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What’s New From Sonos? An In-Depth Look at the Sonos Move and the Sonos One SL

We’re big fans of Sonos here at Advanced MP3 Players, so there’s no doubt that we’d want to share with you their latest smart speaker offerings. Recently, we’ve said hello to two new arrivals in the range of Sonos speakers, the Move and the One SL, so we thought we’d take a closer look at what you can expect from their latest tech.

Farewell to the Sonos One?

We officially said hello to the Sonos One around two years ago – literally. The innovate smart speaker combines with Amazon Alexa to give the user total hands-free control of their music. Perfect for cooking, cleaning, or even those times where you can’t quite reach your phone. The One allows the user to still get the benefits from Alexa, just paired with the brilliant sound Sonos are known for. Not only are you able to control your music hands-free, but you can also manage your smart home devices with your voice too – heating, lights, you name it.

However, earlier this year it was announced that Sonos were discontinuing the One, and were replacing it with a newer model. So what can we expect from the new One SL? And more importantly, how does it differ from its predecessor? Let’s take a look.

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Sonos One SL Speaker 

Don’t be fooled by the compact design of the new Sonos One SL. Giving you a powerful and superb sound for every room in your home, this speaker definitely packs a punch. You can stream music using your favourite apps and services including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, and loads more, and you can stream directly from your iPad or iPhone. 

You can create your very own home cinema system with this smart little speaker too. Whether you pair it with another SL, or the original Sonos One, you can enjoy stereo sound in your room for the ultimate entertainment experience. It’s compact design also means it will fit right in just about anywhere in the home – whether it’s your kitchen worktop, your desk, or your bookcase. You can even choose between black or white too, so that it fits in perfectly with your decor!

So what about the sound features? Well, the tweeter gives you a high frequency, clear and crisp sound, along with the mid-woofer which will allow you to enjoy the rich bass tones of your favourite music. You can also create your perfect, unique sound by individual room with the adjustable bass and treble controls. 

So, what’s the main difference between the Sonos One and the One SL? To put it simply, the SL is microphone free. While some may see not being able to use Alexa or Google Assistant as a negative, this is sure to be a positive for others who aren’t so keen on voice controlled devices in the home!

If you can’t bear the thought of being without a voice controlled smart speaker, then fear not! You can still purchase the original Sonos One here at Advanced MP3 Players for the same price – but be quick! There’s limited stock available, so once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Sonos Move Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re constantly on the move, the aptly named Sonos Move could be the perfect match for you. Take top quality sound with you wherever you go thanks to this impressive portable smart speaker. Unlike basic Bluetooth speakers, the Move brings you the full package, right down to its ergonomic design. It comes with that fantastic sound that Sonos speakers are well known for, thanks to the two Class-D amplifiers and integrated mid-woofer, so that you’ll be able to enjoy the very best sound every single time. Thanks to it’s automatic Trueplay tuning, this clever speaker also brings you perfectly balanced sound whether you’re indoors or outdoors. And there’s even more good news if you love the great outdoors – the Move is whether resistant! Yes, really. Humidity, rain, snow, extreme temperatures, you name it, it’s well equipped to battle the elements. 

Just because the Sonos Move is portable, it doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on its tech either. It’s equipped with built in voice controls – simply connect to Wi-Fi and you can enjoy all the benefits of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as streaming music. No Wi-Fi? No problem, just switch to Bluetooth when you’re outside the home.

For those who are concerned that a portable speaker is more prone to damage, allow us to reassure you. All of the top tech inside the Move is protected with a shock resistant, hard-wearing case, meaning there’s no need to worry about any accidental drops. Even better, the Move is equipped with an ergonomically designed handle, meaning you can carry it around with confidence. 

Surely, with all this tech that’ll eat into your battery, right? Wrong! You can enjoy up to 10 hours of use still with that brilliant sound quality, and the Move fits effortlessly into the included base for super easy charging. 

So there you have it, the latest Sonos speakers to arrive here at Advanced MP3 Players. Regardless of whether you opt for the new Move or the One SL, one thing is guaranteed: you won’t be disappointed! 

By Amy Jackson – Bargain hunter, music lover, and content writer at Promo Codes For – 2nd October 2019

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

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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!

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A Year of Free Music with Sonos!

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Sonos are offering a year’s free subscription to Deezer’s Premium+ worth £100 with every purchase between now and the end of the year.

Deezer is the music service that finds music for you based on the tracks you love, so there’s always something on you like.

Check out the promotional page below for more details on eligible units:
http://www.sonos.com/promo/deezer

Head on over to AMP3 for more info on our Sonos products:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=sonos

 

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Want to see the future? Astell & Kern AK120 leads the way

Astell & Kern AK120

*£1,099*

 

The AK120 vastly improves on the AK100 with estimated audio improvement being 20%. When we thought it couldn’t get better, the AK120 has paved the way for a whole new category of precision audio.

Basically, with electronics that boast two Digital to Analogue converters (DACs), the high resolution AK120 delivers an instantly impressive audio upgrade with incredibly immersive depth, clarity and spaciousness compared to the AK100.

