Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers

When purchasing earphones, a lot of factors come into play… do I need in-line controls? Do I want replaceable or balanced cables? What accessories come with them?

One line of questioning we hear a lot is often people wondering what are dynamic drivers, what are balanced armature drivers, and why do some earphones have both? This article should hopefully clear this up a bit, and hopefully make future purchases a little more informed.

Dynamic Drivers

Also known as moving coil drivers, dynamic drivers are like the drivers you’d find in a loudspeaker, such as your Hi-Fi or TV’s soundbar. These drivers use diaphragms, similar to the cones in a Hi-Fi speaker, with a voice coil attached directly to them, a charge is applied to the voice coil and the diaphragm moves, moving air and in turn, creating sound.

Dynamic driver schematic

Dynamic driver schematic


-        More natural sounding

-        More powerful bass response

-        More durable and cost effective

Balanced Armature Drivers

Often seen in hearing aids, the driver consists of a miniature arm (armature) inside a coil of wire surrounded by two magnets. The top and bottom magnets determine the movement of the armature. When current flows through the coil, it magnetizes the armature, causing it to pivot towards either magnet. This pivoting movement will move the diaphragm and produce sound as a result. This movement can occur thousands of times a second.

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic


-        Drivers can be tuned to specific frequency ranges

-        Much smaller than dynamic drivers

-        Better treble performance

-        Faster response and a more detailed sound, though not as “powerful” as a dynamic driver

Looking at the above information, it is easy to see that there are good reasons to choose either, and often earphones combine both. Due to the expense involved in using balanced armature drivers, this is often seen in more luxury earphones rather than cheaper models. However, the additional investment to get yourself a pair of earphones that use a combination of both types of drivers (known as a hybrid model) means that you will get the best of both worlds, resulting in a warm, natural sound with good bass response and a great deal of detail in the high end of the frequency spectrum. Additionally, the small size and tunability of balanced armature drivers means that brands often put multiple drivers in one pair of earphones to enrich the listening experience even further.

Hopefully this information will help clear up some of the questions you may have when looking to invest in a new pair of IEMs. If you feel like you need more information, we at Advanced MP3 Players are only a message or phone call away!


Four Premium New Astell and Kern IEMs Now Available to Order from AMP3!

Astell and Kern have been making a name for themselves as purveyors of some of the more luxury and fantastic sounding audio equipment available on the market today, and we at Advanced MP3 Players are happy to say four of Astell and Kern’s premium earphones are now available to order on demand. Get introduced below…

Michelle – £499

AKMICHELLESELARGEMichelle SE is based on professional sound technology from Jerry Harvey Audio, a well-known leader in the custom earphone industry. An extension of the existing Siren series, which is loved by audiophiles around the world, Michelle SE is a product that people who love music can enjoy at an affordable price.

T8iE MKII – £799

AKT8IELARGEThe AK T8iE MKII succeeds and improves on the AK T8iE, the world’s first Tesla in-ear headphone, collaboratively developed by Astell&Kern and Beyerdynamic. The new flagship model promises truly outstanding sound and exceptional build quality.

Rosie – £799

AKROSIELARGEThe 6 driver Rosie is reminiscent of the legendary JH 13. Rosie has the extention and silky defined Mids of the JH 13 with the adjustable Bottom and weight of the Roxanne IEMs. This series of IEM’s were designed to be used as a Mastering reference tool because the high driver was designed for optimum top end extention with minimal distortion. The mid driver is perfectly flat from 10Hz to 5kHz. Low driver designed for steeper low pass and with virtualy no distortion.

Angie MKII – £1099

AKANGIEMKIILARGEThe Angie offers you the most sophisticated crossover network ever included in an in ear monitor. It is arguably the best in-ear consumer monitor and you will be blown away by the sound profile and attention to detail provided by these earphones. The Angie has been designed to offer the consumer a mastering quality IEM that can offer listeners live rock and roll tuning with a warm rich sound. The crossover network consists of four 4th order filters that create the exact sound the artist and producer intended. The Angie has 8 drivers (dual low, dual mid, and quad high) that let listeners to hear and enjoy every part of the music. The adjustable bass allows for customisation determined by the user’s listening preferences.

All four of these fantastic models are now available to order from Advanced MP3 Players. Please note that as these items are ordered on demand, they will take a little bit longer to arrive than the standard times stated on our website.

