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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!

Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers

When purchasing earphones, a lot of factors come into play… do I need in-line controls? Do I want replaceable or balanced cables? What accessories come with them?

One line of questioning we hear a lot is often people wondering what are dynamic drivers, what are balanced armature drivers, and why do some earphones have both? This article should hopefully clear this up a bit, and hopefully make future purchases a little more informed.

Dynamic Drivers

Also known as moving coil drivers, dynamic drivers are like the drivers you’d find in a loudspeaker, such as your Hi-Fi or TV’s soundbar. These drivers use diaphragms, similar to the cones in a Hi-Fi speaker, with a voice coil attached directly to them, a charge is applied to the voice coil and the diaphragm moves, moving air and in turn, creating sound.

Dynamic driver schematic

Dynamic driver schematic

Advantages:

-        More natural sounding

-        More powerful bass response

-        More durable and cost effective

Balanced Armature Drivers

Often seen in hearing aids, the driver consists of a miniature arm (armature) inside a coil of wire surrounded by two magnets. The top and bottom magnets determine the movement of the armature. When current flows through the coil, it magnetizes the armature, causing it to pivot towards either magnet. This pivoting movement will move the diaphragm and produce sound as a result. This movement can occur thousands of times a second.

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic

Advantages:

-        Drivers can be tuned to specific frequency ranges

-        Much smaller than dynamic drivers

-        Better treble performance

-        Faster response and a more detailed sound, though not as “powerful” as a dynamic driver

Looking at the above information, it is easy to see that there are good reasons to choose either, and often earphones combine both. Due to the expense involved in using balanced armature drivers, this is often seen in more luxury earphones rather than cheaper models. However, the additional investment to get yourself a pair of earphones that use a combination of both types of drivers (known as a hybrid model) means that you will get the best of both worlds, resulting in a warm, natural sound with good bass response and a great deal of detail in the high end of the frequency spectrum. Additionally, the small size and tunability of balanced armature drivers means that brands often put multiple drivers in one pair of earphones to enrich the listening experience even further.

Hopefully this information will help clear up some of the questions you may have when looking to invest in a new pair of IEMs. If you feel like you need more information, we at Advanced MP3 Players are only a message or phone call away!

 

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How does an MP3 player work? Check out this comprehensive Amp3 guide!

What makes an MP3 player tick?

The chances are you’ve got an MP3 Player tucked away in your pocket for listening to your favourite music when out and about or when just sitting back and relaxing, but have you ever wondered what’s inside one to make it function?

 

It’s time to unleash one of our technicians to strip down a MP3 player and let you see exactly what’s inside and what makes it work.

 

Please note this is certainly not something we would recommend you do yourself and it would certainly invalidate the warranty!

This particular player has a front bezel to protect the LCD screen and a metal back to give good protection of the circuitry within.

 

The first glimpse of the insides of the player itself, here we can see the battery, a few controls at the top and the main circuitry within the player.

 

Stripping further down, with space at a premium the circuitry is often split across several small circuit boards which are usually linked together by ribbon cables.

 

With MP3 manufacturer’s trying to cram more and more features into their players so ingenious techniques to split circuitry are often adopted to get as much as possible in a small case.

 

For example, with this MP3 player there is a total of three circuit boards squeezed into the case. The smallest is right at the top of the player.

 

This board has switches for ‘hold’ and ‘on/off’ as well as the connections for a small internal speaker, which is barely over one centimetre in size but still gives audible sound.

 

Unusually, this MP3 player also has a weighed motor attached to give a rumble effect, just like mobile phones, to give some feedback when options are scrolled through and selected.

 

The next circuit board is mounted onto the front section of the case, and is an array of touch sensitive buttons. A lot of manufacturers have shied away from having lots of mechanical push buttons which can be prone to wear and tear as they get older so with no moving parts touch sensitive buttons have their advantage.

 

Although over the last year or two, touch screens as part of the display are becoming the favourite means of input on players, more on that later.

 

 

By far the largest singe component inside the MP3 player is the battery. With manufacturers striving for the longest playback time possible the more space that can be reserved for the battery to occupy inside the MP3 player the better.

