Monthly Archives: March 2011

AMP3 Product Sleepover: 30W USB Desktop Speakers by QSB!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!? Well not to fear you are about to find out!
Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion. How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you? Well now we can! We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog!
This week, our PR Manager Pauline is astonished by the power of the QSB USB 30W speaker system!
SoundScience QSB Speakers – Sleepover review
Pros: the sound clarity, the premium case to carry the speakers, the USB port, the sleek and neat design.
Cons: too heavy. Restrictive usage: for pc / laptop only.
Verdict: These little “plug and play” speakers are highly recommended for people who commute and travel a lot (premium travel case) and for those who fancy transform their living-room in a mini house-club.  The sound is amazing even at maximum volume!
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I have in my hands a premium box with the colours of the brand “red and black”. It is quite heavy but the box is hard and designed to protect the tiny speakers when you travel.
SoundScience QSB Speakers

QSB USB Speakers - Packaging

Once I opened this nice box which looks like a jewel case, I had sparkles in my eyes. I discovered two little gems! Cube-shaped, mainly black – silver on the edges – those two tiny speakers look gorgeous and reflect SoundScience premium branding. I am truly amazed by the design of these speakers – sleek and neat!

QSB USB Speakers - Out the Box

QSB USB Speakers - Out the Box

But design is not everything. These are travel speakers, but are they ‘travel friendly’? The QSB Speakers once again impressed me: they are unique as you plug them to your pc / laptop via a USB port! You don’t need to charge them before using them and there is no need to worry about the battery! Thanks to the USB port, the speakers are automatically charged via your device and they are ready to be used. Impressive isn’t it?

I travel most of my weekends and when I have time off so music on the go and listening to my favourite radios stations online are vital for me. I use my netbook when I’m traveling, unfortunately its integrated speakers don’t sound very good; I also don’t feel very comfortable with earphones and their wires make your life harder – you have to be attached to your laptop! With speakers, freedom is guaranteed!

QSB USB Speakers - Connected

QSB USB Speakers - Connected

Tonight I decided to test these gems while listening to the news. I plugged them to my netbook and put the volume up! Unbelievable – these tiny speakers filled the room with a pure and clear sound! It was very enjoyable to (finally!) listen to the news and then music with a stunning sound.
I started a small test (it was already quite late and I didn’t want to bother all my neighbours) – I cranked the volume to its maximum. These speakers would also be ideal for a flat party with a bunch of friends during the weekend and on holiday. Even at full volume the clarity of the sound is still amazing!
These little “plug and play” speakers are highly recommended for people who commute and travel a lot (remember the premium box to carry them) and for those who fancy transform their living-room in a mini house-club!

QSB USB Speaker
Review by Pauline Monchy – PR Manager
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AMP3 Product Sleepover: EXTREMELY LOUD! Andrea Trials the X-mini Happy!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Key Accountant Andrea is blown away by the Xmini Happy!  Can she talk over the immense sound this little capsule speaker produces?

Video Review Guide – Xmini Happy

Pros: Unbelievably loud, drop and drag file transfer, retractable audio cable enables connection to any 3.5mm line out connector, perfect for festivals, holidays and a get-away, 12 hours music playback when played through MP3 Player.

Cons: Only 5 hours battery life if playing music direct from SD card

Verdict: Well I’m suitably impressed with the X-mini Happy Capsule Speaker, it has most definitely lived up to the ‘Sound Beyond Size’ label that comes with it.  Recommended? I would have to say yes! It really is the perfect travel companion. The Happy gives you an unlimited source of music wherever you are via SD card or any other device with a 3.5mm audio out port!  The battery lasts up to 12 hours and the volume is more than enough for to fill any room you are staying in – you might even get told to turn it down!

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Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 
Review by Andrea Keir - Key Accountant
 
 

 

     

 

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An often over looked Gem – Tiger Eyes Review by Andy Gordon

An often over looked Gem – Tiger Eyes

With Bluetooth so often getting the nod for people choice of Smartphone headset, its often easy to overlook some of the other options out there.