Happy listening!



Getting to Know… The Cowon Plenue Series

With their Plenue series of players, Cowon have been going from strength to strength, demonstrating a rich and powerful signature sound across a wide range of budgets to suit casual listeners and audiophiles alike. This article is intended to act as a guide to this excellent series of players, showing the differences between each model as we move up the range.

Plenue D – £199

COWONPDLARGECowon wanted more people to experience the beautiful sound of the PLENUE series. So they set out on a mission to share the pleasure of listening to music in perfect high resolution sound on mid-range PLENUE device while retaining all the benefits of portable Hi-Fi audio. The PLENUE D is small and light, yet its powerful performance is capable of faithfully reproducing original studio sound anytime anywhere.

Plenue R – £499

COWONPRLARGEThe Plenue R is described as Cowon’s ‘all-round’ player, which best exemplifies the versatility of the Plenue range, with features such as aptX high-quality Bluetooth, a 2.5mm balanced output and up to 17 hours of continuous music playback. There is also a USB DAC mode, expandable memory and a colour changing LED that changes according to the sound source.


-        128GB Internal Memory

-        USB DAC Mode

-        Balanced output

-        Convenient multi-button and intuitive control buttons

-        A colour changing LED that changes according to the sound source (normal, HD and DSD/DXD)

Plenue M2 – £590

COWONPM2-SILVERLARGEAs a successor to the PLENUE M, the sound has been precisely tuned for a more advanced HD sound. The PLENUE M2 includes the Burr-Brown PCM1795 (24bit/192kHz) stereo DAC used in the finest Hi-Fi audio systems as well as superior SNR, THD+N, and crosstalk specifications for a more evolved sound when playing high definition sources. Continuing in the prestige of the PLENUE series of DAPs, the PLENUE M2 delivers the impressions infused in music intact to listeners.


-        Burr-Brown’s high-performance DAC PCM1795

-        Improved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue 1 – £740

COWONP1LARGEThe Cowon Plenue P1 features the exceptional Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC for superb sound quality. Cowon have packed an impressive set of audio specifications into the P1, with a Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 120dB, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of 0.0006% and Stereo Crosstalk of -134dB. The sampling rate of a player can fluctuate due to environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. To reduce this effect the P1 is fitted with an adapted TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) which has an exceptional phase jitter of just 1.0ps allowing the P1 to perform flawlessly in any situation.


-        Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) to improve phase jitter

-        Impoved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue 2 – £1,100

COWONP2-SVBKLARGEThe PLENUE 2 offers an unprecedented level of audio that delivers an unforgettable listening experience. The latest premium DAC AK4497EQ for optimized audio quality, SoundPlus amplifier integrated with newly improved technologies, Dual Control Wheels re-designed for the ultimate user experience, ultra-precise Dual TCXO for accurate and detailed sound reproduction, balanced output for clear, high-quality sound, and upgraded design to match its powerful performance. Sweeping changes using innovative technologies. Experiencing the performance of PLENUE 2 leaves audiophiles and casual listeners alike in awe.


-        Dual TCXO for even more detailed sound reproduction

-        SoundPlus amplifier

-        Dual Control Wheels for more tactile control over player functions

-        Improved signal to noise ratio

-        Improved total harmonic distortion

-        Improved crosstalk levels

Plenue S – £1299

COWONPS-TITANIUMLARGEThe Cowon Plenue Supremacy offers Cowon’s greatest sound to date. A new world-class flagship player, the Plenue S is one of the best Hi Res Music Players available, featuring the exceptional Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC for superb sound quality. No-conversion Native DSD 256, high fidelity Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC, high quality balanced output, high precision dual TCXO clock, and the powerful 3Vrms driving performance for perfect sound reproduction. The PLENUE S delivers indescribably perfect sound fidelity. PLENUE S has taken a giant step towards true sound reproduction. Check out the PLENUE S for the latest in sound reproduction technology. Get a PLENUE S for a totally new audio experience.


-        Faster Cortex A9 1.2GHz dual core CPU, maximizing speed and performance

-        Pogo Pin socket terminal provides a high resolution balance line out output that can be scaled up with multiple devices using the micro USB terminal.

-        Cowon’s best sounding player to date.

