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FiiO X7 AM2 AMP Module

FiiO X7 AM2 AMP Module

FiiO X7 AM2 AMP Module - £89.00

FiiO X7 AM2 AMP Module
- £89.00

 

New to AMP3’s virtual shelves, the FiiO AM2 Amplifier Module is now available for Pre-order!

The AM2 is a replaceable/upgraded amplifier unit that you can use to change the sound quality of your FiiO X7. Feel that your power-hungry headphones require more juice to get that sweet music to your ears? The AM2 is a medium power amplifier unit for FiiO X7 designed to allow you to change the sound quality of your X7 at will.

Replacing the modules is extremely easy; simply using the Screwdriver that came with your X7 it is merely a matter of undoing 2 screws to remover the AM1 and replace it with the AM2.

 

The  FiiO X7 AM2 AMP Module is available to pre-order now at £89.00.

 

Head over to the product page at AMP3 for more details:

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/Headphones.6/FiiO.406/AM2X7/FiiO_X7_AM2_AMP_Module.14848.html

 

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Cowon Release new the Cowon Plenue M 64GB High Resolution Player

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Riding on the back their success with their flagship Plenue 1 Cowon are set to release a pared down version aimed at the middle of the market.

The new Cowon Plenue M is very much the P1’s little brother. Featuring only half of the P1’s 128GB internal memory and utilising the lesser Burr-Brown PCM1795 DAC the Plenue M is also set for release with the lower price tag of £540.

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All this talk of being the P1’s smaller brother and using a less expensive DAC shouldn’t worry audiophiles though, as Cowon are determined that their new offering still offers high end quality sound at a more affordable price. If the sound of the P1 is anything to go by, this will sound excellent too.

 

Keen-eyed observers will have noticed that Cowon have also made some small changes to the Plenue M’s casing. There is a raised edge on both sides of the player that is likely to make it even nicer to hold than the luxurious aluminium heft that the P1 offers. The ‘analogue’ on/off button of the P1 which sat flush has been replaced with a smaller, rounded and slightly raised button; the LED has been moved from underneath to the inside.

 

The Cowon Plenue M will shortly be available from AMP3 for £540 – please see the product page for more info:

Cowon Plenue M (PM) High Resolution 64GB Music Player

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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:

Astell & Kern @ AMP3

FiiO E10K - £69.99

FiiO E10K Now in Stock at AMP3

FiiO E10K - £69.99

FiiO E10K – £69.99

 

Another great offering from FiiO, the E10K (Olympus 2) is now in stock at AMP3. An upgrade on the original E10, the E10K has a PCM5102 DAC chip inside. Designed to improve the quality of sound coming from your laptop, the PCM5102 chip can the can handle PCM files in up to 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution.

 

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With reduced delay and internal silence when changing tracks having an optimized low-pass filter and selectable bass boost circuit the E10K is ticking all the right boxes. Highly recommended if you are looking for increased sound quality from your laptop. Head on over to our website to get more details on the FiiO E10K (Olympus 2).

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.

 

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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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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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RegHardware noise-cancelling headphone round-up features 3 Amp3 products!

Time for another RegHardware product round-up. This time it’s for noise-cancelling headphones. See the sets of headphones that made a starring role in the round-up below!

 

To read the full round-up click the image below.

 

 

Audio Technica ATH-ANC23

 

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‘Its noise cancellation is agile at reducing background hubbub and it works as a normal pair of headphones with cancellation off.’


RegHardware rated: 55%

 

The advanced circuitry of the headphones ensure background noise is in no way a factor when listening to your music. The microphone built into the headphones will identify and block out ambient noise making your listening experience purer. These headphones also pack punch with a 12.5mm driver unit.

£48.07

 

 

 

Denon AH-NC800

 

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‘Overall the headphones deliver a bold, open and expansive performance.’


RegHardware rated: 75%


With any set of Denon headphones you know there is quality in the build. Denon technology has claimed to reduce up to 99% of outside noise. The sound quality is excellent with luxurious padding for guaranteed hours of comfortable listening.

£189

 


 

Wolfson Microelectronics Digital Silence Digital Silence DS-321D

 

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‘Its advantage is the tiny, featherlight control unit but you’ll need a mains connection to recharge. Sensibly they also work normally if noise cancelling is off.’


RegHardware rated: 70%


These headphones won’t break the bank but are still quality enough to warrant a place in this round-up. A feature of these headphones is the in-line microphone and button to accept and end calls easily.

£37.99

 

 

 

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Gizmodo France give thinksound TS02s great review

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£54.99

Even if they can not be 100% ecological, Thinksound went as far as possible to meet environmental requirements.Gizmodo France read full review here

 

The thinksound TS02 headphones have been given a glowing review by the experts at Gizmodo. thinksound are masters of blending great sound with minimal environmental impact. In an age where everything is made from all types of plastics and metals this is quite a hard feat. Yet thinksound have managed and delivered exceptional sounding headphones while they were at it.

 

Not many reviewers champion the ecological efforts of thinksound – simply, reviewers are there to review the earphones’ capacity for pumping out the sounds they’ve promised to deliver. Yet, Gizmodo see this as a winning factor: ‘Also they look environmentally friendly is not just a single value. These headphones also offer excellent quality.’ (Translation).

 

The TS02s are warm sounding earphones made with a dedication to the environment. Get your clear sounding earphones and keep a clear conscience.
Thinksound offers excellent value for money especially if they are adding their part green, frankly rare on this type of product. We applaud just for the use of sustainable materials and recyclable.’ Gizmodo France

 


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Gadget Show rate Sonos Play:5 amongst the very best products ever featured.

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Channel 5’s The Gadget Show showcase some of the very best products out there in the technology world. Their latest online feature was a very best of the highest rated products they’ve had on the show. Featuring on the list was the Sonos Play:5. Watch the video here.

 
The impressive Sonos Play:5 is a wonderful all in one wireless music system. This outstanding piece of design boasts unparalleled sound quality. With this device you can connect to wireless streaming services like Napster, Spotify, Last fm, etc. and have a world of musical opportunities at your fingertips.

 
The wireless nature of the Sonos systems means you are able to interconnect other speakers to maximise sound or to place in other rooms. Initial set-up and expansion is achieved with minimal effort making it so worthwhile.

 
Also available is the slick Sonos controller but if you don’t want to fork out for that, there is always the option to control your music wirelessly through your smart phone.



The Play:5 is available at Advanced MP3 Players for £349 and comes with one months free premium Spotify subscription.

 

 

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The SoundMagic E10s get an Editor’s Choice award at anythingbutipod.com

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I can really recommend the Soundmagic E10 if one’s looking for a natural, dynamic, non-fatiguing sound signature. They provide honest, effortless reproduction of audio material. To me, that is more important in the long run than them being initially ‘exciting’ in one aspect or another. The E10 are definitely worth their money, and then some’. Anythingbutipod

£34.99

Anythingbutipod is the first port of call for any kind of informed tech discussion or review. Certainly these guys know what they are talking about which makes this Editor’s Choice accolade all the more distinguished.
The review is testament to the quality design and function of the E10 headphones. This particular model is Advanced MP3 Players fastest ever selling headphones positioning it solidly at the top of our headphones ranking.

 

For a full product description click here.

 

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