Monthly Archives: September 2017

Four Premium New Astell and Kern IEMs Now Available to Order from AMP3!

Astell and Kern have been making a name for themselves as purveyors of some of the more luxury and fantastic sounding audio equipment available on the market today, and we at Advanced MP3 Players are happy to say four of Astell and Kern’s premium earphones are now available to order on demand. Get introduced below…

Michelle – £499

AKMICHELLESELARGEMichelle SE is based on professional sound technology from Jerry Harvey Audio, a well-known leader in the custom earphone industry. An extension of the existing Siren series, which is loved by audiophiles around the world, Michelle SE is a product that people who love music can enjoy at an affordable price.

T8iE MKII – £799

AKT8IELARGEThe AK T8iE MKII succeeds and improves on the AK T8iE, the world’s first Tesla in-ear headphone, collaboratively developed by Astell&Kern and Beyerdynamic. The new flagship model promises truly outstanding sound and exceptional build quality.

Rosie – £799

AKROSIELARGEThe 6 driver Rosie is reminiscent of the legendary JH 13. Rosie has the extention and silky defined Mids of the JH 13 with the adjustable Bottom and weight of the Roxanne IEMs. This series of IEM’s were designed to be used as a Mastering reference tool because the high driver was designed for optimum top end extention with minimal distortion. The mid driver is perfectly flat from 10Hz to 5kHz. Low driver designed for steeper low pass and with virtualy no distortion.

Angie MKII – £1099

AKANGIEMKIILARGEThe Angie offers you the most sophisticated crossover network ever included in an in ear monitor. It is arguably the best in-ear consumer monitor and you will be blown away by the sound profile and attention to detail provided by these earphones. The Angie has been designed to offer the consumer a mastering quality IEM that can offer listeners live rock and roll tuning with a warm rich sound. The crossover network consists of four 4th order filters that create the exact sound the artist and producer intended. The Angie has 8 drivers (dual low, dual mid, and quad high) that let listeners to hear and enjoy every part of the music. The adjustable bass allows for customisation determined by the user’s listening preferences.

All four of these fantastic models are now available to order from Advanced MP3 Players. Please note that as these items are ordered on demand, they will take a little bit longer to arrive than the standard times stated on our website.

Happy listening!

 

 

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.

Getting to Know… The FiiO X Series

One of the most popular and celebrated range of players currently available on the market, the FiiO X series has something for everyone, ranging from affordable, fuss free Hi-Res players to high spec, Android based powerhouses. 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.

FiiO X1ii – £99

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Though the X1ii is the entry level model of the X series, it shouldn’t be underestimated. A Bluetooth compatible Hi-Res audio player, the X1ii has no internal memory, but rather runs exclusively off microSD cards up to 256GB in size. Utilizing Texas Instruments’ high quality CM5242, the X1ii has a high signal-to-noise ratio and supports full differential line output. With dedicated LPF and operational amplifier, strong low-frequency quality and depth is achieved. In-Vehicle Mode enables your X1ii to turn on automatically when the engine is started and to shut down when you have reached your destination – no more fiddly manual operations each time you get in and out your car. The FiiO X1ii battery capacity provides up to 12 hours of continuous music playback. The new Deep-sleep function allows instant-on playback and will help to save your battery when not in use; the FiiO X1 ii will remain on standby for up to 15 days.

FiiO X3iii – £179

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The FiiO X3iii Portable High Resolution Music Player is the third generation of FiiO’s celebrated X3 Portable High Resolution Music Player series, new for 2017. The X3iii features dual PCM5242 DAC chips for higher channel separation and stronger anti-interference technology to improve the signal to noise ratio. The X3iii also features a 2.5mm balanced output to help you benefit from a wider sound stage. There is still a 3.5mm single-end output port on this model, as well as a SPDIF output. This makes the X3iii one of the most cost effective DAPs that feature both dual DACs and a balanced output currently available on the market. Additionally, FiiO have added a new multifunction button to the side of the X3iii, which can be used for functions related to playback control, switching EQ settings, jumping through playlists and switching themes. The X3iii can support up to a 256GB micro SD card, and supports WAV, APE, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, DSF and DFF file formats. The player also supports in line controls, has Bluetooth 4.1 built in, and a deep sleep mode for minimal battery drain.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X1ii:

-        Dual DAC chips for improved sound.

-        2.5mm balanced output.

-        Multifunction button on the side of the player

-        Bluetooth 4.1.

FiiO X5iii – £389

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The X5iii is an Android-based, mastering quality, lossless playback portable music player. The X5 3rd gen is equipped with two top-of-the-line AKM AK4490EN DACs, one for each channel. The AK4490EN is a part of a new generation of high-quality 32-bit DACs that supports all PCM and DSD formats. The X5 3rd gen utilizes two separate crystal oscillators, one for the DSD/44.1/88.2/176.4/352.8kHz sampling rates and the other for 48/96/192/384kHz. This ensures that under all sampling rates, there is significantly reduced jitter, improved clock accuracy, more stable operation, and virtually no sampling rate conversion artifacts. The X5 3rd gen has two headphones outputs – one single-ended and the other balanced. This allows the new X5 to cater to fans of either headphones output type. The X5 3rd gen, following in the footstep of FiiO’s flagship DAP, also offers two modes of operation, pure music mode and Android mode. two external microSD card slots. Since each microSD card slot supports up to 256GB cards, the X5 3rd gen is able to carry up to a whopping 544GB of music, enough to store up to 130.000 songs.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X3iii:

-        Dual 32-bit DAC chips

-        Dual oscillators for reduced sampling rate issues

-        Android 5.1 OS

-        Dual microSD card slots

FiiO X7ii – £599

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FiiO’s current flagship player, the X7ii employs the 8-channel ESS ES9028PRO DAC. This flagship DAC brings a higher resolution sound, more dynamic range, and a larger soundstage. The FiiO X7ii features a deeply customised version of Android 5.1 at it’s core, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections supported, as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The X7ii also features both an optical and coaxial output, a new user interface designed specifically for the X7ii, and advanced automatic detection of lyrics and covers. The X7ii also allows the use of interchangeable amp modules to alter and improve your listening experience. Bundled with the X7ii is the AM3A, an all new amp module with both single ended and balanced headphone outputs. The AM3A uses the widely acclaimed AD8620 precision amplifier as well as the tailor-made OPA926 op-amp. Amp modules released during the life cycle of the original X7 are also compatible with the X7ii.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER X5iii:

-        8 channel, flagship DAC for ultimate fidelity.

-        Advanced detection of lyrics and covers.

-        Interchangeable amp modules.

We hope this guide will help clear up the main differences between these four excellent players. Need more advice? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.