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Cowon Plenue 1 - £740

AMP3′s High Resolution Player Buyer’s Guide

If you’re going to listen to your favourite tunes, they may as well sound the best they can and that’s where High Resolution audio comes in. With demand for High Resolution music growing by the day, we’ve put together a list of the best sounding players, designed to give you the best from your favourite artists.

 

Cowon Plenue 1 High Resolution Player

 First up in our list is Cowon’s Flagship player, the Cowon Pleune 1.

The Plenue 1 features a beautiful new UI

Cowon Plenue 1 – £740

Cowon’s greatest player to date, the Plenue 1 is Cowon’s first big step toward the top end of the market. All support for ‘unnecessary extras’ such as video playback has been stripped away, allowing the P1 to focus on producing the best sound it possibly can, making your favourite tracks a joy to listen to.

 

With 128GB of internal memory and the option to expand up to 256GB, support for FLAC, WAV, DXD and DSD up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution and a streamlined UI, Cowon have created one of the best sounding players on the market at the moment.

 

What makes the Cowon Plenue 1 great?

128GB of internal memory with the option to expand

Support for high resolution file types

Intuitive user interface

 

What’s not so great?

Battery playback time of ~ 10hrs

No earphones included with player

 

See the Cowon Plenue 1 here:

Cowon Plenue 1 High Resolution Music Player

 

iBasso DX90 High Performance Digital Audio Player

iBasso DX90 - £295

iBasso DX90 – £295

Identical in almost every way, the DX90 may be easily confused for its little brother the DX50. The same simple UI, 8GB internal memory with support up to 2TB promised, and supporting all the usual audio files the DX90 may not seem so exciting at first glance.

 

The main difference between the two players is the DX90’s Dual ES9018K2M DAC design. Incorporating a single DAC per channel (one left, one right) the DX90 manages to minimise interference between channels, providing you with an excellent sound quality hard to find at this price.

 

What makes the DX90 great?

Same great file support and UI as the DX50

8GB internal memory expandable up to 2TB with future firmware updates

Dual DAC design provides superior sound

 

What’s not so good?

Only 8GB of internal storage, though this is expandable

Screen may be difficult to see in direct sunlight

 

See the iBasso DX90 here:

iBasso DX90 High Performance Digital Audio Player

 

Sony NWZ-A15 High Resolution Walkman

Sony NWZ-A15 £159

Sony NWZ-A15 – £159

The A10 series is the new range produced by industry experts Sony in their new drive towards high resolution music. The A15 has proven very popular already, and it’s no surprise.

 

The A15 is the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-res audio player, making it great for listening on the go and features both Bluetooth and NFC support. The 16GB player also features a Micro SD card slot with support for up to 128GB.

 

What makes the A15 great?

Very portable and easy to use

Expandable memory with 16GB built-in

50 hour battery life

 

What’s not so good?

Proprietary port for charging/syncing

 

See the Sony NWZ-A15 here:

Sony NWZ-A15 High Resolution Walkman

 

Astell & Kern AK240 High Fidelity Sound System

Astell & Kern AK240 - £2199.99

Astell & Kern AK240 – £2199.99

The Astell & Kern AK240 is unquestionably the best player on the market at the moment. Designed and built by a division of iRiver, the AK240 will bring you closer to your favourite artist than you probably thought possible.

 

The Grand-daddy of portable audio players, the AK240 features a sleek UI and a space-age body. Inside, the AK240 has 256GB of memory and supports expansion via Micro SD card up to a massive 384GB. A Dual DAC design, balanced output, DSD support, MQS streaming and USB DAC functionality mean the Astell & Kern AK240 is truly the best sounding piece of kit in the portable audio market at the moment.

 

What makes the AK240 great?

Huge 384GB memory (with 128GB Micro SD card)

Great file support, including high resolution formats

MQS streaming

The best sound quality of any potable audio player on the market

 

What’s not so great?

The odd shape may not suite everyone’s taste

The price

 

See the AK240 here:

Astell & Kern AK240 256GB Portable High Fidelity Sound System

 

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

FiiO X3 2nd Gen - £159

FiiO X3 2nd Gen – £159

Lastly, but certainly not least is FiiO’s X3 High Resolution player. Despite being at the lower end of the market, the X3 2nd Gen can still hold its own against more expensive players. With support for all the usual file formats (including DSD and ALAC), the X3 2nd Gen offers immersive sound quality that belies its low-end price.

 

The X3 2nd Gen will do double duty as a digital audio player and USB DAC when connected to your computer, satisfying your music needs at home and on the go. With a Micro SD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB you can literally bring your entire music library with you.

 

What makes the FiiO X3 2nd Gen Digital Audio Player great?

Excellent sound quality for the price point

Doubles up as a USB DAC

Support for in-line remote

 

What’s not so great?

No internal memory

Scroll wheel and UI can be fiddly

 

See the FiiO X3 All New 2nd Gen High Resolution Digital Audio Player here:

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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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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Audeze Headphones Coming to AMP3

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We are very excited and proud to announce that AMP3 is teaming up with Audeze to stock their top of the range headphones. There has been much digital ink spilled in praise of Audeze’s Planar Magnetic headphones, and now our customers will have the chance to hear what all the fuss is about.

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Not only are Audeze’s headphones beautifully crafted and great to look at, they have been described consistently as the best headphones in the world.

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for more details and arrival dates.
For those of you who can’t wait until they come in, take a peek at Audeze’s own website to get a taste of these stellar headphones:

http://www.audeze.com/

Canton Speakers – Barely Visible but Premium Sound!

Cantons brand new Speaker range has arrived at Advanced MP3 Players – Check out their fantastic range of  high quality speakers!

There are two main ranges of speakers: “InCeiling” and “InWall”. As their names indicate, Canton developed a specific range of speakers that need to be placed in your wall and a second that need to be hooked on your ceiling.

Let’s have a look at these new Canton Speakers 800 series:

The new Canton 800 Series joins a large selection of professional home audio listening sound systems. The 800 Series feature a magnetic grille with an extremely slim and unobtrusive frame. They produce a crystal clear precise flowing room filling audio.

Top of the range, these speakers are easy to set up! A shallow depth makes positioning easy, swing out fixings and Easy-Link cable clamp contacts make connecting and installing simple.

Let’s you tempted by these premium sounding speakers! Your house will definitively sounds first-class quality with Canton.

Canton InCeiling Speaker are available from www.amp3.co.uk from £274.99

Canton InWall  Speaker are available from www.amp3.co.uk from £274.99

- You can also check Canton entry-level models here (from £125) -