Not so BestBuy in the states.

Recognising the booming demand for Smartphone accessories, Best Buy have taken the exclusive option on the new Tiger Eye model.

Yes, the consumer, who has recognised for a long time that the biggest drawback to the iPod/iPhone were appalling headphones supplied in the box, has started to reach out for luxury earphones that also double up as a wired headset. The best of both worlds.

Shure for a good while now have offered their mic connection to allow their headphones to also have a microphone for this purpose, but what if I was to tell you that actually for not a huge amount more than that cable accessory, you could get a cracking set of earphones with mic in built, that sound as good as the Shure SE210 product if not better??

Yes Tiger Eyes is this product.

The 8mm Titanium drivers provide suitable punch for your Eye of the Tiger work out song, while allowing you to hear your friends, family, or customers in full stereo, with staggering clarity.

Bass response is sold and crisp, the level of definition is truly impressive, for something sub £100, let alone the mere £69 Jaybird are asking.

And I’m not alone in thinking this; check out the review on JAMM.

Now in addition to the mic they also let you control your music, and volume, meaning the iPhone/iPod or other smartphone can remain in your pocket, armband or bag.

In keeping with their development with the US triathlon team, they are also sweet and perspiration resistant, and have a lifetime guarantee to back up this claim. Like old car speakers the speaker diaphragms can determinate over time, especially if introduced to sweat – hence the titanium coating! Clever stuff indeed!

Seems as if Best Buy has the march on this product. Might explain why, with 2700 stores worldwide they are the largest CE retailer it he world

Review By Andy Gordon.

AMP3 Product Sleepover: Sportsband 2 – A Runners Red Revolution!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and everyday we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Accounts Manager, Zach gets some hands on time with the Jaybird Sportsband 2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Sportsband 2 – A Runners Red Revolution

Pros: Easy to connect, Wire-free, exceptional sound quality with deep bass and crisp trebles,  crystal clear calls, hook them up to two devices, music and call control on the headset, stylish, Life changing in terms of how you exercise!

Cons: If you can find one let me know, I cant see past these!

Verdict: I’m pretty pleased with my purchase. Not only have they changed the way I exercise, but they’ve allowed me to enjoy my music at the same time. In addition to everything else, they are light and comfortable to wear for extended periods and no matter how hard you train, they are guaranteed to be sweat resistant, so no more excuses, get a pair and get running!

Full Review

I’ve never been much of a runner, mainly because the thought of spending an hour on the treadmill bores me to insanity, however…after being inadvertently signed up for the Edinburgh half-marathon,  it was inevitable that I would have to do some running at some point. But how would I motivate myself to run those long 13.1 miles…cue a motivational play-list on my Nokia music phone, held securely on my arm with a made to measure Nokia case, and my newly acquired Jaybird Sportsband 2 Bluetooth Headphones (in a very appropriately named Runner’s Red colour).

I can’t remember using the Bluetooth function on my phone before, but in the blink of an eye phone and headphones were effortlessly signing to each other…completely wirelessly!

Now I have done a few short sessions on the treadmill in the past, helped along with music and some wired ‘sports earphones’ and that’s the first difference right there. You really don’t realise just how annoying running with wired headphones is until the wires are gone. No more clipping wires to your shirt, no more stuffing wires down your back and out your sleeve and most importantly of all no more yanking the earphones out your ears during a spirited sprint finish!

The advantages don’t stop there!  Not only can you say hello to wire-free music, you’ll also be pleased to hear that you can say a very big hello to exceptional sound quality…no really!  They may not look like they are going to dazzle you with deep bass and rich treble, but get ready for a very pleasant surprise. And there’s more! The sportsbands also have a built in microphone, which, when connected (wirelessly) to you mobile phone allows you to receive crystal clear calls at the touch of a button.  But what if you are using some other bluetooth enabled music device, how will you hear your phone ringing I hear you ask? Step forward the sportsbands penultimate party piece. These clever little headphones get round this little dilemma by allowing you to connect them to two bluetooth devices…at the same time. So you can be reading an e-book on you iPad while listening to the melodic tones of Mozart and at the touch of a button can answer a call, to let the Mrs know that you’ll be home soon and that you like your steak medium ;-)

Back to the training though…the sportsbands final party piece lets you control your music device without having to take it out of your pocket. Stylishly incorporated onto the side of the right side headphone are controls for skipping tracks, forward and back and volume controls…yes you guessed it, up and down.