We hope this guide will help clear up the main differences between these six excellent players. Need more advice? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Getting to Know… The FiiO X Series

One of the most popular and celebrated range of players currently available on the market, the FiiO X series has something for everyone, ranging from affordable, fuss free Hi-Res players to high spec, Android based powerhouses. This article is intended to act as a guide to this excellent series of players, showing the differences between each model as we move up the range.

FiiO X1ii – £99


Though the X1ii is the entry level model of the X series, it shouldn’t be underestimated. A Bluetooth compatible Hi-Res audio player, the X1ii has no internal memory, but rather runs exclusively off microSD cards up to 256GB in size. Utilizing Texas Instruments’ high quality CM5242, the X1ii has a high signal-to-noise ratio and supports full differential line output. With dedicated LPF and operational amplifier, strong low-frequency quality and depth is achieved. In-Vehicle Mode enables your X1ii to turn on automatically when the engine is started and to shut down when you have reached your destination – no more fiddly manual operations each time you get in and out your car. The FiiO X1ii battery capacity provides up to 12 hours of continuous music playback. The new Deep-sleep function allows instant-on playback and will help to save your battery when not in use; the FiiO X1 ii will remain on standby for up to 15 days.

FiiO X3iii – £179


The FiiO X3iii Portable High Resolution Music Player is the third generation of FiiO’s celebrated X3 Portable High Resolution Music Player series, new for 2017. The X3iii features dual PCM5242 DAC chips for higher channel separation and stronger anti-interference technology to improve the signal to noise ratio. The X3iii also features a 2.5mm balanced output to help you benefit from a wider sound stage. There is still a 3.5mm single-end output port on this model, as well as a SPDIF output. This makes the X3iii one of the most cost effective DAPs that feature both dual DACs and a balanced output currently available on the market. Additionally, FiiO have added a new multifunction button to the side of the X3iii, which can be used for functions related to playback control, switching EQ settings, jumping through playlists and switching themes. The X3iii can support up to a 256GB micro SD card, and supports WAV, APE, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, DSF and DFF file formats. The player also supports in line controls, has Bluetooth 4.1 built in, and a deep sleep mode for minimal battery drain.


-        Dual DAC chips for improved sound.

-        2.5mm balanced output.

-        Multifunction button on the side of the player

-        Bluetooth 4.1.

FiiO X5iii – £389


The X5iii is an Android-based, mastering quality, lossless playback portable music player. The X5 3rd gen is equipped with two top-of-the-line AKM AK4490EN DACs, one for each channel. The AK4490EN is a part of a new generation of high-quality 32-bit DACs that supports all PCM and DSD formats. The X5 3rd gen utilizes two separate crystal oscillators, one for the DSD/44.1/88.2/176.4/352.8kHz sampling rates and the other for 48/96/192/384kHz. This ensures that under all sampling rates, there is significantly reduced jitter, improved clock accuracy, more stable operation, and virtually no sampling rate conversion artifacts. The X5 3rd gen has two headphones outputs – one single-ended and the other balanced. This allows the new X5 to cater to fans of either headphones output type. The X5 3rd gen, following in the footstep of FiiO’s flagship DAP, also offers two modes of operation, pure music mode and Android mode. two external microSD card slots. Since each microSD card slot supports up to 256GB cards, the X5 3rd gen is able to carry up to a whopping 544GB of music, enough to store up to 130.000 songs.


-        Dual 32-bit DAC chips

-        Dual oscillators for reduced sampling rate issues

-        Android 5.1 OS

-        Dual microSD card slots

FiiO X7ii – £599


FiiO’s current flagship player, the X7ii employs the 8-channel ESS ES9028PRO DAC. This flagship DAC brings a higher resolution sound, more dynamic range, and a larger soundstage. The FiiO X7ii features a deeply customised version of Android 5.1 at it’s core, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections supported, as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The X7ii also features both an optical and coaxial output, a new user interface designed specifically for the X7ii, and advanced automatic detection of lyrics and covers. The X7ii also allows the use of interchangeable amp modules to alter and improve your listening experience. Bundled with the X7ii is the AM3A, an all new amp module with both single ended and balanced headphone outputs. The AM3A uses the widely acclaimed AD8620 precision amplifier as well as the tailor-made OPA926 op-amp. Amp modules released during the life cycle of the original X7 are also compatible with the X7ii.


-        8 channel, flagship DAC for ultimate fidelity.

