer’s products deliver the ultimate in audio and video reproduction resulting in an immersive audio and visual experience.

VSX-921

Pioneer House, Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges SL2 4QP T 01753 789789 www.pioneer.co.uk

Pioneer has an immense enthusiasm for creating high-performance audio products, which stems from their unrivalled passion for music and commitment to quality. Pioneer’s pursuit of audio precision ensures their products faithfully reproduce sound as closely as possible to the original source, resulting in sonic purity and high-fidelity sound, bringing depth and vibrancy to your audio experience.

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SC-LX85

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VSX-S300

READY FOR NEW POSSIBILITIES Pioneer’s home cinema receivers offer unparalleled performance and advanced technologies. Many of the latest models work with exciting new features such as Apple’s AirPlay, Made for iPad, DLNA Certified® (v1.5) and vTuner Internet Radio. Pioneer’s range topping receivers include the SC-LX85, packed with proprietary audio enhancement and room calibration technologies as well as introducing various custom install features including twin HDMI outputs, a wireless LAN converter and RF remote.

PIONEER’S SLIM AV RECEIVERS Pioneer introduces new slim AV Receiver products which offer the high quality flexibility and sound that Pioneer AV receivers are renowned for with a substantially reduced height than the larger AV receiver series, making them ideal for those with limited space or who prefer minimalist and sleek designs. To complement these products Pioneer will launch a new range of 3D Blu-ray Players available from autumn 2011.

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MARANTZ Custom Install

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NA7004

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For over fifty years Marantz has been building landmark products and has an unrivalled pedigree for class leading hi-fi components. This is underlined by the mountain of awards won over the years, with its most popular CD player scooping the best budget deck award from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision for a staggering four consecutive years.

D&M Audiovisual Ltd., First Floor, Imperial House, 4-10 Donegall Square East, Belfast BT1 5HD T 02890 279830 www.marantz.co.uk

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The company builds equally impressive state-ofthe-art home cinema equipment, where the very best Blu-ray pictures are matched by stunning High Definition audio. Marantz is just at home with high quality all-in-one systems – one-box wonders whose smart looks are matched only by their superlative performance levels and the formats they embrace. Never one to rest on its laurels, the company is actively embracing all the latest technologies, so connecting your iPhone and iTunes collection to a Marantz design is simplicity itself. Meanwhile, many of the company’s latest products can also stream content from your PC, plays thousands of internet radio stations and are both Napster and Last.fm enabled.


SIMPLE AUDIO About Us

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The all new HD sound system from Simple Audio. Access your entire digital music collection and experience high definition sound around your home. Simply add music and enjoy.

Experience simple

Cartside House 1 Clarkson Road Glasgow G44 4EF T 0141 416 2122 info@simpleaudio.com www.simpleaudio.com

24 Bit HD sound The sonically superior system will help you get the most from your digital music collection, from MP3 up to 24 bit studio quality.

All your tracks together Now you can access all your digital music wherever it's stored, and play your tracks anywhere you choose to place a Roomplayer.

Perfect playback Wireless just doesn’t cut it. We use Powerline Communications technology, so there’s no signal drop out and no compromise on sound.

Set up, play anywhere Choose one Roomplayer, or put a Roomplayer in every room if you want to create a complete home audio solution. It couldn’t be easier. 19


SONOS About Us

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Welcome to a radically new way to listen to music. With Sonos, you can stream all the music on earth in every room of your home. Wirelessly, with HiFi sound. And control everything from your smartphone or tablet.

Computers Unlimited, The Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, London NW9 6BX T 020 8358 9593/4 digitalhome@unlimited.com www.sonos.com

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Simply connect a Sonos player to your Internet router via ethernet to listen to your music straight away - no docking, separate speakers or other audio equipment are required. If you have a favourite stereo, or set of speakers, there are also Sonos players available that allow you to stream all the music on earth in every room with Sonos.

Stream your iTunes library, your favourite music services, and more than 100,000 free internet radio stations, podcasts and shows.

Add as many SONOS players as you want throughout your home. Then control them individually or play them all together.

Control all of your music from a Sonos controller, or your Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad. Play a dierent song in every room, or play together in perfect sync, while adjusting the individual volume of each player. Download the SONOS Controller app for free.

Control Sonos your way... Control your SONOS wireless HiFi system with your Android or iPhone.


REGA Custom Install

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VITA AUDIO Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

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A family owned, British company, Vita Audio have quickly built a reputation for designing the finest radios and compact audio systems available. With 30 years previous experience producing high quality loudspeaker systems through sister company Ruark Acoustics, the design team have a deep knowledge of how to make great sounding products. Vita Audio has three clear objectives: Mission: To design products that appeal to the heart as much as the head. Products that they themselves would be proud to own.