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m pretty pleased with my purchase. Not only have they changed the way I exercise, but they’ve allowed me to enjoy my music at the same time. In addition to everything else, they are light and comfortable to wear for extended periods and no matter how hard you train, they are guaranteed to be sweat resistant, so no more excuses, get a pair and get running!

  Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 
 Review by Zach Welensky – Accounts Manager

 

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AMP3 Product Sleepover: Elliot takes the Archos 43 16GB Internet Tablet home for a night and tells us what he thinks…

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and everyday we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Sales Supervisor, Eillot gets some hands on time with the Archos 43 16GB Internet Tablet.

Check out this excellent video review of the nifty little Internet tablet…

Pros: Decent sized screen, WiFi, Android App Market, G-Sensor works well, nice customizable features,

Cons: Resistive touch screen (I prefer a capacitive screen, like when the screen responds to the little touches!)

Verdict: Overall i did really like the player.  The price point makes it a very good choice if you are looking for a small portable multimedia tablet.   The size is perfect for slipping into your pocket and using it on-the-go is easy!  The sound quality is as good as anything out there in terms of the Internet tablet scene.  When it comes down to it, if you are in the market for a handy, portable Internet tablet that has loads of options and can be used for business then I do recommend the Archos 43!

 

 

 Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 

      

Archos 43
Archos 43 Internet Tablet

 

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MEElectronics HT-21 –My love will never be over!

12/03/11 – 9:00 PM – Snowing Happy Day in Edinburgh!

Tonight is gonna be a good night: I have finally got a superb sample of MEElectronics HT-21 Portable Headphones in my hands and the full night in front of me to experience them!

First look: the packaging has nothing fancy.  The headphones are wrapped in a simple black and plastic box. It also contains a small pouch, it’s plastic too, but it looks handy to carry the headphones on the go.

When I first grabbed the set of headphones. They looked fantastic and comfy: swivel cups, adjustable and foldable headband. I couldn’t wait to plug them to my netbook and test their sound quality comfort - on goes some Deezer!

15 minutes later and that’s me – with Jean Rock in my ears (small digression for your culture – Jean Rock is a French founder of nightclubs, disc jockey and singer-composer!) and his famous last composition “my love is over” – I am in love with the HT-21. One thing is sure: my love will never be over for you HT-21!

Despite my first feeling regarding the packaging – really sorry guys but I have come from a Marketing background and the small things make a difference for me – I can’t stop nodding my head to the beat of the music. I guess I even started singing, perhaps a little too loudly!? I have just glimpsed the face of one of my flat mates: “Are you training for the next X-factor?!”

The sound quality is excellent. It is clear and premium. MEElectronics didn’t leave the things half finished. Thanks to the addition of enhanced and deep bass, these headphones deliver a stunning sound!

2 hours later and I am feeling the happiest reviewer on earth because my very sensitive ears can still tolerate these headphones. MEElectronics’ secret: they have cleverly thought out the design of the cups. First the supra-aural shape enables any listener to wear the HT-21 with comfort for long hours. The cups rest on the ear. Secondly, the closed design cuts outside noise and reduces sound that others nearby can hear. I stopped singing and I am sure that I am not bothering my flat mates with my crazy French songs!

Finishing the test with “Rainbow of love” – thanks Bob for this great song so appropriate when looking at the Scottish weather – in ears, I have a look at the HT-21 compatibility. Once again MEElectronics adapted its newest technology according to the current trends: you can use them with iPod, iPhone, MP3/CD/DVD players, computers and all devices with a standard 3.5mm jack.

