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The Calyx M has Landed!

Calyx M - £795.00

Calyx M – £795.00

The long wait is over – the Calyx M has finally arrived in stock at AMP3.

 

This big brown hunk of audio goodness offers true high resolution audio, and will play pretty much any audio file type you throw at it. Boasting DSD capability and the ability to be used as an asynchronous digital-to-analog converter with the ability to play back virtually any file type, including DSD, 128DSD, DXD and 32Bit 384KHz, the M really means business.

 

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Coming in at the same tier as the Cowon Plenue 1 and the lower end Astell & Kern, Calyx’s M has true audiophile’s set firmly in its sights.

Head over to AMP3 now to get further details on the Calyx M:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/MP3_Players.1/Calyx.649/CALYXM/Calyx_M_Portable_Music_Player_and_USB_DAC.14457.html

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Glimpsing the Future: Calyx M

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Calyx M

Soon to join the ranks at AMP3 is the Calyx M. In the same tier as the new Cowon Plenue 1 and Astell & Kern’s AK100 ii, this beautiful player should have audiophiles’ mouths watering.

 

Featuring DXD of 32/384 and 128DSD support, you know this player means business. Not only this, but the M also has some other nice features, such as the large 4.65” OLED screen, or the detachable magnetic volume control giving the Calyx M an analogue feel.

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The Calyx M looks lush in its anodized brown aluminium casing and the UI is dressed in dark, warm colours to match. Sporting the bass-in-treble clef logo etched on the back, the Calyx M is reminding users that it’s all about the music.

Keep your eyes peeled and glued to the blog, our Facebook page and website for news on the arrival of the next big thing at Amp3.

The brand new Plenue 1 - £740.00

The Cowon Plenue 1

The brand new Plenue 1 - £740.00

The brand new Plenue 1 – £740.00

 

Cowon’s brand new hi-res player the Plenue 1 has finally arrived, and it sure looks good. Cowon have used the experience of many years (and many players) to truly build something special.

It’s easy to see that Cowon have really upped their game with the Plenue 1. Out of the box the player itself is stunningly designed and yet simple, and once turned on the design of the UI immediately appeals to the eyes. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the default skin, there are several others to choose from so everyone’s kept happy.

Building strongly on the success of such players as the excellent X9 and Z2 the Plenue 1 is aimed squarely at the growing number of audiophiles out there who are demanding better quality sound. With a Burr-Brown DAC on board and featuring DSD support, the Plenue 1 is not messing around. Mind your back Astell & Kern, there’s a new kid on the block.

Comparisons with the recently launched Astell & Kern AK100 ii and AK120 ii are perhaps justified – apart from being pricey and featuring DSD support, the P1 even looks a bit like the A&K range. Heck, it even comes with a free genuine Italian leather case – sound familiar? All this being said, it may not be a bad thing that Cowon seem to be emulating A&K as it means that they have a pretty high target to aim for.

 

The Plenue 1 features a beautiful new UI

The Plenue 1 features a beautiful new UI

 

Impressively, the P1 ships with 128GB of internal storage on board. Perhaps not the most exciting feature of the P1, but it is incredibly important. As I’m sure most people will be aware high quality audio takes up a lot of space than your average mp3 files, so if you have encoded all your songs to FLAC then this on board storage is going to be quite important. And this is upgradable too as Cowon have fitted the P1 with a Micro SD card slot on the bottom so you can expand the total memory up to 256GB. Both the AK120 ii and the AK100 ii feature on board memory (128GB and 64GB respectively) and memory expansion via a Micro SD card slot (up to 128GB on both), but it is impressive that Cowon have managed to cram in 128GB and still keep the price down. Ahem.

The build quality and design are definitely worth mentioning as the P1 is certainly a very nice looking piece of kit. The outer part of the player is made from a single block of Aluminium which lends the player a nice heft, but also gives the impression that your brand shiny new P1 can take a bit of rough handling. Despite being a touch-screen device, the P1 features the usual play/pause, skip track and volume control buttons. Also a nice touch, the on/off ‘Digi-Logue’ switch located on the top right of the player is fitted with an LED light which glows a lovely blue colour when connected for charging and the button itself is oddly satisfying to depress when powering on or off; not all that important, but nice nonetheless.

 

Cowon P1

Perhaps the best element of the design of the P1 is the new UI. For those of you already familiar with Cowon products, the UI in the new P1 will be a big change and will probably be considered a step in the right direction by many. From the first use, users will notice that the screen is much more responsive than Cowon’s previous efforts, bringing it much closer to a user experience that will be familiar to any smart phone user. The GUI itself looks great on the 3.7” AMOLED display and is very easy to navigate. Don’t like the look of the interface? With the inclusion of 5 skin options, Cowon have it covered. Also new are the 2-channel Level Meters which bounce up and down in relation to whichever song is being played at the time.

