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Come and Pay Us a Visit at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show This February

This February, Advanced MP3 Players will be at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show. Now in its 33rd year, the UK’s largest and longest running hi-fi show is the event of the year for audiophiles everywhere. It’s a chance to check out some of the latest product launches and even get yourself a bargain with plenty of exclusive deals and offers from over 170 brands. If you’re like us and you can’t wait to check out some of the latest hi-fi gadgets, you’ll love today’s post. We’ll be showcasing the latest products from Cowon, FiiO and iBasso, and to get you in the mood we’ve put together a little sneak peak of what you can expect next month!

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Plenue R2 Hi-Res Digital Audio Player 

Ahead of its UK launch, we’ll be showcasing the brand new Cowon Plenue R2. But what features can we expect from this newbie? Well, the high performance DAC is second to none, with built-in high resolution headphone amplifier and impressive battery power. In terms of audio quality itself, this little device aims to give you the very best, with balanced output that brings crisp and clear original sounds. It supports a range of audio formats including the post popular MP3, WMA and WAV, and even lossless and uncompressed formats such as FLAC and ALAC. 

You can also expect high quality Bluetooth with the Plenue R2, as it supports aptX codec, allowing for higher compression and superior sound quality over the traditional SBC codec. But what does it all mean? Well, you can listen to your music, podcasts and more through any speakers, headphones or earbuds that have Bluetooth connectivity, all the while enjoying the richest sound quality.

Our favourite feature of the Plenue R2 has to be its AI functionality, designed for the very best listening experience. Use AI shuffle to change the playback order of your songs, as well as adjust your playlist positions to your preference. AI volume is there to normalise volume levels of each song so that there’s no more having to readjust for different songs, plus Cowon’s “JetEffect” technology ensures that the presets are adjusted to each file, so you can play your favourite songs exactly how you want them. You can even pair the Plenue R2 to your smartphone via Bluetooth too, enabling you to receive incoming call alerts. 

RRP £429.00

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Plenue D 2nd Gen with 2.5mm Balanced Output 

In addition to the the Plenue R2, we’ll also be featuring the award winning Cowon Plenue D2 this February. Winner of the best portable music player in its price range in the 2019 What Hi-Fi? Awards, this nifty device is great for achieving HD sound with minimal noise distraction. Also equipped with Cowon’s JetEffect technology, you’ll be able to enjoy optimum sound to suit your preferences. There’s precise volume control with 140 levels enabling you to tailor the sound exactly how you’d like it, plus you can choose your desired playback speed with 11 levels ranging from 50% to 150%.

The Plenue D2 is also highly functional as well as impressive, with easy to use control buttons and a wide angle touch display. Along with its high performance, low battery consumption ensures you can enjoy up to 45 hours of top notch sound, and you can pack your favourite tunes in one place with 64GB of built-in memory plus micro SD card support of up to 128GB. It’s also super user friendly with an easy to operate graphic user interface, which includes high resolution album art and even a choice of player skins.

RRP £259.99

FiiO

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M15 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player 

Due for release in the UK at the end of February, we’ll be bringing the new flagship model of the FiiO M15 to Bristol with us next month. This jam packed device has plenty to offer, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peak. It’s packed with top of the line internal components, including the AK4499 third generation DAC, and four channels per chip, allowing for a rather impressive performance. Not only is the M15 powerful, it’s also designed immaculately inside and out to ensure that every last detail of your sound can be heard without compromise.

The M15 also supports FiiO link technology so you can control it with your smartphone, and there’s even extra features including karaoke playlist management, customisable multifunction button, and different music modes for you to enjoy your tunes exactly how you want. Combined with 15 hours of battery life and 1800 hours of standby time, it’s the perfect package.

RRP £1175.99

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M11 Pro High Resolution Digital Audio Player

A step up from the fantastic sound quality of the original M11, the M11 Pro goes a step further with two AK4497/EQ DAC chips producing even more improvement on an already top notch sound. It’s equipped with fully balanced THX AA amplifier, which is designed to pack a punch delivering sound to most headphones, along with reduced noise and distortion.

The M11 Pro also features the Samsung Exynos 7872 hexa-core processor, used only by FiiO in digital audio players. It provides performance that’s on a par with the Snapdragon 625 and Kirin 659, meaning you can enjoy a unique, fluid experience listening to your music. Enjoy quality wireless music too with a variety of different Bluetooth formats transmitted and received, along with better signal strength and connection.