-        Advanced detection of lyrics and covers.

-        Interchangeable amp modules.

We hope this guide will help clear up the main differences between these four excellent players. Need more advice? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Burn In Times: Yes or No?

What is Burn In?

Burning in audio equipment is a practice in which audio equipment is turned on for extended periods of time to get the components involved to achieve optimal performance. The practice is often talked about when audiophiles discuss headphones, speakers and even digital audio players. Some DAPs, such as iBasso products, come with a “burn in cable” to aid the burn in process, and possibly help encourage the practice. However, not everybody in the audiophile community is in full agreement about the merits of burning in new equipment. Some believe the true character of the equipment is not revealed until after the burn in period (which can take several hours, days, even weeks), whereas others find it to be superstitious and an unnecessary strain on the equipment.

The Case For

Indian Audio Brand Tekfusion believes burning in audio equipment to be a key part of the process of buying new equipment. They argue that a fresh pair of earphones are tested for performance and output at the factory, but the speaker diaphragm is still tight and requires loosening over time. Tekfusion state that speaker drivers should be stressed over a period of at least 40 hours.

JLAB Audio also sing the praises of burning in audio equipment, claiming most audiophiles agree that the sound quality of the equipment will be noticeable improved after the burn in period. They even provide a burn in audio file to be used, which features numerous sounds that encapsulate the audible frequency range so no pocket of harmonics is left behind. They use sounds such as white and pink noise, as well as frequency sweeps. You can find it on their website, but it isn’t exactly the most enjoyable (or quiet) listen.

Tyll Herstens over at Inner Fidelity attempted to find evidence of headphone break in by testing a pair of headphones at different times over a 90 hour period of use. The results showed there was in fact a difference in frequency response at each of the times tested. However, he did conclude that there was too many variables to suggest that the burn in period is a sure thing.


The concept of burning in system components is not restricted to audio equipment. It could therefore be argued that burning in time is advantageous because it will force certain failures to occur under supervised conditions so a better understanding of the system can be established, as well as finding out any faults with your new product.

The Case Against

The lack of evidence and industry standards in headphone testing means that conclusively showing the value of burning in periods is not currently possible.

The smaller size of parts such as balanced armature drivers in earphones means that there is not much room for deviation in the first place. Shure, one of the biggest names in the audio equipment market, tested a pair of their E1 earphones that had been used since their first launch in 1997. They measured the performance against a set fresh off the manufacturing line and found performance to be exactly the same. They believe that unless something is wrong with the equipment, there shouldn’t be an audible difference.

Others believe that though this difference of opinion may seem harmless, it adds an additional layer of confusion to new time buyers and may cause them to waste valuable time they could have spent actually enjoying their new gear.

Additionally, psychology may also play into the perception of a change in sound quality over time. It could be a placebo effect, where you believe you are hearing something else because you have been told you should. Alternatively, it could just be your ears adjusting to the signature sound of the equipment you are using.

So does burning in work?

Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the value burning in audio equipment has, which can be frustrating for consumers looking to do the best by their investments. The best someone with some new equipment could do would be to look at the arguments on both sides of the debate and decide based on what seems right to them. As mentioned on Tested, the win-win situation would simply be to burn your new gear in by listening to the music you love.

Introducing new Shanling Products at AMP3!

We are happy to announce that as of this week, we will be taking orders for Shanling products!

Shanling are a high-tech enterprise specialising in research, development and manufacturing of high end audio products. The following Shanling products are now available for purchase from Advanced MP3 Players:

Shanling M2s Portable Lossless Digital Audio Player & DAC – £189.00


Packing cutting-edge technologies into a lightweight player with small dimensions the M2s can play most lossless audio files including DSD256 and PCM up to 384kHz/32bit. Comprehensive file playback makes the M2s highly versatile with support of DSD256 and PCM up to 384kHz/32bit, and supports MP3, WAV, FLAC, APE, WMA, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, ISO, DFF, DSF and DTS file formats. The player comes in both a black and a blue design. An incredible player for the price!

Shanling H1 Headphone Amp – £119.00


Combining two Burr-Brown amplifiers for output and pre-amp stages in the H1 makes for the highest quality sound. The Burr-Brown TPA6120A2 delivers high bandwidth, extremely low noise and a high dynamic range. Burr-Brown OPA2134 with wide output swing allows for increased headroom. With this formidable combination, the H1 headphone amplifier allows music to be heard in all its glory.

