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We are happy to announce that this month we have been able to start stocking the long awaited HiBy R3, R6 and now have the Seeds earphones too!

HiBy Music specialises in research, development, and sales of high quality portable audio products. With over 30 professional audio R&D staff and over 10 years of experience in the portable audio field,they have jointly developed dozens of portable digital audio players (DAPs), earphones, USB DACs, and several well known portable audio players, etc. Their own HiByMusic smartphone audio player app also have a user base of 700 thousand users in over 90 countries around the globe and has won accolades from professional users regarding its audio quality.

HiBy Seeds - £84.99
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Let Your Seeds Of Music Fever Grow.
High Resolution Dynamic IEMs 2.5mm/3.5mm Dynamic IEMs With Aluminium Alloy Body, Dual voice coils increase field strength and isometrics to planar-class levels while the dual voice chambers and vents shape musical response and remove undesired resonances .Graphene diaphragms create large drivers that extend from subsonic to supersonic with ideal pistonic motion. Quad-Core OFC Balanced CablesDirectly welded from high-quality gold-plated plug to drivers for ideal electroacoustic transmission. Ergonomic Aerodynamics Design, Finely CNC Aluminium alloy body to fit your ears perfectly cable up or down, with zero sharp angles for hours of comfortable wear.

HIBYSEEDSLARGESpecifications
Shell Material : Aluminium alloy

Cable Material : 99.999% OFC copper
Frequency Response : 8-42000Hz
Impedance : 50 ohms
Sensitivity : 110dB/mW | 123dB/V
Cable Length : 1.2 m

Features

  • Dual Voice Coils + Dual Voice Chambers
  • High Resolution Dynamic IEMs
  • New Diaphragm Material Defies Acoustic Limits
  • Quad-Core OFC Balanced Cables
  • Ergonomic Aerodynamics Design

 

R3 - £219.00

available in grey and black
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R3R3 is a portable HI-FI lossless music player, with an impressive arc body. Compact and lightweight(3.2′ IPS full touch screen), it offers you the best Hi-Fi music experience whether at home or on the go.  With 6 buttons in the asymmetrical layout of intuitive control over the device, it’s impossible to go wrong with this easy-to-use Hi-Fi music player. With 1600mAh high-capacity battery, R3 is good for up to 11 hours of playtime and more than 60 days of standby.The HiBy R3 supports most Hi-Res lossless formats, including FLAC, APE, WMA, WAV, AIFF,DSD,IOS,DFF and OGG. Also support for  DSD256, PCM up to 384Khz/64bit, delivers lifelike audio and breathtaking instances of sound. Featuring one standard 3.5mm headphone jack(shared LO output) and one 2.5mm balanced headphone jack, makes the R3 able to output its perfect audio to a great variety of devices.A bi-directorial USB DAC interface allows you to use the R3 as an ultra high quality USB audio dongle for your smartphone or as a digital audio source for other devices. R3 also supports SPDIF connection, if you buy an additional SPDIF adaptor cable.Incorporating an advanced 2.4g WiFi radio, HiBy R3 supports DLNA and AirPlay. It also brings you cloud music services via Tidal.Features . HiBy R3 is able to deliver Hi-Res audio quality over Bluetooth(Bluetooth 4.1,apt-X). Along with HiBy Link, which allows you to play Hi-Res music stored on the R3 via remote control on your smartphone. Although it does not have any internal storage, It’s micro-SD card slot can hold up to 2TB. Big enough to carry all of your music library A-Z.

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Features

  • Tidal feature
  • Simple Control Buttons and easy to grab pocket size with 3.2′ Full Touchscreen
  • Bi-direction Bluetooth Connectivity
  • HiBy Link
  • Supports Most Hi-Res Formats/Diverse Headsets and Devices/SPDIF DoP DSD64
  • High Speed Wi-Fi DLNA and AirPlay Support
  • Bi-direction USB Connectivity
  • Up to 2TB of Expanded Storage
  • 11 Hours Playtime

 