There’s plenty of storage for you to bring all of your music and more with you wherever you go, with 3GB RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, plus the compatibility with micro SD cards up to 2TB. You can enjoy up to 9.5 hours of battery life too, along with a fast charging battery which is fully recharged in just 2.5 hours – perfect for those on the go.

RRP £599.00

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BTR5 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier

Completing our FiiO line up is the BTR5 Bluetooth headphone amplifier, also due for release at the end of February. This is a must have for any audiophile, and lets you enjoy superb sound wherever you are on any device. Connect to wireless headphones, your computer, our your car’s AUX, or even create your own home concert experience by connecting to your TV’s audio. Plus, with built in NFC, you can connect the BTR5 to compatible devices in just a single tap.

For those who like to keep it simple, you can control the BTR5 with just one multi-function button that really does do it all. The sleek design is also highly impressive, with an aluminium alloy body similar to the latest smartphones, along with an oleophobic layer to prevent pesky fingerprint build up. You’ll also be able to enjoy a crisp and clear display with the help of the OLED screen.

RRP £89.99

iBasso

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AM05 5 Knowles Balanced Armature Driver IEM

We’ll be featuring these amazing iBasso AM05 earpieces in our selection this February too, which bring quality as well as style. With sleek and modern craftsmanship, these neat and stylish earpieces are ergonomically designed for comfort, making them perfect for watching movies or long music sessions, all the while enjoying silky smooth audio that’s packed with incredibly rich details.

RRP £259.99

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DX160 Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

The DX160 Digital Audio Player arrived here at Advanced MP3 Players towards the end of last year, and we love it so much that it’s coming with us to the Bristol Hi-Fi Show. This stylish and compact audio player is packed with plenty of features including 5G Wi-Fi and 32GB memory. Supporting a wide range of audio formats, it gives you plenty of flexibility in your music files, while the 5inch 1080p screen is crisp and clear so you can explore your music library with ease. 

The DX160 is a great choice for anyone who likes compact devices, as it weighs just under 180g so will easily fit into your pocket or bag. Combined with Li-Polymer battery that’s quickly recharged, you can enjoy up to 13 hours of your favourite music, making it a great option for travellers, commuters and more. 

RRP £349.99

 

The full specifications of these products are all available on our site, but why not come and pay us a visit at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show this February? Come and check out these amazing products we have on offer at Advanced MP3 Players. The show is running from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February from 10am, and you’ll find us on the third floor in room 310. Come and say hello!

 

Written by Amy Jackson – Content Writer at Promo Codes For – 22nd January 2020

The Latest USB DAC Products: Our Pick of the Best

With so many new generation smartphones hitting the shelves this year, USB DACs have become increasingly popular, especially with those who love their music and podcasts. Thankfully, we’ve had a whole array of adapters that have arrived here at Advanced MP3s recently, with brand new offerings from iBasso, AudioQuest and Audirect. Today, we’re looking at some of our new products in a little more detail, and we’ve got an option to suit you, whatever your budget! 

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iBasso DC01 USB-C DAC Adapter with 2.5mm Output – £49

The iBasso DC01 is first up in our new arrivals, and compared to its previous model it’s made a significant improvement. For starters, the digital-to-analogue conversion chip that features is usually used in the more higher end DACs, and it’s equipped with AKM Velvet Sound technology, meaning that you can enjoy smooth and crystal clear sound. Taking another leaf from higher end audio tech, the DC01 is equipped with a balanced headphone amplifier allowing you to enjoy top quality sound complete with ultra low distortion. Combined, these features make the DC01 the perfect accompaniment for your music wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.

Compatible with most Android smartphones and tablets currently available, the iBasso DC01 is incredibly versatile thanks to its USB-C connector. In addition, it comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter that will allow you to easily connect it to a Mac OS or Windows computer via Plug & Play. Another feature that’s sure to go down well is the durability of the DC01. Its hybrid cable is made of 8 braided wires making it highly durable, as well as providing top notch connectivity, ensuring that you’re guaranteed to enjoy the best sound. At £49 too, it’s jam packed with features, all for an affordable price. 

