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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

36846172_436195713458327_5338851374941601792_oSince the display screen of N5ii is no longer available, Cayin will introduce a revised N5iiS as the new mid-tier DAP with the following new features:

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.

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.

Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman - £1000.00

Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman Now at AMP3!

Sony have been the big boys in portable audio for decades and with their Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman they are aiming high once again.

 Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman - £1000.00


Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman – £1000.00

The NW-WM1A is a premium Walkman designed for optimal sound quality. Feel every note and nuance with High-Resolution Audio and hear the difference in your music with balanced sound, anywhere you go. Designed for high resolution playback, the NW-WM1A supports the very latest 384 kHz/32-bit rate and DSD Native Playback.

 

Featuring up to 30 hours of continuous High-Resolution Audio playback (FLAC 96 kHz/24bit), the NW-WM1A Walkman is ready to play whenever you’re ready to listen. Add the 128GB internal memory which can be expanded by micro SD card and Bluetooth connectivity and the Sony NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman is the whole package.

 

The NWWM1AB 128GB Flagship High Resolution Walkman is available from £1000.00, head over to AMP3 for more details;

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/MP3_Players.1/Sony.76/NWWM1ABCEW/Sony_NWWM1AB_128GB_Flagship_High_Resolution_Walkman.15008.html

Westone W80 Dual Driver Earphones - £1,175.00

Westone W80 Flagship Dual Driver Earphones now at AMP3!

New to the virtual shelves of AMP3, the Westone W80 flagship earphones!

 

Not content to rest on their laurels Westone have been busy at work to bring you even better sound quality.

Westone W80 Dual Driver Earphones - £1,175.00

Westone W80 Dual Driver Earphones – £1,175.00

 

Following on from their success with the W60 earphones, Westone introduce the W80 Dual Driver earphones. The main difference over the already fantastic W60’s is that Westone have managed to find a way to squeeze 8 proprietary drivers in each driver units – that’s 2 more drivers for both left and right channels!

 

By featuring 8 dedicated drivers the W80’s are able to offer unparalleled, crystal clear sound creating an unbelievably immersive experience. The dedicated drivers are tuned to handle a specific part of the frequency spectrum, with dual lows, dual mids and quad highs meaning you get great bass without sacrificing the incredible detail.

 

The Westone W80 earphones truly are the pinnacle of Westone innovation. Available now from £1,175.00, head over to AMP3 for more details:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/Westone.516/10376/Westone_W80_Dual_Driver_Earphones_featuring_eight_proprietary_drivers.15010.html

New DAC Drivers for FiiO Players

FiiO has released new DAC drivers for their USB DAC enabled players, the X3 2nd Gen Player, the X5 2nd Gen Player & FiiO X7.

The FiiO X3 2nd Gen, X5 2nd Gen and X7 players can be used to improve audio played through your PC.

The FiiO X3 2nd Gen, X5 2nd Gen and X7 players can be used to improve audio played through your PC.

The major update to the DAC drivers for Windows is designed to improve user experience, and the shiny new drivers allow the user to install without making any changes to other settings.

 

Please note: iOS users need not install a DAC driver on their system.

 

For more information on the new DAC driver please head to FiiO’s website:

http://fiio.net/en/story/426

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AudioQuest NightHawk “Semi-open” Headphones Available Now!

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AudioQuest NightHawk ‘Semi-Open’ Headphones – £499.00

AudioQuest – producer of the multi-award winning Dragonfly DAC v1.2 – has decided to branch out into the headphone market, and have done so with aplomb. Their first offering of headphones, the AudioQuest NightHawk ‘Semi-open’ headphones demand attention.

 

In a market that can feel saturated with passing good headphones AudioQuest have broken new ground and given their headphones a reason to exist other than simply providing another set of ordinary ‘phones.

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The NightHawks are described as ‘Semi-Open’ back – yes, we were confused too

Designed from the ground up, the NightHawk headphones straight away look like a special piece of kit. The semi-open circumaural earcups have been made of revolutionary material ‘liquid wood’ – which the NightHawks’ unique sound is credited in part to.

 

The NightHawks give a smooth and warm listen with bass given authority while the higher end is a little relaxed. This, coupled with the fact that these headphones are so comfortable, gives a very comfortable and fatigue-free experience – even if listening for extended periods.

 

The bass has authority, but this doesn’t mean that the NightHawks are for bass-heads only. The mid-range is smooth and warm and, whilst the top-end may lack some detail, there definitely texture there. The mellowed top-end may feel like a slight trading off in exchange for the NightHawks fluidity to those that like their headphones bright, but spend some time with the NightHawks and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with them.

 

The AuqioQuest Night Hawk Full-Size, Around-the-ear, ‘Semi-Open’ Headphones are available for £499.00.

Follow the link below for more details:

 

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/AudioQuest.617/AUDIOQUESTNIGHTHAWK/AudioQuest_NightHawk_Full-Size__Around-the-ear__Semi-Open_Headphones.14605.html

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Cowon Release new the Cowon Plenue M 64GB High Resolution Player

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Riding on the back their success with their flagship Plenue 1 Cowon are set to release a pared down version aimed at the middle of the market.

The new Cowon Plenue M is very much the P1’s little brother. Featuring only half of the P1’s 128GB internal memory and utilising the lesser Burr-Brown PCM1795 DAC the Plenue M is also set for release with the lower price tag of £540.

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All this talk of being the P1’s smaller brother and using a less expensive DAC shouldn’t worry audiophiles though, as Cowon are determined that their new offering still offers high end quality sound at a more affordable price. If the sound of the P1 is anything to go by, this will sound excellent too.

 

Keen-eyed observers will have noticed that Cowon have also made some small changes to the Plenue M’s casing. There is a raised edge on both sides of the player that is likely to make it even nicer to hold than the luxurious aluminium heft that the P1 offers. The ‘analogue’ on/off button of the P1 which sat flush has been replaced with a smaller, rounded and slightly raised button; the LED has been moved from underneath to the inside.

 

The Cowon Plenue M will shortly be available from AMP3 for £540 – please see the product page for more info:

Cowon Plenue M (PM) High Resolution 64GB Music Player

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New Astell & Kern Jr player set for May launch

 

Astell & Kern, makers of the infamously expensive AK240, are set to launch a brand new mid-range player. Dubbed the AK Jr, this little brother to the rest of the A&K range is looking pretty good.

 

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The 64GB player is garbed in the signature Astell & Kern Aluminium and, featuring a textured volume scroll knob, the AK Jr very much looks the younger brother to the AK 100 ii and AK120 ii players. It should retain some of the aspects of its brothers, such as DSD playback (albeit converted to PCM) and has an integrated Wolfson DAC that enables USB DAC functionality. No wifi for the Jr, but Bluetooth 4.0 and all the usual suspects when it comes to file types and the baby AK is shaping up to be quite a player.

 

“What about the price?” I hear you ask. How does £399 sound? It may look and sound like an Astell & Kern, but the small price tag puts it on a level with the likes of the iBasso DX90, the Sony NWZ-Z1 and the HiFiMan HM-802. Undoubtedly a smart move by Astell & Kern, this new addition to the A&K family is sure to have many an audiophile excited.

The AK Jr is due to be officially launched at High End Munich 14-17 May.

 

Check out AMP3′s range of Astell & Kern products:

Astell & Kern @ AMP3