Rega Research first started making specialist Hi-Fi equipment in 1973. Back then life and the Hi-Fi world were simpler; Rega produced just one product, a turntable. The designer (and at that time production team) Roy Gandy had some very specific design goals. First and foremost excellent sound reproduction, ease of use, strong reliability, great value for money and finally a long life. Roy achieved his goal through elegant technical solutions and clever production processes. These savings were handed onto the consumer by keeping the cost of the product as low as possible. Roy is still the owner and a key member of the design team, a team which consists of some employees who have been at Rega for thirty years. Currently Rega makes more than 40 different products including turntables, CD players, tuners, amplifiers, DAC’s, and Loudspeakers to name but a few.

Design: To create design icons of the future! Clean lines and proportions allied to exclusive features such as their exclusive ‘RotoDial’ control system make Vita Audio products instantly recognisable and give a unique brand identity. Performance & Functionality: Their goal is for class leading performance, intuitive operation and utilities that are of real benefit rather than frivolous features that may seldom be used. The Sunday Telegraph described Vita’s R1 as “the Aston Martin of radios”. This fantastic statement succinctly describes how Vita Audio products should be perceived. 59 Tailors Court, Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Southend On Sea SS2 5TH T 01702 601410 www.vitaaudio.com

Having produced astounding sound quality and unrivalled value for money consistently over the years you may ask how Rega keeps such tight control on the quality and performance of the products we build? Easy, all are lovingly hand assembled in their own factory in Essex. In fact they are so confident in their ability that they offer a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects on all their products. Rega products, designed for music lovers by music lovers. Unit 6 Coopers Way, Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5TE T 01702 333071 www.rega.co.uk

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YAMAHA About Us

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Since 1887, when they began producing reed organs, Yamaha has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments as well as a leading producer of audio/ visual products and semiconductors.

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Their professional audio systems are regarded by live sound and recording engineers as an industry standard to which other manufacturers can only aspire. And their handsome grand pianos fill the world’s concert halls with sweet, beautiful music, inspiring audiences wherever they are played. In 1986 they introduced the DSP-1 Digital Sound Field Processor. Working with two-channel stereo, Yamaha’s engineers had decided to explore the possibility of recreating accurate spatial imaging, with a three-dimensional quality, in order to more

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faithfully reproduce music. It is these disciplines that have enabled them to produce some of the best sounding home cinema and hi-fi equipment on the market today. Therefore it comes as no surprise that their latest products are enjoying many accolades. The award winning A-S500 two channel amplifier, five star RXV1067 multi-channel receiver and YSP-4100 digital sound projector are all testaments to Yamaha’s continued commitment in taking their products to the next level.

Yamaha’s new award winning A-S500 amplifier

Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes MK7 8BL T 01908 366700 info@yamaha-uk.com

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CD-S2000 CD player, A-S2000 amplifier and Soavo speakers


INTRODUCTION TO FLAT SCREEN TVs & PROJECTORS About Us

These days Home Cinema buyers are truly spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer a sleek flat panel display or want a full-blown cinema experience using a projector and screen, the technology is becoming ever better and more affordable.

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Not only have prices reduced dramatically but technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. The choice between LCD and Plasma is a personal one though we generally recommend plasma as a better choice for watching programmes with a lot of fast movement, such as sport or playing computer games. However, some of the very latest larger LCD screens are now an excellent choice as well. Within LCD screens there is also a choice to be made as these now come in 3 flavours – traditional fluorescent backlit screens (the thickest), newer, edge lit LED screens which are dramatically thinner but pricier, and now the best option of all – LED backlit screens. These offer localized dimming for better contrast, though they are slightly thicker as a result. All these screens use LCD technology, despite the disingenuous advertising, and it looks like this technology is here to stay for some while. Newer technologies such as OLED (organic light emitting diode) and SED-TV (surface-conduction electronemitter display) may be on the horizon but for now, for the vast majority of people, LCD and Plasma are the only games in town.

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If you really want a Home Cinema that’s truly enveloping, you must come and see one of the projectors we recommend, casting vast, beautifully detailed, richly coloured images onto a wide screen: there’s nothing that comes close to that experience! We can advise on the best choice of projector for your room, install it and set it up to get the best performance possible. Once installed these systems are very discreet. 2010 saw the introduction of 3D televisions and 2011 has seen 3D projectors as well. Despite the need to wear special glasses to see the 3D effect these products have been some of the most popular we’ve ever sold. With BBC and Sky 3D broadcasting and the number of 3D Blu-ray discs ramping up, 2011/12 will be the year that 3D really takes off. We believe that there has never been a better time to purchase a Home Cinema system: the technology has matured and prices have fallen. Let us guide you through the wide range of choices and put together the Home Cinema of your dreams.