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iBasso DC02 – USB-C DAC Adapter with 3.5mm Output – £44.99

Next up, we have the iBasso DC02, coming in at a slightly cheaper price of £39, you’ll still be getting plenty of tech for your money. Again integrated with AKM Velvet Sound technology, this is perfect for those who want top quality sound on the go. Unlike other adapters which can be limited to smartphones and tablets, the DC02 is also compatible with computers too. Whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux, you can easily connect it with the help of the USB-C to USB-A adapter and enjoy your favourite music on the device you choose.

You can also enjoy sound tailored to your device too. This clever little adapter is also designed to override the internal hardware of the device it connects to leading to improved sound quality and less distortion. Perfect if you’re constantly chopping and changing between devices! For the finishing touches, the flexible sheath around the quad wire cable ensures durability, making your ideal companion for when you’re on the move. 

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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC – £269

For those willing to invest a little more into getting their perfect sound with their devices, a popular option is the new AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt. The AudioQuest DragonFly range will be a name that most audiophiles are familiar with, and the Cobalt promises to be “the most beautiful sounding DragonFly yet!” So what can you expect from Cobalt? Well, the increased power supply is designed to reduce noise coming from device features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which means you can enjoy supreme high-res audio like never before. Featuring the ESS Sabre 9601 headphone amp and bit-perfect volume control found in the DragonFly Red, Cobalt creates a top notch signal-to-noise ratio, while the 2.1 volt output ensures that it’s compatible with a huge range of headphones, making it wonderfully versatile. 

It’s not just the output that makes the Cobalt so versatile. It’s compatible with IOS and Android devices, along with Apple and Windows computers. You can also ensure the longevity of your device too, as AudioQuest’s free Desktop Device Manager. It ensures that you can upgrade the firmware of your device, meaning that you can stay one step ahead as technology continues to evolve! 

It’s clear that the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt is a hit with music lovers everywhere, as the high demand has meant that it’s currently out of stock! However, if you’re desperate to get your hands on it, it’s still available for you to pre-order. 

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Audirect Beam Portable USB DAC – £89.99

So what happens if you want that amazing, high quality sound, but your budget doesn’t quite stretch as far as the DragonFly Cobalt? Allow us to introduce you to a brand new member of the Advanced MP3 Players family – the Audirect Beam! Coming in at a more affordable price point, the Beam brings plenty to the table. Promising supreme quality sound, the Beam uses the well known ES9118 DAC chip for an impressive performance, and is designed to reduce distortion from external components.

Designed to pair with smartphones and mobile devices, this nifty little device comes with multiple cables for a range of different connectivity options making it highly versatile. Pair with iPhones using the Lightning cable, Android phones with the USB-C and micro-USB cables, or your PC with the USB-A cable. As a bonus, the stylish blue colour of the device means that the Beam is sure to impress even the fussiest of tech lovers!

To celebrate the release of the Audirect Beam joining the AMP3 family, you could be up for winning one in this month’s competition! Kick-start your listening experience with this stylish and versatile device, along with all cables included too. If you’d like to be in with a chance, simply fill in the form on our competitions page before the 29th November, and you could be the proud owner of this fantastic bit of kit!

So that’s a little taster of the new products to arrive here at Advanced MP3 Players this week, and there’s a different option for everyone in the world of USB DAC products. As we edge nearer towards the festive season, now is the perfect time to get searching for a fantastic gift for the audiophile in your family! Don’t forget, if you’re loving the Audirect Beam as much as we are, make sure you enter our competition for a chance to win one of your own! 
Written by Amy Jackson – Content writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes - 4th November 2019

Taking a Look at FiiO’s Latest Offerings: Our Top 3 Picks

Chinese electronics company FiiO specialises in providing a range of portable music players, amplifiers and accessories. Earlier this year at their spring launch event, they announced the addition of 7 new products to be released. These included the M5, the Q5s, and the M11, which are now all available to purchase at Advanced MP3 Players. Here, we’ll take a look in a little more detail at what these new products have to offer.

FiiO M5 Portable High-Resolution Music Player – £89.99

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While the FiiO M5 may be small (the smallest in the M series for that matter), it certainly packs a punch. First unveiled at FiiO’s product launch in March, the M5 is a convenient and high tech way to store your music. Don’t be fooled by it’s tiny appearance, as the 1.54 inch retina-like display comes with high resolution of 240×240 pixels meaning you can take in a bright and bold colour display to enhance your experience. 