R6 - £529
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R6Introducing the first Chinese DAP to utilise a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC for enhanced performance.
The First Android Hi-Fi music player allowing any music App to Stream Bit-perfectly to its DAC, allowing you to enjoy music like never before. Using dual ESS flagship ES9028Q2M DAC chips, HiBy R6 Delivers an SNR of up to 120dB and THD+N down to 0.0006%, a Hi-Res audio performance that captures the depth and breadth of each note, allowing users to experience the subtleties of each instrument. Along with advanced backwards compatible Direct Transport Audio (DTA) architecture, DTA architecture bypasses Android Sample Rate Conversion(SRC) for all apps not explicitly re-sampling before passing audio to the system. For the first time, enjoy the purity of bit-perfect music on practically all music apps, local or streaming.  Leverages OPA1612 x2 and TPA6120A x2 chips, a stupendous performance dual-channel for low pass filtering and amplification, offering a high power output(up to 300mW) and greater stability in capacitive loading. A sleek and easy to grab design demonstrates the world-class craftmanship. HiBy R6 comes with a 4.2″, high-density 300dpi 768×1280 in cell touchscreen which is easy to use; users can navigate the device or even play games with the swipe of a finger. HiBy further demonstrates its craftsmanship in the R6′s aesthetic of functional modernity. With 6 buttons in asymmetrical layout for intuitive control over the device, it’s impossible to go wrong with this easy to use Hi-Fi music player. Comes with a 400mAh battery that provides more than 12 hours of music play. Even if it runs out of battery, R6′s QC3.0 fast charging technology takes only 140 minutes to full charge the battery.Incorporating an advanced dual-band 2.4G/5G WiFi radio, the HiBy R6 allows you to enjoy your favourite music via your Android streaming apps such as Tidal, Spotify and Deezer, with unprecedented fluidity thanks to the powerful Snapdragon SoC and unprecedented fidelity for Android thanks to the innovative DTA architecture.Bring Bluetooth 4.0 and the apt-X lossless together in one place. HiBy R6 can deliver ‘CD-like’ audio quality over Bluetooth; when connected to a Bluetooth equipped smartphone or computer the HiBy R6 allows you to enjoy high quality audio and Hi-Res audio verbiage. HiBy Music 3.0 App is the result of a collective wisdom involving 500,000 users of HiBy Music App. They have evaluated all opinions and customised an App which offers an ever more immersive and top of the line music experience. HiBy R6 comes with 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD card slot for expandable storage supporting all sizes of cards. it is a cornerstone of R6′s high performance both as an audio device and Android device. The R6 can be connected to a computer or smartphone as a USB DAC . It can also be used as a Hi-Fi transport for your audio system. The R6′s 3.5mm LO/Coax output can be connected to headphone amplifiers, speaker amplifiers or powered speakers.

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Features

  • Powerful Lag Free Processor
  • Speedy Charging
  • HiBy Music 3.0 App
  • Supports Most Hi-Res Formats and wide range of Headsets and devices
  • HD Display
  • Bit-perfect Output
  • Customised Android System

All of these items are now available to pre order and come with premade bundles already available on the website. Don’t see a bundle you like? Send us an email or call us and we can arrange one!

 

Advanced MP3 Players at CanJam London 2018

This year, Advanced MP3 Players will be running a stall at CanJam London 2018. We will be showing exciting DAPs and amps from Cayin and IEMs from Dunu. As well as giving attendees a chance to try these excellent models out for themselves, we will also be running some CanJam exclusive deals during the duration of the expo. Check out some of the models we will be exhibiting below!

Cayin N8 Flagship Hi-Res DAP

Cayin-N8-DAP-01The N8 is the first price-no-objective portable digital audio player from Cayin. This is their attempt to deliver best possible high fidelity audio performance to portable users. The N8 has consolidated their 25 years of extensive experience in high-end audio industry and impeccable digital and analogue audio capabilities. It features two AKM AK4497EQ DAC chipsets and can native decode up to DSD512 and 64 Bit/ 768kHz with stellar dynamic range and channel separation. Come and try the prototype before the official release!