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PANASONIC About Us

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

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Panasonic brings new applications to its enhanced cloudbased Internet service, VIERA Connect VIERA Connect1 allows you to enjoy a range of other services such as sports, health & fitness activities, interactive games and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and television programmes - all through the simple operation of a remote control. One of the new services available on its 2011 line-up of VIERA TVs² is the popular video-on-demand service, BBC iPlayer which allows you to catch-up on selected high quality, full screen BBC programming from recent shows. Other main VIERA Connect Services include Games Panasonic House Willoughby Road Bracknell RG12 8FP T 0844 844 3852 (Panasonic Customer Care Centre) www.panasonic.co.uk 1) Broadband connection required 2) 24 new flat-panel VIERA TV models (32 to 65 inches1) are compatible with this service: 42/46/50/55/65 inch Plasma and 32/37/42 inch LCD TVs

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A number of games are available for free through VIERA Connect such as Black Jack, Chess, Mahjong Fruits, Poker, Solitaire, Main Sweeper and Number place. Music and Video Services Ustream and SHOUTcast are among the new music and video services provided by VIERA Connect and join the already existing services such as YouTube, Acetrax and Dailymotion. Social Networking, News & Lifestyle Joining the already successful Picasa, Skype and

Twitter applications, VIERA Connect also features several new lifestyle and social networking applications such as Facebook and CineTrailer.TV. The VIERA Connect system operates on a high-quality, 32-bit 3D graphical user interface (GUI) allowing quick and convenient operation and easy updating to fully maximize the features of cloud-based services. With the launch of its new VIERA Connect service, 70% of the 2011 Panasonic VIERA line-up will be VIERA Connect capable. And this is all on top of the exceptional image quality VIERA is renowned for. The new plasma models also offer more economical operation made possible by Panasonic’s latest, most advanced NeoPDP technology. New VIERA plasma TV’s boast higher efficiency, better image quality and lower power consumption than their predecessors.


JVC About Us

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EPSON

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, highprecision technologies, with a product line up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices. Epson has been the worldwide leader in the projector market for nine years.

DLA-X30

Experience 3D movies, games and sport at home as all JVC models are supplied with a pair of Active Shutter 3D Glasses and 3D Signal Emitter for a superb 3D performance. The latest 2012 JVC range, DLA-X30, DLA-X70R & DLA-X90R is dramatically improved and redesigned to achieve high picture performance, pure black levels, and smooth gradation of colours. All the new JVC projectors have a 2D-to-3D Converter – which converts 2D program material to 3D. JVC have also introduced the world’s first HD up-converting home cinema projectors that display 2D HD content with full 4K precision.

The new Full HD1080p EH-TW5500 and EH-TW4400 are two of the latest additions to Epson’s home cinema range. Incorportating advanced 3LCD imaging technology which delivers vibrant, crisp images, these projectors create the very best home cinema experience. The frame interpolation feature means that output is smooth and the addition of super resolution software contributes to a brilliantly clear picture. Whether you are watching a DVD, Bluray disc or television from a set top box, this new software ensures that images from any input are viewed in breathtaking quality. With these projectors, watching big screen movies in the home becomes an exciting reality. Campus 100, Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7TJ T 0871 222 6702 (UK)* 01 436 7742 (Republic of Ireland) enquiries@epson.co.uk etalk.epson-europe.com www.epson.co.uk EH-TW4400

The DLA-X70R & DLA-X90R offer 4k up-converting. They feature JVC’s new e-shift technology capable of projecting images with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, four times that of full HD. They have rear input terminals that allow more versatile positioning and mounting options. A glossy black finish is standard on all models, and a white finish cabinet is available as an option on the DLAX30. The new JVC D-ILA projectors will bring another dimension to your viewing enjoyment. JVC House, JVC Business Park, 12 Priestley Way, London NW2 7BA T 020 8450 3282 hdworld@jvc.co.uk www.jvc.co.uk

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SONY About Us

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Slim speakers and atscreen TV from Sony

Sony started as an audio company, committed to changing the way we listened to music through cutting-edge technology. Since then, its ceaseless innovation has given it an unrivalled reputation as a company which delivers genuinely exciting and involving home entertainment.

SONY UK, The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, KT13 0XW T 08705 111999 www.sony.co.uk

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Sony’s amazing new 3D projector, the VPL-VW90ES.

As owners of one of the largest movie studios in the world, Sony leads the way in the 3D revolution, lending its expertise to movie makers as well as game designers. So the company is involved in the whole 3D journey, from the movie set to your home. BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony come packed with features to deliver market-leading 3D picture performance, as well BRAVIA Internet Video which allows you to use your favourite catch-up TV services as well as the best of the web from the comfort of your sofa. All wrapped up in beautifully designed products, such as the stunning new Monolith TV which sets a new benchmark in the art of television design.


INTRODUCTION TO LOUDSPEAKERS About Us

Loudspeakers have changed dramatically over the past few years and nowadays you can get outstanding performance from your music or Home Cinema system from a vast range of stylish designs – some grand and imposing and others so tiny that you will barely notice them.