Of course, the main thing anyone would want from an MP3 player is top notch sound quality, and the M5 doesn’t disappoint. Equipped with the AKM AK4377 DAC, you can listen with low distortion and with its multi-channel power management chip you’ll be able to enjoy top quality sound every time. Whatever your music taste, with 7 equalizer options for rock, pop, classical and jazz to name a few, you can even tailor the sound to fit in with the genre. 

You can enjoy plenty of variety while listening with the M5 too, as it supports microSD cards up to 2TB, meaning that you can upload your entire music library to take with you. Not only that, but you can import your music without the need for a computer either, as the M5 will allow you to connect via USB OTG to your tablet, or even your smartphone. 

Even with all this, there’s more, and you can discover that the M5 is more than just an MP3 player. With premium Bluetooth technology, you can enjoy flawless sound with its’ ability to connect to more devices. In addition, the M5 is perfect for those on the go with its built in high quality sound recorder, and the ability to support noise free phone calls. You can also make use of the built in pedometer and clip case, making the FiiO M5 the perfect accompaniment to your next workout.

In addition to its high performance, you can listen with confidence knowing that the M5 will keep your tunes going for longer. Its built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery means that you can enjoy up to 13.5 hours of usage. 

FiiO Q5s High-Resolution DAC and Headphone Amplifier – £329.99

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Hot off the press, the FiiO Q5s is a must for any music fan. In its mission to provide the very best quality sound, its upgraded clock management means that no matter what format your music, the sound will not be compromised. Paired with gain and bass boost controls, you can tailor your music to exactly how you want it without affecting the quality. You can even say farewell to volume unbalances with ADC adjustment controls, giving you greater precision.

The Q5s also doesn’t do things by halves when it comes to power, either. You can enjoy over 9 hours of quality sound through USB or Bluetooth connections, or up to 25 hours via Aux. It even has an automatic shutdown function too, allowing it to save power when not in use. The power supply also ensures that the user still enjoys great quality sound too with its expert design. The analogue, digital, low-pass, and amplification sections are each powered independently, and their isolation from each other is built to ensure the clarity and quality of your music. 

The design of the Q5s is also built with its users in mind too. You can instantly recognise the format you’re playing from with its 6 separate indicator lights, and you can also use this function to view your battery status too. It’s upgraded design from the original Q5 also provides the user with a quick and convenient way to listen to their music, complete with just one button that controls the power and the volume.

FiiO M11 High-Resolution Lossless Music Player – £449.99

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For the ultimate listening experience, the FiiO M11 has been designed to provide the most exceptional sound quality in all areas, no matter what headphones you use. For the ultimate performance, the M11 is powered with the hexa-core Samsung Exynos 7872, and has double the signal to noise ratio compared to its predecessor. With 8 preset options for blues, jazz, rock, dance, and many others, you can also adapt the sound for the type of music too. Not only that, but you can even customise your own EQ settings to truly tailor make your sound. 

However you want to listen, the M11 ensures that your wireless listening is pushed to the max. In addition to supporting more Bluetooth formats, the overall signal strength is much stronger, ensuring that your music isn’t interrupted. When it comes to headphone outputs, the M11 gives you more choice and convenience, not only including the 3.5mm single ended output, but also the 2.5mm and 4.4mm, meaning there’s no need to carry around those pesky adaptors anymore! For those who want to go wireless, the dual band Wi-Fi radio means that your signal has better strength and connects much faster too. Great sound, no matter how you listen!

In terms of user convenience, you can glide across the 5.15 inch HD touchscreen with it’s brilliantly bright and colourful resolution. Complete with 32GB of storage and 3GB RAM, along with two micro-SD card slots, you can store thousands of your favourite songs all in one place to listen to when you want. Not only that, but when it comes to transferring your music, you can easily do so from your computer or your smartphone via Wi-Fi, making the process flow with ease. 

With great technology comes great power, and of course the M11 doesn’t disappoint. With its Quick Charge function, the M11 charges completely in just 2.5 hours. What’s better, is that you can enjoy your music for up to 13 hours too. 

An added bonus to the M11 is that it includes protective case and screen protector. Both are expertly designed with the M11 in mind and are engineered to provide effective protection from scratches and other forms of damage. 

These three new products, among a number of other FiiO music players and accessories are all available now at great prices, right here at Advanced MP3 Players.

Amy Jackson – Bargain hunter, music lover, and content writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes.

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

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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!

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!

 

Audeze Sine - Planar Magnetic Headphone with Lightning Cable - £449.00

Audeze Lightning Compatible Headphones Come to AMP3

With rumours of the upcoming iPhone 7 being without the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, American Headphone manufacturer Audeze has you covered.