11:00 PM - It is time to repack.  Slipping these foldable portable headphones in its handy pouch is easy and they fit into my handbag rather neatly. Compact, lightweight, I know they will be ideal for my bus journey tomorrow morning.

Verdict:

  • I love: the portable, compact and very comfortable to wear for long hours of listening aspect; the stunning sound quality and the surprising price – very affordable; the wee pouch to carry them every day.
  • I hate: the packaging in plastic and not eyes catching!
  • Highly Recommended – a must have this year.

Want to see more information on this product?  Click Here – for the AMP3 Product Page.

AMP3 HT-21

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Value against luxury! MT Electronics up for the scrap with an iPad?

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Putting a ‘basic’, or as some may call ‘cheap’, tablet up against the likes of an iPad is never going to be pretty.  Surprisingly this pup has one or two little surprises hidden within its rubberised casing.  It’s a good battle but there’s no doubt in my mind which tablet is king, the iPad runs the show but the MT Electronics tablet gives us something to think about if we are budget conscious!

Positives: Having flash support is a godsend, Fast processing of web pages and menu navigation, Audio output is impressive, HDMI out, astonishing price point,

The bad: Personally I prefer the capacitive touch screen to this resistive one, camera could be of better quality, hopefully firmware upgrades will allow for a step up to honeycomb OS!

Verdict:If you are not ready to part with a huge amount of cash for the luxury iPad and don’t mind using a stylus I can see no fault with this device.  Internet browsing is made easy.  Its fast, powerful, has expandable memory, an in-built camera and a bagful of other pleasing features.  While the resolution is not High definition and the touch screen is resistive rather than capacitive, for the £199 price point this can be forgiven!  A great value Internet tablet, just don’t expect an iPad in disguise!

Full Review

I’d like to start this product review with some images of the brand new MT electronics Internet tablet, its clearly not as flashy as the sophisticated iPad but really if we are comparing devices that are opposite ends of the market what are we to expect.

Box Looks basic, but who needs a flashy box! Inside is the much needed charger, a set of ‘Apple Like’ earphones and a USB cable

Listening to Mr Eric Clapton via the YouTube app was a pleasure!

Turning the Tablet round seemed to cause an initial problem for the app…It soon sorted itself out!

Super fast web browsing was impressive.  Images and text appeared very crisp.

The connections are clearly labelled and all are very responsive.

Before i continue with the review my dog wouldn’t let me rest until she had her moment in front of the camera….

Slightly off topic…..but onwards with the review!

Initial impressions

Pressing down that little power button gave me a nice shock, the tablet starts up very quickly and immediately jumps to the home screen.  Unlocking it I instantly noticed the difference that the resistive touch screen makes.  I fiddled around with it and got it unlocked though, it was only here that I remembered this device has a handy stylus included.  Using the stylus makes using the interface more enjoyable and a much more pleasant experience.  I did find however, perhaps due to my clumsiness, that I entered menus I never meant to enter when trying to simply scroll through the list of options.  It takes a little getting used to but after a minute or two I had everything under control.  I was however impressed at the speed in which the menus changed, no wait time – always a Brucey bonus! I also like when devices can immediately adapt their screen to suit the different viewing angles and the Gsensor in the MT Electronics tablet copes well.

It’s all about speed.

One of our team has had this device before and they commented on the speed in which this device operates and I have no quibbles here.  This tablet certainly does have fantastic speed when loading up websites and navigating through the various menus.   I challenged the MT electronics to a speed test with my iPhone, they both were connected to my wireless home network and set the challenge of loading up our home page, who would win?  Both looked like they would load up the quickest at some stage in the loading process however, it may be marginal but the MT electronics Tablet did seem to be fully loaded before my iPhone was finished loading.

I tested the camera on this tablet and wasn’t that impressed, but I suppose that you are hardly going to be taking any iconic pictures with your internet tablet!  It’s fine for internet calls and instant messaging.  Audio is important to me, I love good bit of music so I thought I would test this out.  I connected the tablet to some simple 2.1 speakers at my desktop.  I have to say, the tablet has done itself justice.  Audio output was good enough to have me nodding my head along to the explosive AC/DC and TNT!