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Your options are, broadly speaking, traditional wooden speakers that have been the mainstay of the speaker market for years and give great sound. They are available as bookshelf, stand mounted or floor standing designs and can look very elegant. If your goal is excellent reproduction of music then they are still the best choice, although they are larger than some of the alternatives now available. The most common of these alternatives are known as sub sat systems, as they use a subwoofer to produce the bass frequencies with satellite speakers for the rest of the frequency range. The advantage of this approach is that the bass can go deeper than in most traditional speakers (particularly useful in Home Cinema systems) and the satellite speakers can be small. Unfortunately they can sound poor if they are not designed well or if they are not set up properly in your room. We recommend sub sats, but only the best ones! They can be stand, shelf or even wall mounted with the sub tucked away near a wall. The third approach to speakers is the Custom Installed way, where speakers are fitted discreetly into ceilings, walls and even rocks in the garden! This is a great way to lose those boxes but it generally compromises the sound unless you buy the very best. They are ideally suited to bedrooms, bathrooms, pools or patios, where the ultimate sound quality is not the main

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requirement or the use of more traditional speakers would be inappropriate. Whichever alternative you choose you will still need to think about how the speakers will react with the room and where you will place them. As you would expect, our staff have great experience in matching systems to rooms and will gladly guide you. Once you have selected appropriate speakers there are still decisions to be made. You won’t get the most from your speakers if they’re not properly supported or if you don’t use the appropriate cables. We have the answer to both problems – a range of effective stands and supports for speakers that require them, and a wide selection of performance enhancing cables. We’ll leave you with some advice about power ratings: you won’t damage your speakers if you’re sensible with the volume control. When you hear signs of distortion, turn the volume down. In truth, you stand more chance of damaging your speakers by using a low-powered amplifier driven into distortion than you do with a high-powered model used sensibly. Loudspeakers are like car engines: they’re mechanical devices that need to be run-in. Treat them gently for the first week or two and you’ll find that as time passes their sound will improve noticeably.

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BOWERS & WILKINS About Us

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

When John Bowers set up Bowers & Wilkins in 1966, experimentation in sound and recording was escalating rapidly. After all this was the period that gave us Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Bowers’ ambition for his fledgling loudspeaker company was also revolutionary: to create a loudspeaker that neither adds nor takes away from the music as recorded by the sound engineer. In effect, the perfect loudspeaker. Bowers & Wilkins has been exploring the world of sound ever since.

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

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The newest loudspeaker in the Bowers & Wilkins range is unashamedly aimed at the music connoisseur. PM1 is probably the most refined small speaker yet created. It offers an extremely high-quality audio performance and features several key technological innovations, including a new tweeter design and a cabinet unlike anything previously constructed by Bowers & Wilkins.

Zeppelin Air

And following on from the iconic Zeppelin, Bowers & Wilkins has introduced Zeppelin Air. Incorporating Apple’s AirPlay technology, it provides a seismic shift in audio performance, design and functionality. Zeppelin Air is the ultimate wireless speaker system. PM1

C5

C5 noise-isolating in-ear headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so comfortably and securely you’ll hardly be aware you’re wearing them.

Dale Road, Worthing BN11 2BH T 01903 221500 uksales@bwgroup.com www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk

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CASTLE ACOUSTICS About Us

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Castle’s Knight Series is the embodiment of the brand’s legacy: delivering sumptuous sound quality and craftsmanship evident in its wood-veneered speaker cabinets. With all its component parts manufactured, assembled, hand-crafted in-house, and painstakingly finished by hand, the Knight series combines traditional cabinet making with the finest in British engineering design. The Knight series incorporate Castle’s proprietary TPT (Twin Pipe Technology) bass loading system, using the internal volume of the cabinet to extend bass response. TPT is a new variation on transmission-line loading, delivering deep bass without the ‘boom’ that can result from traditional reflex-port loading. It utilises the internal volume of the cabinet to extend bass response, delivering a smooth and even result that augments the main bass driver’s output perfectly resulting in a deep, tuneful, well-defined bass from speakers that are easily accommodated in a wide variety of room shapes and sizes. The Knight series comes in a choice of eight realwood book-matched veneers.

IAG House, Sovereign Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XU T 01480 447700 www.castle.uk.com Knight 1

Knight Series

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KEF

KEF has been at the forefront of home theatre innovation right from the start; KEF Home Theatre (KHT) systems bring audiophile quality sound to affordable home entertainment as its many awards and 5 star reviews are testimony to. KEF’s range of innovative surround sound systems deliver unsurpassed enjoyment at every price range and are loved by music, movie and gaming fans alike. KEF KHT1505 – COMPACT AND STYLISH 5.1 HOME THEATRE SYSTEM After putting the diminutive system through its paces, What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision was left thoroughly impressed by its performance and awarded this compact 5.1 system a glowing 5 star review. Featuring a compact centre speaker, satellites and a powerful subwoofer, the system is specifically designed to match popular flat screen TVs. With satellites that can either be wall-mounted vertically or horizontally or using the optional floor stands, the KHT1505 home theatre system allows for flexible placement within your home. KEF’s compact KHT1505 home theatre system not only offers tremendous value, but also delivers the style and substance of a much higher priced system.

