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AudioQuest NightHawk “Semi-open” Headphones Available Now!

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AudioQuest NightHawk ‘Semi-Open’ Headphones – £499.00

AudioQuest – producer of the multi-award winning Dragonfly DAC v1.2 – has decided to branch out into the headphone market, and have done so with aplomb. Their first offering of headphones, the AudioQuest NightHawk ‘Semi-open’ headphones demand attention.

 

In a market that can feel saturated with passing good headphones AudioQuest have broken new ground and given their headphones a reason to exist other than simply providing another set of ordinary ‘phones.

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The NightHawks are described as ‘Semi-Open’ back – yes, we were confused too

Designed from the ground up, the NightHawk headphones straight away look like a special piece of kit. The semi-open circumaural earcups have been made of revolutionary material ‘liquid wood’ – which the NightHawks’ unique sound is credited in part to.

 

The NightHawks give a smooth and warm listen with bass given authority while the higher end is a little relaxed. This, coupled with the fact that these headphones are so comfortable, gives a very comfortable and fatigue-free experience – even if listening for extended periods.

 

The bass has authority, but this doesn’t mean that the NightHawks are for bass-heads only. The mid-range is smooth and warm and, whilst the top-end may lack some detail, there definitely texture there. The mellowed top-end may feel like a slight trading off in exchange for the NightHawks fluidity to those that like their headphones bright, but spend some time with the NightHawks and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with them.

 

The AuqioQuest Night Hawk Full-Size, Around-the-ear, ‘Semi-Open’ Headphones are available for £499.00.

Follow the link below for more details:

 

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/AudioQuest.617/AUDIOQUESTNIGHTHAWK/AudioQuest_NightHawk_Full-Size__Around-the-ear__Semi-Open_Headphones.14605.html

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New Astell & Kern Jr player set for May launch

 

Astell & Kern, makers of the infamously expensive AK240, are set to launch a brand new mid-range player. Dubbed the AK Jr, this little brother to the rest of the A&K range is looking pretty good.

 

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The 64GB player is garbed in the signature Astell & Kern Aluminium and, featuring a textured volume scroll knob, the AK Jr very much looks the younger brother to the AK 100 ii and AK120 ii players. It should retain some of the aspects of its brothers, such as DSD playback (albeit converted to PCM) and has an integrated Wolfson DAC that enables USB DAC functionality. No wifi for the Jr, but Bluetooth 4.0 and all the usual suspects when it comes to file types and the baby AK is shaping up to be quite a player.

 

“What about the price?” I hear you ask. How does £399 sound? It may look and sound like an Astell & Kern, but the small price tag puts it on a level with the likes of the iBasso DX90, the Sony NWZ-Z1 and the HiFiMan HM-802. Undoubtedly a smart move by Astell & Kern, this new addition to the A&K family is sure to have many an audiophile excited.

The AK Jr is due to be officially launched at High End Munich 14-17 May.

 

Check out AMP3′s range of Astell & Kern products:

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The FiiO X3 2nd Gen, X5 2nd Gen and X7 players can be used to improve audio played through your PC.

FiiO X3 2nd Generation Player Coming Soon to AMP3!

FiiO has introduced its highly anticipated new player, the X3 2nd generation and fans will be happy to hear that the all new X3 2nd Generation Player will be coming to AMP3 soon!

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The New X3 2nd gen. features an all-new digital audio architecture with dual crystal oscillators and ‘audiophile-grade architecture and components’. Whilst we’re not entirely sure what constitutes as ‘audiophile-grade architecture’, we are excited about improved USB DAC functionality and native DSD support.

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On top of all this FiiO have designed a new UI and have promised the X3 2nd gen. will have better than ever build-quality. The player offers support for up to 128GB micro SD cards and features a coax/line-out, headphone output and micro USB port.

Watch this space!

 

Head over to the product page on AMP3 to get more details and pricing:

 

FiiO X3 All New 2nd Gen High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Sony's new flagship player - NWZ-ZX2 (£949)

Sony’s New Flagship NWZ-ZX2 Coming Soon to AMP3

 

Sony's new flagship player - NWZ-ZX2 (£949)

Sony’s new flagship player – NWZ-ZX2 (£949)

 

Coming soon to AMP3, Sony’s new flagship audio player has been turning some heads already.

 

With Sony making a public commitment to high resolution audio last year they have really stepped up their game in pushing hi-res format (they even had Moby explain why Hi-Res is important), and the new NWZ-ZX2 is the culmination of their commitment to high resolution.