Cayin N5iiS Hi-Res DAP

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1. Stainless steel chassis
2. 2GB RAM + 64GB Internal memory
3. A new display with 3.5” 800×400 LG Panel IPS TFT screen
4. Premium grade Tantalum-Polymer capacitors at analogue power filter
5. Pleather protective case and braided Type-C USB cable as standard accessories
6. CUI 3.5mm single-ended and 2.5mm balanced phone socket

The N5iiS will incurred the outstanding digital decoding capability, excellent analogue audio design, fully balanced headphone amplification, Audio Priority, pre-installed Google Play and comprehensive line out and digital input/output options.

Cayin N3 Hi-Res DAP – Special CanJam Price: ONLY £99!

CAYINN3LARGEThe new Cayin N3 DAP is designed around the AK4490EN DAC chipset from AKM. It will support all common digital music formats up to 24Bits/192kHz or decode DSD up to 11.2Mhz (DSD256) natively.

Cayin HA-1A Headphone Valve Amplifier

HA1AMK2LARGEThe extraordinary part of this new amplifier is not only the facelifted wooden appearance, the EL84 based circuit design offers the most natural, realistic and powerful sound of its class and will definitely blow your mind when it sings. HA-1A MK2 will be one of the milestones of Cayin 22 years of expertise and devotion on tube amplification, by using the best possible material, upholding high standards of craftsmanship and dedicating to perfection, it shall reflect the kind of promises that Cayin has been strived for ever since.

Cayin iDAC-6 Desktop DAC

CAYINIDAC6LARGEiDAC-6 is a dedicated desktop DAC with an interesting dual output stage that offers versatile tonal characteristic for different applications. iHA-6 is a solid-state headphone amplifier with an innovative current adjustment to accommodate different headphone impedance/sensitivity characteristic. When stacked together, iDAC-6 and iHA-6 become a fully balanced headfi system at a less than 10”x10” footprint.

Cayin iHA-6 Desktop Headphone Amplifier

CAYINIHA6LARGEiHA-6 is a solid-state headphone amplifier with an innovative current adjustment to accommodate different headphone impedance/sensitivity characteristic. When stacked together the iDAC-6 and iHA-6 become a fully balanced headfi system at a less than 10”x10” footprint.

Dunu Falcon C IEMs – Special CanJam Price: ONLY £165!

FALCONCLARGEThe Falcon-C is the new flagship IEM from Dunu, featuring a modern design that sets them apart from other models in their range. The Falcon-C features a carbon nanotube diaphragm, which provides a strong balance between rigidity and flexibility. This results in a full bodied and atmospheric sound, with the expected warmth of a superior quality dynamic driver and the sweet high-end frequencies associated with balanced armature drivers. Despite only featuring dynamic drivers, these earphones sound far closer to a pair with hybrid drivers inside. This makes for an incredibly unique listening experience that we can’t wait for you all to try.

Dunu DN-2002 4 Driver Hybrid IEMs

DN2002LARGEThe DN-2002 utilizes the dual dynamic & dual balance armature configuration. The soundstage is natural, specious and three dimensional. The bass range is enhanced and deepened by the ‘Double Bass’ dual dynamic drivers. The mid-range is full and energetic. The treble is crisp, detailed and well extended. All frequencies work in perfect sync.

Dunu DN-2000J 3 Driver Hybrid IEMs

DN2000JLARGEFeaturing a triple driver design, the 2000Js feature an outstanding frequency response range that gives clarity across all genres. The mid-range is well textured and layered, the lower range is snappy and powerful and the treble response is crystal clear with extended range and superb density, offering unparalleled micro detail reproduction that is sure to bring out the soul of your music.

We will also have new deals both online and on the trade show floor as the exhibition is underway, so be sure to check back then for even more excellent deals!

Introducing a Range of Ceiling Speakers Now Available at Advanced MP3 Players!

Here at AMP3, we are now selling ceiling speakers. Ceiling speakers can be embedded in the ceiling for a powerful, room filling sound provided by subtle speaker placement and minimal visual impact. These speakers are great for many situations, such as in retail spaces, offices, spas, and even your own home, especially if you like to keep things uncluttered. All the ceiling speakers we are currently ranging are compatible with the SONOS Connect, allowing you to control the playback of your music from a phone, tablet or computer. Check out what we have on offer below…

Canton InCeiling Premium Loudspeaker Range

Canton Premium InCeiling loudspeakers look elegant, are easy to install, and sound amazing. Specially developed for in-ceiling installation, the loudspeakers are the perfect sound solution in any situation.