Eccleston Road, Tovil, Maidstone ME15 6QP T 01622 672261 www.kef.com

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KEF Custom Install

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

KHT1505 System

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Monitor Audio is a British owned and managed global specialist in the creation of award-winning high performance loudspeaker systems for the home. Since 1972 they have led the world in developing advanced metal driver technologies, which generate superior sound from a wide range of discreet and stylish speakers, designed for every space and décor.

24 Brook Road, Rayleigh SS6 7XJ T 01268 740580 info@monitoraudio.co.uk www.monitoraudio.co.uk

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The elegant, slim profile Platinum, GX, RX and BX floor-standing loudspeakers occupy very little space but are capable of filling even large areas with exciting life-like dynamics and fidelity.

And where space is especially critical, a mix of their in-room speakers with acoustically matched in-wall and in-ceiling models will complete a wonderfully holistic union of sound and surroundings.

In more minimalist interiors, the ultra-slim on-wall SoundFrame designs are engineered to a similarly high standard, but at just 87mm deep, integrate beautifully with décor.

You can even transfer the world-famous Monitor Audio sound outdoors to patio or garden areas with the Climate all-weather speakers. Inside and outside the home, there’s a combination of Monitor Audio speakers that will transform the way you live with sound.

The exquisitely versatile and compact Apex, Radius HD or Vector ranges of satellite/subwoofer systems inspire as much pride of ownership by delivering high definition audio from stand, table-top or wall positions.

Apex A10AV12 Speaker Package

MONITOR AUDIO


MONITOR AUDIO Custom Install

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Gold GX200 Walnut

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DYNAUDIO About Us

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Founded 1976 in Skanderborg, Denmark, Dynaudio is one of the very few loudspeaker brands that design and manufacture their own driveunits and cabinets, in order to fine-tune every detail for the most authentic music reproduction.

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Dynaudio from Denmark is one of the most respected non-UK speaker manufacturers and has built up a high reputation for its ‘authentic fidelity’ approach. In 2011, Dynaudio’s 35 years of experience are reflected in the new Focus range. With improved bass drivers, tweeters and crossovers, the new Focus sounds better than ever before, with every model delivering a new, higher level of sound quality. The Focus models sound more open, transparent and dynamic, while always maintaining the refined natural balance Dynaudio is so renowned for. Each model is ennobled with furniture-grade real wood veneers or high-quality piano lacquer. Also new is the Confidence Signature range. The Signature may also be called His Masters Voice since this project was inspired by Dynaudio founder and owner Wilfried Ehrenholz. The Confidence remains his favourite Dynaudio series, and he has always had the ambition of one day making the best even

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better. A new level of fine-tuning and the experience gained from creating the exceptional Consequence Ultimate flagship speaker now yield into this refined Signature edition, exclusively available in pianolacquer-coated real wood veneers and various other finishes. Another new model developed for hi-fi as well as home cinema is the high-performance subwoofer Sub 600, combining an advanced 300 watt amplifier with Dynaudio’s largest bass driver. Dynaudio speakers can not only be enjoyed at home: Here in the UK, facilities such as London’s Air Studios as well as BBC Radio & Music also rely on Dynaudio Professional monitors, while the company also supplies dedicated Dynaudio Sound Systems to Volkswagen and Bugatti – at 265mph, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Roadster is officially the fastest hi-fi on the planet! Focus 160

Regional Office Dynaudio UK Chord Electronics Ltd The Pumphouse Farleigh Bridge East Farleigh, Maidstone ME16 9NB T 01622 721444 dynaudiouk@chordelectronics.co.uk www.dynaudio.com

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FOCAL About Us

Custom Install

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Focal, with its’ 30 year heritage, is universally respected as one of the leading loudspeaker innovators and manufacturers in the world today. Yet even after three decades of success, and with the most advanced modern production capabilities, the ‘hand made’ attention to detail continues. With the continuing development of Focal’s unique, patented drive units, three generations of master craftsmen involved in cabinet construction and finishing, and the final meticulous assembly, inspection and packing of the finished speakers. At the heart of all Focal speakers are patented technologies married to sophisticated aesthetics. Focal has stretched and exceeded the accepted limits with the use of innovative design and materials, rewarded by US magazine Stereophile with the acclaim of ‘The World’s Best Loudspeaker’, with the iconic reference ‘Grande Utopia’. This attention to detail delivers the ultimate reward – uncompromised musical pleasure, from objects of lasting quality, in your home. Focal offers you a range of loudspeakers stretching from £255 to £112,750 a pair - every model offering a class defining and musically satisfying experience.

Electra

PO Box 4287, Coventry CV4 0BS T 0845 660 2680 info@focal-uk.com www.focal-uk.com

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PMC About Us

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PMC, the Emmy® award-winning British loudspeaker company, is widely respected as the manufacturer of the very finest reference monitors and hi-fi loudspeakers in the world. Its handcrafted designs provide the purest sound thanks to the incorporation of PMC’s patented ATL™ technology, which guarantees a wide dynamic range and full, rich bass at all playback volumes.

