Monthly Archives: January 2015

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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Sony Walkman Roundup

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The Sony NWZ-A15 (£159)

 

Sony have always been a big name in the portable audio world, and with the recent announcement at CES 2015 of their new Flagship player the NWZ-ZX2, Sony is really pulling out the big guns in order to push High Resolution audio.

 

The new NWZ-ZX2 won’t be available for some time unfortunately, but we have plenty of other Sony goodies to keep you busy until then. Read on for a roundup of Sony players now available at AMP3.

 

Sony NWZ-A15

The A15 was launched later last year and has proven hugely popular since it became available. The A15 is marketed as the ‘smallest and lightest’ High Resolution player on the market, and it certainly is very small; weighing in at a measly 66g you’re likely to forget that the player is in your pocket.

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The A15 boasts an impressive 30 hour playback when listening to High Resolution files, and this jumps up to 50 hours when using plain old MP3s, meaning fewer charges and more time listening.

 

The player supports a multitude of file formats making it compatible with all the latest High Resolution download services. (Find Sony’s list of High Resolution download services here: http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/hi-res-audio-music-services)

 

The A15 is available with 16GB of internal memory and this is expandable via Micro SD card by up to 128GB. The player also features NFC and Bluetooth for easy pairing to your favourite Bluetooth speakers or earphones.

 

Head to the product page to get more info and pricing:

Sony NWZ-A15 16GB High-Resolution Walkman® – The Smallest and Lightest High-Res Audio Player

 

Sony NWZ-ZE585

The Sony ZE585 is Sony’s budget player, but don’t let that fool you – the ZE585 is still a great player.

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The ZE585 ships with 16GB of storage, and boasts an impressive 77 hour battery life from a single charge. The ZE585 also features Sony’s ClearAudio+ software to optimise listening settings for each track and digital noise cancelling said to remove up to 98% of ambient sound so you can focus on the music.

 

Head over to the product page for more details:

Sony NWZE585 16GB MP3 Walkman Player with Video and Noise Cancelling

 

Sony NWZ-M504

Sony’s NWZ-M504 Walkman is a tiny MP3 player that has some interesting features.

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Sony NWZ-M504 (£129)

 

The M504 has 8GB of internal memory allowing you to transfer about 1000 songs to the player, and will last for 15 hours of continuous music playback. It also features a tiny 0.9inch screen and Digital Noise Cancelling. Pretty standard issue stuff.

 

The interesting features come in to play when you hook the M504 up to your phone via NFC or Bluetooth. Not only can the M504 act as a headset for your smartphone, but you can wirelessly stream music and even enhance the sound quality as you do so – pretty neat for such a small player.

 

Head over to the product page to get more details:

Sony NWZ-M504 8GB Walkman® with NFC & Bluetooth

 

Sony WS Series

The WS Series has been designed by Sony for people with active lifestyles.

 

NWS-WS Series - available in 4GB and 16GB (from £129)

NWS-WS Series – available in 4GB and 16GB (from £129)

The WS Series combine in ear wireless headphones and a light-weight mp3 player to allow freedom of movement whilst on the go.

 

The WS Series can be controlled by buttons on either earpiece or wirelessly with the included compact ring remote, allowing you to change tracks easily when you need a little extra motivation in the gym.

 

The players are waterproof making the WS Series perfect for use in the pool or other fresh water sports.
Add to this a lightning fast 3 minute charge (up to 60 minutes playback) and the ability to connect your smartphone or other device via NFC and Bluetooth and you truly have a very versatile MP3 player perfect for those with active lifestyles.

 

Head to the product page to get more details:

Sony NWZ-WS615 Waterproof 16GB WS Series Sports MP3 Walkman

 

There we have it, all the newest Sony players available at AMP3. Keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page and the blog for updates on Sony’s NWZ-ZX2!

 

Head over to the Sony section of our store for more Sony products:

AMP3′s Sony Store

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Audioengine B2 Premium High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speaker

The Audioengine B2 Premium High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speaker (£225)

Audioengine’s new premium Bluetooth speaker, the B2, is now available from AMP3!

 

Featuring Bluetooth aptX, the Audioengine B2 is able to provide the top-class sound quality we expect whilst also allowing you to connect your sources wirelessly. And connection to the B2 is fast and easy; just plug the B2 in and search for it with your device.

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Want to use a non-Bluetooth device? No problem, as the Audioengine B2 has a 3.5mm input giving you flexibility of use.

 

Audioengine have graced the hand-built wooden cabinets of the B2 with custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters to ensure you get the best sound. Not only this, but the B2 is available in 3 different finishes and a detachable grill to ensure it fits in with your décor; Walnut, Black and Zebrawood.

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Black Finish

 

Head over to the product page for more details:

Audioengine B2 Premium High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speaker

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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

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DACs for your ‘phones?

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Zorloo Z:ero

 

With greater demand for higher sound quality whilst on the move some manufacturers have come up with a novel way of getting you the quality you demand – earphones with integrated DACs.

The earphone manufacturer Zorloo has designed the ‘World’s First’ digital earphone, the bizarrely named Z:ero, which plugs directly into the Micro-USB port on your smartphone to provide you with digital audio output. With a Wolfson DAC and a headphone amplifier crammed into the in-line control, the Zorloo Z:ero is definitely more portable than carrying around a separate DAC and amp.

 

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Previously audiophiles on the move would have to carry around amplifier/DAC combos such as the FiiO E18

But Zorloo aren’t the only people to offer headphones with built-in DACs. Sony has already released the MDR-1ADAC, a set of over-ear headphones with a built-in DAC, and Philips demoed their new NC1L noise cancelling headphones at CES 2015, which has an integrated 24-bit DAC designed to give Apple users superior audio via the Lightning port on their device.

 

Zorloo may not have gotten there first, but incorporating DACs into earphones and headphones may be the start of a new trend as manufacturers look to target the more discerning smartphone audio enthusiasts.

 

Keep your eyes on the blog and our Facebook page for further updates!

 

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