Conclusion

While it’s by no means a world beater, by no means an iPad replacement, it is however, an excellent value budget alternative.  Sleek design? Nope, simple design.  It does what it does, and it does it well.  With bagsful of features and functions including HDMI out, Android 2.2 and flash support for £199 it’s a great buy.

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iPod move aside! There’s a new kid on the block!

Our guest blogger and Head-fi ‘Headphoneus Supremus’, Mark Ramos sent us on his review of the Sony A-series walkman. Check out his thoughts below…

Thinnest-ever Walkman® Video MP3 player with super wide OLED display32GB, S-Master Digital Amplifier, Digital Noise Cancelling, EX headphones, 7.1cm / 2.8″ display

  • Experience unparalleled music/video playback
  • Block external sound with Digital Noise Cancelling
  • Watch music/videos on the big screen with TV out

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Sony NWZ-A846 Review

Thanks to Advanced Headphones  www.advancedheadphones.co.uk for the samples (AMP3’s sister site)

First Impressions:  Oh my god where is the rest of it?  This thing is tiny and crazy thin, especially compared to my usual ipod and XM5 set up, dear lord the difference is horrifying!  Right after that the next thing I notice is proprietary connector on it, okay so you’re not going to lose points for that but it seems like a missed opportunity, is there a reason it couldn’t be mini usb?  Still that screen, mightily pretty.

Having a little listen and oh hell it’s making a good first impression.  It sounds so huge!  Making a note I must try the IE8 with it, if it can make the Super.Fi 4 sound so big I wonder what it will do with the Senn’s. 

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Screen:  A photo won’t do it justice, the screen is OLED and it looks just beautiful.  Album art really pops out and looks just gorgeous with its super crisp and colourful image.  If anything it’s a little too lovely a screen as it really annoys me when album art isn’t displayed.  For me the screen could really be a third the size as I’d never want to use it to watch video on it.  Lovely as it is, it’s only 2.8 inches and for some things size really does count.  Oh and it works just fine out in daylight too.

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Battery Life:  Sony claim up to 30 hours and that doesn’t seem unrealistic to me, I wasn’t going to sit and time it but it certainly lasted far longer than my ipod does.

UI:  It’s simple enough and never gave me any bother.  If I’m really honest I can’t say I barely even noticed or thought about the User Interface at all.  A couple presses of buttons and it becomes blisteringly obvious how it works.  The only thing that did take me a day to notice was that you can power it off if you hold the button that say’s “PWR OFF” and yes I did feel rather stupid for not noticing it before.   It really isn’t hard stuff which is just how it ought to be.

Photo Viewing:  Erm you can view photo’s on it.  Not sure why you would want to but you can.

Video Viewing:  Err erm, see photo viewing.  If you do want to use it be prepared for format support to be a bit random.  Some files I could drag on to the content transfer programme and it would convert.  Not the quickest thing ever but quality was great.  Some files would do nothing however as it can’t convert everything specifically .mkv files and that’s a bit of a pain.

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Radio:  It has one.  It works.  Actually it works quite well but not sure why anyone would really want to use it.

Sound Quality:  I suspect this is the bit most will be interested in reading.  I’ve spent rather a lot of time with the little Sony and my feelings have become slightly mixed.  Sony makes a big deal of the S Master amp they have inside it and it created a storm of interest when it first came out on the X series.  I know some people who just love it and my first impressions were similarly positive.  If I had written this review in the first days of hearing it, it would be overwhelmingly positive but right now it’s not going to be.

The problem I have is that in some cases when paired up with some IEM’s the Sony sounds just amazing for something so stupidly tiny.  For example it made the Super.Fi 4’s sound fantastic for them, the stock buds likewise sounded great.  Next I tried the Sennheiser IE8’s and I was a little disappointed, good and expansive but not all I had hoped for.  By this stage I had noticed that the volume really didn’t go too high compared to other things I’m used to.  So I decided I would give the Etymotic ER4P’s a go.  They were deeply unimpressive.  Next I tried the Triple.Fi 10 and I was shocked.  They sounded so thick and muddy, the treble was enormously disappointing.   