 

 

Modern MP3 Players use Lithium Ion batteries and to get the best performance and power capacity it’s best to keep the battery fully charged whenever possible. Unlike old NiCad rechargeable batteries Lithium Ion batteries do not suffer from a ‘memory effect’ and do not need to be fully exhausted before recharging.

 

 

The next component has to be the most important, the display. The majority of MP3 players, like the one being dismantled here, use an LCD display – just like a miniature version of what you are used to with your computer. Common sizes range from an inch in size to over 7 inches on some of the larger personal media players.

 

To get away from having buttons for selecting options, most of the top end MP3 players now have touch screens fitted over the display. There are two types of touch screens available to manufacturers. The first type is ‘resistive’ touch screens which rely on physically pressing down on them and they can detect a single press. The second type is ‘capacitive’ touch screens which detect the presence of a finger on them and can detect multiple presses across the whole screen area.

 

One advancing screen technology is now emerging into the latest MP3 players are AMOLED displays. Instead of relying on liquid crystal displays with a backlight, each pixel of the screen is made out of 3 light emitting diodes (red, green and blue) which generate the light themselves without having a backlight behind. This results in a far clearer and vivid screen which can be viewed from any angle.

 

The final piece of the puzzle (or MP3 player rather!) is the main circuit board which contains all the circuitry that does all the hard work of playing the music. The next photograph shows both sides of the main board.

 

 

Measuring just over two and a half square inches in size, this is the brains behind the MP3 player.

 

(1)  Headphone Jack – for the sound output

 

(2)  USB Port – used for both transferring music to the player from a computer and for charging the internal battery. Charging circuitry on the board converts the 5 volt supply from the USB to the correct voltage for charging the battery.

 

(3)  Microphone – a common feature in most MP3 Players is the ability to also record so most players will have an internal microphone and some will also have the ability to connect an input via a line in cable to record from other equipment.

 

(4)  Reset button – used to restart the internal processor.

 

 

If your MP3 player suddenly freezes or does not turn on then the first troubleshooting tip is to press the reset button. This will restart the internal processor. It’s a common misconception that pressing the reset button will also wipe the music stored on the player but that is not the case – your music will not be deleted by pressing reset.

 

(5)  Processor – this is the heart of the MP3 player. The type of processor used in MP3 players are quite specialised – powerful microcontrollers with a lot of built in hardware for interfacing to the outside world – memory, audio, USB etc.

 

 

 

Here’s the block diagram from the datasheet of the ATJ2236 processor used in the MP3 player we’ve been dissecting which shows just how many functions are achieved by this single integrated circuit – this single chip runs the software on the player, decodes the audio, records incoming audio, drives the LCD display, checks for any buttons being pressed, reads your files from the memory – the list is endless!

 

(6)  RAM – the first type of memory found in an MP3 player is a small amount of RAM (Random Access Memory), which is used as temporary storage by the processor while it is operating.

 

(7)  Flash ROM – the main memory of the MP3 player. This is the memory that is used to store your music, videos, pictures etc.

 

Depending on the total storage space in the player several Flash memory chips may be used in the design – which is one of the hurdles in creating high capacity players – finding the space to include as many memory chips as possible. The other hurdle is the costs involved for the memory.

 

Very few MP3 players are now available with hard drives, they are now only used in very high capacity portable media players. Flash memory has a number of advantages over hard drives – no moving parts and reduced power consumption extending battery life.

 

(8)  Memory Card slot – for expanding the storage space for your files. Common types used by MP3 players are SD cards and the smaller micro SD.

 

It’s always wise to check the type of memory cards your player can

support to make sure you get the right type. For example, there are

now three families of Secure Digital (SD) flash cards:

SD – the original specification was designed to handle up to 1GB of memory, but later expanded to support 2GB and 4GB cards.

SDHC – High Capacity, the second revision of the SD card family.    SDHC cards range from 4GB to 32GB in size.

SDXC – eXtended Capacity, the latest family of SD cards – for

64GB and beyond.

And that’s it, the entire MP3 player in pieces. A lot of technology packed into a small device. The only remaining question is who is going to put it back together!