Shanling UP Portable DAC/Amp – £149.00


Shanling UP packs lossless playback and powerful amplification into a miniature device to instantly improve portable listening. Suitable for Android and Apple devices this small amplifier and DAC combination provides an immense transformation to sound quality with any type of headphone or earphone. To make sure the Shanling UP amp & DAC is compatible with any smartphone it includes four cables that provide easy link-up via Lightning, microUSB, USB type-C, or standard USB type-A connection. Apple iOS system is perfectly supported with ‘Made For Apple’ certification.

If you would like any further information on these fantastic new products, please don’t hesitate to drop us a ticked or call us on 0343 289 6880!

Best Earphones for “On the Go” Use

A question we are frequently asked by our customers is “which earphones are good for travel/outdoors?”

It’s a fair question; those who listen to music whilst they commute, travel or exercise need to know that their purchase will be suitable and robust enough for their desired use. With that in mind, we have chosen 5 choice products available at Advanced MP3 Players that may make finding your next set of earphones a little easier!

FiiO F5 Balanced IEM Earphones Featuring Infinity Sound – £65.99

FIIOF5LARGEThe FiiO F5 Earphones are balanced, Hi-Res in-ear monitors. They would be great for the commuter whose cables always suffer from wear and tear, as the cables for these earphones are easily replaceable! The FiiO F5s come with a 2.5mm balanced cable for the audiophile, and a single ended 3.5mm with in-line controls compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

SoundMagic E10BT Bluetooth Headphones – £69.99

E10BT-BKLARGEThese wireless earphones feature hi-resolution sound, a light and comfortable design and a battery capable of 10-12 hours of continuous playback. There’s even a shirt clip to make the battery less intrusive. Perfect for travelling long distances!

Sony XB50BS Extra Bass Sports Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones – £49.99

MDRXB50BSBCE7LARGEThe Sony MDR-XB50BS earphones combine an elegant, sports-friendly design with powerful, bass-heavy sound. Durable and built to last, these earphones have also been designed to be splash proof. So even if it starts to rain outside while you’re on your morning run, you can continue enjoying your music!

Westone W10 Single Driver Earphones with built-in mic and removable cable – £144.99

10480LARGEThe Westone W series of earphones tick a lot of the boxes when looking for a robust pair of earphones. They are hi-res, have function controls for Apple products (including Siri activation), removable and replaceable cables, and come with a range of accessories including different faceplates, ear buds and even a hard carry case!

Sony MDR-1000X Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones – £369.00

MDR1000XLARGENot a fan of in-ears? These gorgeous sounding Sony headphones are Bluetooth enabled, hi-resolution and even feature active noise cancelling technology; no more ramping up the volume to drown out the bus engine from now on!

All of these great models are available to order or pre-order now from Advanced MP3 Players.     If you need any further advice, we’re always happy to hear from you! Give our sales line a call on 0131 618 8533 for guidance on choosing your next purchase.

New Audio Technica Products Added To AMP3!

This week on Advanced MP3 Players, we’ve listed some excellent new products from Audio Technica. Get acquainted below:

Audio Technica LP3 Advanced Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable – £199.00


The AT-LP3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable lets you take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced features not typically found on automatic turntables. The balanced straight tone arm comes with a 1/2″ mount universal headshell and AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance, plus the option to use other moving magnet or moving coil cartridges of your choosing.

Audio Technica AR3BT Black Wireless On-Ear Headphones – £99.00ATHAR3BTBKLARGE

The ATH-AR3BT SonicFuel wireless on-ear headphones enhance your everyday listening experience with rich, full-range audio and the convenience of Bluetooth and NFC wireless technologies. The headphones are equipped with newly designed 40 mm drivers that reproduce clear mid- and high-frequencies as well as full, expressive bass.

Audio Technica DSR7BT Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesATHDSR7BTLARGE

The ATH-DSR7BT over-ear wireless headphones gift your ears with Digital Sound Reality. These innovative headphones feature Audio-Technica’s new Pure Digital Drive system, allowing them to operate without the sound-degrading D/A converter found in conventional wireless headphones. By utilizing Trigence Semiconductor’s Dnote chipset, the ATH-DSR7BT headphones are capable of receiving a Bluetooth wireless transmission, processing the digital audio signal and transferring it to the drivers where the digital pulses of the chipset move the voice coil and diaphragm forward and backward to create the sound waves heard by the listener.