These speakers come in three distinct categories; the 900 Series, the 800 Series, and the 400 Series. With such a range on offer, you are sure to find an in-ceiling speaker set up that is perfect for your needs.

Canton are a German loudspeaker company, who have mastered the art of finding the best sound for every ear, need and budget. For over 40 years, they have been combining innovative technologies, premium quality and an extraordinary range of speaker models and designs to produce unique and individualised sound qualities.400-1000X490 800-1000X504 900-1000X504 1000X459 1000X464

Flexson 65X3 Moisture Resistant Ceiling Speaker

FLXCS65X32011LARGEThis package comes as a pair; two for one!

This pair of speakers by Flexson are designed to be installed into the ceiling for subtle speaker placement and music reproduction.

This pair of Flexson 65X3 Ceiling Speakers are the perfect discreet partners for the SONOS CONNECT:AMP.

The speakers have triple high-frequency drivers for wide sound dispersion, plus are switchable between Normal/Music/Speech modes for optimum sound reproduction, and have a bass attenuation control.

They are highly flexible about placement: they can be mounted in very shallow ceiling voids (minimum 50mm) and their moisture-proof specification makes them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

All of these speakers are now available to purchase from Advanced MP3 Players. If you don’t own a SONOS Connect already, be sure to take advantage of our bundle deals on offer, where you can save 10% on a SONOS Connect when bought with one of these speakers!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING

These speakers are specifically designed to be embedded in ceilings. Please do not attempt to install these speakers unless you are experienced with this style of electrical fitting.

Please note that we cannot accept these items back under our 14 day unwanted return period if they have been used in an install.

These speakers are ordered on demand, and may take longer than the standard 3 – 4 working days to arrive.

Introducing the Sonos One, with Alexa Control

  Sonos ONE Voice Controlled Smart Speaker

Sonos ONEPlay and control your music hands-free. Just ask. Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more.

Use your voice to control music playing while you cook. Or even request a lullaby when you’re tucking the kids in. Do everything that Alexa does; play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.

Multi-room listening

Sonos One wirelessly connects to Sonos speakers in additional rooms, allowing you to expand your home sound system when you’re ready.

Built on the mini-but-mighty blueprint of PLAY:1, Sonos One is backed by a pair of Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers, meticulously tuned to the speaker’s unique acoustic architecture.

Pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room for instant stereo sound. Add a SUB for deeper bass. Or pair with your TV’s PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE for epic home cinema surround sound.HOMECINEMA

Control Your Sonos

There are many ways to control your Sonos system. With your voice, play and control your music hands-free. Just ask.

With touch, tap to turn up the volume. Swipe to skip a track. Mute the microphone for privacy. Sonos One’s touch controls are always a tap away.

Your Sonos system can also be controlled via the Sonos app, the deepest level of Sonos control. Manage everything you listen to in one place.

Control your entire home through Sonos. Turn on lights, adjust the temperature, and more… with Sonos One you can control your smart home devices with your voice.

There’s no need to worry about privacy either. An illuminated LED indicator light makes sure you always know when your speaker’s microphone is active. Or turned off. Sonos One is designed with extra security: the hard-wired LED connection ensures no one is listening when you want privacy.MICPRIVACY

Better Over Time

As Sonos is continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice-control options will both keep getting better over time.

Alexa Now Compatible with All Sonos Models, All You Need is an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot

Echo dotWith an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more. On any Sonos speaker in any room of your home.

Not got your phone to hand? No problem. You can even request a lullaby when you’re tucking the kids into bed.

Sonos uses Amazon Alexa to make your entire home listening experience less touchy. But a whole lot more feely.