43-45 Crawley Green Road, Luton LU2 0AA T 0870 444 1044 sales@promonitor.co.uk www.pmc-speakers.com

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Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Satisfied clients of PMC across the globe include Stevie Wonder, Prince, Google, Coldplay, the BBC, Robbie Williams, SEGA, Deutsche Grammophon, Tony Bennett, Kraftwerk, Universal Music and many more. It is no exaggeration that much of the world’s music, whether available on-line, on CD, or in the world of broadcast and film, has been produced using PMC.

expression of its engineering excellence and flair is the beautiful fact® range. With models including the fact®8 (voted ‘Loudspeaker of the Year’ by Hi-Fi Choice) and the graceful fact®3 stand-mounted design, the fact® series offers the ultimate in audio transparency, clarity and elegance, and allows for precision fine-tuning to create the perfect sound balance in any room.

In high-end audio, PMC is internationally renowned for its award-winning i series, and the latest

Capture the true spirit and essence of any performance - with PMC. fact.8® - Tiger Ebony


Q ACOUSTICS Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Q ACOUSTICS 2000 SERIES Following the astonishing success of the original 1000 and 1000i ranges, Q Acoustics has once again approached the world’s most renowned loudspeaker designers and challenged them to engineer a new range that delivers both unrivalled sonic performance and breathtaking value for money. In other words, they wanted the new 2000 Series to be the very best affordable loudspeakers ever produced. Have they succeeded? The ecstatic reviews, accolades and awards from around the world rather suggest they have. Q ACOUSTICS Q-TV Most things in life are a compromise and flatscreen TVs are no exception. Screens get bigger and slimmer, but sadly the sound they produce gets thinner and thinner.

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

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High-End Stereo Performance from a Sub? REL's high-tech blend of Silicon Valley engineering and production techniques blended with traditional British virtues of solid construction and conservative style has resulted in an entirely new range of sub-bass systems that has everyone talking. Serie T sets new standards for quality, value and design in this price range – 9 coats of lacquer, fantastic drivers and solid reliable amplifiers. Stepping up to Serie R, the performance and build quality gets even better with improvements in speed, slam, extension and richness of detail. Visit one of our stores and discover the wonderful performance these new REL’s offer. Hint: The greatest benefits occur above the bass region! Ask for a demo and prepare to be amazed. R528 Hero

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2050 loudspeakers

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REL

Q-TV

North Road, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend CF31 3TP T 01656 768777 www.rel.net

The answer is Q-TV. Born out of a passion for perfection, Q-TV will transform the way you enjoy your TV. Almost invisible, Q-TV is the first truly discreet, 2.1 HD sound upgrade for 30” – 50” flatscreen televisions. Its 100 watts of amplification delivers dynamic, room filling stereo sound with real bass, yet is completely clutter-free with almost no visual intrusion into your living space. It’s also supremely easy to install. There are two models available: Q-TV2 adjusts to perfectly fit 30” – 42” screens and Q-TV2X perfectly fits 42” – 50” screens. Armour Home Electronics, Stortford Hall Industrial Park, Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford CM23 5GZ T 01279 501111 info@armourhome.co.uk www.qacoustics.co.uk

T-7 Hero

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SPENDOR About Us

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INTRODUCTION TO ACCESSORIES Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Spendor loudspeakers have earned an enviable reputation for their beautifully clear and natural sound. Recent innovations include dynamic cabinet damping, linear flow port technology and advanced polymer cones. All Spendor loudspeakers are designed and manufactured in the UK. The Spendor ST carbon combines superlative sound with luxurious modern style. To hear it is to experience a new level of sound resolution and integration. The Spendor A-line offers outstanding performance, remarkable versatility and clean modern style. The new Spendor A9 is the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 2010 Awards Best Stereo Speaker (£3,000+), and the A6 the 2009 Best Stereo Speaker (£1,000+). The A5 is widely recognised as delivering sound of a quality and scale not matched by other compact floor standing loudspeakers. The Spendor SA1 is internationally recognised as THE definitive mini-monitor, it has received a string of 5 star reviews praising its captivating sound. Whatever your system – whatever your music – however you live – there is a Spendor loudspeaker to suit.

