Monthly Archives: January 2013


Amp3 Tech Spot: Q&A


Questions And Answers

We get quite a varied range of questions via our Technical Support phone line and we’re more than happy to help where we can. We’ll feature some of the more regular questions in this newsletter in case any of the answers are of interest.

I own an iPod nano 7th generation (with the new Lightning connector) and would like to know if the XMi X-Mini v1.1 are compatible?

Thanks for your question. The XMi range of range of portable capsules speakers (X-Mini v1.1, X-Mini II and X-Mini Max II) would connect to your iPod nano via the headphone socket.

The X-Mini speakers are compatible with any piece of equipment that has a standard 3.5mm headphone socket.

I’ve purchased a Popcorn Hour C-300 from you, but do you also stock suitable Blu-Ray drives for this?

We don’t stock Blu-Ray drives for the Popcorn Hour units, however you can find a list of compatible drive models on the ‘Networked Media Tank’ WIKI pages at:

As an aside, the Networked Media Tank WIKI / Forum pages give a lot of information, troubleshooting tips, and user feedback regarding the whole Popcorn Hour range.



Get a Free Pair of Cowon CE-1 Headphones With Any Cowon Player

Cowon X9

£199 – 32GB

£149 – 16GB

Cowon are a South Korean audio company best known in the UK for their audiophile media players. Now, with each player we are offering a free set of Cowon CE-1 headphones!

Cowon’s media players range from the X9 with its monster battery size capable of 110 hours play back to the Android enable Cowon Z2 – as well as everything in between!

Simply select the Buy Together option at the bottom of the Cowon product page and claim your free headphones!



CRAZY Denon Savings

This week we’ve got some serious deals going on for our Denon range of headphones. Denon are one of the top brands in the headphone industry so grab up a bargain while you can!

Check out the Denon AH-C101 headphones reduced from £79.99 to £49.99 – that’s a saving of £30!

Or, pick up a set of AH-D600 ‘Music Maniac’ over-ear cans for £279.99 and make a saving of £220!

Only at Amp3 will you find this kind of savage price slashing. Check out the Denon range here!



Crossfit Fitness Fanatics Push Jaybird Bluebuds X Headphones to the Absolute Limit

Jaybird Bluebuds X


Now we’re all aware that the Jaybird Bluebuds X are headphones for sport. Running, cycling, the gym – sure. Circuits, a spin class – why not? Swimming – probably not. Crossfit – excuse me?! What exactly is crossfit?

Well, apparently it’s a totally crazy, challenging, vigorous, push-you-to-your-limits kind of fitness class. To me, it’s a thanks but no thanks situation. To Jaybird, it’s a challenge. In this video a couple of crazy crossfitters demonstrate the functionality of the Bluebuds X and show exactly how secure they are.

Crossfit means sharp movement, explosive power, determination, stamina and sweat. The perfect conditions for testing a set of sports headphones, right?

Studies have shown that listening to music while exercising can enhance you performance by up to 20%. So when you’re on your last upside down hand stand press up or at the end of a gruelling set of burpys,  you need a reliable set of headphones for that sonic motivation and to see you through to the end of your torture workout.

The Bluebuds X provide this and more. As the smallest buds in the world to hold and 8 hour charge you’ll only need to charge them once a week to get a full week’s workout from them. Their Bluetooth connection completely liberates your workout to give you the freedom of movement to do any kind of work out – even if it is cross fit!

Never worry about your outpourings of sweat damaging the headphones – these Bluebuds X are completely moisture repellent with a lifetime guarantee against sweat. Not only will they see you through your gruelling workout, their noise-isolating buds will block out the cacophony of grunts and groans from the gym and deliver sublime sound.

Even if crossfit isn’t your thing (definitely not!) there’s only one set of headphones to consider for sport. The Jaybird Bluebuds X.




Denon AH-C250s – the Do It All Headphones!


As part of the new ‘Music Maniac’ range, Denon have made the sublime sounding AH-C250 in ear headphones.

On first glance, these aren’t ordinary looking headphones. Denon always incorporate a bit of flash in their design as well as function but these seem to go that one step further. With hints of chrome and a stylish rubber base of the earbuds, you can tell these aren’t your average day to day headphones.

And, honestly, at £199 they certainly shouldn’t be! Denon is a reliable brand that delivers and with the AH-C250s, they do more than deliver.

These Music Maniac’s are professionally tuned for acoustic transparency and are built within a zinc die-cast housing making them extra durable. Too often with high performing headphones we find that they sound beautiful but are dangerously fragile. Not these, you can enjoy sonic clarity at the highest level without worrying of wear and tear or breakage.

At Amp3 we offer a 12 month warranty so if anything were to go wrong, we’ve got your back.


AMP3 Tech Spot: dockBoss compatibility

Questions And Answers

We get quite a varied range of questions via our Technical Support phone line and we’re more than happy to help where we can. We’ll feature some of the more regular questions in this newsletter in case any of the answers are of interest.

Can you tell me if the dockBoss is compatible with my speaker dock?

It’s hard to advise on compatibility with the dockBoss as it will be down to your actual speaker dock.

Both the dockBoss and dockBoss+ we stock uses an analog audio connection to the dock connector. However if your speaker dock relies on a digital connection to the iPod (to give more functionality such as play, pause, track skip and track selection) then the Dock Boss units wouldn’t work with it.