Use the convenient combination of your voice and the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place. Both Sonos and Alexa keep adding new features, enhancing sound, services and skills to make sure both your music and voice control options just keep getting better. For free. For life.Since Alexa responds to any voice, anyone in your home can take control of the music. Teens can tell Alexa to skip tracks or lower the volume while they study. Friends can share their questionable taste in music with you, no app required. And you can pause it all with a simple command.

The Sonos One and the Sonos PLAY series of speakers are all available from Advanced MP3 Players now! Buy the Sonos One and receive 10% off any other Sonos speaker!

Getting to Know… The Cowon Plenue Series

With their Plenue series of players, Cowon have been going from strength to strength, demonstrating a rich and powerful signature sound across a wide range of budgets to suit casual listeners and audiophiles alike. This article is intended to act as a guide to this excellent series of players, showing the differences between each model as we move up the range.

Plenue D – £199

COWONPDLARGECowon wanted more people to experience the beautiful sound of the PLENUE series. So they set out on a mission to share the pleasure of listening to music in perfect high resolution sound on mid-range PLENUE device while retaining all the benefits of portable Hi-Fi audio. The PLENUE D is small and light, yet its powerful performance is capable of faithfully reproducing original studio sound anytime anywhere.

Plenue R – £499

COWONPRLARGEThe Plenue R is described as Cowon’s ‘all-round’ player, which best exemplifies the versatility of the Plenue range, with features such as aptX high-quality Bluetooth, a 2.5mm balanced output and up to 17 hours of continuous music playback. There is also a USB DAC mode, expandable memory and a colour changing LED that changes according to the sound source.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PD:

-        128GB Internal Memory

-        USB DAC Mode

-        Balanced output

-        Convenient multi-button and intuitive control buttons

-        A colour changing LED that changes according to the sound source (normal, HD and DSD/DXD)

Plenue M2 – £590

COWONPM2-SILVERLARGEAs a successor to the PLENUE M, the sound has been precisely tuned for a more advanced HD sound. The PLENUE M2 includes the Burr-Brown PCM1795 (24bit/192kHz) stereo DAC used in the finest Hi-Fi audio systems as well as superior SNR, THD+N, and crosstalk specifications for a more evolved sound when playing high definition sources. Continuing in the prestige of the PLENUE series of DAPs, the PLENUE M2 delivers the impressions infused in music intact to listeners.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PR:

-        Burr-Brown’s high-performance DAC PCM1795

-        Improved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue 1 – £740

COWONP1LARGEThe Cowon Plenue P1 features the exceptional Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC for superb sound quality. Cowon have packed an impressive set of audio specifications into the P1, with a Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 120dB, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of 0.0006% and Stereo Crosstalk of -134dB. The sampling rate of a player can fluctuate due to environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. To reduce this effect the P1 is fitted with an adapted TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) which has an exceptional phase jitter of just 1.0ps allowing the P1 to perform flawlessly in any situation.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PM2:

-        Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) to improve phase jitter

-        Impoved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue 2 – £1,100

COWONP2-SVBKLARGEThe PLENUE 2 offers an unprecedented level of audio that delivers an unforgettable listening experience. The latest premium DAC AK4497EQ for optimized audio quality, SoundPlus amplifier integrated with newly improved technologies, Dual Control Wheels re-designed for the ultimate user experience, ultra-precise Dual TCXO for accurate and detailed sound reproduction, balanced output for clear, high-quality sound, and upgraded design to match its powerful performance. Sweeping changes using innovative technologies. Experiencing the performance of PLENUE 2 leaves audiophiles and casual listeners alike in awe.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE P1:

-        Dual TCXO for even more detailed sound reproduction

-        SoundPlus amplifier

-        Dual Control Wheels for more tactile control over player functions

-        Improved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved total harmonic distortion

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue S – £1299

COWONPS-TITANIUMLARGEThe Cowon Plenue Supremacy offers Cowon’s greatest sound to date. A new world-class flagship player, the Plenue S is one of the best Hi Res Music Players available, featuring the exceptional Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC for superb sound quality. No-conversion Native DSD 256, high fidelity Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC, high quality balanced output, high precision dual TCXO clock, and the powerful 3Vrms driving performance for perfect sound reproduction. The PLENUE S delivers indescribably perfect sound fidelity. PLENUE S has taken a giant step towards true sound reproduction. Check out the PLENUE S for the latest in sound reproduction technology. Get a PLENUE S for a totally new audio experience.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE P2:

-        Faster Cortex A9 1.2GHz dual core CPU, maximizing speed and performance

-        Pogo Pin socket terminal provides a high resolution balance line out output that can be scaled up with multiple devices using the micro USB terminal.