 

Released as part of a raft of new portable players, headphones and speakers the ZX2 stands out immediately from other audio players for its price. At just under £1000 it seems that Sony are asking rather a lot for a portable audio player, especially considering that most of us now carry smartphones everywhere we go – some of which are capable of playing some high resolution formats.

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The ZX2 ships with a nice leather case to keep the screen protected

This being said, a closer look at the features of the NWZ-ZX2 shows you where your money is going.

And there are plenty of features here too. Being Sony’s new flagship player the ZX2 supports all the usual digital formats meaning it will play pretty much whatever you throw at it, including PCM and DSD files.

 

As with many of Sony’s newer devices, the ZX2 Walkman features a clever piece of software developed by Sony in their quest to bring hi res to the masses. The DSEE HX™ software boasts the ability to improve the sound quality of your music, even if you aren’t using high resolution files.

 

Now, some audiophiles out there will tell you that it’s impossible to take a format such as MP3 and ‘boost’ it to high resolution quality, and they’d be right; your player can’t decode information that isn’t there in the first place. And this is the reason Sony’s DSEE HX technology is so clever – it is essentially is an algorithm designed to scan your files and to ‘predict’ what information appears to be missing, resulting in a smoother waveform and upscaling your MP3 to ‘near hi-res audio’.

Some may call it a gimmick but it actually works surprisingly well, helping to smooth things out and giving a clearer sound.

Talking about clever tech developed by Sony we should probably mention the fact that the ZX2 features a special new audio technology developed by Sony called LDAC. Normally Bluetooth will downgrade your audio quality as the wireless technology simply can’t transfer enough data; aptX Bluetooth won’t even bring you CD-quality playback. Transferring up to 3x the data, LDAC allows high quality wireless listening through compatible devices.

 

Along with this the ZX2 features NFC compatibility allowing you to connect to your favourite devices with a single touch.

 

The ZX2 features NFC one-touch connection

The ZX2 features NFC one-touch connection

 

The ZX2 has updated on the original ZX1’s design, offering a more streamlined player with rounded edges and recessed buttons. The ZX2 also ships with a snug leather case, allowing access to all the physical buttons, but keeping your screen well protected. The screen itself is a high quality 4inch touch-screen and the ZX2 runs Android 4.2 meaning you can connect to the Google Play store.

 

The battery life has also been extended to 60 hours of MP3 playback and up to 33 hours of hi-res audio playback. The 128GB internal memory can be supplemented by a Micro SD card giving you plenty of scope to carry your music library wherever you go.

 

All in all the Sony NWZ-ZX2 is an impressive piece of kit. Perhaps bearing a large price-tag, but the ZX2 is packed full of specialist technology designed specifically by Sony to give you the best listening experience wherever you are. And all of this for less than half the price of an Astell & Kern AK240; bargain.

The Sony NWZ-ZX2 High-Resolution is expected to be in stock by the beginning of March.

Head over to AMP3 for further details:

Sony NWZ-ZX2 High-Resolution Walkman

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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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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!

 

Interested in portable amps and DACs? Follow the link below to see our full range:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Amplifiers.420/?sort=ja#guide_result

 

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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

Westone W60 £599.00

Coming Soon – Westone W60 Six Driver High Performance Earphones with built-in mic and removable cable

 

Westone W60 £599.00

Westone W60 £599.00

 

Soon to hit Amp3’s virtual shelves are the high-end W60 earphones from Westone. Westone have used their considerable in-ear listening technology experience to cram SIX balanced armature drivers per earpiece giving enhanced audio quality.

 

The W60 features interchangeable face-plates.

The W60 features interchangeable face-plates.

 

Not content with making your music sound awesome, Westone have again included interchangeable face-plates in Silver, Bronze and Red to suit your mood and your outfit. Also in the box is an MFI cable fitted with a microphone and 3-way button control designed for use with your favourite Apple product.

 

Check out our website and Facebook page for pricing and further details.

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20% off all Revo products

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Revo are a Scottish brand known for producing excellent sounding, beautifully crafted DAB radios. At Advanced MP3 Players we sell many of their very best items from the Revo Mondo to the brand new Revo K2.

 
Revo have gone from strength to strength and were recently awarded the Best Internet Radio in the £150+ category at the highly prestigious What HiFi Awards.

 

To coincide with this great achievement and celebrate all things Revo we have a 20% off deal that includes all Revo products stocked by Advanced MP3 Players! That’s a seriously generous amount off the fleet of high quality products.

 

The offer ends on the 24th November so get shopping!

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