SPENDOR G5 Ropemaker Park, South Road, SPENDOR Hailsham BN27 3GY T 01323 843474 info@spendoraudio.com www.spendoraudio.com

SPENDOR A-line

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Loudspeakers

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The performance of your Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system is influenced most by your choice of major components, however, other seemingly less important items also play a vital role in the process. The cables, the stands and the supports under your system can all dramatically affect – and improve – the system’s performance. Spending relatively small amounts of money here can produce large improvements in quality. We give you the best advice on finding the balance between what is truly worthwhile and running up bills on accessories you don’t need. Stands and tables contribute significantly to the way loudspeakers and system components perform. Loudspeaker stands not only place your loudspeakers at the correct height they also improve detail, dynamics and bass performance. Equipment stands enhance the performance of Blu-ray/CD players, turntables and electronics by dealing with spurious air and structure-borne vibrations. There’s a vast range available in different designs, different materials and different colours, so there’s no excuse for not giving your system the support it deserves. What’s more, some now include cable management systems that keep wires tidy and hidden from view. The stands now available for plasma and LCD screens enhance the viewing experience by placing the set at the ideal height and can, we believe, make them look almost as attractive as when Spendor logo they’re wall mounted. Many of them will also hold the associated DO NOT MODIFY CORNERS OR electronics and some can hide these completely, together with CLIP BLACK BACKGROUND the cables. Good cables are crucial: the interconnects that come free with equipment rarely offer adequate performance and you should certainly consider replacing them. Poor speaker cables will also strangle the sound of your whole system. Likewise poor video cables will not exploit the full potential of your flat screen or projector. Headphones can extend the time you can listen to music without disturbing others, and they can help ensure that others don’t disturb you! Some models simulate home cinema surround sound, while others use a wireless system that allows you to enjoy your << IF LOGO IS USED ON BLACK BACKGROUND USE VERSION music while you’re in another room or even outside mowing the WITH WHITE BORDER LINE lawn. These days we also sell a wide range of headphones that we recommend to upgrade those supplied with iPods and the like and these can make a huge difference to the sound.


THE CHORD COMPANY

Chord Company House, The Millsway Centre, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7RX T 01980 625700 www.chord.co.uk

The Chord Company has 25 years experience in designing cables to carry both picture and audio

CHORD Chameleon Plus VEE

Accessories

CHORD Indigo Digital

Loudspeakers

CHORD Anthem 2

CHORD Signature Speaker Cable

CHORD Carnival SilverScreen Speaker Cable

CHORD Cadenza XLR

The precious signal, so vital to the experience and enjoyment of film and music, is lost. Poor quality shielding subjects the signal to interference. Detail is hidden by noise. Dynamics are lost and the music performance is flat and uninspiring.

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

CHORD Power Chord

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

CHORD Sarum RCA

Cables matter. Whether you have a home cinema or hi-fi system, it’s vital to connect it with the best possible cables. Many systems are let down because they are connected with poor quality or badly designed cables.

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CHORD HDMI SuperShield High Speed Ethernet

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signals as accurately as possible. Whatever level of system you choose, The Chord Company has interconnects and speaker cable that will ensure that you get the best possible sound and picture. Experience the full performance potential of your equipment and get really involved. Chord Company cables bring music and film to life. 39


GRADO Custom Install

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

PS-1000

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HI-FI RACKS Loudspeakers

Accessories

Award-winning solid wood racks that look as good as they sound. Hi-Fi Racks believes an audio-visual stand should be an attractive piece of furniture as well as delivering exceptional acoustic performance. That’s why their Podium Reference and Podium XL ranges are made using only the finest solid hardwoods from around the world. It’s the high quality of design and craftsmanship that led the Podium range to win a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision ‘Product of the Year’ award in 2009 and 2010. Like all their products, the Podium Reference and XL racks are individually handmade to the customer’s exact requirements and every piece is unique. Each tier sits seamlessly on the next, and a choice of leg lengths is available at no extra cost. All their stands are upgradeable and adaptable to accommodate changes to the your hi-fi system. As a family run business, Hi-Fi Racks give customers personal service and unbeatable attention to detail. Unit 24F, Pillings Road, Oakham LE15 6QF T 01572 756447 info@hifiracks.co.uk www.hifiracks.co.uk

Grado, one of the oldest family owned companies in the Audio Industry, is famous for its remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs. For more than half a century it has set the benchmarks in design engineering for both the high-end audio and recording industries and holds 48 patents. Widely regarded as the manufacturer of the world’s best headphones, Grado combines time honoured production know how with painstaking attention to design detail. The resulting Grado headphones achieve previously unobtainable levels of pitch control, harmonic accuracy and bass quality. All Grado headphones and cartridges are hand made to Grado's full performance specifications... nothing leaves the factory unless it sounds pure Grado. Armour Home Electronics, Stortford Hall Industrial Park, Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford CM23 5GZ T 01279 501111 info@armourhome.co.uk www.gradolabs.com

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4 Tier Podium


QUADRASPIRE About Us

Custom Install

QED

Hi-Fi & Home Cinema

Flatscreen TVs & Projectors

Loudspeakers

Accessories

Performance HDMI-E Super Speed

Quadraspire was set up in 1995 with the aim of designing and making quality hi-fi furniture that combines functionality and style with acoustic performance. Quadraspire believes that the hi-fi rack is central to the optimum performance of a whole audio system. The reason for this is that each electronic component and cable is susceptible to electrical and mechanical noise that will degrade overall system performance and so it is critical to reduce this to a minimum to deliver a clearer cleaner musical performance.