-        Cowon’s best sounding player to date.

We hope this guide will help clear up the main differences between these six excellent players. Need more advice? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Getting to Know… The FiiO X Series

One of the most popular and celebrated range of players currently available on the market, the FiiO X series has something for everyone, ranging from affordable, fuss free Hi-Res players to high spec, Android based powerhouses. This article is intended to act as a guide to this excellent series of players, showing the differences between each model as we move up the range.

FiiO X1ii – £99

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Though the X1ii is the entry level model of the X series, it shouldn’t be underestimated. A Bluetooth compatible Hi-Res audio player, the X1ii has no internal memory, but rather runs exclusively off microSD cards up to 256GB in size. Utilizing Texas Instruments’ high quality CM5242, the X1ii has a high signal-to-noise ratio and supports full differential line output. With dedicated LPF and operational amplifier, strong low-frequency quality and depth is achieved. In-Vehicle Mode enables your X1ii to turn on automatically when the engine is started and to shut down when you have reached your destination – no more fiddly manual operations each time you get in and out your car. The FiiO X1ii battery capacity provides up to 12 hours of continuous music playback. The new Deep-sleep function allows instant-on playback and will help to save your battery when not in use; the FiiO X1 ii will remain on standby for up to 15 days.

FiiO X3iii – £179

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The FiiO X3iii Portable High Resolution Music Player is the third generation of FiiO’s celebrated X3 Portable High Resolution Music Player series, new for 2017. The X3iii features dual PCM5242 DAC chips for higher channel separation and stronger anti-interference technology to improve the signal to noise ratio. The X3iii also features a 2.5mm balanced output to help you benefit from a wider sound stage. There is still a 3.5mm single-end output port on this model, as well as a SPDIF output. This makes the X3iii one of the most cost effective DAPs that feature both dual DACs and a balanced output currently available on the market. Additionally, FiiO have added a new multifunction button to the side of the X3iii, which can be used for functions related to playback control, switching EQ settings, jumping through playlists and switching themes. The X3iii can support up to a 256GB micro SD card, and supports WAV, APE, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, DSF and DFF file formats. The player also supports in line controls, has Bluetooth 4.1 built in, and a deep sleep mode for minimal battery drain.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X1ii:

-        Dual DAC chips for improved sound.

-        2.5mm balanced output.

-        Multifunction button on the side of the player

-        Bluetooth 4.1.

FiiO X5iii – £389

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The X5iii is an Android-based, mastering quality, lossless playback portable music player. The X5 3rd gen is equipped with two top-of-the-line AKM AK4490EN DACs, one for each channel. The AK4490EN is a part of a new generation of high-quality 32-bit DACs that supports all PCM and DSD formats. The X5 3rd gen utilizes two separate crystal oscillators, one for the DSD/44.1/88.2/176.4/352.8kHz sampling rates and the other for 48/96/192/384kHz. This ensures that under all sampling rates, there is significantly reduced jitter, improved clock accuracy, more stable operation, and virtually no sampling rate conversion artifacts. The X5 3rd gen has two headphones outputs – one single-ended and the other balanced. This allows the new X5 to cater to fans of either headphones output type. The X5 3rd gen, following in the footstep of FiiO’s flagship DAP, also offers two modes of operation, pure music mode and Android mode. two external microSD card slots. Since each microSD card slot supports up to 256GB cards, the X5 3rd gen is able to carry up to a whopping 544GB of music, enough to store up to 130.000 songs.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X3iii:

-        Dual 32-bit DAC chips

-        Dual oscillators for reduced sampling rate issues

-        Android 5.1 OS

-        Dual microSD card slots

FiiO X7ii – £599

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FiiO’s current flagship player, the X7ii employs the 8-channel ESS ES9028PRO DAC. This flagship DAC brings a higher resolution sound, more dynamic range, and a larger soundstage. The FiiO X7ii features a deeply customised version of Android 5.1 at it’s core, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections supported, as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The X7ii also features both an optical and coaxial output, a new user interface designed specifically for the X7ii, and advanced automatic detection of lyrics and covers. The X7ii also allows the use of interchangeable amp modules to alter and improve your listening experience. Bundled with the X7ii is the AM3A, an all new amp module with both single ended and balanced headphone outputs. The AM3A uses the widely acclaimed AD8620 precision amplifier as well as the tailor-made OPA926 op-amp. Amp modules released during the life cycle of the original X7 are also compatible with the X7ii.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X5iii:

-        8 channel, flagship DAC for ultimate fidelity.

-        Advanced detection of lyrics and covers.

-        Interchangeable amp modules.

We hope this guide will help clear up the main differences between these four excellent players. Need more advice? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

New Audio Technica Products Added To AMP3!

This week on Advanced MP3 Players, we’ve listed some excellent new products from Audio Technica. Get acquainted below:

Audio Technica LP3 Advanced Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable – £199.00

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The AT-LP3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable lets you take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced features not typically found on automatic turntables. The balanced straight tone arm comes with a 1/2″ mount universal headshell and AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance, plus the option to use other moving magnet or moving coil cartridges of your choosing.

Audio Technica AR3BT Black Wireless On-Ear Headphones – £99.00ATHAR3BTBKLARGE

The ATH-AR3BT SonicFuel wireless on-ear headphones enhance your everyday listening experience with rich, full-range audio and the convenience of Bluetooth and NFC wireless technologies. The headphones are equipped with newly designed 40 mm drivers that reproduce clear mid- and high-frequencies as well as full, expressive bass.

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The ATH-DSR7BT over-ear wireless headphones gift your ears with Digital Sound Reality. These innovative headphones feature Audio-Technica’s new Pure Digital Drive system, allowing them to operate without the sound-degrading D/A converter found in conventional wireless headphones. By utilizing Trigence Semiconductor’s Dnote chipset, the ATH-DSR7BT headphones are capable of receiving a Bluetooth wireless transmission, processing the digital audio signal and transferring it to the drivers where the digital pulses of the chipset move the voice coil and diaphragm forward and backward to create the sound waves heard by the listener.

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The Pure Digital Drive system likewise depends on a re-engineered 45 mm True Motion Driver, which features a lightweight diaphragm with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating for superlative fidelity and extended 5 Hz – 45,000 Hz frequency response. The driver’s 4-core twisted OFC-7N voice coil provides precise control of the diaphragm displacement, and an acoustic resistor controls the airflow in front of and behind the diaphragm to ensure smooth, natural audio reproduction across the entire frequency range. The entire driver assembly is housed within a layered aluminum structure that minimizes unwanted resonance and isolates the electric circuitry from the housing’s acoustic space, resulting in optimal phase and transient response.

We are continuously adding new and exciting products to our website, so be sure to keep checking Advanced MP3 Players for great deals!

FiiO X1ii RED Edition and New Accessories Added to AMP3!

This week sees some excellent new products from FiiO up for pre-order!

FiiO X1ii in Red

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This limited edition colour variant is a welcome addition to the FiiO X1ii colour range, which also includes black, silver and rose gold!

FiiO HB1 Earphone Case

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Keep your earphones safe and sound with this sturdy yet lightweight new earphone carry case! The outer shell of the HB1 utilizes rugged polycarbonate, while the inside employs soft TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). When combined with waterproofing capability, you can be confident the HB1 will reliably protect your prized earphones in any situation.

Stacking Kit for the FiiO X5iii

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The FiiO Stacking Kit for the FiiO X5iii Player allows you to stack your FiiO X5iii player on top of an external amp or DAC for convenient carrying. The design of this kit allows the X5iii to be stacked without any interference to it’s screen or side buttons.

Check these out alongside many more great products at Advanced MP3 Players!