Cowon weren’t being shy when they claimed that the P1 gave the ‘World’s Best Hi-Fi Audio Performance’. Sonically, the P1 is definitely impressive, and is certainly a great sounding player – just what we’ve come to expect from Cowon products. The heart of the P1’s power comes from the Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC chip inside each one, enabling support for DSD and 24bit/192kHz PCM as well as all the usual suspects in terms of file formats.

 

The Plenue 1

 

There may be a few less pricey options that offer more tricks, such as the Sony NWZ-ZX1 which runs on an Android system and offers Bluetooth and Internet connectivity, but the P1 was designed to put sweet sounding music in your ears which it does with ease. The higher end of the market seem to be going back to basics and focusing on getting the music to sound as good as it possibly can.

The Cowon Plenue 1 really feels like a serious contender in the higher end of the portable DAP market, especially when you consider the price of the top-end Astell and Kern AK240 and AK120 ii. The P1 even has advantages over the AK100 ii – it’s cheaper for a start and it comes with twice as much on-board memory and boasts a slightly bigger screen. It may not be as funky looking as the space age Astell & Kern range with their signature sticky-out volume knob, but certainly is a great looking device. The Plenue 1 is looking like it could be a bit of a dark horse, and it’s certainly something consumers should consider when looking at the higher end of the portable DAP market.
The Cowon Plenue 1 is available from Advanced MP3 Players now, and if you are a music lover we are sure that the Plenue 1 will take you to audio bliss.

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Glimpsing the Future – The FiiO X1

 

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The FiiO X1

 

Not content to rest on their laurels, FiiO have been at it again. Working away quietly this last few months, they are nearing the launch of their new DAP – the FiiO X1.

Looking every bit the smaller brother of the X5 on the outside, the X1 has a new UI and looks like it’ll pump out pretty decent quality sounds.

The X1 seems to be aimed at the lower end of the market, but make no mistake, this looks like a quality piece of kit.

For those of you who can’t wait, follow the link below to Head-fi.org where several lucky listeners have had the chance to preview the X1:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x1-ultraportable-hi-res-dap
Make sure to check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates!

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Brighten up your sound with loud in colour, loud in volume X mini II Capsule Speakers!

X mini II

X mini II

£19.99

Get a black, white, red, purple, green, or blue speaker!

The X mini name is synonymous with serious volume and now you can have similarly matched colour! The X mini II Capsule Speaker has the ability to bring the party to any event with its louder than loud volume.  Small enough to fit into your pocket, the X mini II Capsule Speaker can be taken anywhere.

 

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With a 40mm driver the X mini produces a rich and full sound that isn’t compromised by the ground breaking volume. From just one charge you can enjoy your music for up to 11 hours.

With the new Buddy Jack connecting system you can connect an infinite amount of X minis together to create serious noise. The built in 3.5mm audio connector will fit most MP3 players and phones to make music even more portable. Don’t hesitate to get yours today while stocks last in these vibrant colours.

 

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Amp3 Pound Shop now open!

Hard Candy

In tough economic times, Advanced MP3 Players unleashes what no one thought possible in electronics retail (including our accountant) – a Pound Shop! Pick up a true bargain and fill up your stockings this Christmas. More bargains will be added throughout December, so make sure you check back regularly!

Pound Shop

We’ve got some really great products in our Pound Shop where some serious savings are to be made.

 

Get yourself a HardCandy case for your iPhone and keep it protected in style while saving a massive £24!

 

Or check out the amazing saving of £29 on the BodyGuard Apple iPad case.

 

 

Other products include Sennheiser earphones and in-car accessories.

 

~ Have a look at the Pound Shop here. ~

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What HiFi budget earphone round-up! See what Amp3 headphones made the cut!

What HiFi Magazine have compiled a top budget headphones round-up and featured in it were a handful of Advanced MP3 Player headphones. The round-up looked at a variety of headphones that were each of excellent quality. The headphones featured in the round up included the below.

 

SoundMagic E10

E10

£34.99

Rated: 5/5

Simply but stylishly designed the E10s boast more in the way of sound than in appearance – and rightly so. The E10s have received heaps of praise and it doesn’t stop here. Their superior sound  (that is more akin to earphones double this price point) is powerful and suits a variety of music types.

 

Jays a-Jays Four

a jays 4

£49.99

Rated: 4/5

These are perfect everyday earphones that combine the portability and functionality well. They are a light set that boast a flat cable that won’t tangle. The sound is well defined and open. The in-line button control is a lovely touch that cuts the a-Jays Four a distinct edge in this round-up.

 

Skullcandy 50/50

Skullcandy

£30.99

Rated: 3/5

The recognisable skull emblazoned on all Skullcandy products identifies their quality make and individual aesthetic. These 50/50 earphones show typical preference for bass but also boast a dynamic sound.

 

thinksound TS02

ts02

 

£48.99

Rated3/5

The TS02 headphones are great and warm sounding headphones that won’t leave you feeling guilty about the environment. They have a wood housing which give their warmth in sound and are made from consciously selected materials from sustainable sources. A clear sound and a clear conscience.

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Cowon D3 selected as Best Buy in Which? Magazine! Read more here.