 

Audeze EL-8 Titanium

Audeze EL-8 Titanium – with Fully Integrated Cipher 24-bit High Resolution Lightning Cable – £699.00

 

The Audeze EL-8 was the world’s first Headphone with a Cipher 24-bit High Resolution Lightning Cable to connect to the Apple Lightning port, complete with integrated DAC so your music will sound better than ever.

 

Audeze Sine - Planar Magnetic Headphone with Lightning Cable - £449.00

Audeze Sine – Planar Magnetic Headphone with Lightning Cable – £449.00

The SINE headphones are more light-weight and are designed to fold flat for portability. The planar technology offers a dynamic and detailed sound on the move.

 

Both the EL-8 and SINE headphones feature a built-in microphone and are Siri compatible, and there’s even an accompanying Audeze app to help fine-tune your music’s EQ. The perfect headphone companions to your Apple Lightning devices.

 

Head over to AMP3 to check out the Audeze headphones in more detail:

 

EL-8 Titanium:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/Audeze.652/ADZ200E8111600/Audeze_EL-8_Titanium_-_World_s_First_Headphones_with_Fully_Integrated_Cipher_24-bit_High_Resolution_Lightning_Cable.14847.html

 

Audeze SINE:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/Audeze.652/ADZ200SINE72113/Audeze_Sine_-_World_s_First_On-Ear_Planar_Magnetic_Headphone_with_Cipher_24-bit_High_Resolution_Lightning_Cable.14888.html

MYKRONOZ Zefit Smartwatch (£45)

MYKRONOZ Zefit Smartwatch

MYKRONOZ Zefit Smartwatch (£45)

MYKRONOZ Zefit Smartwatch (£45)

Mykronoz takes the Swiss watch-making heritage and delivers a watch fit for the 21st century: the Zefit Smartwatch.

 

The Zefit will tell you the time, track your steps and distance travelled, calories burned and even tell you how many hours you slept for each night. The Smartwatch features a great OLED screen and single button to check your activity in real-time.

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The Smartwatch will also connect wirelessly to your smartphone via Bluetooth, with both iOS and Android supported allowing you to monitor your activity and progress. You can also transfer these stats to your PC or Mac to set daily goals and reminders, monitor your performance and to analyse your progress.

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The Smartwatch watches whilst you sleep – and reports back how many Z’s you caught

 

Worried about the Smartwatch clashing with your jogging gear? Worry not, as the Smartwatch is available in a variety of colours!

 

Head over to the product page at AMP3 for more details:

MYKRONOZ Zefit Smartwatch

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Stunning New Desktop Network Audio Player from Astell & Kern

The AK500N - The Ultimate High-Res MQS Network Audio Player

The AK500N – The Ultimate High-Res MQS Network Audio Player – £8,999.00

 

Astell & Kern have done it again.

 

Building on the back of their rather excellent AK240 (and its little brothers the AK100 ii and AK120 ii) the team over at Astell & Kern have produced another brilliant product, this time in the shape of desktop network audio player, the AK500N.

 

Not sure what a network audio player does? Well, in the case of the AK500N, it does it all.

 

Astell & Kern have graced the AK500N with one-click CD ripping to either WAV or FLAC, DLNA network capabilities and PCM to DSD conversion.

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Playback is driven by the internal battery in order to cut out ‘noise’ from the AC power supply; charging happens outside of playback, or when the battery reaches 4% capacity.

 

The flip-up 7inch touchscreen is a nice touch, allowing you to control your music playback easily and quickly.

 

The AK500N features internal memory to allow super speedy playback, but this can also be complimented by external memory via the dedicated USB port on the back of the device.
In fact, the AK500N has a whole range of inputs and outputs; coaxial, optical, USB types A and B, Ethernet, BNC and both fixed and variable analogue outputs.

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The networking capability is also a great feature, with the ability to connect with phones, tablets, your PC and of course Astell & Kern’s own range of portable players in order to stream and control playback.

 

At just under £9000 the AK500N may be out with many people’s price range, but the hefty price tag from A&K is nothing new. With the abundance of features and unquestionably excellent sound, the AK500N may be the desktop audio player many audiophile’s dream of.
Head over to AMP3 to get more details:

Astell & Kern AK500N – The Ulitmate High-Res MQS Network Audio Player