New Premium DAPs On AMP3

At Advanced MP3 Players, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a plethora of different DAPs to suit the needs of every customer. Be it something light and portable or something with more outputs than you could shake a stick at, we’ve got you covered. This also goes for those who are looking for something more premium… a cream of the crop DAP. Over the upcoming months, we will be stocking two fantastic new high end digital audio players that may pique your interests. Both are available to pre-order now, and we have all the details on these new models below.

Questyle QP2R Hi-Resolution Digital Audio Player

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Following on from Questyle’s acclaimed QP1R, the QP2R is an improvement over an already brilliant player, now with higher storage capacity, an upgraded and improved scroll wheel, and an ever clearer, immersive sound.

Questyle have always had audio performance and listening experience as their core values, and this hasn’t changed with the QP2R.

Features include:

  • More than 10 hours of battery
  • Accepts up to 200GB microSD card for external expansion
  • 3.5mm headphone/optical output, 2.5mm balanced output
  • Supports USB DAC
  • Linux OS
  • 65 x 134 x 14.5mm in size
  • Supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF and APE file formats

Astell & Kern A&ultima SP1000 Digital Audio Player

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Now this is how you make a flagship model! The A&ultima SP1000 is a one of a kind, high end, powerful high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features. The ultimate in sound quality, this is the first Astell & Kern player to feature an octa-core CPU for outstanding response and performance, a high definition HD5 display to create the best viewing experience, and an innovative new multi-function volume wheel and stainless steel or copper housing. An improvement over the already stellar AK380 model, the SP1000 really needs to be heard to be believed.

Features include:

  • Capable of 32/384kHz bit to bit playback
  • Native DSD 11.2MHz
  • Dual DACs
  • USB 3.0 Type C connector
  • Fast charging
  • 5 inch touch display
  • Octa-core CPU
  • Parametric EQ
  • 200fs VCXO reference clock
  • Stainless steel/copper body
  • Multi-function wheel key
  • Expandable memory up to 512GB

Both of these models are now available to be pre-ordered from AMP3 now. If you require any further information about either of these excellent models before you make the investment, do not hesitate to give us a call or an email. If you’d like to see either of these models bundled with another product you are interested in, but cannot see the bundle you’d be interested in, let us know!

 

The Best Digital Audio Players (DAPs) Under £300

Are you in the market for a new DAP, but don’t want to stretch your budget? Maybe you’re iPod finally gave up the ghost, and you want to try something new around the same price point? Well, here are five great digital audio players under the £300 mark, as recommended by us here at Advanced MP3 Players!

iBasso DX80  DX80LARGEThe powerful iBasso DX80 is an awesome multi-functional lossless music device. Featuring dual SD card slots, optical and coax digital outputs as well as USB DAC capabilities, there’s a lot of features to love here, and it sounds great too.

Sony NW-A35

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The successor to the wildly popular NW-A15 from a couple of years ago, this touch screen Hi-Res player from Sony has many of their premium audio features such as the DSEE HX upscaler built into a sleek, minimalist design that comes in a variety of colours.

FiiO X1ii

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At just under £100, the FiiO X1ii is stacked full of features often reserved for much more expensive players, such as Hi-Res playback, expandable memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and an in-vehicle mode that switches the player on when you start your car engine. It even comes in a Rose Gold colour variant for the Apple fans!

Cayin N3

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Another small but powerful player, the Cayin N3 features a memory expandable up to 256GB, Bluetooth 4.0, three distinct colour schemes and a USB DAC mode, all whilst weighing just less than 100g!

Cowon Plenue D

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The smallest of Cowon’s acclaimed Plenue series of players, the Plenue D has a powerful performance capable of faithfully reproducing original studio sound anytime, anywhere. This Hi-Res player may not come with some of the bells and whistles that other players on this list do such as Bluetooth or USB DAC mode, but it does feature a simply gorgeous sound signature and a staggering 100-hour battery life.

These models are now available at Advanced MP3 Players. Be sure to check out the bundle deals on these products, and if you don’t see a bundle you are after, be sure to drop us a ticket or call us on 0343 289 6880 and we will see what we can do!