Part of what makes these DACs so special is that they are made by audio experts, Wolfson, which makes the AK120 one of the most accurate reproductions of sound available. Think of it as building a luxury car and putting in Ferrari parts to compliment the engine.

It looks great too. Sleek and small enough to fit a shirt pocket the AK120 boasts a turning knob on the side for navigation and quirk appeal. Another unconventional bonus is the storage capacity. There’s 64GB of built-in memory and the added ability to double again with two built-in 64GB micro-SD card slots, this makes for a lot of space. Space that is as rare as the Dodo when it comes to high end players.

For a far more technical take on the AK120, check out the product page here. If you’re an audiophile with knowledge of sound engineering, this is where the £1099 price tag is justified. For anyone else, just know this: the AK120 is one of the truest sounding players on the market that will bring your music to life.

 

 

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Damson Redefine Wireless Speaker Market with Oyster

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£179.99


As the latest portable Bluetooth speaker from Damson, the Oyster cements itself as the brightest and boldest product yet to come from the Yorkshire company. The Oyster’s stylish and innovative design houses sophisticated technology consisting of two 2in front-facing 10W midrange drivers, two side-firing 1.5in tweeters and a rear passive radiator subwoofer. The dynamic sound is unrivalled delivering unbelievably balanced and clear audio.

Measuring just 230 x 100 x 116mm the Oyster is perfectly portable: small enough to be stowed in luggage yet large enough to handle impressive volume. With a staggering 12 hour battery life take the Oyster anywhere or keep it as a stylish permanent fixture in the home.

Boasting both simplicity in design and simplicity in function, the Oyster makes Bluetooth pairing effortless; simply, pair and play.

 

Check out the epic product video here.

 

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Sony’s New 200w Sophisticated and Sleek Speaker Dock

Sony XA900

£289

Brand new to Amp3 is the Sony wireless speaker dock with AirPlay and Bluetooth.

With Airplay enabled devices such as an iPhone iPod Touch or iPad connect up to the Sony XA900 effortlessly and stream music without letting go of your device!

With a massive 200 watts of power output you’ll be the envy of all your guests as precise and punchy audio is played through the speaker. Not genre specific this speaker is ideal for all kinds of music ranging from classical to hip hop.

Though the Sony XA900 has monster sound the build of it is sleek and stylish. With beautifully rounded edges and a central dock the speaker is aesthetically pleasing no matter how you look at it.

Buy

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E17 Wins Editors’ Choice Award at Sound + Vision Magazine. Read More Here

FiiO E17 Alpen

£99

 

The FiiO E17 has come out top trumps at the Editors’ Choice Awards for Sound + Vision Magazine. Rated as one of the 23 best audio and video products of 2012 the FiiO E17 proved its merit to the tough panel of editors.

 

The E17 is a portable headphone amplifier with an on board digital audio converter (DAC). So not only will the E17 take you lacklustre files and give them a huge volume boost but it will transform those files into an unrecognisably brilliant sound. With the ability to drive high powered headphones the E17 is all you need to give ordinary music files an audiophile makeover.

 

 

If that’s not enough for you, the E17 can also function as the brains of your desktop system. Via a docking connector, you can use the E17′s DAC to feed the the E09K desktop headphone amp [£109], which will provide all the current you might need for home listening. And you can pick up both units for significantly less than you’d spend on many comparable portable headphone amps alone. Now that’s a bargain.’ Sound + Vision

 

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Amp3 Tech Spot: Q&A

 

Questions And Answers

We get quite a varied range of questions via our Technical Support phone line and we’re more than happy to help where we can. We’ll feature some of the more regular questions in this newsletter in case any of the answers are of interest.

I own an iPod nano 7th generation (with the new Lightning connector) and would like to know if the XMi X-Mini v1.1 are compatible?

Thanks for your question. The XMi range of range of portable capsules speakers (X-Mini v1.1, X-Mini II and X-Mini Max II) would connect to your iPod nano via the headphone socket.

The X-Mini speakers are compatible with any piece of equipment that has a standard 3.5mm headphone socket.

I’ve purchased a Popcorn Hour C-300 from you, but do you also stock suitable Blu-Ray drives for this?

We don’t stock Blu-Ray drives for the Popcorn Hour units, however you can find a list of compatible drive models on the ‘Networked Media Tank’ WIKI pages at:

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/index.php/C-300_Compatibility_Lists

As an aside, the Networked Media Tank WIKI / Forum pages give a lot of information, troubleshooting tips, and user feedback regarding the whole Popcorn Hour range.

 

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Get a Free Pair of Cowon CE-1 Headphones With Any Cowon Player

Cowon X9

£199 – 32GB

£149 – 16GB

Cowon are a South Korean audio company best known in the UK for their audiophile media players. Now, with each player we are offering a free set of Cowon CE-1 headphones!

Cowon’s media players range from the X9 with its monster battery size capable of 110 hours play back to the Android enable Cowon Z2 – as well as everything in between!

Simply select the Buy Together option at the bottom of the Cowon product page and claim your free headphones!