Audio Technica DSR9BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Pure Digital DriveATHDSR9BTLARGE

The Pure Digital Drive system likewise depends on a re-engineered 45 mm True Motion Driver, which features a lightweight diaphragm with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating for superlative fidelity and extended 5 Hz – 45,000 Hz frequency response. The driver’s 4-core twisted OFC-7N voice coil provides precise control of the diaphragm displacement, and an acoustic resistor controls the airflow in front of and behind the diaphragm to ensure smooth, natural audio reproduction across the entire frequency range. The entire driver assembly is housed within a layered aluminum structure that minimizes unwanted resonance and isolates the electric circuitry from the housing’s acoustic space, resulting in optimal phase and transient response.

We are continuously adding new and exciting products to our website, so be sure to keep checking Advanced MP3 Players for great deals!

FiiO X1ii RED Edition and New Accessories Added to AMP3!

This week sees some excellent new products from FiiO up for pre-order!

FiiO X1ii in Red


This limited edition colour variant is a welcome addition to the FiiO X1ii colour range, which also includes black, silver and rose gold!

FiiO HB1 Earphone Case


Keep your earphones safe and sound with this sturdy yet lightweight new earphone carry case! The outer shell of the HB1 utilizes rugged polycarbonate, while the inside employs soft TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). When combined with waterproofing capability, you can be confident the HB1 will reliably protect your prized earphones in any situation.

Stacking Kit for the FiiO X5iii


The FiiO Stacking Kit for the FiiO X5iii Player allows you to stack your FiiO X5iii player on top of an external amp or DAC for convenient carrying. The design of this kit allows the X5iii to be stacked without any interference to it’s screen or side buttons.

Check these out alongside many more great products at Advanced MP3 Players!

Closed and Open Backed Headphones

Despite the wide range of different headphones that are available across the market today, they will all fall under one of two core categories; closed back headphones or open back headphones. But which is best suited to what listening environment?

What are closed back headphones?

Closed back headphones feature ear cups that fully encapsulate your ear and have an insulated shell exterior. This makes closed back headphones much more efficient at blocking out external sounds, making for a much more isolated listening experience. The sounds themselves sound a lot ‘closer’ to the listener because of this enclosed listening space. Closed back headphones are best for those who are using their headphones in loud environments, like on public transport, or for critical listening, such as an audio engineer completing a mix.

What about open back headphones?

As you can probably guess, open back headphones do not feature the same level of isolation offered by closed back headphones. Many open back headphones feature perforations in the physical design to accommodate the easy flow of sound in and out of the headphones. This means that your music will sound much more ‘in the world’ than the close, isolated sound of closed back headphones. Listeners will have a much more increased space and sense of realism whilst using open back headphones, but they do suffer from more bleed than closed back headphones, both for external sounds getting in to your ears, and your music getting out to those around you. Probably not the best choice for the bus!

Do you have some good examples of each type?

At Advanced MP3 Players, we have a wide range of both closed and open back headphones to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites:

Sony MDR-1000X – £369.00

MDR1000XLARGEA powerful pair of Hi Res closed back headphones that work with either a cable or via Bluetooth. The isolated listening space created by these headphones is compounded by the addition of active noise cancelling technology for a truly intimate listening experience.

HiFiMan HE-400i – £359.00

HE400iLARGEWe’ve discussed planar magnetic design methodology before, and these open back headphones take full advantage of this technology to create a lifelike soundstage and spatial imaging. They are also very efficient and are compatible with smartphones and portable audio players.

Audio-Technica MSR7BK – £199.00

ATHMSR7BKLARGEThe MSR7BK’s housing is designed to mirror the full shape of the ear using a layered aluminium/magnesium mix. This means that despite being closed back, they are very lightweight, and have some small vents within these layers to help control air flow and dynamic range.

HiFiMan Edition S – £209.00

HE-EDITIONSLARGENot a brand to stick to traditional headphone design, HiFiMan have created a pair of headphones with a removable logo cap on the ear cup, meaning that these headphones can be either closed or open back headphones. The best of both worlds!

All of these models are available now at Advanced MP3 Players. Be sure to drop us a line if you need any further advice choosing your next audio product!