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Then I thought I’d give the UM3x a go, which I’m not a big fan of anyway, and low and behold they sounded absolutely fantastic.  The pairing up with the UM3x was just by chance but I’m glad it happened.  They both just go so well together and on paper I don’t really see why they should.  The UM3x was always something I’d been disappointed in with its great separation but dead and lifeless sound.  The Sony just breathes life and perhaps even a soul into it.  It became such a different beast, for the better.  Such space and size it’s wonderful.  I do believe it is the best I have ever heard the UM3x sound.  It’s staggering how well they go together.

The volume restriction I must say is something I could see bothering me long term.  I don’t think I listen overly loud to music and I have been able to max it and survive.  I couldn’t do that with anything else I’ve heard.  Granted it was using the ER4P’s and it was listening to some older music (before the Loudness Wars set in) Shakespeare Sister’s Stay if you were interested.  I realised I had the volume up at 24 out of 30 and thought lets go for it, while 30 was a bit too loud it wasn’t blisteringly loud.  Trying out the HD600 was rather disappointing as you might expect.  Dear Sony, it’s a French law so how about you enable the low volume limit only if you set the language to French?  I can’t decide just how big of an issue it is having a stupid French law volume restricted one. Is it that has limited what the S Master amp can do?  Since it’s a loaner I haven’t investigated removing that restriction to compare.

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What I have gathered with my time with the A846 is that it works best when you pair it with something nice and easy to drive and when it is performing at its best it can sound immense.  I do mean that in both size and quality.  The A846 wants to present you with this huge and expansive sound stage which is bizarrely utterly at odds with its sound signature.  Its sound signature is that of the traditional Sony sound.  A thick, heavy sound that’s a little midbassy and a crisp edgy high thrown in right up at the top.  Its thickness belies the superb clarity that cuts through, it’s so contradictory to have such a thick, warm – bordering on lush too – sound yet offers such clean and clear detail.  It’s a bizarre combination and I’ve got to admit it’s a fantastically enjoyable sound when paired well.  The trouble is if you pair it badly it’s really not all it should be.

It did pair up particularly well with the bundled buds which somewhat surprised me as Sony IEM’s tend to be warm and thick so it really ought to mean they want a brighter source.  How they made it work I couldn’t say but they go well and spank the junk that Apple give with theirs.  I’m genuinely convinced Apple have abandoned even the pretence they give a crap about audio quality.  Sony clearly are putting in somewhat more effort.

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In The Hand:  My first impressions were great and the absurd thinness of the A846 looks amazing.  With a little time the ridiculous thinness began to annoy me.  The thing is just so incredibly thin it made a it a little awkward to hold.  There is just nothing to hold on the sides, it’s practically two dimensional.  What also began to annoy me slightly was I’d have much rathered the volume controls were by the play/pause and skip buttons.  Some will of course like the arrangement found here but I like to change the volume constantly.

Format Support:  Dear Sony, why the hell can’t it deal with lossless formats? (I don’t count .wav) it’s really a waste of the effort you put in.  Of course high bit rate stuff that it does support sounds great and it’s not like anyone is readily going to notice the difference anyway.  The other thing I really want fixed is the Album Art not always working issue.  Some songs it worked, others it didn’t.  Get it fixed as otherwise it’s a waste of that beautiful screen.