Cable Jive, the manufacturer’s of the Dock Boss give the following information on their website regarding compatibility:

“Our dockBoss and dockBoss+ cables have helped thousands of people connect non-iPod devices to a growing variety of previously iDevice-exclusive music systems. With standard docking stations, like the Bose SoundDock and countless others, compatibility has been excellent almost across the board. However, when it comes to home theater or car-oriented systems, there are still some that don’t want to play nice. Here’s a good way to tell ahead of time whether or not a dockBoss cable will be compatible with your system:

Find (or borrow) an iPod or iPhone and connect it to your system. If upon connecting, the iPod/iPhone gets locked onto a screen that reads “accessory connected” or something similar (see example on right), and you find yourself unable to use the controls on the iPod/iPhone, there’s a good chance the dockBoss won’t work for you.

Here’s why: Systems that lock an iPod or iPhone’s screen and control mechanism use a digital audio interface, which specifically requires an iPod or iPhone to be connected. These systems are custom-built, with elements like control, data, playlists, etc., all deeply ingrained in their own unique software. It isn’t simply good enough to “trick” those systems into thinking an iPod is connected because they actually require the ability to continuously communicate with an iDevice on a system-specific level.

If you find that your system does not lock the iPod/iPhone’s screen and controls, then there’s a good chance a dockBoss cable WILL work for you. These systems use an analog audio interface, which generally jives quite well with dockBoss cables, allowing you to listen to whatever your heart desires from your favorite non-iDevice.

So next time you’re unsure if the dockBoss will work for you, borrow an iPod or iPhone and see if you get locked out. If not, then you should be good to go. As always feel free to email any specific questions to us at



Frankenspiel 40w desktop speakers: the new incarnation from SoundScience

SoundScience Frankenspiel


From the award winning team behind the What Hi-Fi 5 star QSB USB desktop speakers, SoundScience have released a new animal of desktop sound to the audio world – the Frankenspiel 40 watt speakers.

Don’t let the name put you off. We’ve all heard of worse names for tech products and I definitely prefer a quirkily named set of speakers than a set of speakers with some convoluted series of letters and numbers that looks more like nuclear codes than a memorable name for a new product.

ANYWAY, these operate via the same way as the QSBs where they draw their power solely through a USB connection to your laptop or computer. This makes them very power efficient but surprisingly powerful speakers. 40 watts of stereo sound is impressive from something of this size and design.

Their size and design is what lends them their portability. Simply unplug, pack away in their carry case
and use elsewhere. High end portable sound in a small package for all your desktop devices. For more information click here.



‘Sonic thump and powerful bass’: Denon’s secret ingredients in the AH-W150 wireless headphones


Denon deliver ‘sonic thump and powerful bass’ to score a huge 7/10 from Men’s Health in their sports headphone round up. The Exercise Freaks are part of Denon’s brand new range of headphones and are targeted at the athletes among us.

Addressing the common occurrence of headphones dislodging when you’re using them to work out, Denon have designed these to stay put. With an over ear fit and a sweat proof coating you won’t need to worry about these falling out or even the close contact to your head and outpourings of sweat ruining their sophisticated innards.

Said innards are what provide the impressive audio quality in these sports headphones. The amp will ensure that whether you’re blocking out the Intense Dance Euphoria Extreme Bass Remix 2013 Edition CD your gym is playing or simply the wind while outside, the Exercise Freaks will provide the power needed and enough passive noise isolation to avoid turning up the volume unnecessarily.

Better yet, if buying a brand new shiny set of headphones isn’t motivation enough to get outside, Denon even have an exercise app available. Check out more on the app and tech specifics here.



Astell and Kern AK100: the new big thing in audio

Astell and Kern AK100 Personal MQS & Ultimate Portable Hi-fi Music Player



Now with a name like ‘Advanced MP3 Players’ you know we’re not shy to bring you the very best in audio. Dealing in high end players such Cowon and Colorfly we know where to find the gold nuggets of the audio world. And we’ve found another. Enter the Astell and Kern AK100 portable audio system.

This little device looks to set the new sound bar over here at Amp3 Towers and we’re all getting a little excited. Firstly, think of it as a hi-fi, you know the ones that sit grandly in your living room that play out the most celestial sounds ever gifted to your ears? Well shrink that and all its sonic glory into an Astell and Kern type shape and there you have it – the Astell and Kern AK100 portable hi-fi.

What makes this the portable audio system of your dreams is its file support. It’s capable of playing Mastering Quality Sound files (MQS) from the likes of as well as a lossless formats such as Ogg, FLAC, WAV, WMA, APE and MP3.

In true luxury player style the AK100 has a touch screen for navigating and a mighty Wolfson DAC. In not-so-luxury-player style it boasts impressive practical features such as playback time of up to 16 hours and expandable memory. With high end audio we too often find that, as a compromise to outstanding sound, the basics are lacking. Not so with the AK100,which is, quite simply, quite a considerate player.

For all the super techy stuff and to find out what those graphs are all about, check out the product page here. Or, if you’ve already been persuaded by the super retro cool looks, buy below.



Men’s Health give glowing review to Jaybird Freedom Sprints! Read more here

Jaybird Freedom Sprints



The Jaybird Sprint wireless headphones triumphed in the expert lead Men’s Health ‘aural exam’. Rated 8/10 for stability and sound quality the Jaybird Sprints demonstrated that these headphones are a cut above the rest. Testing took the shape of hill sprints in 5k runs by running enthusiast Kerry McCarthy, an editor at Runner’s World where sound quality was tested by Dr Michael Terrel, a scientist at Queen Mary University.


‘These come with a selection of buds and hooks to tailor the fit for your ear. This kept them securely in place throughout our hard hill sprints test. Easy-to-access buttons make it simple to adjust the volume mid-session, leaving you free to focus on the road.’ Men’s Health

For sport and exercise, there is no better option for listening to music than wireless headphones. With studies showing endurance is boosted by 15% there’s all the more reason to pick up a set of Sprints.