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Cowon D3 32GB

 

£279

 

The Cowon D3 has been selected as a Which? Magazine Best Buy MP3 Player in this month’s Test Lab. See the full feature here.

 

The D3 is a luxury media player that delivers the highest quality from the highest formats out there. To begin with, the screen is a 3.7” AMOLED. It presents sharp and well defined images and videos that will have you totally captivated by its HD quality. The magic of AMOLED is that each individual pixel produces its own light instead of the more common back light option often found in similar devices.

 

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As is expected with Cowon products the D3 comes with the Cowon Jet Effect 3.0 & BBE+. Cowon are known experts in producing stunning sound quality. The Jet Effect 3.0 & BBE+ technology takes poorer quality audio files and makes them great and takes good quality files and makes them fantastic. Not only this, Cowon are very aware that everyone has different musical tastes and expectations. That’s why they have incorporated many different musical profiles for you to choose from. Adjust the D3 to be the media player you want it to be.

 

Other features include Bluetooth connectivity and a Gsensor that responds to the angles you are holding the D3 at. For an easy to use and high performing player, the D3 is an excellent choice as supported by Which? Magazine.

 

The 32GB is available for £279 from Advanced MP3 Players.

 

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Stephen Merchant models the Hoodie Buddie on the BBC!

Hoodie Buddie

Hoodie Buddie

£39.99

~ Watch the video clip here. ~

 

Hoodie Buddie

 

The innovative Hoodie Buddie which has headphones built in to the drawstrings of the hoody, has been featured on the BBC 2 Sunday programme, Something for the Weekend!


In a Christmas gadget round-up for men the Hoodie Buddie was modelled by comic, Stephen Merchant. After sparking some jovial banter on the show the Hoodie Buddie went on to sell out over the weekend.

 

The Hoodie Buddie uses patented HB3 Technology that has two earphones hanging from the drawstrings of the hoody and a standard 3.5mm jack to connect with most mp3 players or phones.

 

The best feature yet about the Hoodie Buddie is not its ability to provide you with headphones whenever or wherever you may need them, nor its array of fun colours to choose from, but the fact that it’s 100% machine washable.

Keep your beats as fresh as your clothes with this great garment.

 

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Trusted Reviews Finalist

Sony NWZ-A866 and Cowon X7 make final cut at Trusted Reviews Awards!

 

The prestigious Trusted Reviews Awards winners have been announced and at Advanced MP3 Players we are delighted to report that two products reached the final stages of selection. In the Portable Media Player of the Year Award both the Cowon X7 and Sony NWZ A866 were runners up losing to the Apple iPod 4th generation. Public voting took place to establish a shortlist of finalists for every award. It was then down to the experts at Trusted Reviews to determine the winners of each category. The X7 and NWZ-A866 are not unfamiliar at Trusted Reviews having both received glowing reports previous to the awards.

 
The X7 and NWZ-A866 didn’t go down without a fight and certainly provided the grounds for a seriously ‘tough competition’. Read why below.

 

Cowon X7

 

X7

 

Cowon are a brand synonymous with quality sound where this level of high fidelity playback is a rarity amongst players at a similar price point. It would be an understatement to say Cowon take sound seriously. What makes them unique however is Cowon appreciate that sound is different for every listener. What might sound brilliant to one person may sound horrendous to another. That’s why Cowon have included 35 pre-set music profiles to suit a vast amount of musical tastes.

 
The player is absolutely brimming with features such as having picture playback, video, a document reader and a flash player to name a few. Not only this but Cowon have made sure that these features don’t get in the way of what the Cowon is primarily for – to play music. They’ve loaded the device with a powerful battery that will give you 103 hours of music and 10 hours of video.

 

The Cowon X7 offers great value, at £199 for a generous 160GB of storage, and it has class leading file support to boot. A large screen, good battery life and superb sound quality also help to make this a real contender.Trusted Reviews

 

Sony NWZ-A866

 

 

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The Sony NWZ-A866/A-867 models take a distinct leap in quality from former models. This player incorporates sophisticated features such as a responsive touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity. Excellence in sound has long been a top priority of Sony and the NWA-A866 is no exception to this. Using five unique Clear Audio Technologies and the S-Master MX digital amplifier to reduce noise and distortion, Sony exceeds the expectations of experts and audiophiles alike.

 

Sony has incorporated highly sophisticated specifications in the NWZ-A866 but has sensibly maintained a basic menu grid making navigation effortless. The touch screen is pleasingly efficient and responsive with a solid home button located at the bottom.
Though some of the features on the player are certainly periphery (Karaoke mode) the others are totally necessary.

 

The Bluetooth function allows you to seamlessly connect with other wireless devices such as wireless headphones, compatible speaker docks, car audio head units and other devices. Alongside the Bluetooth function, Sony has incorporated a variety of entertainment features.
To top it all off, the Sony is beautifully designed with a smooth user interface.

 

Our panel liked the drag-and-drop interface which freed them from the binds of iTunes, and the pitch and speed alteration modes, which would appeal to musicians.Trusted Reviews

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