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Conclusion:  I can see a bucket load of reasons to buy one of the A series.  The sound on the whole is great.  Certainly out of the box, player and earphones will utterly beat the living poo out of Apple’s offerings.  The absurdly minimalist size of the player too will really appeal to many, I may be used to carrying around a house brick but most aren’t.  The A846 is just so thin it’s a little ridiculous.  I don’t know how they manage it, seriously I’ve seen thicker bits of paper.  The screen too is just beautiful to look at, so while I don’t really want a screen on a music player I cannot deny it’s one of the best screens I’ve seen on anything.  I’m also going to throw in as a positive that you don’t have to use Itunes or any software; you can just drag and drop 

The less positive aspects were I found file format support to be a bit random, a couple times it complained things were in unsupported formats.  I can’t really forgive Sony for not giving it flac support; go on Sony give me a good reason why not?  The other big niggle I had was album art for some stuff just not working.  I saw it commented that it only works if the imbedded jpeg is 160 x 160 or less.  I really didn’t have the patience to test that as it’s not mine to keep.  Sony, you gave it such a lovely screen every time I see the default Walkman “W” symbol it makes me sad inside.  Scratch that, every time I see it Angels weep!

So should you buy one?  On sound alone, possibly.  Certainly it’s better than Apples offerings.  While good it’s a bit pairing fussy.  The rest of the player I have trouble faulting if it’s what you want.  If you want a thin music player with a 2.8 inch screen then it’s a fantastic package.  Its only real fault is that Sony has so limited the volume that you can’t just use anything with it.  It would be like Ferrari making their next car a 200mhp capable monster and then shoving a 50mph speed limiter on it.  You know because if you go to fast while driving on icy roads its dangerous, ignoring the fact you might not actually be driving on an icy road.

Still, if you pair it up well with something like the DBA-02 or UM3x then it’s really pretty good stuff and you know what?  I think I’m going to miss it when it goes back.

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Cowon D3 Problems? Ask the our tech expert!

Every week our resident tech expert tackles a couple of problems our customers are facing. Get this advice first hand from our tech expert!  Feel free to leave us comments and more questions, yours could be answered next time around.

This week’s questions:

  • Does the Cowon D3 offer gapless playback?
  • Can I watch YouTube videos on the Cowon D3?
  • Can I watch programmes from BBC iPlayer and 4OD via the web browser on the Dune HD Max?

 

Does the Cowon D3 offer gapless playback?

Not as yet, although it is something that may be addressed in future firmware updates. For the latest D3 updates (currently version 2.29) please see Cowon’s website at:

http://www.cowonglobal.com/

Can I watch YouTube videos on the Cowon D3?

As supplied, the Cowon D3 does not feature Flash or any applications for watching YouTube videos but you can download a YouTube app to watch videos.

Please note we cannot offer support, or any Click Hereguarantee of reliability with third party applications, however we have tested the following app and it seems to work without any problems on one of our D3s.

http://www.androidapk.net/?p=33

Can I watch programmes from BBC iPlayer and 4OD via the web browser on the Dune HD Max?

Unfortunately the web browser that is on the Dune range of players is quite limited and does not support Adobe Flash. As such it is unable to play the video content from sites such as iPlayer or 4OD.

Aquabeat not working? Looking for a Flash supporting Internet Tablet? Our tech expert has the answers!

Every week our resident tech expert tackles a couple of problems our customers are facing. Get this advice first hand from our tech expert!  Feel free to leave us comments and more questions, yours could be answered next time around.

This week’s questions:

  • Do any of your Android Tablets support Flash?
  • Help! My Speedo Aquabeat isn’t playing my iTunes music.

Check out his answers below…

Do any of your Android Tablets support Flash?

We do have one new Android Tablet in stock that supports Adobe Flash – the MT Electronics 8″ Internet Tablet.

For full specifications please see the product page on our website.

Josh Welensky, columnist for The Scotsman, recently reviewed this Tablet, for more details see our blog at:

http://amp3news.blogspot.com/2011/03/fed-up-of-cheap-crappy-ipad-clones.html

Help! My Speedo Aquabeat isn’t playing my iTunes music.

This is still a common problem we have reported to us by customers, that the Speedo Aquabeat doesn’t play iTunes music and doesn’t even turn on.

It’s all down to the file formats of music that the Speedo Aquabeat can support – which are only MP3 and WMA (not DRM protected). Copying other types of files, such as iTunes .m4a music files, will result in the player not starting up to play music.

If you want more advice on Speedo Aquabeat trouble shooting, click here to see our guide.