Audio Signature

The new Q4EVO and SVT racks achieve this through a combination of non-magnetic aluminium columns and specially engineered wood veneered shelves. Both these racks recently received 5 star reviews in What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine “Dynamically, you get a first rate performance, and production subtleties are a revelation”. To complement its racks Quadraspire also manufactures a range of cabinets for CDs, LPs and hi-fi and home cinema components. To ensure consistent production to the highest standards expected from customers around the world all Quadraspire furniture is made at its factory in Bath, England. 27 Burnett Business Park, Gypsy Lane, Burnett BS31 2ED T 01179 863228 sales@quadraspire.co.uk www.quadraspire.co.uk Sonoko Vent

QED has been designing award-winning hi-fi cables and accessories for more than 35 years. Its experienced and highly talented engineers are proud to be part of a team which has produced so many truly iconic designs, furthered the boundaries of sonic performance and set standards against which other brands are measured. Focusing solely on scientific principles, QED has created a range of cable products which unleash the potential of any hi-fi or home cinema system. Enthusiasts choose QED cables, secure in the knowledge they will convey the very best performance their equipment can deliver. Each QED range boasts outstanding hi-fi and home cinema cables that combine precision engineering and stunning design to produce a class leading performance. Armour Home Electronics, Stortford Hall Industrial Park, Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford CM23 5GZ T 01279 501111 info@armourhome.co.uk www.qed.co.uk

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See and hear almost every product in this guide Meet the manufacturers and designers, often there in person Visit the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision stand for a demonstration or an answer to any questions you might have See loads of the latest products, hot from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Get great deals on most purchases made at the Show Win great prizes in the Show competition Easy to get too, right in the heart of Bristol and next to the new Cabot Circus shopping and entertainment area Easy parking next to the hotel A great day out for all the family The Show’s 25th successful year in 2012! Bristol 2012 prices: Adults £9.00 Students/Senior Citizens (over 65) £6.00 Accompanied Children under 16 FREE 2-Day ticket: Adults £15, Students/Senior Citizens (over 65) £10 Dates in 2013: 22nd, 23rd & 24th February In association with:

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS

SOUTHAMPTON

READING

CHELTENHAM

BRISTOL

BRIGHTON

STOCKISTS BY BRAND

Arcam Solo ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Audiolab ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ B&W ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ B&W Zeppelin ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Castle Acoustics ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Cyrus ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Denon ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Dynaudio ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Epson ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Focal ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Grado ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Hi-Fi Racks ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ JVC ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ KEF ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Marantz ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Monitor Audio Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze ■ Bronze _________________________________________________________ Naim Audio ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Onkyo ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Panasonic ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Pioneer ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ PMC ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ PMC Fact ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Q Acoustics ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ QED ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Q-TV ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Quadraspire ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Rega ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Rega Turntables ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ REL ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Simple Audio ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Sonos ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Sony ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Spendor ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ The Chord Company ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Vita Audio ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ _________________________________________________________ Yamaha ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

This is NOT a full list of brands that we stock. Please check the store pages on our websites or call your nearest branch to see full details of everything that we sell

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SOUND & VISION AT HOME

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE 2011/12 FROM AUDIO T

BRIGHTON 69 London Road BN1 4JE 01273 609431 brighton@audio-t.co.uk

BRISTOL 65 Park St. BS1 5PB 0117 926 4975

Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:30. Closed Sunday Evening demonstrations can be arranged by appointment

bristol@audio-t.co.uk

Easy Parking: Elder Place at the rear of the shop has parking meters. Parking is also available in the New England Street multi-storey.

Limited Pay and Display parking opposite the store and in nearby streets. Trenchard Street NCP car park is just a short walk from the shop.

CHELTENHAM 38 Winchcombe St. GL52 2LZ 01242 583960 cheltenham@audio-t.co.uk Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:30. Closed Sunday Evening demonstrations can be arranged by appointment Pay and display parking is avialable outside the front of the shop, or turn left at the traďŹ&#x192;c lights outside the shop, there is a pay and display shoppers car park 100 yards on the right.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sunday

READING 4 Queens Walk Broad Street Mall RG1 7QF 0118 958 5463 reading@audio-t.co.uk Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:30. Closed Sunday Evening demonstrations can be arranged by appointment Car parking at Broad St Mall, above the store.

SOUTHAMPTON

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

12 Hursley Road Chandlers Ford SO53 2FU 023 8025 2827

6 High Street TN1 1UX 01892 525666

southampton@audio-t.co.uk Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sunday There is a free car park in front of the shop.

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tunbridge@audio-t.co.uk Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:30. Closed Sunday Evening demonstrations can be arranged by appointment There is a large multi-storey car park adjacent to the rear of the railway station, and several others nearby.

Please visit our website for more detailed information, opening times and maps: www.audio-t.co.uk

Sound & Vision at Home 2012  

Sound & Vision at Home 2012

Sound & Vision at Home 2012  

Sound & Vision at Home 2012

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